Film research links

This list is designed to provide you with websites we consider to be the most useful for the study of film, television, video and new media.

AFI Research Collection Partners

The AFI Research Collection works in partnership with RMIT University and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (the Australian Film Institute).

RMIT University
RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia’s largest tertiary institution. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research.

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
The primary role of AACTA is to recognise, encourage, promote and celebrate film and television excellence in Australia through the nation’s highest screen accolades – the AACTA Awards.

The AACTA Awards, a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, are the Australian screen industry’s “stamp of success” – the Australian equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs.

General film and television websites

Internet Movie Database
Most comprehensive free source on movie information on the net. Allows searching by title, cast or crew name, and genre keywords. Provides credits, ratings, critical reactions, biographies and information on associated products. Strong US bias in content.
Movie Review Query
Central gateway to full-text movie reviews available on the Web. Allows searching by title keywords. Entries are also linked to the Internet Movie Database.

Some scholarly Online Journals and gateways

Screening The Past
An international, refereed, electronic journal of visual media and history.
Senses of Cinema
An online film journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema.
Online journal where each edition focuses on a particular theme. Edited by Girish Shambu and Adrian Martin.
Film Studies for Free
An ever expanding web archive of Open Access resources and journals on film curated by Dr Catherine Grant.
A website developed by the University of Alabama to facilitate the teaching and research of film and television, designed for educators and students. Equipped with a search engine, it has links to film/tv courses and schools, bibliographies and research guides, online discussion groups and listservs, film & TV book publishers, production studios, conferences, etc. Strong US bias in content.
UCLA Arts Library Media Resources Centre
An excellent and regularly updated US university listing of links to sites chosen primarily for their potential usefulness for research in Screen Studies. Includes links to bibliographies and research guides, databases, review sites, online screen journals, archives and other film organisations.
Themed quarterly online journal edited by Helen Bandis, Adrian Martin & Grant McDonald. Ceased publication in 2009, but still well worth investigating.
Film and Media Studies Commons
Free access journal articles presented by the Digital Commons Network

Industry News

Screen Hub
Screen Hub is the online home for Australian screen professionals. Jobs, News, Production and Events.
Screen Hub now has a website set up for New Zealand professionals –
Inside Film
Features reviews, interviews, extensive archive, daily email summary, in production news and events.
Urban Cinefile
News and reviews site on developments in the Australian film industry and what’s on in Australian cinemas. Reviews and interviews are archived on the site.

Film Gossip and Rumours

Dark Horizons
Search for the latest rumours, news, images, clips and reviews of current and upcoming films. Gareth Franklin based in Sydney, Australia updates his site on a daily basis.
Ain’t It Cool News
More film gossip and news from Harry Knowles, resident of Austin, Texas.

Gateway Sites – Australian

“Gateway” sites are a quick way to discover new sources of information as they have a host of links to other useful screen sites, both Australian and international.

Screen Australia
Includes industry news, Screen Australia publications and information, as well as links to over 100 other Australian screen culture sites and a searchable index of Australian sites which provide resources for the film, TV and new media industries. This site replaces websites for the former Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC), Film Australia Ltd, and most of the former Australian Film Commission site.
EnhanceTV provides a gateway to educational film and TV resources.  Film and TV makers can access the education market through enhanceTV for free. Subscribers receive a weekly email, educational TV guide, based on the subscriber’s choice of learning areas.   Also, almost 200 Study Guides related to film and TV titles are available on the site.  EnhanceTV is developed and produced by Screenrights: the Audio-Visual Copyright Society.
Australian Communications and Media Authority Research resources relating to advances, trends and regulation in broadcasting technology in Australia.

Australian Film and Video Lending Libraries, Archives, and Viewing Facilities

Australian Mediatheque
The Australian Mediatheque is an initiative between the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Film and Sound Archive to allow access to their moving image collections. These can be viewed at the Australian Mediatheque which is located at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Video on demand and DVD/VHS films are free to view whilst 16mm & 35mm and audio can be pre-ordered for a fee.
National Film and Sound Archive
Search the Collections (National & ASEAN) of the National Film and Sound Archive listing over 360,000 items from Australia’s film, television, radio and recorded sound heritage. Some restrictions on access apply.


bonza is a fully accessible and searchable online Australian and New Zealand film history database compiled by Cinema Studies students at RMIT and Deakin University.
Australian Screen: Australia’s audiovisual heritage online
A terrific website that features all manner of Australian well-known and obscure films, television shows, and sounds. Curatorial and teacher’s notes are supplied with the sound and vision throughout the site.
Ozfilm: Australian film in the reading room
Ozfilm is a site in which features essays from academics and students (from Murdoch University) on Australian film and television.

last updated by Librarian – July 16 2018

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