Internet Archive | Huge Database of Free Film Clips
by Desktop Documentaries
The Internet Archive, a 501-c3 non-profit, has a vast collection of movie clips online dating back to the early 1900's – including full length movies, cartoons, wartime film clips, video game footage, vintage educational films, old home movies, live music concerts, sports events and live news coverage (including a collection from 9/11).Cinderella (cartoon) 1922
Thousands of public domain free movies, films, audio and videos are available on the internet for you to download and use in your documentary project.
Here are a few examples of what you'll find over at the Internet Archive.
Civil Defense TV Spots (1965)
The Internet Archive collection also includes the Prelinger Archives of more than 60,000 non-fiction ephemeral films. Here's just one example:San Francisco Post-Quake Scene (1906)ARCHIVE MASHUPS
Some filmmakers have already created their own films using clips they found in the archive. Learn more about Video Mashups
The majority of film clips in the Internet Archive are free with unrestricted access, although you need to check the text box to the left of each clip for copyright information and any restrictions.
For documentary filmmakers, without a doubt, the Internet Archive is a fantastic resource.
To visit the site, go to www.archive.org