Tag: Digitisation

Cultural heritage actions in the EU: policies, programmes and activities

EU_flag_widescreen15 August 2014 – In connection with the policy report”Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage”, the Commission has published an overview of activities and funding programmes related to cultural heritage, including film heritage: Horizon2020, Europeana, Creative Europe and the Structural & Investment Funds, ERASMUS etc. It encourages cultural institutions to seize these opportunities and to work closely across Europe to ensure that cultural heritage contributes to more sustainable growth and social cohesion.

Europe as a political body needs to recognize the value of cultural heritage, beyond economical and financial legislations. It is a powerful instrument to build a shared identity and a sense of belonging amongst and between European citizens, as stated in the declaration “ A new narrative for Europe”.

Read the Mapping Report

Communication  – Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe

Declaration – A new narrative for Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORWARD – Framework for a EU-wide Audiovisual Orphan Works Registry

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Since November 2013, a consortium of 13 partners, among them 11 Film Heritage Institutions and commercial film libraries are working on FORWARD, a three-year EU funded project, which aims at creating an EU wide, semi-automated system to assess the rights status for all types of audiovisual works, including orphans. FORWARD has been initiated by ACE in the context of the Orphan Works Directive 2012/28/EU.  It is, in a way, the result of ACE’s advocacy work to facilitate rights clearing for films and, in particular, to find a solution for the hundreds of thousand of orphan works preserved in Europe’s film archives.  FORWARD also works towards the Commission’s policy for an integrated approach to Europe’s cultural heritage.

FORWARD is co-ordinated by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and supported by the Community  Porgramme CIP ICT PSP “Europeana & Creativity”.

Work programme:

Analysis of national copyright legislations and system workflow

As a first step, the legal frameworks of the countries involved in the project have been analysed. This is a necessary step to define the workflow for assessing the rights status of a film and to get a clear indication whether it is in public domain or in-copyright, and in this case, whether it is orphan and how it can be used across Europe.  So far, FORWARD started to  define legal decision trees for those countries in the project that have already implemented the EU Orphan Works Directive: Finland and Germany. The Netherlands and Denmark will follow.  The analysis of the legal frameworks is coordinated  by EYE Film Institute, due to their legal expertise in the “Images for the FUTURE” project and the European Film Gateway.

Design of rights information infrastructure
The workflow design from a technical point of view is coordinated by CINECA. CINECA builds on the experience they have achieved as a technical partner in ARROW. ARROW is a similar tool to assist rights clearance, but for the publishing sector. Compared to ARROW, the system’s workflow in FORWARD is much more complex, because a film has more authors:  In most European countries these are the principal director, music composer, author of the screenplay and author of dialogues. This means that much more databases and sources need to be checked to find the relevant information.

How to find information about AV rights holders?
The 10 Film Heritage Institutions (FHI) presented in the consortium are the main and often unique sources of information, which is stored in filmographic databases, catalogues, on cencorship cards etc. However, to complete the information, 3rd party databases from producers, authors, and Collective Management Societies need to be searched as well. FORWARD partners are currently identifying relevant national 3rd party information sources such as  GEMMA for music rights. FORWARD will take into consideration the search criteria and sources which need to be queried in compliance with the national legislations on Orphan Works

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Project partner DFI (Danish Film Institute) is currently analyzing the databases of each partner archive. If information is missing that is critical for assessing the rights status, the archive will record the information manually, so that it can be harvested and processed by the FORWARD system.

Promotion and consensus building
Consensus building among all stakeholders is a key element for the progress and succes of the project. FHI, CMOs, producers etc need to agree upon the workflow. For this purpose national seminars will be organized in the partner’s countries. The first seminars will be held in October in Germany at the Deutsches Filminstitut, Finland and The Netherlands are following.

Partners: Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique/Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief, coordinator  (Brussels), Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (Brussels, Frankfurt), CNC – Archives françaises du film (Bois d´Arcy), Consorzio Interuniversitario – CINECA (Bologna), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF (Frankfurt), EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam),  Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), FOCAL International LTD (Middlesex),  Filmoteka Narodowa (Warsaw), KAVI – National Audiovisual Insitute (Helsinki), Instituto de la Cinematografia y Artes Audiovisuales – Filmoteca Española (Madrid), Národní filmový archiv – National Film Archive (Prague).

More information:
forward@cinematek.be
FORWARD project website
FORWARD fact sheet

 

“Licences for Europe” final plenary – ACE signs statement with authors and producers

filmrolle520 November 2013 – On 13 November, the final session of the stakeholder’s dialogue Licences for Europe took place in Brussels.  The initiative was set up jointly by the Commissioners Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services),  and Andrea Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) in February this year.  The purpose of the four working groups was to deliver quick solutions for bringing more content online.  ACE was member of working group 3 “Audiovisual Heritage Institutions” represented by Nicola Mazzanti. After 10 months of discussions ACE and rights holders representatives agreed on principles and procedures about digitising, restoring and making available European film heritage. The statement was signed in presence of the three Commissioners by ACE, the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA).

Official press release
Licences for Europe official website
Statement of Principles and Procedures for facilitating the digitisation of, access to and increased interest of European citizens in European cinematographic heritage works
Commissioner Kroes speech
Commissioner Barnier speech

 

 

Seminar “Reinventing Cinephilia”, Athens, 25 October 2013

21 September 2013 – In the wake of the 21st century the issues such as the future of our past and the death of cinema have been raised in the context of the reinvention of Cinephilia. The Greek Film Archive gathers archivists, filmmakers and academics to discuss in a one day conference the future of cinephilia in the digital era and the challenges of archive programming. The questions of how to curate film for the new Cinephilia and how to reinvent Cinephilia in times of crisis are brought to the forefront. Also, in a wired world where young people are constantly downloading films and participate in blogging communities and social media environments, what brings still audiences to the movie screens and in particular to cinemathèques. The seminar addresses directors, curators, film professonals and cineastes alike.

