Theatrical screenings are screenings which are open to the public and for which admission is charged.

The NFSA offers loans to cinemas, festivals, institutions and eligible organisations that wish to screen titles from the NFSA collection. Screenings are subject to approval from the rightsholder and NFSA conditions of use. Titles are primarily Australian and are available on 35mm and 16mm film, with limited titles on DCP. Images for many titles are also available.



NFSA collection search (theatrical loans)




Screening loans – theatrical Australian loans International loans
35mm feature film prints $200 $300
16mm feature film prints $120 $180
35mm short film prints $80 $120
16mm short film prints $80 $120
DCP (Digital Cinema Package) $200 $300

Note: feature films are 60 minutes or more, short films are 59 minutes or less.


Fees for additional services

Screening loans – additional services All clients
Research and service $60 per hour
Additional screening +50% of loan fee
Film print condition assessment – spot check $50/$25 per 35mm/16mm
Film print condition assessment – full report $100/$50 per 35mm/16mm
Urgent job $100/$50 per 35mm/16mm
Cancellation charge $100 or 50% of loan fee
Surcharge – failure to acknowledge NFSA $100 or 25% of loan fee

Collection material must be sent using a trackable / registered service.

Additional charges for loan extensions, overdue loans and replacement of lost or damaged collection items apply.



Organisations wishing to borrow NFSA items for screening must submit a completed screening loans registration form.

Download: NFSA Screening Loans theatrical registration form



All loans from NFSA are subject to the current loan procedures and conditions.

Download: NFSA Screening Loans theatrical conditions 


Loan damage and insurance

Borrowers are responsible for NFSA collection items whilst on loan and during transit. The NFSA recommends that all borrowers read the Loan Damage and Insurance Information Sheet prior to loaning items.

Download: NFSA Screening Loans damage and insurance information sheet


Contact us

Email: screeningloans [at]
Ph: (02) 6248 2204