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About the Archives

The NInA Archives consist of thousands of analog and digital media holding important masterpieces of Polish culture, including films by Krzysztof Kieślowski, theater plays by Krystian Lupa, and Krzysztof Penderecki’s concerts.

The archives are gradually preparing full descriptions of the materials and subsequently releasing them, using an IT system designed specifically for that purpose. The system contains over 18000 materials. Some of them can be accessed via Ninateka, while others, which cannot be published online for legal reasons, are available via computer stations located in the new NInA offices. 

The NInA archives are also the destination for digital copies of audiovisual materials hailing from the National Film Institute (pre-war newsreels), the Łódź Educational Film Studio (educational movies), the Łódź Film School (etudes by students and graduates), all of the major Polish film studios: Tor, Zebra, and Kadr (digital reconstructions of classic Polish movies, including Camera Buff, Without Anesthesia, Eve Wants to Sleep, and A Short Film About Love), the Polish Radio, Video Studio Gdańsk (footage of the Round Table Talks), and the Archeology of Photography Foundation (films by Zofia Chomętowska). 

The archives also collect the works released by preeminent figures of Polish film, theatre, and music, acquired by NInA for NINATEKA and other Internet projects. For example, the Three Composers website is built upon the collection of works by Polands three most pre-eminent contemporary composers: Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski, and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. 

The archives also contain recordings of radio and TV broadcasts, festivals, concerts, movies, and theatre plays that NInA organized, produced or co-produced. To this end, NInA collaborates closely with Polish Television, Polish Radio, TR Warszawa, and the Miniature Film Studio. The collected co-productions include the Krzysztof Penderecki/Jonny Greenwood concert, theatre plays by Krzysztof Warlikowski and Grzegorz Jarzyna, as well as TV series like Kocham Kino (I Love the Movies) and Wszystko o kulturze (All About Culture

The NInA archives also collect the Institutes multimedia releases, the most cherished being the Polish School of Documentary Filmmaking, the Polish Animation Anthology, Lutosławski/The World, and Polands Modern Shakespeare

The Archive also hold the documentation for NInA’s educational projects, including recordings from Kultura 2.0 and other conferences, workshops, as well as recordings of media, audiovisual, and cultural education events.