The Irish Film Institute (IFI) has launched the IFI Player, a virtual viewing room where audiences can instantly access parts of the rich collections housed in its Irish Film Archive. This is very a significant step in the history of film archives, democratizing access to remarkable collections, including content from as far back as 1910.
Initially over 1200 minutes of content has been loaded onto the IFI Player, including footage from what is believed to be the first piece of animation, home movies, newsreels, travelogues, animations, feature films, public information films and documentaries. It also includes the following film collections: The Gael-Linn Collection, The Horgan Brothers Collection, The O’Kalem Collection, The Radharc Collection, The Father Delaney Collection, The Bord Fáilte Film Collection, The Department of Foreign Affairs Collection, The Desmond Egan Collection, The Monsignor Reid Collection. Additional content from the archives will be added over the coming years, making this an ever growing resource.
To access the IFI Player simply log on to www.ifiplayer.ie and begin to explore.