The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (Dovzhenko Centre) is the largest Ukrainian film archive with an extensive collection that includes 7,000 feature films, documentaries, Ukrainian and foreign animated films and thousands of archival records from the history of Ukrainian cinema.
Dovzhenko Centre was launched in 1994 based on the largest Soviet Ukrainian film printing factory (founded in 1948), and today it is one of the most dynamic cultural institutions in Ukraine that can boast a wide international representation in the film industry.
Dovzhenko Centre acts as an umbrella for a modern climate-controlled film vault, the only film printing laboratory in Ukraine, a Cinema Museum, a non-film archive, a multimedia library and a publishing department. It stores, promotes, researches and distributes the national film legacy in Ukraine and abroad.
In 2015 the industrial buildings of the centre were refurbished and turned into a public space. For that purpose, an art cluster was created, and now it unites some public initiatives in the field of modern art, namely theatre, music, and book publishing.
Thus, Dovzhenko Centre has become a popular platform for hosting concerts and performances.
The centre is the only member of the International Federation of Film Archives in Ukraine, and in its activities, it aims at applying best practices of such western film institutions as the British Film Institution, EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, Cinémathèque Française, Filmoteca de Catalunya, etc.
The mission of Dovzhenko Centre is to develop a fresh approach to the conventional history of cinema and history as such, to research the transformation of the national memory, and study the reflection of the artistic and historical processes through cinema.