The seminar is organised in collaboration with ACE in the scope of the workshop series “Management Strategies for Film Archives in the Digital Era”. It takes place during the 7th Avant-garde and Independent Film Festival, 17-27 October 2013, Cinephilia in the New Era (N.S.R.F. 2007-2013)

Read the conference programme

 

 

 

ACE Workshop “Collecting, Conserving and Exhibiting in A Digital World”, Bologna 4 and 5 July 2013

18 June 2013 – With the advent of the Digital, the cinema industry is undergoing a fundamental change.  As films are being made in a new way, they will have to be archived in a new way: Digital film has to be archived digitally. Film archives need to be well prepared to react on these changes. For this purpose, ACE has conceived a series of workshops aiming at exchanging best practices and finding solutions how these challenges can be met on a strategic, economic and practical level.

 The first workshop with a more general outlook was organised in Bologna in June 2012. It was based on the results of  the EU report Challenges of the Digital Era for Film Heritage Institutions

 The two half-days workshop “Collecting, Conserving and Exhibiting in a Digital World” will discuss strategies and best practices of digital archiving, setting up digital workflows, new ways of exhibiting film, preservation and training needs and how to share information, services and content.

It will be held on 4th and 5th July during  Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival at the Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna.

The workshop is open for ACE members. For further information and to register, please contact Kerstin Herlt via ace@deutsches-filminstitut.de

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Conference “Impact of recent European initiatives on the digitisation of works, 7th June, Brussels

logo-crids30 May 2013 –  Large scale digitsation projects, mainly undertaken by libraries and archives, are absolutely indispensable for the promotion of the knowledge society and public access to culture. These projects are all confronted with the challenge of copyright. To date, European Institutions don’t have a specific solution for mass-digitisation.

Over the past two years, three European initiatives have been set up in order to facilitate (large scale) digitisation and the access to works which are still in copyright: The Directive 2012/28/EU on Orphan Works, the Memorandum of Understanding on Works out-of-Commerce between libraires, publishers and collecting societies (2011), and the structured Stakeholder Dialogue “Licences for Europe”,  a joint initiative launched by the Commisioners Barnier, Kroes and Vassiliou in February 2013. 

Aim of the conference organised by CRIDS – Centre de Recherche sur Information, Droit et Société (Université de Namur) is to  envisage the impact of these initiatives on the digitisation process and the availibility of works online. Nicola Mazzanti, ACE president and director of the Cinémathèque royale de Belgique, will speek about the necessity of  digitisation in the audiovisuel sector.

Read the full programm

Location: Fondation universitaire – Rue d’Egmont 11, 1000 Bruxelles
Tarif: 150 EUR

 

 

 

 

Increase availability of European films for research – Petition by University of Udine

14 March 2013 – Yesterday, at the XX Udine International Film Studies Conference ( 12-14 March) students, researchers and University professors have launched a petition to the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission to increase the availability of  films to the wider public, but also for research and educational purposes by fostering the digitisation of European films and their diffusion; to create a safe legal environment in which films can be freely used in the context of research and education at all levels.

You can read more and sign the petition here:
https://www.change.org/petitions/european-commission-and-european-parliament-increase-availability-of-european-films-for-research

Filmoteca Española – new online platform

31 January 2013 – Filmoteca Española has recently given free online access to the Spanish newsreel NO-DO (Noticiarios y Documentales, 1943 – 1981).  Users can also find a selection of feature films, shorts and documentaries, among them ” Un perro andaluz”  and other important films from the collections of Filmoteca Española. The videos were published in co-operation with Radio Televisión Española – RTVE.

http://www.rtve.es/filmoteca/

Now online: Presentations from the ACE workshop “A digital agenda for film archives”

29 August 2012 – Presentations made at the ACE workshop “A digital agenda for film archives”, held on 28 June in Bologna, are now available online.  26 experts from 18 European countries discussed the practical, financial and political impacts of digital archiving. It was the 1st in a workshop series called “Management strategies for film archives in the digital era”, which will be continued in 2013.

Workshop Programme

Presentations:

Digital Agenda For Film Archives ( Mikko Kuutti, National Audiovisual Archive, Helsinki)

ACE Digital Agenda (Thomas C. Christensen, Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen)

DAEFH study-  What now? (Nicola Mazzanti, Cinematek, Brussels)

 

 

ACE Workshop Series “Management Strategies for Film Archives in the Digital Era”

4 June 2012 – With the entire film industry changing to digital, film archives need to be well prepared if they want to collect, preserve and show both analogue and digital formats. Based on the recommendations of the “ACE Position Paper on the Digital”, ACE is organising a series of 3 – 4 workshops for (higher) management staff  of the ACE member archives to discuss strategies how these challenges can be met. The workshops are conceived as forums to discuss the intellectual and practical requirements which come along with digital archiving. The aim is to pool together competences and expertise already existing in the ACE member archives in such fields as archive technology and strategic planning (digitisation planning, training, funding, etc.).

The first workshop, which starts with a general outlook and focuses on the results of the Study “Challenges of the Digital Era for Film Heritage Institutions”, will be held during the Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna on Thursday, 28 June 2012.  Registration is open to management staff from the ACE member archives.  For further information and to register, please see the draft programme.

The second workshop, dedicated to training in digital workflows and digital preservation, will take place at the Danish Film Institute later this year or early 2013. Further workshops will be scheduled and announced in due time.