About the FSC
Our mission: The Yale Film Study Center supports teaching, learning, and research, and fosters a robust film culture at Yale through collection, preservation, access, and exhibition.
The Yale Film Study Center pursues its mission by building and maintaining an archive of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8mm film prints and negatives; maintaining a growing collection of media in a variety of video formats (including DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, and LaserDiscs); providing on-site viewing facilities; supporting the use of film in teaching and learning through classroom showings and individual research; performing film conservation and preservation work; and presenting screenings and related events to the Yale community and the public.
An Associate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the Yale Film Study Center traces its roots to film collections at Yale dating back to the 1960s, including the historic archives of a number of prominent film collectors. We now have more than 5,000 35mm and 16mm prints in our film archive and more than 35,000 assets in our video collection. We also have a small but growing screenplay collection.
Our collection development strategy is motivated by a desire to meet the teaching and learning needs of all Yale students and faculty working with film. We strive to expand and strengthen our robust general collection, which includes works across a wide range of genres and from over 150 countries, while also deepening the collection in key research areas in consultation with Yale faculty. We welcome purchase requests and inquiries about ways the Film Study Center can support individual research interests. Decisions regarding acquisitions are based primarily on academic needs, with priority given to current-year courses and active research projects.
The Film Study Center's viewing facilities include two screening rooms (B-20, capacity 25, and B-21, capacity 15), two flatbed film viewing stations, and twelve private video viewing booths.