The Národní filmový archiv (National Film Archive) was established in Prague in 1943, but the efforts to establish it are much older. From the mid-1990s new activities have been developed: an oral history unit has been established, a collection of amateur and family films has begun, a video art collection has been created, and a digital laboratory has been developed since 2012. The NFA has been publishing the magazine Illumination since 1989, and in the 1990s took over the publication of the magazine Filmový přehled, which was transformed into the online portal filmovyprehled.cz in 2015.
The NFA is a state institution which among other things manages a video archive, works on the history of children’s film in Czechoslovakia after World War II, is involved in a digital research infrastructure for language technology, arts and humanities, and is strengthening cooperation between film archives and academia. Since 2012, the NFA has regularly presented classic Czech and Czechoslovak films in digital and restored form at major international festivals and at specialized festivals and professional communities, and regularly presents photochemically restored films at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The international anchorage in the structures of FIAF and ACE is traditionally strong. The NFA operates in various buildings in and around Prague.
The Pixelarchiv project – developed by the Národní filmový archiv, the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts and the Czech Technical University – aims to design, implement, verify and describe processes for protection of cultural heritage in the form of digital games and to create corresponding technical solutions reflecting the needs of memory institutions. With the help of these processes, tools and information resources, we would like to build a professional background for identification, documenting, interpretation and dissemination of national cultural and historical values which the games represent.