Summer School Digital Archives 2024

The Filmuni Summer School is organizing the  Summer School Digital Archives in cooperation with the Bundesarchiv as well as with support from the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). The summer school “Digital Archives. Data Literacy and Presentation Strategies in Audiovisual Archives” is a 5-day, practice-oriented course aimed at people working in audiovisual archives as well as at everyone else who is interested in enhancing their knowledge about digital environments and processes related to digital archives. In our third year we will emphasize machine-assisted processes, offering beginner classes in how to use widely adopted open source tools to support archival tasks: including metadata extraction, transcoding, data enrichment and file maintenance.

Date: 23-27 September 2024

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Cost: 850,- EUR

Registration deadline: 28 July 2024

There is also the possibility to apply for a scholarship, sponsored by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), that covers full or partial participation fees.

The application deadline for the FIAF scholarship is May 31, 2024.

More information: Website  / PDF

Please, do not hesitate to contact Anja Dornieden if you have any questions.

Filmuni Summer School

Tel. | phone: +49 (0)331-6202-554

Mail: summerschool@filmuniversitaet.de

www.filmuniversitaet.de/summerschool

Projectionists’ Workshop 2024 — Applications Open!

The ACE, in partnership with FIAF, wants to support the ACE member institutions willing to spread and enforce the knowledge and practice of analogue film projection. The idea of the Projectionists’ Workshop project is based on a common will to keep this craft and experience alive, and to support the current and future colleagues in this field by offering them a platform for learning and sharing. 

The original proposal of our colleagues from FIAF, Chicca Bergonzi (Programming and Access to Collections Commission) and Camille Blot-Wellens (Technical Commission) was well received among the film archival community. The Executive Committee of ACE agreed that such a project is invaluable for building the professional community and has decided to support a pilot phase financially. This should help the selected hosting institutions to organize a first series of Projectionists’ Workshops aimed at practicing professionals and motivated participants. It is expected that the workshops will attract participants by region and language, for the comfort of participants and to avoid long travels. 

The workshops should focus on knowledge exchange and best practices, for example in terms of repairs and maintenance, contact lists for suppliers of the equipment and spare parts, connections among projectionists. The workshops should also be open to projectionists not (yet) working for an archival cinema. 

The budget should be moderate, and the contribution from ACE and FIAF can be used towards honoraria, production of educational materials, accommodation, travels, and meals. 

Applications will be evaluated by the representatives of the Executive Committees of FIAF and ACE by the end of May 2024, and the results will be published on the ACE website without delay. It is expected that the first of these workshops should take place during the current calendar year.

Deadline: 17 May, 2024

Download the application form for more details about the process:

FIAF Projectionists’ Workshop Application Form (PDF)

 

A SEASON OF CLASSIC FILMS: PREMIERE OF ‘A halál után’ in the Festival de la Cinémathèque

The film A halál után (After Death, 1920, Hungary, dir. Alfréd Deésy) that was awarded the joint film restoration grant in 2023 in the framework of the programme ‘A Season of Classic Films’, has been selected to premiere in the Festival de la Cinémathèque. The international restoration premiere will take place on Sunday 17 March at 14:00 at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé.

About the film and the restoration

After Death was adapted from the novel L’Homme qui revient de loin by the renowned French author Gaston Leroux, whose detective and fantasy fiction works have been the subject of tens of film adaptations from the 1910s to nowadays, the best known of all being The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra). L’Homme qui revient de loin was first adapted for the big screen by Gaston Ravel in 1917 immediately after its publication. In 1950, a remake was directed by Jean Castanier featuring Maria Casarès, and it even became a successful French TV series in 1972. Leroux’s works were very popular in Hungary and the novel L’Homme qui revient de loin was translated in Hungarian and published in 1920, prompting an immediate adaptation to film by Alfréd Deésy in the same year. Alfréd Deésy was one of the most prolific Hungarian filmmakers of the era, and the heroine, Kamilla Hollay, was a well-known star in Europe.

The only surviving copy, which features richly tinted images, has been carefully restored in 4K thanks to a collaboration by the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive, the Royal Belgian Film Archive and la Cinémathèque française.

