Since the 1970s, the Pacific Film Archive has hosted numerous guest speakers in conjunction with its film and video exhibition
program. The speakers include filmmakers from around the world, as well as others involved in filmmaking, film study and criticism,
and film preservation. The audio collection documents these speakers' appearances and consists of question and answer sessions,
lectures, symposia, and other interactions between PFA guests and audiences.
The PFA audio collection includes more than 2,300 recordings of speakers who have appeared at PFA's film exhibition program
since 1978. Earlier recordings are on analog audiocassettes; recordings made since 2005 are digital MP3 or WAV files. PFA
is slowly converting early analog tapes to digital files.
Due to copyright restrictions, audio from the PFA collection may not be reproduced without the speaker's permission.
The recordings are available for research use on the Pacific Film Archive Library premises during PFA Library hours of Monday
through Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m. Any other use must have written permission from the speaker. These recordings can be listened
to at no cost. A one-week notice is required to set up a listening appointment. Contact the PFA Library at (510) 642-1437
to schedule appointments.