Cinecyclopedia is a media file repository making available public domain and freely licensed educational media content (images, sound, and video clips) to everyone, in their own language. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here. The repository is created and maintained not by paid archivists, but by volunteers. The scope of Cinecyclopedia is set out on the project scope pages.

Cinecyclopedia uses the same wiki-technology as Cinecyclopedia, and everyone can edit it. Unlike media files uploaded to other projects, files uploaded to Cinecyclopedia can be embedded on pages of all Cinecyclopedia projects without the need to separately upload them there.

Unlike traditional media repositories, Cinecyclopedia is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use, and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author; this often means crediting the source and author(s) appropriately and releasing copies/improvements under the same freedom to others. The license conditions of each individual media file can be found on their description page. The Cinecyclopedia database itself and the texts in it are licensed under the Cinecyclopedia Attribution/Share-Alike License. More information on re-use can be found at Cinecyclopedia: Reusing content outside Cinecyclopedia and Cinecyclopedia: First steps/Reuse.

You can enhance Cinecyclopedia the most by participating in the following ways:

Contribute your work :

If you're a skilled photographer, consider sharing your valuable images. If you excel at design, explore which diagrams and animations are in high demand.

Contribute your skills

You don't necessarily need to upload your own files; there's a plethora of other crucial tasks to undertake:

Translate pages into languages other than English.

Enhance existing images.

Identify unidentified objects.

Share your legal expertise on copyright inquiries and deletion requests.

Contribute your time

You don't have to be an artist or adept at writing help texts. If you thrive in creating order out of chaos, your assistance is invaluable!

Assign categories to media in need of organization.

Categorize files into appropriate subcategories.

There are numerous free media resources waiting to be integrated into this project.

Nominate or vote for Featured Pictures (registration is required).

Detect and rectify instances of vandalism.

Explore the Tour and take your first steps in contributing to Cinecyclopedia.


To start contributing by uploading files to Cinecyclopedia, you'll need to create an account. Simply click on the "Log in / create account" link located in the upper right corner of the page. Once you've registered, you'll have a unique user name that you can use for all your image and text uploads and edits. While logging in is encouraged for editing pages, it's not mandatory if you only wish to edit content. If you've already registered with unified login, you're automatically signed up at Cinecyclopedia.

Getting Started Tutorial

Our introductory guides, including the first steps help file and FAQ, will be invaluable resources for you after you've registered. They provide instructions on customizing the interface, such as selecting your preferred language, uploading files, and understanding our basic licensing policy. Don't worry if you lack technical skills; contributing here is straightforward. Feel free to take bold actions and assume good intentions from fellow contributors. Remember, this is a wiki, making it incredibly user-friendly.

File Organization

At Cinecyclopedia, we organize files into categories and galleries. You can find an overview of the categories we use on the Main Page.

Additional Resources and Software

For information about tools for viewing or editing content, please consult the software page and tools page.

We hope your time at Cinecyclopedia is enjoyable and filled with fun contributions!