We’re moving! The PFA Library and Film Study Center will be closed as of December 18, 2014, in preparation for our move to our new downtown location, which opens in early 2016. During our closure, we recommend you consult your local public library, the UC Berkeley Library or the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles ((310) 247-3020) for film research assistance.
The PFA film and video collection includes more than 14,000 works, with strengths in Japanese feature films, Soviet silent cinema, international animation, American avant-garde and independent works, and classic international features. Contact the PFA Library at (510) 642-1437 to arrange research screenings of films and videos in the collection.
Screening facilities include a ten-seat screening room for 16mm, 8mm, video, laserdisc, and DVD formats; projectionists are provided for 16mm and 8mm films, while videotapes, laserdiscs, and DVDs are screened on a monitor. A flatbed viewing table is also available for closer analysis of 16mm films. For 35mm, there is a flatbed viewing table in another room, which can accommodate no more than two people. Screenings take place on-site only, during the normal library operating hours of Monday through Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m.
To find out whether a particular film or video is part of the collection, search the PFA Film and Video Collection database. See the PFA Collection page for a more in-depth description of the collection.
UC Berkeley students: $10 per feature film, or up to two hours of short works. The fee covers up to three individuals; groups of four or more will be charged an extra $5 per person.
BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley faculty and staff: $15 per feature film, or up to two hours of short works. The fee covers up to three individuals; groups of four or more will be charged an extra $5 per person.
Other users: $25 per feature film, or up to two hours of short works. The fee covers up to three individuals; groups of four or more will be charged an extra $5 per person.
Classes: A $45 fee is charged for classes. Please keep in mind that due to fire code regulations, our screening room can only accommodate up to ten visitors.
Advance Notice Required
All screening appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance.