About the archive

The Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute constitute one of the oldest film archives in the world. Our mission is to collect, catalogue, preserve and give access to Sweden's film heritage, by which we mean all Swedish and foreign films released in cinemas in Sweden: feature films, non-fiction films, animations, commercials, news-reels etc.

The criteria, principles and ethical codes that guide each section of our mission are collected in our document Policy of the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute. We are a member of the international federation of film archives, FIAF, and of the federation of European film archives ACE.

In order to ensure that Sweden's film heritage may also be accessed by future generations, we preserve our films in specially designed cold-storage vaults for maximum longevity. For further information on our storage facilities, read more under Conservation.

Films that are damaged or incomplete need to be restored and duplicated before they can be presented again. For further information on our restoration and duplication activities, read more under Preservation.

The viewing prints in the collections are mainly screened at Cinemateket, which organises cinema screenings in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. Prints from the collections are also screened at festivals, cinemas and other FIAF venues.

The films in the collections are also made available for research thanks to our collaboration with the National Library. Rights holders access elements from the collections for purposes of digitization and the making of new copies in various formats. Read more under Accessing the collections.


On the web siite filmarkivet.se you have the opportunity to see unique archival moving image material that otherwise are rarely accessed; mainly shorts, non-fiction films, news-reels and commercials; films that reflect the transformation of Swedish society over the last century. This service is for free, and can be accesses from any computer anywhere in the world.

The site is available in Swedish only, and none of the films have sub-titles. Filmarkivet.se is a collaboration between the Swedish Film Institute and the National Library of Sweden.

The Film Archive in Grängesberg

The Film Archive in Grängesberg is responsible for preserving Swedish films on small gauges never released in cinemas, such as commissioned films, industrial, educational and amateur films. The archive was established in 2003 by the Swedish Film Institute, but since 2011 the archive is a part of the National Library of Sweden.

Flickan i Frack (Karin Swanström, 1926)

The restored version of "Flickan i frack" (Karin Swanström, 1926) was first screened in June, 2008. ©1925 AB Svensk Filmindustri.

Published 28/11/2008   Changed 07/01/2013   Checked 21/01/2013