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National Film, Video and Sound Archives

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In Pretoria

-25.7448, 28.1901


+27 12 441 3150


The National Film Video and Sound Archives (NFVSA) - formerly the South African Film Institute (SAFI) - is a resource centre for the audio-visual heritage of South Africa. The NFVSA collects audio-visual and related material, made in, or about South Africa. In so doing it preserves the audio-visual heritage of the country for future generations.

NAFVSA is a government archive and one of the few of its kind internationally that preserves all three formats: film, video and sound. Material is donated by the industry and private persons. It includes formats like sound recordings, slides, scripts and posters.

NAFVSA has a library (plus photographs) dealing with audio-visual material, as well as information on literature, music, sculpting, painting and theatre. There is a reading room, where researchers can access audio-visual material, use various search aids and access a computerised database.

To view or listen to material, an appointment must be made - usually three days in advance. A fee is charged to access material, and the written permission of the copyright holder is required before any material may be borrowed for duplication. Bona fide students can view or listen to material free of charge.




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