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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).

All screening events take place in the East Building Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Programs are free of charge, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Films are screened in original formats, when possible. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Programs are subject to change.  

For more information, e-mail [email protected], or call (202) 842-6799.

Please see our accessibility page for information on services for visitors who are deaf or have partial hearing loss. 

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Quarterly Film Calendar

Winter 2020 Film Calendar
January – March (PDF 1.1MB)

Fall 2019 Film Calendar
October – December (PDF 1.1MB)

Summer 2019 Film Calendar
July – September (PDF 1.1MB)

Spring 2019 Film Calendar
April – June (PDF 1MB)

If you would like to receive a printed version of the quarterly film calendar please call (202) 842-6799 or email to join the mailing list.

Film Programs Archive

View and download past programs.

Audio and Video

Watch video or listen to audio from past film programs.