The sole remaining nitrate print of this film has been preserved by the Cinémathèque royale de Belgique – CINEMATEK. In 2023, the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive undertook a digital restoration of this nearly intact 1613-metres-long tinted and toned nitrate print. This restoration effort was executed in collaboration with CINEMATEK and la Cinémathèque française. Throughout the restoration process, a deliberate choice was made to retain the original bilingual distributor titles within the film. Unfortunately, the opening credits did not survive, requiring a reconstruction based on available historical sources.

Digital copies of the restored film are shared among the partner archives to enable better accessibility and preservation.

JOINT RESTORATION GRANT

In 2022, ACE launched the Joint Restoration Grant within its A Season of Classic Films programme, thanks to the additional funding of the European Commission aimed at supporting transnational collaboration of film institutions in the field of film preservation. In 2023, the jury, comprised of filmmakers Radu Jude and Saodat Ismailova, ARTE France general director Olivier Père and film programmer at Lincoln Center and head of international relations at ECAM Industria Cecilia Barrionuevo, selected the film A halál után from an array of proposals submitted by European film heritage institutions.

A Season of Classic Films features free screenings of newly restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe with the aim of developing new audiences for film heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. In addition to reaching new audiences, the programme is also an expression of connection and solidarity between the European film archives, something which is key to the preservation of our common film heritage.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

PREMIERE RESTORATION SCREENING

Chaired by Costa Gavras, the 11th edition of the Cinémathèque française archive film festival features newly restored films from all over the world. This very special premiere restoration screening of A halál után (After Death) will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 17 March at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé with live piano accompaniment from Matthieu Lecoq and will be introduced by NFI’s director György Ráduly and representatives of the partner archives.

For the previous joint restoration grant: please read more about Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that premiered in Venice and received an ICOM award for international cooperation.

For film loans: To programme the films presented in the Season of Classic Films programme, please find the contact information and detailed filmographic details in our catalogues from 2021, 2022 and 2023.

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

2024 FIAF FILM RESTORATION SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) are thrilled to announce that the 10th FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will take place in Bologna during summer 2024.

The institutions behind the Summer School have come together once again to renew and strengthen their long-lasting cooperation, a bond that aims to pursue the spread of film preservation and conservation through the international community.

The 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School is structured along three main course steps:

  • Film restoration online theory course: distance learning, May 2nd to June 13th (on Wednesdays)
  • Restoration lectures and Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival: Bologna, Cineteca facilities, from June 22nd to 30th
  • Restoration workshops: Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, July 1st to 12th

Application Process

  1. Reading the full course description: 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School – Program (PDF).
  2. Complete your application using this form: 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School – Application (PDF).

The deadline is 16 February, 2024.

 

Participation

The training is conceived for an international target group and will be taught by an international panel of the best experts from different countries. The 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School is aimed at staff working at film archives, institution, or organization, as well as right holders and students in the field of Cinema. The aim is to foster a shared knowledge in the field for current and future generations and world film archives.

All classes will be in English.

Participants will be selected according to their C.V., commitment, and motivation.

The course will be divided into different levels and participants will be grouped according to their skills and expertise according to personal C.V. and experience in that field.

A special commission composed of representatives from FIAF, ACE, and Cineteca di Bologna will examine all applications. The commission will officially release the names of the 40 selected participants via e-mail and on the website of L’Immagine Ritrovata and those of its partners on March 4th.

The participation fee amounts to 4.000€ and includes registration, festival accreditation, accommodation, and lunch for 18 days.

Past editions of the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School have proved to be an excellent meeting ground for people working in the same field. It represents a great opportunity for participants to initiate collaborations on possible future restoration projects.

