Film & Television Literature Index (FTLI)

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Film & Television Literature Index (FTLI) is a comprehensive bibliographic database covering all types of writing, including industry papers, news journalism, and scholarly academic journals on topics for film and television. Its coverage includes Film Journal International, Journal of British Cinema & Television, Film Criticism, Post Script, and Variety, as well as technical publications such as SMPTE. FTLI also includes most all existing international film and television publications such as Cahiers du Cinema, Cinema in India, Cinemamaya, Filmkultura, Segnocinema, and Kinetoscopio.

Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. The information is gleaned from cover to cover indexing and abstracts for more than 300 publications and selected coverage of 300 more.


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Dates covered

1990 - present with selective coverage back 50 years prior.

Updating frequency



Motion picture and television academic journals, popular magazines, and trade papers in all languages.

A list of periodicals indexed is available here. [PDF]

Type of coverage

Indexing with citations and abstracts. Includes some full-text.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Film Literature Index, 1973 to 2004, ALEX REF PN1993 .F53.
Electronic version for years 1976 to 2001 from the Indiana University at:

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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