An important part of AFC's film preservation efforts is the guardianship
of Latin American orphan films. Orphan films are films that
lack the commercial interests capable of paying the
costs necessary for preservation.
These films include newsreels, early silent films, educational
shorts, films no longer under copyright protection, amateur
footage, documentaries and features made outside the commercial
Much of North Americas film heritage is cared for in
Hollywood, mainly as a result of the major production studios
realizing the commercial benefits of maintaining extensive
Orphan films, particularly those from Latin America, are not
so fortunate. Many are held by hundreds of disparate public
film archives, museums, historical societies, libraries and
individuals in Latin America that lack the resources to ensure
the future of these works.
Though these bodies are committed to caring for film; they
need support to make preservation copies, store film under
archival conditions, and share materials with the public.
The Americas Film Conservancy is dedicated to supporting the
collective efforts of these groups as a pan regional guardian
for Latin American orphan films.