Danish Film Institute
The Danish Film Institute (Danish
Danish language
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: Det Danske Filminstitut) is the national Danish
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 agency responsible for supporting and encouraging film and cinema culture, and for conserving these in the national interest.

The Film Institute, also known as Filmhuset (English: The House of Film), is located in Gothersgade
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 in central Copenhagen
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. Facilities directed at the general public include a library and Cinemateket which is Denmark's national film museum.

The film Institute is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs
Ministry of Culture of Denmark
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. The current Director of the Film Institute is Henrik Bo Nielsen. The institute is a member of European Film Promotion
European Film Promotion
European Film Promotion is an organisation which works for the worldwide promotion and marketing of European cinema. The EFP network incorporates 31 national promotion organisations from 32 European countries.-Activities:EFP's major objectives are:...

, the network of European film organisations for the worldwide promotion of European film.


The Danish Film Institute was founded in 1972, replacing the Danish Film Foundation (Danish: Den Danske Filmfond). In 1996 a new Danish Film Act merged the Film Institute with Statens Filmcentral and the National Danish Film Museum with effect from the following year and at the same event the institution relocated to its current premises at Filmhuset in Godthersgade.


The Danish Film Institute is active within three main areas which are subsidized:
  • Production and development of all types of films
  • Distribution and communication of films and film culture
  • Archives and museum activities

The Film Institute presents Danish films at feastivals abroad and in Denmark and subsidizes the import of foreign quality films.


Cinemateket is the national Danish film museum, dedicated to broaden the knowledge and interest in Danish as well as foreign film. It has three cinemas which show a combination of film classics and quality films of various themes. Occasionally contemporary films which would otherwise not reach the Danish market are shown. In the videoteque in the basement where it is possible to whatch short and documentary film
Documentary film
Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record...

s. Other facilities include a book shop, a café and a restaurant.


The Danish Film Institute's library on the first floor holds 55,000 books and subscribes to 240 mainly European and American magazines. The library lends regular books—usually for a period of one month—while magaxines, manuscripts and rarer publications may only be referenced on the premises.

DFI Directors

Year Director
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1997–2007 Henning Camre
Henning Camre
Henning Camre is a Danish cinematographer and film industry administrator, currently President of the Think Tank on European Film and Film Policy...

2007 – Henrik Bo Nielsen
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