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Chicago Film Archives is dedicated to connecting the public with the many stories embedded in Midwest films. We offer a full range of services to help our regional films become more accessible and meaningful to a wider audience, to ensure both personal and institutional films are cared for properly, and to enrich the stories made by today’s filmmakers.

The profits from these services support the ongoing preservation and storage of CFA’s film collections. We consider our customers a major part of our preservation team.
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Archival Footage Licensing

CFA collections contain historical footage that is unique and often can be found nowhere else. Much is representative of the Midwest, but we hold footage from all of North America and around the world. When you license our films, you also contribute to the preservation of our collective culture and history.
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Film Digitization

CFA’s experienced film technicians can digitize your 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super 8mm and 9.5mm films using our state-of-the-art film scanners. Your payment for these services helps support Chicago Film Archives’ archival preservation efforts.
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Collections Management

CFA can evaluate film collections and provide plans to organize, manage, conserve and access moving image collections that have lain dormant because of lack of equipment or expertise. By gaining access to these collections, their historical content can be better understood, analyzed and exhibited in ways that bring meaning to a variety of Midwest organizations and institutions today.
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Film Loans

Our collections contain many one-of-a-kind titles across genres. We offer rentals of film prints, DCPs, and digital files to cinema programmers, museum curators, and community organizations interested in including works from CFA's collections into their programs and exhibitions.

For more information call (312) 243-1808, or email
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Vault Rental

Chicago Film Archives can store your films in our climate-controlled vault on archival steel shelving. Filmmakers and owners of collections stored with CFA can have easy access to their film materials with reasonable notification.

For more information call (312) 243-1808, or email
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Our clients include
Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago Bears
Chicago History Museum
Cinematheque Française
Florentine Films / Ken Burns
Harvard Film Archive
True/False Film Festival
United Airlines
Valparaiso University Special Collections
Winnetka Historical Society


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