4th April 2019

350 hours of newly-digitised NATO film footage now available to license from Imperial War Museums

Over 2000 titles, including the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949 and colour footage of a divided Berlin, are now available for licensing

Following an extensive digitisation project commissioned by NATO, over 2000 titles of official footage are now available for licensing via Imperial War Museums’ (IWM) Film Archive. This project is part of an exclusive global licensing distribution partnership between IWM and NATO.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO, the world’s strongest political-military alliance, on 4 April, IWM have uploaded highlights from the collection to IWM Film, a website designed for the needs of archive researchers. The IWM archive is also available to view on Screenocean's OneSearch. You can take a look back at the history of NATO clips from all of our collections here.

The NATO film collection comprises approximately 350 hours of film material taken in the late 1940s through to the 1990s, including documentaries, newsreel, and record footage in both colour and black and white film. The collection provides a unique insight into the Cold War era. Early films depict the rush to create economic, political and military stability in post-war Europe, whilst later films encourage international unity and concepts of shared peace and security. The NATO collection includes colour footage of a divided Berlin in the 1960s, Humphrey Jennings’ final film, as well as a documentary film about how the alliance operates and its development since being established in 1949.

Highlights from the over 2000 titles include the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949 and intervention in the Bosnian war (1992-1995), as well as:

•                     Marshall Plan Films (1949-1954)

•                     SHAPE Film Library (1944-1964)

•                     NATO Documentaries (1952-1990)

•                     NATO Log Collection (1965-1994)

You can read more about the partnership with IWM and NATO here, and get in touch with them directly for licensing filmcommercial@iwm.org.uk