After completing the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School participants will:

• know how a film can be restored using new digital technologies in a modern, flexible work environment
• be able to manage a complete restoration workflow
• know how to choose the best source to restore a film and have it digitized from film support to 35mm, DCP and file broadcasting
• be able to discuss each step of a restoration project in detail with a restoration laboratory
• know the various approaches to restoration of different FIAF archives
• know how to manage a film restoration project budget

 

For further information, please contact:

2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School
Coordinator: Elena Tammaccaro
Secretariat: Charlotte Oddo
Tel: +39 051 552541 – Fax: +39 051 521584 frss@immagineritrovata.it

The International Council of Museums honours the Season of Classic Films 2022 joint film restoration

On Monday 4 December, the Slovenian branch of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) celebrated its annual award ceremony in the Museum of Modern History in Ljubljana, giving the international cooperation award to the joint film restoration project carried out in the framework of the programme A Season of Classic Films 2022.

The International Council of Museums honours EU-supported project on digitisation and restoration of film heritage

This is the success story of cross-border collaboration between organisations working in the field of film heritage to preserve and promote cinema culture. The Slovenian Cinematheque, the Austrian Film Museum, the Croatian State Archive – Croatian Cinematheque, and the Sarajevo Film Center united forces to digitise and restore Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić). The project was carried out from May 2022 to April 2023 in the context of the 2022 edition of A Season of Classic Films, by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA programme  – the EU programme supporting the audiovisual and film sectors – and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

Connecting European film heritage with new audiences

The film was censored and withdrawn from distribution since its national and international premieres at the Pula Film Festival and Venice Film Festival in 1972. After half a century, this project has given the film a new life and audience.

Photo taken at the Teleking studio during the restoration process.
Photo taken at the Teleking studio during the restoration process. © Teleking

In addition to the premiere during the 80th Venice International Film Festival, the film has already been presented in several events across Europe.

  • Premiere in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Film Center Sarajevo in collaboration with Sarajevo Film Festival organised an open-air screening in Sarajevo with an attendance of around 2.000 people.
  • Premiere in Slovenia: The Slovenian Cinematheque organised a screening in Cankarjev dom (Slovenia’s largest Cultural and Congress centre) with members of the original crew.
  • Premiere in Austria, in the Austrian Film Museum and at the Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival.
  • Premiere in Croatia, during the Zagreb Film Festival.

The film was also available to online audiences via the ArteKino Classics programme. For three months, film-lovers across Europe could enjoy it free of charge with subtitles in six languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Polish).

ICOM Award in the field of international cooperation

The International Council of Museums (Slovenian branch) has recognised the collaborative efforts with its 2023 Award in the field of international cooperation. This award is given to individuals, groups or organisations that establish a dialogue at the international level and promote the development and importance of museums as institutions and bring new ideas and contribute to the development of consciousness.

In the award justification, ICOM pointed out that “the value of the project is also reflected in the successful cooperation of experts from the wider international domain for the preservation of film heritage. The digital restoration process itself has improved the knowledge and establishment of best practices for film restoration in Slovenia.”

Pohot of Mr. Karpo Godina, cinematographer of the film, taken during the award ceremony.
Mr. Karpo Godina, cinematographer of the film, during the award ceremony. © Sašo Kovačič
Picture of Mrs. Ženja Leiler Kos, director of the Slovenska Kinoteka, during the award ceremony.
Mrs. Ženja Leiler Kos, director of the Slovenska Kinoteka, during the award ceremony. © Sašo Kovačič

 

 

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

 

Europa Nostra partners with ACE to call for support to safeguard European film heritage

For the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2023, Europa Nostra, the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage, partnered with ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes to highlight heritage excellence and best practices in Europe in the domain of cinema culture.

European film heritage has been too often overlooked when talking about European heritage and European values. This lack  of a reflection on the history of the European filmic language represents an omission which needs to be redressed. European films and audiovisual works have forged European culture over the last 135 years, since the Lumière brothers invented the big screen thanks to their revolutionary camera and projector, the Cinématographe. In our societies where in particular new generations talk through images and share audiovisual stories, a great opportunity exists for film heritage institutions to help to bridge the past, present and future.

