Partner collections

Ina is known for its expertise in archiving, digitisation and the distribution of audiovisual collections. The Institute manages private and public collections as part of its commercial and/or heritage mandates.


Ina has signed agreements with major players in news production including TF1, AFP, and the daily newspaper Le Parisien.

With the television channel TF1, the marketing mandate covers programmes on TF1 (news bulletins, news programmes and political programmes from 1982 to 2008, sports programmes from 1982 to 1989, and LCI (magazine and special programmes).

With France’s press agency, AFP, the agreement covers some 30,000 subjects produced by a network of AFP reporters and journalists in 90 countries. In return, AFP makes a selection of Ina videos available to its customers.

With Le Parisien, the agreement pertains to content published on the newspaper’s website on areas as varied as politics, the economy, sports, the sciences, the arts and everyday news stories.


Thierry Ardisson, Stéphane Collaro, Daniela Lumbroso, and Antoine de Caunes are among the star TV presenters, who have signed agreements with Ina to manage their programmes.


With Thierry Ardisson’s production company, Tout sur l’écran, the agreement pertains to programmes recorded by the famous provocateur, who has been working on French television for 30 years, from Descente de police to Tout le monde en parle.

Stéphane Collaro and his company Julia productions entrusted Ina with the digitisation and commercial operations of its emblematic entertainment programmes, recorded from the 1970s up to the recent remakes of the Bébête Show.

"Chabada" collection, produced by Dégel Prod, contains three music programmes presented by Daniela Lumbroso, co-produced and distributed by France Télévisions between 2005 and 2012: ChabadaLa fête de la Chanson française and Paris Québec sous les étoiles.

Meanwhile, the agreement between Rapido Télévision and Ina covers the marketing of a catalogue of 200 very popular programmes presented by Antoine de CaunesRapidoRock Report, and programmes recorded in English for BBC1.

Ina also distributes La Traversée du Miroir, a programme produced by A Prime Group and presented by Patrick Poivre d’Arvor (131 56’ programmes), Georges Brassens’ personal archives, owned by his nephew, Serge Cazzani.

Ina operates the catalogue of journalist, director and producer Arnaud Hamelin freely and exclusively. (The collection was set up in 1972, and includes mainly war reporting and interviews: Que sont-ils devenus ?, Le dernier jour, and many hours of rushes produced from his reports), and has signed a mandate with Interscoop (a catalogue of some 100 documentaries produced by Christophe de Pontfilly et Frédéric Laffont).


Ina has also signed agreements with the organisers of a number of major sports events and sports federations to facilitate access to “the memory of sport”. These include the 24 hours of Le Mans, the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, the French tennis open at Roland-Garros, but also football and basketball.

The agreements with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO in western France, which organises the “24 Hours of Le Mans”), allow Ina to offer a very broad collection, from 1906 to the present day. A specific agreement has also been signed with German carmaker, Porsche.

Meanwhile, an agreement with the International Olympic Committee entitles Ina to operate a collection of over 7,000 documents dating back to the London Games in 1948.

In partnership with Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), Ina offers footage of the greatest cycling races in France since 1947, including the Tour de France, of course, but also all the other major races, such as the Paris-Roubaix or the Paris-Nice.

Through an agreement with the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Ina distributes footage of the finest moments of the Roland-Garros tournament, matches and interviews with players.

Agreements have also been signed with the French Basketball Federation for the broadcasting of national, regional and local championships and tournaments, including the France Pro A and Pro B championship, the AS and All Star Game tournament. Meanwhile, an agreement with the French Football Federation entitles Ina to broadcast the matches of the French team and the French Cup.

International partnerships

For over ten years, Ina has been forming partnerships with holders of foreign collections, to be able to offer a wider variety of footage.

In 2002, Ina signed an agreement with Ariana Films, an Afghan production company set up in 1982 by the Commander Massud, which contains 1,400 hours of documents hitherto unseen.

Ina has also restored and digitised 210 film reels from the Cambodian archives, representing some 40 hours from the 1975-1979 period, and signed an agreement with the Bophana Centre of Audiovisual Resources in Phnom Penh. Similarly, Ina has a convention with the Max Stahl Audiovisual Centre in East Timor, which owns a number of unique audiovisual documents that trace the struggle for independence and the first years of the young East Timor state.


More recently, an agreement signed with the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) will ultimately provide access to 30 years of news seen from Cuba (1960-1990), a collection that is part of Unesco’s “Memory of the World” programme. Meanwhile, the production companies Gacaca Production and Anne Aghion’s Dry Valley have entrusted Ina with the entire rushes from the various documentary film shoots in Rwanda devoted to the post-genocide period (550 cassettes or some 350 hours).

Through its platform, Ina also distributes the Sonuma collection, which preserves the programmes produced since 1953 by Belgium’s French-speaking public radio-television (RTBF).

As part of an agreement signed in early 2014, South Africa has entrusted Ina with the digitisation and digital restoration of the sound recordings of the Rivonia trial (1963-1964), which had never been heard before. During this trial Nelson Mandela and ten other members of the ANC were condemned to many, many years of prison for high treason.

