About the Film Preservation Archive

Film Preservation Archive is a non-profit organization working with film historians, collectors, museums, cinematheques, and the public to find and rescue decaying film stock and preserve the images they contain both as publicly available art and historical records.

We work will all formats including professional productions, home movies, 8mm, 9.5mm & 16mm reel films with or without sound.

The FPA specializes in the conversion of vintage film into digital format and then making that material available to the public free of charge.

We are continuously looking for new and undiscovered material from a wide range of sources ranging from auctions and deceased estates to garage sales and op shops. More recently members of the public have begun to donate films to us. We restore and digitize all the material we can find and then make it available to the public for non-commercial use for free.  

If you love old films help us by playing your part in saving them. The FPA seeks out, restores, and digitizes films that might otherwise be lost.

We also partner with archives in other countries to save long-unseen New Zealand films so that they can be screened and studied here at home once more. Contributions from film and history lovers like you make this all possible.

Interesting in getting involved? There are many ways to help, for example, you can:

  • Donate to us any old film reels and footage you may have.
  • Donate money to support our work by either credit card or bank transfer.
  • Name the FPA as a beneficiary in your will or trust.
  • Donate needed equipment, goods or services.

To make a monetary donation to the Film Preservation Archive by credit card please click here.

To donate by bank transfer please pay into our ASB bank account number: 12-3102-0116761-51

To donate film, equipment, or other materials please contact us.


Thank you for your interest in our work and for your support.