Latin American Film Archives and FIAF

Soon after their formation (and their subsequent affiliation to FIAF) in the early 1950s, the first Latin American film archives realized the importance of establoshing a regional group to represent their shared interests within the global FIAF network. The first incarnation of such a group was the Latin American section of FIAF (Sección latinoamericana de la FIAF) in the latter half of the 1950s. In 1965, a new, wider group of Latin American film archives, UCAL (Unión de Cinematecas de América Latina) was formed. It was succeeded in the mid-1980s by a new association, CLAIM (Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Archivos de Imagen en Movimiento). Threse successive regional groups have always maitained a close, if at times conflictual, relationship with our Federation. We have decided to make available on this page a number of key historical documents on this topic preserved in the FIAF Historical Archive in Brussels. They are listed in chronological order.

Sección latinoamericana de la FIAF (1955-59)

Transition period (1960-1964)

UCAL (1965-1985)

No Document found between 1966 and 1972.


"Proposition cubaine" (March 1973) [English] (Proposal)


Rapport de l'UCAL à la FIAF (30 January 1974) [French] (Report)

Compte-rendu à la FIAF du VIIe Congrès de l'UCAL (5-11 September 1974 [French] (Minutes)


List of arrested Chilean filmakers and actors (February 1975) [Call for international mobilisation]


Report from UCAL at the FIAF Varna Congress (1977) [handwritten, English] (Report)


Primerio Seminario Latinoamericano de Archivos de Imagenes en Movimiento (4-15 February 1980) [Spanish] (Report)

"La Experiencia de una Cinemateca Regional. El caso de la cinemateca "Luis Buñuel" en la ciudad de Puebla" - Fernando Osorio [Spanish] (Article written for the First Seminar of Latin-American Archives in 1980)


Report of the Cinemateca Boliviana (31 December 1981) - [Spanish]


Declaracion (México, 22-25 April 1985) [Spanish]


Latin-American and Caribbean Archives


Relacion des cinematecas latinomaricana y caribeñas (December 1987) [Spanish] (List of Latin-American and Caribbean Archives)


Arquivos de filmes na America Latina (1988) [Spanish] (List of Film Archives in Latin America)