Public Domain Catalog

Lost and Rare

Public Domain Movie Heritage!

Festival Films has restored and reissued public domain films for over 40 years. We constantly add titles and update quality. (References by request.)

This page links by genre to our public domain cartoons, newsreels, comedy shorts, black heritage, classic features of horror, sci-fi, comedy, mystery, musicals, westerns, war, serials and more! Click the Cafe Roxy sign on the right to see the many "special programs" we offer with shorts and features.

This public domain "Film Heritage" may be shared and shown legally on your own streaming website or broadcast platform with no royalties to pay EVER. Use them for:

Feature Films in the Public Domain by GENRE

Special Subjects

Classic Television Series in the public domain.

TV shows are listed by episode titles and grouped in the volumes for sale on DVD-R.
Mpeg2 TV shows can be selected individually by episode title.

Why get Public Domain films from Festival Films? Thanks for asking! Why are films in Public Domain? Peruse this Copyright Discussion.

Which films are in Public Domain?
Click here to get a "Nearly Complete" PDF Catalog! This PDF Catalog was prepared in 2013 and has not been updated. For the complete current films and TV shows, please continue to browse the genre selections above. However, this PDF separates the color films from black and white for those looking for more COLOR, and it lists the gigabyte size of the TV shows. If you need or desire to know that Mpeg2 files of 143 episodes of Adventures of Robin Hood = 113 gb, this is the resource for you!

Color Catalog

Some have requested lists of all the color films in the library. So here is a list compiled a few years ago, which again is NOT complete but may be of some use. Click for Color Film List


DVD-R & Mpeg2 Formats

All titles in the Public Domain Catalog (above) are available on top-quality, economical DVD-R format as well as Mpeg2 Video Files for Internet streaming. Many TV stations use either DVD-R or Mpeg files for their broadcasts. We supply Cafe Roxy Programs on DVD-R because most movie theaters and other venues have DVD projection or large screen TVs in place.

DVD-R Prices start at $30 for a feature film, 4 half-hour TV shows or a Cafe Roxy program, with discounts for volume purchases. See our Pricing Page, email to fesfilms@aol.com, or call 952-470-2172 to discuss large discounts on volume orders.

Quality Guarantee!

Quality is guaranteed. Any film found to be inferior may be exchanged for another title. Some films because of their age or rarity are simply not available in perfect condition. Whenever better material turns up, we upgrade our masters. There are no company logos or watermarks over the picture, and none of those "scary" FBI Warnings that do not apply to public domain films.

Definitely Public Domain

The PD Catalog contains mostly American films made before 1964. These carefully researched films have been considered to be in the public domain in the USA for many years. Why is a film in the public domain? Study all about it in this Copyright Discussion. Briefly, films fall into the public domain because they were never properly registered with the Library of Congress in the first place or were not renewed as required by the prevailing copyright laws at the time.

Each film comes with a specific statement as to why it is in the public domain!

So no royalties and no fears. Public Domain Films may be broadcast on cable TV, on the Internet, duplicated freely, sold on DVD, used for stock footage in various projects and shown to audiences everywhere!