An innovative partnership with Maynooth University  has presented the IFI with a unique opportunity to build a new custom built Research and Preservation Centre on campus at Maynooth. The Centre will allow the IFI to ensure that future generations can continue to learn from, and enjoy, Ireland’s moving image heritage.

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board said “Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board are delighted to support this initiative. The Archive is vitally important in collecting, preserving and documenting Ireland’s screen history. The new archive Preservation and Research Centre will ensure that Ireland’s film heritage will now be safe and accessible for years to come.”

The IFI Irish Film Archive is custodian of one of Ireland’s most remarkable resources – our nation’s film. The IFI collection spans over one hundred years of stories from everyday life to the great achievements of Ireland’s filmmakers on the global stage. Collectively this material tells Ireland’s artistic, social and political story over the last century as well as being a record of Irish film culture.

The project is funded by ​The Irish Film Institute, together with  Maynooth University  and key funding partners the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.