The NIAf is a ‘receptacle’ for expertise and information on animation film, an information centre for everyone interested in animation film. Every week the institute receives many queries on a wide range of technical, historical, economic and aesthetic aspects of animation film: from children planning to give a talk on the subject at school, to students at universities busy researching their theses, makers of television programmes, policy developers, people searching for a study programme or a traineeship or those who have queries about specific technical equipment and software.
Upon request the NIAf supplies a folder, free of charge, about workshops organized by the institute and also special information packages for talks. It is also possible to visit the institute and search for information yourself. The NIAf manages book, magazine and videotape/dvd collections and documentation, but also artwork and films. Parts of these collections can be viewed in a centre specially equipped for this purpose, the multimedia centre – open to everyone who is interested in animation. The archive collections have limited admission, but are used just as intensively for education (exhibitions, film screenings) and research. All the collections can be accessed by inventory and description in a database. Various collections are therefore also accessible with the aid of an digital catalogue. New collections are constantly being added and existing collections expanded.
Additions to our multimedia centre or archive collections are welcome and we are always open to suggestions.