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Why you'll love National Film and Sound Archive

  • Heritage building.
  • Accessibility focused.
  • Tech at your fingertips.

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is one of the world’s first audiovisual archives. Located in the cultural precinct of Acton in Canberra, our 1930s art deco building is an intimate and memorable location for your next event. 

We have four state-of-the-art venues and a dedicated technical team. Our venue hire services leave every detail cared for, so you just need to turn up and enjoy your event.  




The NFSA requires all media to be displayed at the event in the final viewing version, at least five working days prior to event commencement. We will confirm required media formats as part of the venue hire agreement. We will charge a late fee of $100 per day for media not received within this timeframe.  


A dedicated technician will be onsite to assist with your audiovisual needs. The venue hire fee includes projection and a fixed lectern and microphone. Additional audiovisual equipment may incur an extra fee. 

The hirer will be fully responsible for any copyright clearances involved in any works exhibited as part of the venue hire agreement. The hirer must provide written clearances to the NFSA prior to the event. The hirer will be responsible for any liability if they fail to clear copyright correctly. Classification clearances for any works publicly exhibited will be the responsibility of the hirer, who must provide them in writing to the NFSA prior to screenings. 


The NFSA can sell or distribute tickets for your event on your behalf for the additional fee of $150 per event. The hirer must supply a valid tax invoice at the conclusion of the event for the monies collected for us to process the event. 


The hirer shall ensure that all visitors invited to the event conduct themselves in an orderly manner. The NFSA reserves the right to remove from the premises any person whose conduct is disorderly or offensive. 


If your event occurs within NFSA opening hours, you may be required to share some common areas with the general public. The NFSA is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and outside those hours for advertised events.


Please ensure all deliveries are made to the NFSA loading dock; deliveries to NFSA Reception will not be accepted. The loading dock is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. 


If we consider any cleaning required after the event to be excessive, we will require the hirer to meet all cleaning costs as an additional fee. The NFSA will organise cleaning the day after the event. 


There are 39 paid parking spaces at the NFSA located on McCoy Circuit, six of which are reserved for guests with a disability. Paid parking is $3.00 per hour for a maximum of three hours, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm. There is also street parking available around the NFSA. There is ample parking in the vicinity for after hours and weekend events.  


All areas of the NFSA are accessible by wheelchair via the Liversidge St entrance. T switch loops are also available in Arc and the Theatrette. 

National Film and Sound Archive Function Rooms

Arc Cinema

Arc Cinema

Arc Cinema is a state-of-the-art, 242-seat venue capable of screening all manner of film formats from the early days of silent film through to the latest digital 3D images. Paired with a Dolby Digital EX sound system, Arc Cinema is the perf...

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An intimate venue with a window to the world. The 110-seat Theatrette is an intimate option for smaller lectures, break-out sessions or live performances. Video conferencing and streaming, wi-fi connectivity, laptop support table and charg...

From $1,705
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Enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful 1930s courtyard. The art deco heritage courtyard features beautifully landscaped gardens framed by cloisters. The courtyard is the perfect venue for event receptions and live music events for up to 260 p...

From $1,650
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The Studio

The Studio

A meeting space with technology at your fingertips. Our purpose-built studio and education space is perfect for your next meeting, webinar or photoshoot. The space seats 30 in a theatre-style configuration or 15 boardroom-style. Our team c...

From $605
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The Library

The Library

Host your guests in The Library, a unique and ambient space with dozens of pop culture curiosities on display. The Library is a treasure box of the NFSA’s most precious, wondrous and whimsical artefacts, with over 280 collection items on d...

From $935
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Relax and connect in the Mediatheque, a cosy, contemporary space with multimedia capabilities. A comfortable yet contemporary lounge space, the Mediatheque is perfect for informal breakout sessions, cosy private dining and screenings for s...

From $1,100
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Louie Temp

February 27, 2024

Great place to visit. It is located inside the Australian National University campus. A fair presentation of styles and decades of Australian movies. Admission is free. Very imformative.

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MapleLeaf Aussie

November 11, 2023

A wonderful place to visit, the NFSA hosts fabulous exhibitions from among its wealth of items and archives. The staff are marvellous - everyone is friendly and welcoming to all, and they know SO much about Australian history and culture that they are willing to share with visitors. We saw the ‘Australians in Film’ exhibition which was just sensational. It included film clips, props, costumes, soundtrack elements, and interactive displays. Everything was beautifully curated, with both written and audiovisual explanations provided. The building is incredibly beautiful, being an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and design. The courtyard garden is lovely and the cafe makes i n c r e d I b l e coffee that I’m sure is brewed from magic beans.

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S L Chong

September 29, 2023

We visited this place which is in a nice historical building. There are a few free exhibits, a free cinema which has short historical films, cafe and a paid exhibition section. There isn't much to see in the free sections but the cinema was nice.

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Shawn Sagar

April 11, 2023

Great place to visit with friends and family. It's basically located inside Australia National University campus. Majority of the sections are free to visit except for special movie screenings that require a ticket. Place is quite nice and well maintained. Public washrooms are available. Also, there is a small coffee shop for visitors.

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Luke Davis

October 2, 2023

A great trip back in time with free and paid exhibitions. The staff are friendly, and the content unique. I could sit here all afternoon watching the restored movie and documentaries in the air-conditioned cinema. Despite being a great historical resource, it looks like this faculty is underfunded. If you can spare $4, make sure you make a donation at the front desk to keep this place going for future generations. Makes me proud to be Australian!

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