CEN TC457 Presentation in Bologna

I am happy to convey this invitation to a presentation on digital preservation of cinematographic works.

Photo: third meeting of the CEN/DIN TC 457 in October 2018 in Berlin

Dear Madam, dear Sir, dear colleague,
the CEN TC457 project team is pleased to invite you to a presentation in Bologna on the progress of our work on the CEN Preservation Package aimed for the digital long-term archiving of films.
The 50 minute session will start with a 20 min presentation on the concepts and ideas for this digital long-term archive format followed by a panel and a discussion with the audience.
It will take place on Monday 24 June at 11:00 am at the DMS auditorium, Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bologna.
We are looking forward to see you there.

Best regards
Siegfried Foessel
Project leader of CEN TC 457 project

68mm Mutoscope and Biograph from the Eye Filmmuseum collection

The films of the Mutoscope and Biograph are quite special. Not only because they are very old and rare, but also because of their exceptional image quality.

The films of the Mutoscope and Biograph are the oldest films in the Eye vaults. The collection of Mutoscope and Biograph films consists of 200 films of approximately one minute each. The films are quite rare, only the British Film Institute has a similar smaller collection.
The films were shot on a very large format that was quickly outdated, but which yielded spectacularly beautiful images: 68mm. Apart from the format, the material is unusual because it doesn’t have sprocket holes, so the image fills the entire width of the film strip. This produces an image quality that is comparable to IMAX – 8 to 16K in digital terminology.

Most 68mm films contain rare images from various locations in Europe, with an image quality that after 120 years is still one of the best that film can transmit.

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William Kentridge – Ten Drawings for Projection

In 2015, the South African artist William Kentridge donated 10 Drawings for Projection (1989-2011) to the Eye Filmmuseum. These ten short animation films marked Kentridge’s breakthrough on the international art scene. Illuminating the eventful history of South Africa, these films will be shown at Eye this summer as part of a larger installation. Also included in the exhibition is the film installation O Sentimental Machine (2015), featuring historical footage of Russian revolutionist Leon Trotsky. The exhibition takes place during the Holland Festival, for which William Kentridge is Associate Artist. Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 3 June – 1 September 2019. Maureen Mens/Corporate Communication

Film heritage: access, exhibition and distribution in the 21st century


ACE workshop during Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival, Bologna

Tuesday 25 June, 2–5 p.m., MAMbo, Museum of Modern Art, via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14

In 2008 ACE started the European Film Gateway (EFG) project, linked to Europeana, as the first project to make our film heritage available online. The project confirmed the importance of metadata, and highlights its interoperability. The second step for ACE was the EFG / World War I project, a curatorial project for our film collections online. At this stage, more than 53,000 videos (videos, not films!) are available.

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The Film Corner Reloaded

In 2016 Fondazione Cineteca Italiana launched ‘The Film Corner. Online and Offline Activities for Film Literacy’, a co-financed Project within the frame of the Creative Europe Program, based on the creation of an online interactive platform especially devised for young people and their teachers.

The general framework of the project is provided by the “Framework for Film Education” edited by the BFI in 2015. Experts from different search fields have been contributing to designing and creating the platform content, which is dedicated to a cross-curricular approach that connects film to other subjects, languages and topics. The cross-curricular attitude is a core aspect of the platform, whose aim is to support teachers in working with their students, giving them skills and knowledge through an ancillary use of film.

During the first phase, the first two sections “Film Specific” and  “Creative Studio” were dedicated to a critical approach to film language and to film as an art form, as well as to a creative approach to film and filmmaking.

The Project met with great success, and it was re-financed for 2019. We named the second edition The Film Corner Reloaded – A cultural approach”. So, starting 2019 through 2020 a third section of the platform will be developed, dedicated to an interdisciplinary and cross-curricular approach to film education centered on the relation of film (the main topic) with other topics.

Through this new section the Project aims to provide teachers with an efficient tool to help them in fulfilling the objectives of the curricular activity through a set of educational resources, using film as a cross-cutting subject that can foster connections throughout the whole school curriculum. The platform will be created around a selection of EU and non-EU films and audiovisual, both industry and heritage films, for which rights will be cleared in cooperation with rightholders.

To sum up, the objective of the Project’s second edition is to provide an innovative educational tool that can be used as a reference for film literacy. By exploiting multimedia and web 2.0 techniques (interactivity, role-playing games, gamification, narrativized settings), its aim is that of disseminating film literacy Europe-wide, and of fostering interactive and participatory approaches capable of stimulating young people’s curiosity towards cinema.

Finally, the Project involves 50 classes over six countries, reaching out more than 2,000 students around Europe, from junior high school to secondary school.

TEST THE FILM CORNER PLATFORM: http://thefilmcorner.eu/

The Platform is already available in English, French, Italian, Serbian, Slovenian, Georgian. The use of the Platform for schools is completely free of charge.

BAAC Annual Conference 2019

On behalf of BAAC, I am glad to publish their communication. I hear the deadline will be extended.

