Film Development Council of the Philippines

The Film Development Council of the Philippines is the government-backed lead agency for film in the Philippines ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad. One of its mandate is to ensure the establishment of a film archive in order to conserve and protect film negatives and/or prints as part of the nation's historical, cultural, and artistic heritage.

Philippine Film Archive

The Philippine Film Archive (PFA) initially known as the National Film Archive of the Philippines (NFAP) was established by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in January 2011, pursuant to the mandate to establish a film archive as stated in Section 3 of the Republic Act No. 9167. By June of 2011, it became a member of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA), and a couple of years later became an Associate Member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in November 2020.

PFA is a division under the FDCP that protects and upholds the nation’s historical, cultural, and artistic legacy and heritage by conserving and preserving the audiovisual materials connected to our history and culture. It ultimately endeavors to develop a culture, nation, and public that fully appreciates and is enriched by our country’s audiovisual heritage.

With this vision, PFA has taken charge of collecting, archiving, conservation, preservation, management, restoration, and access provision of Filipino films and audiovisual materials produced here or abroad. It has grown its collections to over 31,000 elements to date, ranging from cinematic masterpieces to documentary footage, television shows to sound recordings, and studio productions to independent, orphan, and even experimental films.

The PFA aims to make the nation’s history and culture known and accessible through the filmic medium, not only by conserving and preserving but by introducing the moving image of the past into contemporary life.


To institutionalize the Philippine Film Archive to house all Filipino films and audio-visual. To restore, preserve, and store films and audio-visual following internationally-accepted standards. To develop a broader appreciation for Filipino films by making available outstanding examples of our cinematic work as produced by our masters.


A society and a nation that has a full appreciation for and awareness of our country's cinematic legacy in film.

What we do

Charged with the responsibility of taking care of the nation's cultural heritage within the film and other audiovisual assets, the Philippine Film Archive performs the following:

  1. Acquisition. Audiovisual elements, be it analog or digital, can be done through purchases; donations or gifts by individuals or institutions, be it public or private entities; voluntary deposits by producers, rights-holders, or collectors; or through legal deposits or contractual deposits which are usually by agreements within a collaborative endeavor.
  2. Preservation. In preservation, PFA's transitory facility currently has a total of five (5) vaults, comprising four (4) film vaults and one (1) videotape vault that houses magnetic tape elements and digital assets. These vaults are climate controlled and air-conditioned to keep the temperature at 16-18 degrees Celsius while dehumidifiers are also in place to keep the vaults within the 35-40% range of humidity. The film vaults house celluloid films in varying conditions and a variety of formats, including 35mm, 16mm, and Super8.
  3. Programs and Activities. Aside from acquiring AV materials and safekeeping these elements through preservation practices, the PFA also incorporates well within programs that help promote film archiving, such as participation in workshops/seminars, attending film archiving congresses, as well as initiating worldwide events like the Home Movie Day, PFA mainly focuses on film restoration. Film restoration programs often occur with collaborative efforts from other institutions locally or even abroad. With these restored films, adequate recognition with these film heritages, along with those who contributed to its fruition, are best made through Premieres dedicated to such gems.
  4. Digitization of Archive. Though the best preservation method would still be keeping good condition AV elements in climate controlled storages, considering resources to maintain this would deem the method costly. With the innate nature of these AV elements to decompose, it is imperative to have them digitized to be still accessible.
  5. Access. With PFA's vision to encourage society and a nation with full appreciation for and awareness of our country's cinematic legacy in film, making them accessible is significant. Accessibility is done through various means.

Frequently Asked Questions

Basically, it's like a library, but aside from books, the film archive also has various audiovisual assets of different formats from film reels, tapes, those transferred digitally into storage devices like hard drives, and other assets that are related to film like posters, film scripts, and memorabilia.
Here at PFA, these assets are kept safely according to the conditions that each asset needs. For instance, film reels and tapes would be housed in climate controlled vaults.
The identity of a nation can be found in its culture and history. These audiovisual treasures have in them records of a nation's culture in different periods of our history, allowing us to view (and sometimes listen) them even in our modern age is supplemental in gaining more understanding into such identity.
For the audiovisual assets, the PFA strives in transferring its contents into digital storage wherein viewing is possible. Accessing of select materials needs proper requests and approval from the respective rights owner(s).
Depending on how these assets are acquired by the PFA, the rights of these assets would vary. One usually needs to acquire permission from those who own the material before access is granted. These may be from the depositors, and/or from those who still own the rights of the material.
Film viewing schedule in Cinematheque is available in the home page of this website. You can also visit the Facebook page of Philippine Film Archive for more updates.
Film showing admission in Cinematheque varies depending on the film to be shown.
Most of the available films in media library are documentaries and full lengths that were produced by FDCP and deposited by various depositors like UP Film Institute, Philippine Information Agency and etc.
The PFA offers various services like film viewing, film scanning services and we also facilitate request for clips and footages subject to the permission of the copyright owner.
If you want to donate your audiovisual collections to PFA you can navigate to Contact Us section of this website to send us an inquiry or you can directly send us an email at [email protected]
PFA is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines -1000 and you can reach us thru (02) 256-9948 loc 120 or send us an email at [email protected]
Not all films in the catalog section are available for viewing. Provided also in the catalog section are the archival format of each of the available film title.
18 October 2019, Friday