In this last century, cinema-going has become part of our cultural habits in Europe, a source of entertainment, firstly, but also a social experience to share common stories, to imagine and dream of a faraway world, to reflect on contemporary events and politics, to engage with our past, to dig into our consciousness and intimacy. Cinema production has dealt with history, colonialism, women’s rights, sexual identity, social inequality, labour relations, scientific revolutions and many other themes that constitute  the human condition and our common history. And cinema still formulates  questions, like any other art form, and triggers collective – critical and creative – thinking.

Through the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes, the European Commission has embarked on a European policy towards cinema heritage. Established in 1991, ACE is a network of 49 European national and regional film archives that aims to safeguard the film heritage and make it accessible to the public. Europa Nostra applauds the collaboration between the European Commission and ACE and expresses its support to further developing an ambitious EU policy towards cinema heritage, as part of a holistic EU strategy towards the safeguard and enhancement of cultural heritage. This was made visible during this year’s European Cultural Heritage Summit held on 27-30 September in Venice, more specifically during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony which took place on 28 September at the Palazzo del Cinema. 

The safeguard of Europe’s film heritage, an integral part of Europe’s shared cultural heritage, presents two main challenges. With regard to the digitisation of film heritage for dissemination purposes, significant work has been done but it needs to be further  enhanced and constantly renewed. Yet digitisation is by no means a comprehensive way to preserve film heritage. While the state of digital preservation on European level can further develop, the majority of film heritage institutions also hold analogue film materials in their collections. Therefore, film preservation and restoration is the only possible way to ensure that this pillar of European culture is duly transmitted to the future generations. In this context, we wish to stress that preserving and restoring films is a costly endeavour and that many film heritage institutions in Europe are struggling to find necessary resources to restore the films, to find space for the conservation of the film materials as well as to invest in the renewal and training of professionals to secure the same level of competences also in the future. In the light of the above, while expressing our strong support for investments which provide support for digital dissemination of film heritage at all levels, we call for adequate funding at European and national level in support of the restoration and conservation of film archives, for the benefit of present and future generations.

 

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra

Michal Bregant, ACE President

27 October 2023

 


Read more: European Heritage Awards focus on Film Heritage

Watch the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2023 on Vimeo.

 

European Heritage Awards focus on Film Heritage

The prestigious European Heritage Awards 2023 Ceremony will take place on 28 September in the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. The Grand Prix laureates and Public Choice winners, selected from among this year’s outstanding heritage achievements, will be announced in the presence of Europa Nostra President Cecilia Bartoli.

For this year’s ceremony, Europa Nostra partnered with ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) to highlight heritage excellence and best practices in Europe in the domain of cinema culture.

The ceremony will feature extracts from significant film restoration projects. They will be projected during the intermezzos and as a celebratory conclusion to the event. The films include The Clowns (1970) by Federico Fellini restored by Cineteca di Bologna, the silent Swedish film With Reindeer and Sled in Inka Länta’s Winterland (1926, Erik Bergström) restored by the Swedish Film Institute, the film Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that was jointly restored by Slovenska kinoteka, Hrvatski državni arhiv – Hrvatska kinoteka, Filmski centar Sarajevo and Ōsterreichisches Filmmuseum, and a compilation of Georges Méliès’ short films (1904-1906) restored by La Cinémathèque française. Two of the film excerpts will be accompanied by live music, performed by a violin quartet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. The restored films were presented in the framework of the EU-funded A Season of Classic Films programme.

The event will also be live-streamed via europanostra.org (28 September, 20:00 – 22:00 CET).

 2023 Ceremony Programme Booklet (PDF)
 2023 Summit Programme Booklet (PDF)

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony is the highlight event of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2023. The Summit is organised by Europa Nostra and co-funded by the European Commission on 27-30 September in Venice, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Europa Nostra. Europa Nostra is the largest European network of cultural heritage NGOs, supported by a wide network of public bodies, private companies and individuals, covering over 40 countries. It maintains close relations with the European Union, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other international bodies. The federation campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites, and landscapes, in particular through the 7 Most Endangered Programme. Europa Nostra celebrates and disseminates preservation excellence through the European Heritage Awards.