Call for papers

The 16th BAAC annual conference “GLAMorous content and access” will be held from October 9th to 11th 2019 in Riga, Latvia, in the Freeport of Riga (Rīgas Brīvostas pārvalde) conference hall, Kalpaka bulvāris 12.

Audiovisual materials are being collected by different types of memory institutions, such as archives, museums, libraries, as well as broadcasting institutions and research institutes. Historically, different memory institutions use different practices and standards for description and cataloguing. New technologies are emerging for capturing metadata and descriptive information, and challenging traditional practices of archival description. Lack of universal cross-domain standards for description of audiovisual materials forms a major challenge for exchange of information.

The following topics are offered as starting points:

  • Use of new technologies in description of audiovisual materials
  • Description standards and their use in linking audiovisual materials to other archival, library and museum materials
  • Exchange of content descriptive information between memory institutions and cultural organizations: analysis of current practices and standardization possibilities
  • Case studies of successful new practices and achievements.
  • The conference language will be English.

BAAC invites presentation proposals for the 2019 conference in Riga. The closing date for submissions is 24 May 2019. All proposals must be accompanied by a brief abstract (max. 250 words) and should be sent to conference@baacouncil.org.

Original call for papers on the BAAC website.

INTERESTED IN JOINING ACE?

According to the ACE statutes, film archives in a European country may be admitted as members, under the precondition that they

  • are members of FIAF or
  • are public mission non-profit film heritage institutions that have signed a statement of adherence to the Code of Ethics of FIAF,

and

  • be nominated by at least two members.

In practice, you should

  • contact two ACE film heritage institutions in your area or that you otherwise know asking for nominations for membership. These institutions may submit their nomination via email.
  • If you are a FIAF member, you may then apply for membership via email stating that you are a FIAF member.
  • If you are not a FIAF member, print out and sign this statement, and send it in hard copy or as a signed PDF.

After receiving your application, the Executive Committee will process it. When the application has been approved, you will become an ACE member with full rights after paying the annual membership fee, currently 700€.

All application related emails and mail should be sent to the General Secretary of the ACE.

This information can always be found in the ACE menu at the top as “ACE Member Application”.

8th Edition of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award

The European Film Academy is proud to present the 8th Edition of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award, an event that this year involves 55 European cities from 34 different Countries.

 

Guys ages 12 to 14 will have the possibility to experience a very special day on the next 5th of May as a part of the European jury that will have to decide which of the three nominated movies deserves the Award.

 

EFA YAA – European Film Academy Young Audience Award will be held on Sunday the 5th of May in all 55 institutions, where young jurors will watch the nominated films. Afterwards, the secret vote will take place and it will be unveiled together with that of the other participants from all over Europe during an official ceremony in Erfurt (Germany). The announcement of the winner will be broadcast live on yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu.

All the information related to the enrolment is available HERE

Since 2012 EFA Young Audience Award (YAA) is an official category of the European Film Awards and as such it is promoted by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with MDM and Creative Europe – UE Media Program. Spain is the country with the largest number of institutions involved with five cities: Valencia, Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona and A Coruña

The Award’s aim consists of building bridges between different cultures, dealing with social issues and encouraging honourable values as peace, sense of community and tolerance.

The Award winners of the previous editions are Kauwboy (Holland, 2012); Nono, het zigzag kind (The Zigzag Kid, Holland, 2013); Spijt! (Regret, Holland, 2014); Il ragazzo invisible (Italy, 2015); Jamais contente (France, 2016); Tschick (Goodbye Berlin, Germany, 2017) and Wallay (France-Burkina Faso-Qatar, 2018).

 

2019 Nominees:

The current nominees have been selected between movies that were commercially distributed throughout the 2018 or International Festivals’ action, fiction or documentary ones by a team of international experts. The initial selection of six titles has been reduced to three.

 

Los Bando

Directed by Christian Lo. Norway/Sweden fiction.

Comedy based on a road movie of a young band that embarks on an action-packed journey through Norway, to arrive at the Norwegian rock Championships in time.

 

 

Old Boys

Directed by Toby MacDonald. UK/Sweden fiction.

In the school-set-re-working of Cyrano, an awkward but imaginative pupil helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero pursue the daughter of a teacher.

 

 

 

Fight girl

Directed by Johan Timmers. Holland/Belgium fiction.

After her parents’ divorce and the consequent family’s transfer, Bo, 12-year-old, is introduced to the kickboxing club and the championships. However, the experience will show her that it’s not always possible to maintain a high level and to control everything.

 

Further information on: yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu

FIRST NEWS FROM CINARTS

At the end of March, the Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema hosted the second partner meeting for CINARTS, the fourth European Film Education project conducted by Cineteca di Bologna and co-funded by Creative Europe. The project is developed with Cinemateca Portuguesa, Hungarian Film Fund, CINEMATEK, Les enfants de cinéma and BAM! Strategie Culturali.

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