An authoritative and accessible resource for histories yet to be written

Welcome to the Black Film Center & Archive.

We are an archive of the future—carefully preserving and providing the material for new film histories and creative projects.

We are also a one-of-a-kind reparative archive, championing and centering the creativity of Black filmmakers, scholars, and collectors from around the country, around the world, and here in Bloomington, Indiana.

We’re a gateway to new ideas and new questions about Black film, grounded in the physical artifacts, papers, and ephemera that trace the histories of Black people’s contributions to cinema.

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The BFCA welcomes its new director

The BFCA is proud to introduce our new director Dr. Novotny Lawrence, who will be beginning his appointment in fall 2023!

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Studio and independent movie posters, recordings of historic Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame events, letters about the origins of filmmaking in Africa—learn about some of the things you might find in our archives.

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