The Moving Image Archives provides screenings in support of the curriculum on a regular basis. Up to 20 films each week are shown to students on the big screen, in the format in which they were designed to be screened. The extensive archives includes a collection of 16,500 original feature film prints on 70mm, 35mm & 16mm; 240 live action and animated short films, documentaries and newsreels on 35mm and 16mm; 4,600 previews of coming attractions on 35mm; and 9,300 videocassette, laserdisc and DVD titles. It is the fifth largest non-commercial archives in the country.
Previously housed in temporary storage, the Moving Image Archives relocated in 2004 to a newly constructed building in the Studio Village. This $2.25 million facility includes 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage for the School of Filmmaking’s motion picture and video archives and space for film inspection and preservation. A researcher’s room and a 30-seat screening room will allow it to serve as a world-class film history research facility, affording individuals the opportunity to view films for researching scripts, commercials, billboards or any other type of film research data. This state-of-the-art archival storage facility was funded by University of North Carolina higher education bonds, passed by voters in 2000.