Welcome to the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art database. There are about 6.000 films and videos from both the Arsenal collection as well as the distribution arm to be discovered here, which, since the founding of the institution in 1963, have found their way into the database via the Forum programs shown at the Berlin Film Festival, and via the work of the Arsenal Cinema over the decades. Films are screened here from the world over, of all lengths and genres. The Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art archive has never had clearly defined parameters for how it collects films. Unhampered by classical organizational principles, it reflects international history and current trends from the viewpoint of an almost fifty-year-old Berlin film institution. Emerging from practical work, the archive can only continue to exist by engaging with the present. This is one reason why we are delighted to be finally online and accessible.