Theatre and Film Studies Centre collects and disseminates information, and takes care of archive and documentary materials in the fields of theatre, radio, film and television. It also implements professional, development-focused and research activities. In the Centre, students and other users have access to a specialised library, archive and documentary materials from the fields of theatre and film, as well as a video collection.
Theatre and Film Studies Centre (CTF) was established as a Documentation Division following the recommendations of its founder, Professor Filip Kumbatovič-Kalan in 1945. The Theatre Archive was established even prior to that, during WW II, by Slovene partisans’ resistance movement in the town of Črnomelj. As a follow-up to Professor Kumbatovič’s remarkable efforts, the CTF was subsequently marked by the work of Professors Marko Marin and Barbara Sušec Michieli.
Head of the Centre
Aldo Milohnić, PhD, Assoc. Prof.
The AGRFT Library is a specialized university library providing access to a wide collection of resources on theatre, radio, film and television. Its mission is to collect, catalogue and store resources relating to relevant fields of study. The founding of the library coincided with the founding of the Academy. In 1994 the library joined the COBISS database system.
For terms and conditions of borrowing, see The Theatre and Film Centre Guidelines.
Library users are provided with online access and can make use of reference library of periodicals and theatre leaflets. Library members can access and make use of NUK, IZUM and CTK databases too.
The library contains books and typescripts. Video and audio material collections are available as part of film documentation holdings, while the iconoteque and other related material is part of theatre documentation holdings.
The library is well stocked with academic books, stage plays in the original languages and translations. It also holds a collection of books related to other fields of study as required by our students (e.g. psychology, philosophy, music).
The library provides a large selection of periodicals and journals, mainly in the fields of film and theatre. Their list and scope can be found in the library catalogue.
In 1996 the library started to include degree theses. They are being catalogued in the COBISS system. Degree theses completed prior to 1996 are kept in the Academy's archive. To borrow them you need a written permission of the author.
The library has been collecting theatre leaflets since it was established. The leaflet and brochure section of the library includes a relatively complete collection of leaflets from principal theatre houses in Slovenia (SNG Drama Ljubljana, SNG Maribor, SLG Celje, SSG Trst, MGL Ljubljana, Prešernovo gledališče Kranj, PDG Nova Gorica, SMG Ljubljana), from the opera houses in Ljubljana and Maribor, and some amateur theatres. Leaflets cannot be borrowed and can be studied in the reading room only.
Since May 2004 there are 4000 typescripts available in the library.
Archive and mediatheque
The archive and mediatheque collect, catalogue, store and look after archive and documentary material used for teaching purposes by the AGRFT staff and other users. This material represents a major resource for academic research and an important part of Slovene cultural heritage.
The main fonds of the archive and mediatheque include:
1. The Archive of AGRFT's artistic, research and teaching activities since 1945:
- iconotheque (blueprints of sets and costumes for AGRFT productions, photo collection)
- work of the students of AGRFT (seminar papers, degree theses, specialisation theses, masters these, doctoral dissertations)
- printed material (reviews, theatre posters, flyers, theatre leaflets, awards, etc.)
- cinematheque and videotheque of theatre, film and TV productions of AGRFT
This material is primarily related to the Academy's teaching process, however, it represents an interesting resource with regard to cultural heritage as well, since students, teachers and other staff have included (and still do) important public figures in the field of arts, such as Josip Vidmar, Branko Gavella, Bojan Stupica, Pino Mlakar, Slavko Jan, Mile Korun and Marija Vera.
2. Reference material on Slovene, European and World theatre and film:
- cinematheque and videotheque
- world iconotheque (visual material on the history of European theatre)
- Slovene iconotheque (visual material on the history of Slovene theatre)
- documentation on stagings in Slovene theatres (flyers, press clippings, theatre leaflets and other material).
The reference collection is intended to inform, educate and assist public interest in the field of culture.
3. Literary estates and manuscript material on the history of Slovene theatre and film:
- estate of the Partisan theatre during and after World War II
- estate of Emil Kralj
- estate of Marija Vera
- setate of Ema Starc
- donation by Fran Žižek (shooting scripts)
- donation by France Brenk (original films by Karl Grossmann)
- FIRT (International Federation for Theatre Research) archive: lectures,Professor Kumbatovič's correspondence, manuscripts
- SIBMAS (International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions) archive: lectures, correspondence, manuscripts, etc.
Most archive material is kept at the AGRFT premises.
In 2004 an online theatre and film catalogue called eKumba (©2004) was started. This database contains reference and archive material connected to projects in the field of theatre, radio, television and other art fields. eKumba is an online archive tool to catalogue, arrange and provide access to archive collections of the Academy's Theatre and Film Studies Centre. Its main aim is to archive the Academy's own art production. The aim of the archive is to educate, promote research and provide access to other professional users in the field. It is being constanly upgraded by the digitalization of Slovene cultural heritage projects. A valuable collection on the activities of Slovene partisan theatre during WW II (1943-1945) is particularly noteworthy. www.partizanskogledalisce.si
The eKumba online database offers quick access to all available material (i.e. video recordings of various theatre productions, films, photos, documents). In some cases images and entire manuscripts can be accessed too.