Motion Picture Film Storage - NFPB

Preparation of motion picture film for long term storage.    Keep movie film in a cool dark place. Avoid moisture.

The correct preparation of film prior to long term storage is one of the most significant steps that can be made in film preservation. Incorrect preparation will accelerate the rate of base decomposition in cellulose nitrate and acetate films, and can lead to blocking in both cellulose and polyester based films.

Films should be stored either on a suitable core or reel, with an adequate length of leader attached to the head and tail. The films' identification information should be permanently written on the leader.