A Season of Classic Films: Celebrating Film Heritage across Europe

Currently in its 4th edition, A Season of Classic Films features free screenings of restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe with the aim of developing new audiences for European film heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. In addition to reaching new audiences, the programme is also an expression of connection and solidarity between the European film archives, something which is key to the preservation of our common film heritage.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

2nd Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference

The 2nd Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference, presented by Archive/Counter-Archive, Eye Filmmuseum, and the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), will take place between 12th – 14th July 2024 in Toronto, Canada.

CONFERENCE THEME: BUILDING ALLIANCES

The biennial Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, artists, curators, filmmakers, students, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather and explore contemporary professional, artistic, and socio-political issues affecting audiovisual heritage today. The aim of the conference is to broaden the knowledge and connections within the global archival community, leading to new insights into the material and cultural resonances of archival approaches to sound and moving image in different parts of the world.

Learn more >

The call for proposals will close on 1 October 2023.

The conference invites papers and presentations in a variety of formats that address the challenges and generative opportunities afforded by diverse media archives, from those that are publicly/privately funded to those surviving on very little support. We are especially interested in marginalised audiovisual archives, whether collections are vulnerable to disappearance and inaccessibility or archives that are invisible and need to come into being. Central to our conference is the importance of identifying gaps in the field, building bridges, creating archival networks, fostering collaborations (Pretlove, 2021), and uncovering or deepening alliances (Heidiger et al., 2021). Such approaches may be tied to designing practices of care (Campanini, 2023) and pedagogical approaches for the next generation of archivists, artists, activists, humanists, and historians in ways that are inclusive, expansive, liberatory, and that might reinvent and redefine archival language and protocols. The conference also explores the emergence of theoretical questions, and novel ways of understanding history through notions of entanglement (Namhila and Hillebrecht, 2022) and redefinitions of allyship and stewardship that mark a critical paradigm shift in the field of archival studies.

We encourage proposals from participants located in parts of the world and on topics that are underrepresented in conferences related to audiovisual heritage.

The CfP can be accessed here: https://counterarchive.ca/gava-2024

Budapest Classics Film Marathon 2023

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive’s next edition of the Budapest Classics Film Marathon. The festival takes place between 12-17 September 2023, and it is open to visitors at all its favorite venues, Uránia National Film Theatre, Toldi Cinema, the French Institute, Budapest Music Center and the hugely popular and spectacular open-air screenings on Szent István Square in front of the Basilica.

This year, the Marathon’s focuses are Alexander Korda and his Universe, Emeric Pressburger,  Michael Powell, André de Toth, Adolph Zukor, Karel Zeman, female creators in Cinema, sport in film and we offer a yearly overview of recent restorations and rare pearls in the Open Archives section.

Our special guests this year among others: Andrew and Kevin Macdonald, Pierre Földes, Lajos Koltai…

The festival’s popular educational program continues: screenings, masterclasses, meet & greets, and a playhouse, all for younger film enthusiasts.

You can register for free accreditation HERE.  

The festival’s professional program the BUDAPEST CLASSIC LAB will take place at the French Institute between 13-15 September at 10 am- 3 pm. During the 3 days conference we will dedicate lectures and round-table conversations on the topics of film restauration, preservation and sharing.

You can read more about the professional program on the following link:  Budapest Classics Lab

Location: French Institute of Budapest, 17 Fő utca, Budapest.
Access is free of charge.

We are pleased to invite you also to join us at the first Budapest Archive Market which will be held on 15th September 2023 at the French Institute. The Market is an excellent opportunity for directors and producers who are working with archive materials and are seeking more partners in the field. The Archive Market welcomes international and domestic archives to exhibit their remarkable collections.

Our aims are to create a vibrant platform that brings together the archives, filmmakers, and film professionals to foster business cooperation and exchange. Don't miss this unique opportunity to celebrate and explore film heritage!

By participating, you will have the opportunity to connect with the Hungarian and international industry professionals and Archives, who can be your future partners in developing your projects.

Regarding the market for any additional information, please contact Asia Dér: Asia.andrejevna@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest on these events.