These exceptional archives are preserved in the form of a collection of 550 Dictabelts, an obsolete recording format.

This project has the support of the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT) programme, “Save your Archive”, and gave Ina the opportunity to set up a technical partnership with France’s national research centre, the CNRS.

Since 2009, Ina has also partnered with Unesco and has gradually been preserving the Unesco audiovisual archives. The partnership resulted in the digitisation of 70 hours, which went into service in 2016. The archives cover the history of Unesco, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015, and includes heritage protection campaigns, and the promotion of human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights and education.

Documentaries, magazines and reports

Ina also distributes numerous collections of documentaries produced since the 1920s and often accompanied by hitherto unseen rushes.

This is the case, for example, of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film, Home, whose producers, Elzevir Films and EuropaCorp entrusted Ina with the 500 hours of unused rushes in high definition. The documentary archives also include the “Tibet” collection directed by Roger Charret, which numbers 250 documentaries produced by Injam Production between 1994 and 2014; Le monde vue du ciel, (The world seen from the sky), 562 one-minute programmes produced by Media9 and directed by the Belgian film director Pierre Brouwers; a Channel Tunnel collection, entitled "Tunnel sous la manche", entrusted to Ina by the Builders of the Channel Tunnel association showing the construction from day to day, a collection of ten 52-minute episodes on the memory of Europe, "Mémoire de l’Europe" directed by Christian Paureilhe and including interviews with 50 European personalities; a "Ministère de l’agriculture" collection of 150 hours of footage produced since the 1920s; and finally, a "Médecins sans frontières" collection featuring reports and documentaries filmed since 1977 in all the places in which the Doctors without Borders have operated.

The national French Consumer Institute (INC) documentaries, designed to inform consumers, from the mid 1960s to the present day (“Jeanne achète”, “50 millions de consommateurs”, “D’accord pas d’accord”, “Consomag ”), show the birth of the consumer society and the questions it has triggered among the general public.

The performing arts, festivals and audiovisual creation

Ina has signed a number of conventions with performing artists, national theatres, and national drama centres, to preserve their collections – Le théâtre national de Chaillot, Le théâtre national de l’Odéon, Le théâtre national de la Colline, Le théâtre National Populaire de Villeurbanne, Le théâtre de la Manufacture de Nancy, La Comédie de Reims, Le théâtre des Amandiers de Nanterre, the national Paris Opera, the Lille Opera and the national higher drama conservatory.

These collections include the recordings of numerous shows, often using the technical means of the institutions, keen to keep a trace of their programming over the years. They also include interviews and press conferences. These videos are enhanced by some precious written documents, including programmes, press kits and brochures, etc.

Regular contributions from theatres enable Ina to incorporate the most recent programming and to broaden the scope to other types of documents, such as sound recordings.

Over 6,000 short films and film extracts are preserved at Ina within the Contemporary Audiovisual collection bearing witness to the history and evolution of audiovisual and computer graphics design.

Many of these films were shown during international festivals, and at Imagina in particular, between 1995 and 2000. Ina organised Imagina, the first European festival of “new images”, in Monaco from 1981 to 2000. Others were presented at the European Digital Art Festival in Valenciennes (now known as E-magiciens), at Ichim (Paris), at Ars Numérica (Montbéliard) and at Siggraph (Special Interest Group on computer GRAPHics - USA).

This archive also houses films produced by institutions and specialised schools, such as Ensad (Paris), Supinfocom (Valenciennes) and Les Gobelins (Paris). Along with the works of artists such as Fred Forest, Maurice Benayoun, Pierre Trividic and Michael Gaumnitz, it features artistic installations including those undertaken by AFP’s 3D-News service, Medialab or Exmachina.

 Ina also preserves the films, debates and interviews conducted by the organisers of cultural events, such as the collection built up around the International Film Festival of Women in Créteil, but also the Rencontres d’Arles and the Festival d’Automne in Paris.

The Pompidou Centre has also called upon Ina to digitise its audiovisual collections, which include 5,200 audio recordings and video films (experimental films by artists, the Kandinsky library collection and the Centre’s audiovisual department archives.

Amateur videos

Since 2012, Ina has been collecting certain films made by amateur film- and video-makers to enrich its archives, which are otherwise almost entirely devoted to professional collections. To this end, Ina works with institutional partners, such as local cinema libraries and the digitisation company, Video Forever.

Since this operation was launched, Ina has brought thousands of unknown documents into the public eye on its website This approach has been pursued as part of its “Grande Collecte” for the commemorations of the First World War, and ensuing annual themes, in a partnership with the Archives de France network and the national French library, BnF.

“Non-media” players (private companies, associations, foundations)

Ina is broadening its scope of intervention to offer its services to structures, which, although not part of the media world, Ina, can be called on to produce audiovisual content. In so doing, Ina makes its expertise and archiving solutions available to audiovisual content owners, in the form of consultations that are defined in line with the nature of the content. It in this spirit that it formed a partnership with the Jean Jaurès Foundation, which holds the archives of the French socialist party.   

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