The Algerian Cinematography Center (CAC) a public body which manages the Algerian film library, is a public establishment (subsidized by the State), created by presidential decree on March 17, 1967.
The CAC has taken over the management of the prestigious Algerian cinematheque which was created on January 23, 1965, and which has become, from the room “26 rue Ben M’hidi” in Algiers, the epicenter of its national cinematographic activities.
The Algerian cinematheque is considered the first in Africa and in the Arab world and the second in the world in terms of the number of films stored. It has in its five places: National Library, Bab El Oued, the wilaya of Algiers, Blida and Bejaia and Eucalyptus more than 60,000 boxes of films in all cinema formats (8mm, 16mm, 35mm).
Member of the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) since 1996, its missions are that of an authentic cinematheque: it recovers, collects, preserves and protects films. Over 20,000 feature films and 10,000 short films and as many documentaries constitute its film archives; moreover, the photo and poster collections as well as the documentation center – library enrich and complete this treasure. Journalists, students and researchers find all the elements that will allow them to advance in their work. Debussy’s documentation service is considered a gold standard for posters, photos and film books.
All these activities will allow the Algerian cinematheque in the years to come, thanks to a special program of defense and promotion of national production, to intervene in the cultural field by helping to relaunch all the cinematographic activities of our country: distribution, production, festivals etc …
And this is all the more important as the cinema, complete art brings knowledge, emotion and also employment. Finally, to conclude, let us stress that the Algerian film library today represents the essential place for all research on Arab and African cinematography.
The CAC has been headed since December 20, 2018, by Salim Aggar (former director and film critic) and the establishment employs more than 133 employees across more than 12 wilayas.