Danish Film Institute

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

Danish Film Institute
Det Danske Filminstitut logo.gif
Logo of the Danish Film Institute, since 1999.
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
Chief Executive
Claus Ladegaard

Also known as Filmhuset ("the film house"), it is located in Gothersgade in central Copenhagen. Facilities directed at the general public include a library and Cinemateket which is Denmark's national film museum.

It is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The current Director of the Film Institute is Claus Ladegaard.[1] The institute is a member of European Film Promotion, 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 Gothersgade.


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. It maintains the Danish National Filmography (Danmarks Nationalfilmografi), a database about Danish films since 1896.



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 library is it possible to watch short and documentary films. Other facilities include a book shop, a café and a restaurant.


The library.

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 magazines, manuscripts and rarer publications may only be referenced on the premises.[2]

DFI DirectorsEdit

Year Director
1972–1973 Erik Hauerslev
1974–1976 Leif Feilberg
1976–1988 Finn Aabye
1988 Mona Jensen
1988–1990 Erik Crone
1990–1991 Mona Jensen
1991–1993 Bo Christensen
1993 Mona Jensen
1993–1995 Henrik Bering-Liisberg
1995–1997 Mona Jensen
1997–2007 Henning Camre
2007–2017 Henrik Bo Nielsen
2018- Claus Ladegaard


  1. ^ "Claus Ladegaard tager styringen hos Filminstituttet". Berlingske. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ "Det Danske Filminstituts Bibliotek". AOK. Retrieved 2010-04-10.

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