The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.
The IFI Irish Film Archive (part of the Irish Film Institute) collects, preserves and shares Ireland’s national moving image collection, a diverse resource that chronicles over one hundred years of Irish achievement and experience. The Archive collection spans 1897 to the present day, and the cameras of filmmakers have captured the development of modern Ireland in a uniquely accessible manner. The most important social, political and historical events of the last century are represented, enabling us to explore our cultural identity and connect with the past.
The IFI Player is a virtual viewing room for these remarkable collections, giving audiences across the globe instant access to this rich heritage. The material on the IFI Player has been selected to give audiences a taste of the breadth and depth of the collections preserved by the Archive. Home movies, newsreels, travelogues, animations, feature films, public information films and documentaries have been included as we have tried to reflect all aspects of indigenous amateur and professional production.
IFI has now partnered with Axonista, Ireland’s leading video technology company, to greatly increase accessibility of its Irish moving image collection through cutting edge distribution to a variety of popular video-capable devices. The new apps are available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for iOS and Android phones, with apps for TV platforms available on Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV & Roku.
As a nation of storytellers, the IFI Player and its suite of apps allows IFI to keep the heritage material of the IFI Irish Film Archive relevant to today’s viewing consumption habits, and helps bring Irish culture and social history to audiences globally – both diaspora and new friends of Ireland alike. Working with Axonista on the IFI Player applications allows the Irish Film Institute to address the rapidly changing digital landscape for this cultural institution and allow for the integration of future technological developments.
The IFI Irish Film Archive has been on a journey of ground-breaking progress in the past couple of years through its extensive Digital Preservation and Access Strategy, becoming world leaders in digitisation processes of moving image material. When we are choosing titles for inclusion on the IFI Player there are a number of technical and practical considerations. In addition to aiming to include a broad cross-section of the material we preserve, we also have to clear each film with the relevant copyright holder and take into account any conservation issues. The material in our collections goes through a long process of management, preservation and digitisation before we are able to share it with the public. The final clip of film that audiences can access on the IFI Player, is the result of months and even years of work by Archive staff.
IFI is dedicated to ensuring our national moving image collection is preserved and now globally accessible, on behalf of the nation, for future generations. The development of the IFI Player and suite of applications is a significant step for us as it truly democratizes access, and we look forward to building on the content over the coming months and years.
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