Film Archivist

By IS Lab June 10, 2020

Website Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences


The Film Archivist works in the Archive Collections department under the guidance of the Collections Curator and the Film Traffic Manager. You will primarily be responsible for inspection, repair, inventory, and cataloging of Archive film, video and digital collections and related materials.


  • Research and document archive collections and database records.
  • Inspect, inventory and catalog archival film, video and digital materials.
  • Create and update records using the Archive’s Adlib database.
  • Assist with new acquisitions, including occasional pickup and delivery of newly acquired collections.
  • Work in the Archive’s temperature controlled vaults on collection maintenance and inventory projects.
  • Work and communicate with Academy staff, Archive donors, Academy members, film industry professionals and outside organizations on collection-related activities.

Position Requirements

  • Degree in archival film studies or equivalent preferred.
  • Solid knowledge of film history and technology.
  • Experience in the operation of film handling and editing equipment and film, video and digital viewing equipment.
  • Experience with standard computer word processing and database software. Experience in using Adlib or similar media database preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Academy staff, donors, laboratory personnel, Academy members, industry professionals, and visitors.
  • Capability to lift at least 45 lbs. and retrieve items from shelves using ladders.
  • Skill in reading and composing correspondence and reports.

About the Organization

The Academy is the world’s preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 8,000+ accomplished men and women working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement

The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.

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