Screening loans

Screening loans

The NFSA offers film and video for loan to cinemas, film festivals, film societies and educational, cultural and community organisations. Access is through two separate catalogues: NFSA search the collection (theatrical loans) and the NFSA Screening Loans Collection . Borrowers are encouraged to search both catalogues.

NFSA Screening Loans

The majority of titles in NFSA Screening Loans have been pre-licensed for non-theatrical and educational screenings. This catalogue contains a curated selection of Australian and international features, shorts, animations, documentaries, television shows, experimental, educational and training films on DVD and Blu-ray.

We will only loan 16mm film to entities with projection facilities and the skills to handle these prints. Loans of VHS tapes will no longer be offered from 1 January 2016. Registered borrowers may book directly online. Theatrical screenings from this catalogue are available subject to copyright clearance.

Non-theatrical screenings take place on a non-commercial basis (no direct admission charge is levied) and are held by: educational, cultural, social and religious institutions; community groups; churches; film societies; government bodies; hospitals; libraries; museums and galleries.

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Theatrical loans

Feature films, documentaries, shorts, cinema advertisements and other materials are available for theatrical screenings subject to approval from the rights holder and NFSA conditions of use. Titles are primarily Australian and are available on 35mm and 16mm film, with limited titles on high quality Betacam video. Images for many titles are also available. Search the collection to find materials that have access copies.

Theatrical screenings generally refer to those screenings:

  • which are open to the public;
  • for which admission is charged; and
  • which are conducted by an individual or organisation that falls outside of the non-theatrical definition (see above).

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Tel: 02 6248 2217
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