The UNAM Film Library celebrates 62 years of being an audiovisual memory of the country and the world

62 years after its creation, the Film Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) continues with its work of preserving, rescuing, restoring and disseminating the moving memory of the country and the world. It is considered the largest archive in Latin America.

As part of the anniversary activities, which are celebrated on July 8, it will continue with the free online offer through its website, in which films from its collection, collections of posters, are available for national and international audiences , books, courses and workshops, as well as reference material such as Mexican Filmography.

Its Online Cinema microsite is an alternative to watching from home, available on different video players, mobile devices and web browsers. It is made up of films from different genres and eras so that the current generations and moviegoers of always know the richness of national cinema through the different collections of the UNAM Film Library, such as films from the silent period, from the golden age, tours of Mexico and vaccination campaigns, among others.

Mexican Filmography is a database that records, as far as possible, the national films that have been produced or co-produced in the country from 1896 to the present day. Includes fiction films, documentaries, newsreels, feature films, short films, animation and video homes. There are 23,500 Mexican films registered, whose catalog information has been extracted from journalistic notes, festival catalogs and film shows, school yearbooks, brochures, billboards and the film, when it is available. It can be consulted in

As part of the conservation and dissemination work, the Documentation Center of the UNAM Film Library dedicates its efforts to the restoration of the various materials of its multiple documentary collections and special collections, coming from the work of filmmakers and personalities of the film culture nationally and internationally, such as Salvador Toscano, Fernando de Fuentes, Alejandro Galindo, Alfredo Joskowicz and Arturo Ripstein.

This virtual space exposes the result of the different restoration processes that make it possible to extend the existence of the center’s collections and funds and, therefore, the possibilities of their consultation by students, academics, researchers and the general public.

In this first stage, the four most important projects of recent years are shown: Hemerographic folder of Fernando de Fuentes; Film script for La sombra del caudillo, by Julio Bracho; Carlos López Moctezuma Fund, and the monumental poster for the film Purity (Truth), directed by Rae Berger.

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During the first stage of confinement due to covid-19, with the aim of promoting reflection and communication in images on social restriction and free movement, as well as the economic impact on governments, capital and companies, held the short film contest Pandemic Diary. Participating films can be viewed at

Likewise, the UNAM Film Library has several courses and workshops on its website that can be consulted free of charge, which were taught by professionals dedicated to cinema, available at

digital publications

Also, within the web editorial collection, it is possible to find the most recent publication of the Filmoteca, entitled The film industry in Mexico after the pandemic: between terror and suspense by Arturo Aguilar Figueroa, which addresses the consequences of the spread of covid-19 in the country’s film industry.

Another digital publication that can be consulted is the one dedicated to the first 10 years of the Alfonso Reyes Film Critic Contest Match, compilation of the winning texts in the categories of high school, undergraduate, postgraduate, and former students and the general public, published in the magazine Point. Both books are available at

Visitors to the Virtual Museum of Cinematographic Apparatus will be able to take a tour with the possibility of interacting with them, rotating them, zooming in and inspecting them in detail. In addition to technical and historical information and anecdotes, there are photographs and videos. The museum is also available in three dimensions (WebGL), through which you can take a virtual tour through its rooms. It can be visited at

In the Virtual Gallery you can take a 3D tour of four temporary exhibitions: Mexican cinema in the foreign poster; Cinema and the Mexican Revolution; Horror and science fiction to the Mexican, Y Exterior, University City. Take 1… It’s filmed! In addition, it has a section that has five permanent exhibitions: French cinema by Magnum photographers; José Revueltas and the cinema; Photographic zoom of the films The Forgotten and The Scream, Y Youth in Mexican cinema. With them, the photographic treasure of the national film culture is made available. the link is

Live Archive shows images from the country’s audiovisual memory. From these segments rescued and preserved by the UNAM Film Library, we can approach moments of national life reflected in architecture, fashion, culture and representation of a part of our historical reality.

In Filmoramas the public can access two virtual memory games. The first shows the photography of eight personalities from Mexican cinema; among them, Silvia Pinal, Antonio Aguilar and Rita Macedo. The second is a reference to Mexican horror films such as Alucarda, the daughter of darkness, The witch, The world of vampires Y Blacker than the night to mention a few.

The objective is to get the eight pairs of cards in the least number of moves and in the shortest time possible. Once the pairs of cards have been found successfully, the player’s name can be entered to appear on the general leaderboard of the game. the link is

The UNAM Film Library celebrates 62 years of being an audiovisual memory of the country and the world