Theatrical Screening Loans

Theatrical Screening Loans

Theatrical screenings

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. Still images for many titles are also available. 

A minimum of eight weeks’ lead time is required to facilitate loans. The process could take longer, depending on the scale and complexity of your borrowing request. 

Borrowers are responsible for contacting rightsholders and obtaining approval to screen titles from the NFSA collection. We must receive written approval before we can release materials for loan.  

Rightsholders will generally charge borrowers a license fee, which is at their discretion and separate to fees charged by the NFSA.



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Screening loans: theatrical
NFSA Screening Loans Australian Loans International Loans
35mm feature film prints $205 $310
16mm feature film prints $125 $200
35mm short film prints $85 $125
16mm short film prints $85 $125
35mm or 16mm short films package (up to 90 minutes) $205 $310
70mm feature films $410 $620
DCP (Digital Cinema Package) $205 $310


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

Additional services

Screening loans: additional services
Screening Loans - Additional Services (All Clients)  
Research and Handling $60 per hour
Additional Screening Additional 50% of loan fee
Film print condition assessment - spot check $60 per 35mm print / $30 per 16mm print
Film print condition assessment - full report $110 per 35mm print / $60 per 16mm print
Urgent job $110 per print
Cancellation charge $110 or 50% of loan fee
Surcharge - failure to acknowledge NFSA $110 or 50% of loan fee


Collection material must be sent using a trackable/registered service. Additional charges apply for loan extensions, overdue loans and replacement of lost or damaged collection material.


Organisations wishing to borrow NFSA items for screening must submit a completed Screening Loans Registration Form.

Download: NFSA Screening Loans – Registration Form



All loans from the 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 – Loan Damage and Insurance 


Contact us

Please use the Access enquiry form to enquire about theatrical screening loans.