COVID-19 update 

Please be advised that while the NFSA continues to operate during this period, some of our services are inevitably affected as a result of these unprecedented circumstances.

In order to protect the health and safety of staff and the broader community, the NFSA is temporarily closing the Non-Theatrical lending service.

If you have requested films to be distributed, unfortunately we will not be able to fulfil your request. 

If you currently have an NFSA film in your possession, we kindly ask you to hold on to the film until further notice. You will not be charged late fees during this disruption of service.

The nontheatric [at] (Non-Theatrical Loans email address) will be monitored regularly, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we adapt to the ongoing situation. Please let us know if you have any feedback or questions.


Non-theatrical screenings

Non-theatrical screenings take place on a non-commercial basis (no direct admission charge is levied) and are held by: educational, cultural, social and religious institutions; community groups; churches; film societies; government bodies; hospitals; libraries; museums and galleries.


The majority of titles in the NFSA Non-Theatrical Lending Collection have been pre-licensed for non-theatrical and educational screenings. This catalogue contains a curated selection of Australian and international features, shorts, animations, documentaries, television shows, experimental, educational and training films on DVD and Blu-ray.

Search the NFSA Non-Theatrical Lending Collection (catalogue temporarily unavailable while Non-Theatrical lending service is closed)

Note: We will only loan 16mm film to entities with projection facilities and the skills to handle these prints. Registered borrowers may book directly online. Theatrical screenings from this catalogue are available subject to copyright clearance.



Screening loans – non-theatrical Australian loans
Video format loans – DVD, Blu-ray $22
16mm feature film prints $60
16mm short film prints $40


Feature films are 60 minutes or more, short films are 59 minutes or less.

Screening loans fees for DVD and Blu-rays include outward freight. Borrowers pay return freight.


Registration and conditions

Download: Registration form

Download: Terms and conditions

Download: Damage and insurance

Download: Educational loan

Download: Screening report


German Cinema

Download: German Cinema Guide

Download: German Cinema - print version

Contact us

Email: nontheatric [at]
Toll free:1800 012 175 (only available within Australia)
Ph: (02) 6248 2056