Deutsches Filminstitut

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The Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF ("German Film Institute") is an institute for the study of film, based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.



The Deutsches Filminstitut was founded on 13 April 1949 as the Deutsches Institut für Filmkunde (DIF). In 1952, the Deutsches Filmarchiv ("German Film Archive"; founded in Marburg in 1947 by Hanns Wilhelm Lavies as the Archiv für Filmwissenschaft) was set up as an autonomous department of the DIF, from which it separated again after a reorganisation in 1956. [1]

On 1 January 1959, Lavies left the DIF and was succeeded as director by Max Lippmann. Dr Theo Fürstenau became director in 1966, and in 1981 Dr. Gerd Albrecht. The director from 1 February 1997 until September 2017 was Claudia Dillmann.

On 30 October 1999, the name was officially changed to Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF. In January 2006 the organisation merged with the Deutsches Filmmuseum ("German Film Museum"), also based in Frankfurt am Main.


The Deutsches Filminstitut has one of the largest film archives in Germany and one of the most comprehensive collections of material on all aspects of cinematography and cinema.

Current projects include:

The DIF is a founding member of the Deutscher Kinemathekenverbund ("German Union of Cinematheques").

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