ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number)

ISAN is a unique identification number for an audiovisual work. Once it is registered, the audiovisual work can be tracked, inventoried, and released to a broader audience.

To register for ISAN, contact the ISAN website:

ISAN International Agency
1A, rue du Beulet
CH-1203 Geneva
Phone: +41 22 545 10 00
Fax: +41 22 545 10 40
General information:
Customer Service:

ISAN Registry (A Directory of Registration Agencies)

ISAN is an ISO standard. Its delivery is supervised by ISAN International Agency.

About ISAN:

ISAN is ordered by ISO Standard, 15706-1&2.

The ISAN Standard was prepared within ISO Technical Committee (TC) 46, Subcommittee (SC) 9 which is responsible for ISO International Standards for the identification and description of information resources. 

Think of it as an unique id to identify a new film when the film is screening in the international film festivals (The Grandmaster is the opening film at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival).

Here is an example of ISAN :

ISAN 0000-0000-3A8D-0000-Z-0000-0000-6

How to attach ISAN Number to an audiovisual work?

The ISAN is the unique reference number for an audiovisual work. As such it should be included as a data element in any systems used to manage and process information about audiovisual works. Collecting societies, for example, will use the ISAN when they exchange and process information about the use of audiovisual works.

For audiovisual works in digital form (e.g. DVD), the ISAN should be embedded into the appropriate masters of the work and transferred to any subsequent copies made from those masters. The MPEG standards provide a space for the ISAN identifier in the MPEG format.

For audiovisual works in analogue form (e.g. celluloid film), the ISAN should be securely affixed to the master and any other archival copies. For new works, that could involve printing the ISAN on the master negative or on an interpositive. For works already in existence, that would involve securely linking the work and its ISAN in some form of permanent record, archive or inventory. It could also involve physically recording the ISAN on the container of the master version, whenever possible.

The ISAN should also be included in the documentation, packaging and relevant contracts and agreements for an audiovisual work.


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