Welcome to the Fototeka website presenting the collection of photographs from Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny that are thematically related to the history of Polish film (films, people, events, etc.). Our digital database includes the collection of stills, negatives and diapositives; there are both published and unpublished stills and on-the-set production stills (in the first phase, from films created before 1989), photos of artists (directors, actors, camera operators, etc.) as well as photographs from film premieres.


The website was launched in November 2009 by Filmoteka Narodowa; in the second half of 2010, it was possible to develop and modernise it thanks to the financial contribution of the Polish Film Institute. The film environment appreciated the project, and it was nominated for the Polish Film Institute Awards in the category “Website” twice, in 2010 and 2011. Being nominated for the third time in 2012, it was granted the award of the Polish Film Institute in this category. The website became part of international digital resources when Filmoteka Narodowa joined the European Film Gateway project in 2010; as part of the project, Filmoteka Narodowa presents its collections on the European culture website -


The aim of Fototeka is:
* to educate and popularise film culture as provided for in the Act of 30 June 2005 on cinematography (Journal of laws no. 13, item 1111) and the statute of Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny being an appendix to Regulation of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of 30 May 2017 (item 32)
* to secure and process the FINA’s collection of photographs
* to facilitate and help in contacting copyright owners.


Each photo is accompanied by a detailed description including: film title and release date, names of director and people in the photo, their functions and roles, key words, copyright owner’s name, photographer, etc. However, being aware of gaps (or mistakes) in descriptions, we would like to ask all people who can help us in supplementing or correcting descriptions to send their remarks and comments at; you can also send your comments when you enable the full size of a photo (write to us). It will help us to link your comment to the picture correctly.

It is possible to search for photographs by several categories using over a dozen of fields (see Help), while columns “Recently added” and “Did you know...” are designed to draw your attention to new topics added onto the website and important events in Polish film related to gradually published photographs. In the tabs “People database” and “Film database”, there are indexes of people and films, respectively (including also series episodes). Both databases exclusively refer to the photographs from films and of people that are presented on the website (in the case of people, studio photographs available on the website are additionally presented in search results). Tabs of selected search terms provide further details (e.g. a list of people and films together with the number of photos, their type, character or colour).

Terms and conditions of using and disseminating photographs

All photographs presented on the website are marked with the logo of Filmoteka Narodowa  and can only be used within the scope of fair personal use and other legal licences provided for by provisions regulating copyright protection, including images of natural persons, according to Section 3 Fair use of protected works and Article 81 of the Act of 4 February 1994 on copyrights and related rights (Journal of Law of 2006, No. 90, item 631 as amended). Any other use of photographs presented on the website, except for the right to browse, requires you to contact an employee of FINA (e-mail:, tel. +48 22 380 49 78) in order to obtain information on the procedure of applying for necessary licenses. You can find detailed terms and conditions of using the website in the Terms of Service.

The Fototeka website presents photographs from the FINA's collection in two main sections: presentation section and commercial section. The presentation section is intended for browsing all photographs available on the website, while the commercial section only includes those photographs in relation to which Filmoteka Narodowa – Instytut Audiowizualny has commercial rights. There is a basket icon next to a photograph that can be purchased; there is no such an icon in the case of other pictures.