Film Programs

The National Gallery of Art’s film program provides many opportunities throughout the year to view classic and contemporary cinema from around the world.  Through screenings, scholarly notes, filmmaker discussions, and unique introductions by critics and academics, the program encourages viewers to learn more about the history of the cinema and the role of media in society. Innovative retrospectives, restored works of historical value, silent films with live musical accompaniment, new documentaries, and experimental media by noted video artists are offered on weekends during the entire year. For information about past film programs, please visit the Film Programs Archive.

The Gallery’s film holdings include hundreds of international documentaries related to the arts such as Jean DuBuffet Un Auto-Portrait, Joseph Cornell: Worlds in a Box, Beaubourg, David Hockney the Colors of Music, The Camera Je, and various international television series on the arts. The National Gallery is an associate member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).

Programs are free of charge, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Films are screened in original formats. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Programs are subject to change.  

For more information, e-mail, or call (202) 842-6799.

Please see our accessibility page for information on services for the hearing impaired. 


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Audio and Video

Watch video or listen to audio from past film programs

Quarterly Film Calendar

The current quarterly Film Calendar is also available in PDF format. Call (202) 842-6799 for recorded information or contact us by e-mail at to add your name to the mailing list.

Summer 2016 Film CalendarJuly-September (PDF 488KB)

Spring 2016 Film Calendar
April–June (PDF 423KB)
Winter 2016 Film Calendar

January–March (PDF 512KB)

Fall 2015 Film Calendar
October–December (PDF 306KB)

Summer 2015 Film Calendar
July–September (PDF 657KB)

Spring 2015 Film Calendar
April-June (PDF 515KB)

Winter 2015 Film Calendar
January-March (PDF 499KB)