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The Institut national de l’audiovisuel, or INA, was founded in 1974, after the split of the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF). Since then, it has been active in archive management, training, research and production.


The Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA) was founded and was assigned a number of roles: the preservation of French radio and television archives, the production of original programmes, research and professional training.



Ina steered part of the “Image Research Plan”, developed animation and 3D mixing and video software, and organised Imagina, an annual forum on “new images” and networks.


Ina was entrusted with the legal deposit for all French radio and television channels. The Inathèque de France was launched in 1995 and set up its Consultation Centre at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1998.


Ina launched a vast plan to preserve and digitise all the images and sounds it managed. The aim was to combat the deterioration of physical archive formats and to promote the multimedia use of the archives. Ina’s pioneering approach made France the worldwide reference in the field.


2004 saw the launch of Ina MEDIAPRO is more than a website. It is used by audiovisual professionals to conduct research, select and order archives. It facilitates access to the world’s largest audiovisual archive database.



The launch of the website gave the general public access to over 100,000 radio and television programmes.


In 2007, Ina SUP, an audiovisual and digitisation faculty was opened, offering two specialised Master's courses.


The aim is to save 100% of France's audiovisual memory.

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