Best wishes,

György Ráduly
director of NFI – Film Archive

 

 

 

 

A Season of Classic Films: Premiere of ‘Life of a Shock Force Worker’ in Biennale

The film Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that was awarded the joint film restoration grant in the framework of the programme ‘A Season of Classic Films’, has been selected to premiere in the 80th Venice International Film Festival. The international restoration premiere will take place on Wednesday 6 September at 11:15 (sala Corinto) and there are two repeat screenings on the 7th September.

On the occasion of the premiere, the Director of Photography Mr. Karpo Godina will be present as well as the Slovenian Minister of Culture Dr. Asta Vrečko and representatives from the collaborating European film heritage institutions (Slovenian cinematheque, Croatian State Archives – Croatian Cinematheque, Austrian Film Museum, Film Center Sarajevo, ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes).

About the film

The film is a collection of exquisitely beautiful tableaux vivants inspired by the lives of coal miners in post-WWII Yugoslavia. The main character is a miner who, despite being glorified for his hardworking achievements, lives a life that is anything but glitz and glamour.

Besides shining a light onto one of the blind spots on the map of European film heritage, the film touches upon the subject of propaganda — a pertinent matter in our post-truth era.

“Slike iz života udarnika was made based on a feeling, my feeling, the feeling of a man from Bosnia who saw the Stakhanovite tribe as the most moral form of acknowledging the working class, all that communism and a socialist society meant at the time,” commented filmmaker Bato Čengić during the TV programme Povečava, RTV Slovenia on 28 March 1996.

The film originally premiered at the Pula Film Festival in 1972 – out of competition – and was considered a representative of the film movement called New Yugoslav Cinema and widely known by its pejorative label Yugoslav Black Wave. Films of this movement depicted everyday life in Yugoslavia in a naturalistic way, showing it to be far less perfect than purported.

During the war in early 1990s, Bato Čengić deposited a 35mm print of the film at the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana. The image and sound negatives are preserved at the Croatian state archive – Croatian cinematheque. The Slovenian Cinematheque and the Croatian state archive have been taking care of these precious film materials, but so far without the possibility of restoring them.

About the restoration

For the 3rd edition of the programme A Season of Classic Films, ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes presented the Joint Restoration Grant of € 50.000. A Season of Classic Films is an initiative developed by ACE to promote film preservation and is financially supported by the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The objective of this specific grant is to underline the importance of preservation and restoration of film heritage through transnational collaboration of film institutions.

The Slovenian Cinematheque proposed the restoration of this film in collaboration with the Croatian state archive – Croatian cinematheque, the Austrian Film Museum and the Film Center Sarajevo.

At the Cannes Film Festival 2022, ACE awarded its Joint Restoration Grant to Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972). The jury, comprised of filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Pordenone Silent Film Festival director Jay Weissberg and director of the Cinema-Fiction Department of ARTE Claudia Tronnier, selected the film from a raft of proposals submitted by European film archives. “Large parts of the Yugoslavian film heritage have so far been underserved,” the jury wrote about its choice. “Life of a Shock Force Worker has strong imagery, but it is in desperate need of colour grading since the original has faded with time. A key asset is that ACE and the four partner institutions responsible for this restoration project will collaborate with DoP Karpo Godina.”

Thanks to the Joint Restoration Grant of the Season of Classic Films and additional funding by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia, the restoration has been successfully carried out in 4K through a remarkable international collaboration.

The negative was cleaned and scanned at L’immagine Ritrovata in Bologna (Italy), the positive print was digitized at Film Center Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the film’s restoration and colour correction were completed at Teleking in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and the sound restoration was carried out at 001 d.o.o. in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

The restored copy includes previously censored fragments.

 Discover the background of this international collaboration and the film's historical context (PDF)

Future screenings

The restored film is already planned for screenings in other international festivals as well as for a 90-day free online offer across the whole Europe via the ArteKino Classics programme in the coming autumn.

  Please see here the latest news of A Season of Classic Films, a series of free screenings of restored films and parallel activities across Europe designed to attract younger audiences to our shared cinematic cultural heritage.

  Please also check out the restored films that are currently available to watch for free via ArteKino Classics with subtitles in six languages.