Archive and Study Center of DFF

DFF Fassbinder Center, Frankfurt

Current information regarding inquiries and visits

Due to the current COVID restrictions, we are operating with limited capacity. As our team works to respond to your inquires, we appreciate your understanding and patience. If possible, please make appointments for on-site research at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your planned visit by sending an email to

Please note: Wearing a face mask that covers your mouth and nose is mandatory on the premises of the DFF – Archive and Study Center as soon as you leave your assigned workstation. We offer facilities for washing and disinfecting your hands. Please also make sure to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other guests and employees.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Special Collections

The aim of the DFF’s collection activities is to preserve film and film-related materials for scientific research and future generations as evidence of cultural history. In addition, our collections form an essential basis for the conception and presentation of special exhibitions. We continuously expand our holdings by means of acquisitions focused on specific areas, thanks to donations from private individuals and companies, as well as through purchases, permanent loans and deposits.

Most recently, with the support of the City of Frankfurt, the Hessische Kulturstiftung and the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the DFF acquired the text and photo archive of Rainer Werner Fassbinder from the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation. This purchase enabled the DFF to bring together its archives and special collections in a central archive and study center in the vicinity of the Frankfurt University and to make them available to the public much more conveniently than before. The new center is called DFF Fassbinder Center, Frankfurt. Students, researchers and the general public can make appointments and explore the entire DFF collection in the reading room.

The DFF Archive and Study Center houses important collections on various thematic aspects of film history and production. In addition to the collections listed below, the DFF preserves collections of around 100 personalities from the film business, including screenwriter Thea von Harbou, actors Peter Lorre and Paul Wegener, filmmaker Lotte Reiniger, costume designer Helmut Holger, directors Rudolf Thome and Peter Fleischmann and many more.

Selection of collections preserved by DFF:

  • Archive X Films – Film Production
  • Artur Brauner Archive – Film Production
  • Diehl Brothers – Animated puppet film
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder – Director, correspondences, photo and text archive
  • Oskar Fischinger – Avant-garde film
  • Peter Gauhe – Stills and set photography
  • Kurt Hoffmann – German post-war film
  • Otto Hunte – Film architecture
  • Curd Jürgens – Actor
  • Romuald Karmakar – Director
  • Paul Kemp – Actor
  • Irms Pauli – Costume Design
  • Maria Schell – Actor
  • Niklaus Schilling – Director
    Volker Schlöndorff – Director, producer
  • Victor Vicas – Director, cinematography and production
  • Luggi Waldleitner – Film production
  • Robert Wiene – Writer, director and producer

The rooms on Eschersheimer Landstraße can be used throughout the year for lectures, screenings and other public programmes and can also be booked for private events.


DFF Archive and Study Center
DFF Fassbinder Center, Frankfurt
Eschersheimer Landstraße 121
60322 Frankfurt am Main


Phone: +49 69 961 220 – 451

Hans-Peter Reichmann (Head of Archive)
Phone: +49 69 961 220 – 302

Isabelle Bastian (Curator)
Phone: +49 69 961 220 – 474

Jana Marie Jarzembowski (Artur Brauner Archive)
Phone: +49 69 961 220 – 477

Simon Lames (Collections Assistant)
Phone: +49 69 961 220 – 472


Appointments on request