Responsible for the Netherlands' cinematographic heritage, EYE manages an extensive and internationally renowned collection that features 37,000 films, 500,000 photographs and 60,000 film posters. Each year the collection expands through acquisitions, donations and bequests.
The collection department digitalises thousands of films and photographs as part of the collaborative project Images for the Future (Beelden voor de Toekomst). Supplemented with text and/or other materials to place them in context, these films and photographss are then made available in various websites, databases and applications. In this way, a growing part of the EYE collection is accessible for the general public, educational institutions, scientific research, businesses and other organisations. Read more about EYE’s collection.
Education is one of EYE's core tasks. By offering training for the education, film and library sectors, EYE contributes to the advancement of expertise and media education. EYE has much to offer in the areas of elementary and secondary education, as can be seen from the websites Filmeducatie, Klassefilm and MovieZone. EYE participates in scientific research and stimulates debate. More on education.
EYE presents its films in relation to current and historical developments in art, culture, media and society. The Institute regularly uses theatre, live music, poetry, dance and the visual arts in its (digital) presentations. In its new location on the IJ as well as numerous other locations, EYE organises exhibitions, film programmes, festivals and other events. EYE is also active in various online projects.
EYE wants to share the pleasures and possibilities of cinema with as many people as possible. The Institute tries to reach everyone who might be interested in EYE’s diverse programming and to increase access to the wide range of what EYE has to offer. To achieve this, EYE works with representatives in the film industry, the cultural and tourism sectors, and the government. Additionally, EYE actively seeks out partnerships and builds relationships in the cultural and business sectors. EYE also considers the international promotion of Dutch film to be vitally important, and EYE International is the face of Dutch film abroad.