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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The films were shot on a very large format that was quickly outdated, but which yielded spectacularly beautiful images: 68mm.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

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”.

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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First news from Il Cinema Ritrovato 2019

One of the biggest film parties in the world, which screened nearly 500 titles last year, is coming back for its 33rd edition, taking place this year between 22nd and 30th June. Famous for its legendary evening screenings in Piazza Maggiore, the festival recently decided to add an extra day during only one cinema operates, showing the best of that year.
Here are some programmes and retrospectives to expect during the festival:

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Please complete the NEMOSINE survey!

– Apologies for cross-posting –
Dear colleagues,
DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and Filmoteca Valenciana – IVC are partners the EU project NEMOSINE, which aims to set new standards for the preservation of audiovisual heritage by developing innovative “smart packages”.
The packages will be equipped with the latest sensor technology to monitor decomposition processes and adsorb decomposition products such as acetic acid. The focus is on films, photos and audio carriers based on cellulose. Aim of the four-year project is to achieve more efficient long-term archiving and increase the life cycle of films and other audiovisual objects. http://www.nemosineproject.eu/
To get an overview of current archival preservation conditions, could you please answer the following questions: Under what conditions do you store and preserve your collections? Which packaging / cans do you prefer? How satisfied are you with the existing solutions? What requirements do you think a “smart package” should meet?
This link will take you to the questionnaire:

https://s2survey.net/nemosine_questionnaire/

Completing the seven pages of the survey will take about one hour. You can save and pause at any time (just click on the button at the bottom of the page). Please answer the questions to the best of your knowledge. As a potential user of the innovative cans your feedback is important to us. Your answers will be treated confidentially.
Deadline is 20 March 2019. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your support!

With kind regards,
Kerstin Herlt, DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (herlt@dff.film)
Juan Ignacio Lahoz Rodrigo, Filmoteca Valenciana – IVC (lahoz_ign@gva.es)

Film heritage screenings – EU funding available

European Year of Cultural HeritageAs part of an initiative funded last year under the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Commission is gathering proposals for organising a series of at least 5 screenings between May–September this year.


The main event specifications are as follows:

1. The screening must take place in a culturally important location.

The venue could be a cultural institution or heritage site which already hosts screening events (so that they have all the equipment and experience with handling them). The screenings could take place indoors or in an open air location.
The institution managing the venue should be willing to take the bulk of responsibility for the event (in collaboration with the local film heritage institution, the Creative Europe MEDIA desks, and the contractor of the European Commission).

2. The screening may take place during local celebrations, especially linked to heritage (eg. the 100th anniversary etc.).

The screening may be followed or opened by a networking cocktail, and/or discussion with a film/cultural historian (depending on the context). Of course, the bigger the outreach and audience of the screening, the better.

3. The heritage film to be screened has to be a non-national European film.

It will be a film of your choice as your knowledge of the audience’s preferences will be relied on.

Proposals for different venues and concepts for these events are now being gathered.
Concrete suggestions of possible venues, possible dates and a rough estimation of costs are needed.

Please send questions and proposals directly to Ms Irina Sofletea (Irina.SOFLETEA@ec.europa.eu).

Deadline for sending in proposals is 20 March 2019.