The National Audiovisual Institute was established on April 1, 2009 as a consequence of the reorganization of the Polish Audiovisual Publishers, functioning since 2005. As a result, the statutory goals of this institution were considerably extended. Apart from the hitherto publishing activity, archiving of the most valuable phenomena in Polish culture, and active contribution to the cultural discourse, the mission of the National Audiovisual Institute will consist in systematic digitalization and distribution of the reconstructed and digitally recorded materials. The outcome of this activity will be published on a multimedia website, where those interested will find both archival materials which so far have not been accessible to a wider audience and new broadcasts produced in the recent years. In the long run, apart from its archiving mission conducted with the most innovative technology, the National Audiovisual Institute will commence educational and research activity. Reflections on digitalization, reconstruction, and audiovisual creativity are meant to raise the consciousness of the national heritage and to provide access to the artistically outstanding texts of the past, which can considerably enrich thinking about the contemporary world and facilitate the creation of today's national identity.
The National Audiovisual Institute is subordinate to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage
The National Audiovisual Institute is a partner in School Film Archives – the most recent project of the Polish Film Institute and Ministry of Culture. This project was launched in order to provide Polish schools with packages of 26 DVDs containing 55 feature, documentary and animated films. The DVDs will be delivered to schools with detailed synopses, lesson plans, questions, director bios and photographic material.
The National Audiovisual Institute is an entity of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.