To help save America's film heritage.
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. We support activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.
The NFPF started operations in November 1997, thanks to the generous support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Film Foundation. Many in the entertainment and foundation community have pitched in to help.
Our top priority is saving American films that would be unlikely to survive without public support. Over the past ten years, we have developed grant programs to help libraries, museums, and archives preserve films and make them available for study and research. Our grants award federal funds secured through the leadership of the Library of Congress and preservation services donated by public-spirited laboratories and post-production houses. Congress increased the authorization for this work in 2005 and 2008. Every penny of these federal funds goes out to the field and we raise operational support from other sources.
We also organize, obtain funding, and manage cooperative projects that enable film archives—large and small—to work together on national preservation initiatives. Published through these collaborations are the award-winning and critically acclaimed Treasures DVD series, The Film Preservation Guide, The Field Guide to Sponsored Films, and the international database for locating silent films.
As of September 2008, the NFPF has supported film preservation in cultural institutions across 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico—efforts that are making available to the public 1,420 historically and culturally significant films. Films range from silent one-reelers by Thomas Edison to avant-garde animation.
The NFPF is a grant-giving public charity, affiliated with the Library of Congress's National Film Preservation Board. We depend on private contributions to support our national programs.
1. To preserve endangered films for future generations.
2. To make endangered films available for study and research.
3. To educate archivists and the public on the need for film preservation.