The cinema, television archives and video collections are the heart and soul of the Cinémathèque. More than 50,000 titles on film and some 20,000 hours on magnetic tape (television or video) are preserved in the Cinémathèque’s vaults in Boucherville.
Classified according to their physical characteristics (film or video; black and white or colour; distribution elements or screening prints), these items are kept in an environment where the temperature and relative humidity are rigorously controlled to ensure optimum conditions for long-term conservation.
A significant portion of these collections, primarily concerning Quebec and Canada, have archival status and constitute the core of the Cinémathèque’s holdings. They are made accessible primarily through the Cinémathèque’s public screening program. Certain frequently requested titles have been transferred to video and are available for viewing at the Médiathèque Guy-L.-Coté.
The Répertoire audiovisuel Québec, established by the Cinémathèque québécoise in partnership with Sodec, the Régie du cinéma, and the Institut de la statistique / Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec, is a database of Quebec films that brings together over 23,000 titles dating from 1906 until today. Consult the Répertoire audiovisuel Québec.