“The NFDC-National Film Archive of India (NFDC-NFAI) aims to trace, acquire
and preserve for posterity the heritage of national cinema and a representative
collection of world cinema, to classify and document data related to film and
undertake and encourage research on cinema and to act as a center for the
dissemination of film culture in the country, and to promote Indian cinema
abroad. It has been a member of the International Federation of Film Archives
(FIAF) since 1969. The NFDC-NFAI provides various services to facilitate
historic and scholarly research and appreciation of films. The Research and
Documentation Section of NFDC-NFAI houses a collection of material relating
to every period of Indian cinema. The section has 2,03,287 still photographs,
prints of all unique photographs, 40,919 film posters of various sizes, 24,797
song booklets, lobby cards, about 2,28,025 press clippings. NFDC-NFAI has digitized its photo and paper
collection to avoid handling of the original material.
To preserve and restore the film heritage of India, the National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM) was
launched in 2015. It is a Rs. 597 crores (USD 91.4 million) project,under which the NFDC-NFAI brought in
several international advisers such as film preservationists, Milton ‘Milt’ Shefter and Rick Utley.
The objectives of NFHM are, condition assessment of film reels to ascertain the remaining life of the film,
2K/ 4K Digitization of Films, 2K/4K picture and sound restoration of landmark films of Indian and recording
of new picture and sound inter-negatives of each film, construction of archival and preservation facilities
called vaults, trainings and workshops for in-house capacity building, web-based end to end IT solution.
The restoration of Indian films will once again give a chance to the current and future generations to relive
the glory of these films which have enamored audiences for decades.”