7 April 2011 – Ximon.nl, the new online streaming platform of the Dutch film and TV heritage institutions, was launched today. Over 650 hours of high quality feature films, documentaries and TV drama are now available for online viewing. The earliest work dates from 1901 and the latest productions were made in 2010. Prices start from 0.99 eurocents for a video. Ximon’s platform automatically adjusts the quality of the video stream, even up to full HD (1080p), depending on the end-users’ bandwidth and local computer power. Initiators EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Film) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (TV) plan to make their whole digitised repository available through Ximon in the next couple of years. Selected films from the EYE Film Institute will also be made available via the European Film Gateway.
20 February 2011 – As of 10 February 2011, more than 300 archival films are available online for free at filmarkivet.se, a joint project between the Swedish Film Institute and the National Library of Sweden. The majority of the films originates from the Swedish Film Institute’s Archival Film Collections; mainly shorts, non-fiction films, newsreels and commercials – films that reflect the transformation of Swedish society over the last century.
The selection of films is being done by an editorial board with representatives from both institutions. Many of the films selected are virtually unknown but the locations, events and people depicted in them are very familiar. Each film is presented with a short synopsis and production credits. Many also contain longer texts to put the films into context.
Besides an English project description, filmarkivet.se is available in Swedish only.
8 February 2011 – Instant Cinema is a new global online platform for experimental and art film, launched by EYE Film Institute Netherlands during the International Film Festival Rotterdam end of January. The goal of the project, initiated by filmmaker and multimedia expert René Daalder, is to make the remarkable works of experimental filmmakers and artists accessible to audiences worldwide. The platform features both classics from the experimental genre as well as new films by young filmmakers. Instant Cinema is a community website that enables filmmakers to create custom-designed portfolio pages, where they can upload and manage their own content. Curators, museums and other institutions can also upload films to the website, create online exhibitions, cross-link to each other, and react to one another. To view the full press release, please click here.
4 February 2011 – Videos and photos from Cineteca di Bologna’s diverse collections as well as the institution’s book and DVD editions are now available online at the Cineteca’s new cultural digital store CINESTORE. Many items offered by CINESTORE will also be made accessible via the European Film Gateway. Soon CINESTORE will also be available in English.
This little treasure consists of 2254 frames and fragments of films, mostly silent and mostly from the period between 1910 and 1920, many of which are believed lost. The collection has now been digitized and ordered, with the aim of identifying and cataloging the individual items as well as preserving the original order. At present, 35% of the collection have been identified. The process of research and identification is ongoing and will presumably continue for several years. As a parallel endeavour, a visual database of these beautiful images has been created and can be accessed here.
Although many film archives are in possession of these types of collections, it is the first time that one of them receives such detailed attention from researchers. The aim of the Austrian Film Museum is to make these images accessible to the larger public, to enable everyone to enjoy the colors and photography of early cinema, to constitute a historical resource for archivists and researchers, and to enlarge the debate about open archives and “orphan” collections held in those archives.
8 June 2010 – Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968) is one of the icons of international cinema. In May 2010, the Danish Film Institute launched a new website on Dreyer – generally considered the greatest Danish filmmaker of all time – and his work.
Audiences around the world are invited to explore the full extent of Dreyer’s ingenious art through a rich collection of original material and fresh perspectives contributed by Danish and international advocates of the filmmaker’s legacy.