The new IFI Player is a free virtual viewing room where you can instantly watch films from the rich collections housed in the IFI Irish Film Archive.
The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations. Film reels, digital materials and document collections are held in custom-built, climate-controlled vaults designed for the long- term storage of archival materials.
In a new move, the Archive has created the IFI Player, which now gives the public access to over 1,200 minutes of content, a selection that reflects a broad sweep of Ireland’s moving image heritage. Users can browse through the numerous categories from amateur films, newsreels and travelogues to short films, public information films and documentaries. The IFI Irish Film Archive tells us that the IFI Player will be updated with new content every month.
Some of the highlights of the archive content includes President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland back in 1963, John Huston becoming an Irish citizen, a film on Safe Cycling, a Clery’s advert from 1932, and much, much more. There are also a number of collections, including the Bord Fáilte collection, the Radharc collection, and the O’Kalem collection.
The IFI Film Archive want to hear from you. If you spot yourself or someone you know in one of the films on the IFI Player or are curious to learn more about a certain film, just send them an email, and let them know what you think of the IFI Player. They would love to hear from you.
Irish Film Archive
Irish Film Institute (IFI)
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