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LocationBrussels, Belgium

CINEMATEK (Dutch: Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief;[1] French: Cinémathèque royale de Belgique;[2] English: Royal Belgian Film Archive[3]) is a film archive in Brussels, Belgium.

The archive was established in 1938 under the name Royal Belgian Film Archive[3] by Henri Storck, André Thirifays, and Piet Vermeylen.

Its collection include works on film by Man Ray, Duchamp and Léger.[4] As of 2018, the archive held 47,726 films and over a hundred-thousand film materials, with over eight thousand of the items originating from Belgium.[5] The challenges associated with managing the collection were discussed in a 2001 article[5] by Gabrielle Claes who served as director of the archive from 1988 until 2011.[6][7]

Cinematek led the organization of the EXPRMNTL film festival which was run four times: 1949, 1958, 1963, 1967, and 1974.[8][9] The festival is depicted in the 2016 film Exprmntl which was shown in 2019 at the London Short Film Festival.[10][11]

The Royal Belgian Film Archive is currently known as "Cinematek".[1][2][12]



  1. ^ a b "CINEMATEK? Het Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief". Cinematek. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "CINEMATEK? La Cinémathèque royale de Belgique". Cinematek. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b Paul Geitner (11 May 2001). "Belgium's Vast Film Archive Fights for Self-Preservation". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  4. ^ Cordy, Jacques (28 July 1997). "Le directeur de la cinematheque apres l'incendie du Palais de Chaillot, "C'est un desastre, mais..."". Le Soir (in French). Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Claes, Gabrielle (2001). "Managing a collection- issues of selection and transmission" (PDF). Danish Film Institute. Preserve Then Show. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-04-18. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Bouras, Dimitra; Vlaeminckx, Jean-Michel (2012). "Nicola Mazzanti, conservateur de Cinematek". Archived from the original on 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  7. ^ Danvers, Louis (2005-04-15). "Gabrielle Claes ou la transmission". Site-LeVif-FR (in French). Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  8. ^ "Press kit for Exprmntl" (PDF). exprmntl. 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  9. ^ "EXPRMNTL: An Expnded Festival. Programming and Polemics at EXPRMNTL 4, Knokke-le-Zoute, 1967". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  10. ^ "Exprmntl". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  11. ^ "Events | LSFF2019 | London Short Film Festival". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  12. ^ Guy Duplat and Alain Lorfèvre (2 July 2011). "Le nouveau visage de la Cinémathèque". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  13. ^ Thompson, Kristin; Bordwell, David (1989). "Jacques Ledoux: 1921-88". Cinema Journal. 28 (3): 4–7. ISSN 0009-7101.
  14. ^ "International Federation of Film Archives". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  15. ^ "About us - CINEMATEK". Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  16. ^ Moury, Gaelle (2020-10-08). "Tomas Leyers, nouveau conservateur de Cinematek". Le Soir (in French). Archived from the original on 2022-01-17. Retrieved 2022-01-17.

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