How to Nominate Films
2021 National Film Registry: Librarian of Congress Announces the 2021 National Film Registry
2022 National Film Registry: We are now closed for nominations. The Librarian is expected to announce the 2022 inductees in mid-December 2022.
Nomination are being accepted for the 2023 National Film Registry External
Deadline for Nominations is August 15, 2023
The Library of Congress invites you to submit your recommendations for the 2023 National Film Registry. Public nominations play a key role when the Librarian and National Film Preservation Board are considering their final selections. To be eligible for the Registry, a film must be at least 10 years old and be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Registry criteria does not specifically prohibit television programs, commercials, music videos or foreign productions, however, the original intent of the legislation that established the Registry was to safeguard U.S. films. Consequently the National Film Preservation Board and the Librarian of Congress give first consideration to American motion pictures.
The Registry is intended to reflect American society and the rich tapestry of American cinema since its inceptions around 1890. To that end, we strongly encourage the nomination of the full-range of American film-making: not just Hollywood classics or other well-known works, but also silent era titles, documentaries, avant-garde, educational and industrial films, as well as films representing the vibrant unmatched diversity of American culture, both in terms of content and all those who created these snapshots of America society: directors, writers, actors and actresses, cinematographers, and other crafts.
Looking for ideas on possible films to nominate? Check this list of films for hundreds of titles not yet selected to the National Film Registry. View the complete list of films currently on the Registry.
You may recommend up to 50 titles per year through our online nomination form External.
Use of the online form is preferred; however, to submit via regular mail, send your nominations to:
National Film Registry
Library of Congress
Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation
19053 Mt. Pony Road
Culpeper, VA 22701