NFAI, Pune houses 19 State-of-the-Art film preservation facilities/vaults as per international standards and specifications. These vaults have the capacity of storing nearly 2 lakh film reels. There are 3 vaults in the Main building, 16 vaults at Phase-II facility and 8 small vaults/cubicles (Nitrate base film).
Initially, the film collection by NFAI was stored in improvised film vaults in the premises of the Film & Television Institute of India. Since the inauguration of its new building in 1994, NFAI has its own film vaults designed according to international film preservation standards. The films are stored in a controlled environment with temperature of about 15˚C and relative humidity of 50 % which is ideally suited to preserve black and white films. In future the archive would construct additional vaults for storage of colour films which require cooler and drier conditions.
The small but invaluable nitrate collection has been transferred to safety base. Printing and duplication work is done in different laboratories in Pune, Mumbai and other centres. But in the long run, NFAI is planning to have its own restoration laboratory for specialized work on shrunk and decomposed material and to ensure superior quality.
The film vaults are maintained with following temperature for Black & White Films, Colour Films and Nitrate based Films;
Type of films
12 to 14˚C
Black & White Films
12 to 14˚C
40 to 50%
2 to 4˚C (+/- 1˚ C)
25 to 30 %
The major thrust of work in this section is to take care of the film material by periodic checking. This helps to identify the decaying material which requires immediate attention.