The 7th edition of Eye’s annual public lectures series This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice is the first one to be available online. With this series, Eye aims to interest a wider audience for issues related to the preservation, restoration and presentation of film heritage. Throughout 6 sessions, this edition focusses on the overarching theme of re-use and recycle of archival films from different perspectives. All lectures and Q&A sessions with guest speakers are available on YouTube. A selection of films screened during the sessions is available on the Eye Film Player.
Introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam). Q&A in collaboration with the Master students of the This is Film! class at the University of Amsterdam.
Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator at Eye Filmmuseum and Professor Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will be one of the new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences otherwise known as the Oscars. Fossati was selected in the category ‘members-at-large’ for her work in film preservation.
Since 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annually invited a select group of film professionals who have distinguished themselves due to their contributions to cinema to join the organisation. In line with Academy’s commitment to become more diverse and inclusive, this year’s new members originate from 49 countries outside the USA. 46% of the 2021 selection consists of women and 39% of minorities. In total, 395 new academy members have been announced.
Giovanna Fossati’s invitation to join the Academy constitutes major recognition of her work in the film archival field and, consequently, for Eye and its staff’s efforts to preserve, restore and promote film heritage.
Eye Filmmuseum is pleased to announce that the application for its traineeship programme “Film Restoration” and “Film Collection” is now open. With these two traineeships, Eye aims to build a bridge between academic training and hands-on daily practices. This programme is designed to educate a new generation of film restorers and film collection specialists, and seeks to facilitate their transition into the labour market.
Both traineeships will have a duration of 10 months and will start in September 2021. The trainees will be working in the Eye Collection Centre in Amsterdam-North: Eye’s expert centre for collection development, preservation, restoration, digitization and research – with facilities such as film and sound restoration ateliers, a scanning department, film vaults, and a research centre.
Throughout the programme, the trainees will follow different but parallel curricula, working with material from the Eye collection, and each following a project from start to finish.
Candidates can apply by sending a motivation letter (maximum one page) and a curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of June before 09:00 AM (CET).
For more detailed information and the Call for Applications, please visit Eye’s website.
At the end of May, Eye would traditionally have been the scene of the Eye International Conference, this year hosting the 12th Orphan Film Symposium dedicated to the theme “Water, Climate, and Migration”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium had to transform into a completely virtual event.
Orphans & Eye The Orphan Film Symposium is a renowned bi-annual gathering that has been celebrating abandoned and forgotten films since 1999. Since its first edition, the Filmmuseum has contributed to Orphans. Eye and New York University planned for nearly two years to have the symposium convene again in conjunction with the Eye International Conference. After a successful first European edition in Eye in 2014, with over 200 international guests from thirty countries, Eye was looking forward to welcoming again this wonderful community of international cinephiles.
This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice is Eye’s annual public lecture series with international guest speakers and remarkable archival footage. Together with invited guests, each of the six sessions will touch upon different forms of creative archival reuse: from compilation film toaudiovisual immersive VJ set, from controversial 3D film to real-time VR experience.
This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice runs from March 11 until May 20 on Wednesday at 3.30pm in Eye, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, eyefilm.nl/thisisfilm The lectures are in English and can be attended as a series or on a one-off basis
Each session will feature an introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam), followed by a talk by, or interview and Q&A with, an international expert on the topic and a film screening or performance.
Call for Proposals for the 12th Orphan Film Symposium – Water, Climate, & Migration, hosted by the 6th Eye International Conference, 23-27 May 2020
The biennial NYU Orphan Film Symposium returns to Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, 23-27 May 2020, combining forces with the annual Eye International Conference to explore contemporary archival and academic debates. As always, both events assemble film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, media artists, curators, collectors, filmmakers, and restorers, and others devoted to saving, studying, and screening neglected audiovisual media. Presenters selected from this open call for proposals will offer three full days and four evenings of talks and special screenings of rare and restored films.
This edition focuses on the urgent but perennial subjects of water, climate, and migration, by examining how neglected works have recorded, represented, and imagined these phenomena throughout the history of moving images.
We invite proposals to present talks and screenings that address one or more of these intertwined concepts. The symposium seeks a range of historical and theoretical perspectives. Proposals might address questions such as these:
Water. Why water? Because of Amsterdam! Because everywhere. Water is essential to life itself but also has destructive, even traumatic power, through its flooding forces — or its scarcity. Societies are shaped by their interrelationships with water — the Netherlands being a most conspicuous and visible example. For filmmakers, media artists, and documentarians, H20 has always been a subject with aesthetic attraction as well. What neglected films illustrate the significance of water in its many forms?
Climate. How can the study of moving images inform our understanding of earth’s climate over time? Of perceptions and collective imagination of climate? What films have tackled this subject directly? Indirectly? How might media be used as evidence of historical climate change? Moreover, how are the practices and conceptions of preservation itself being reexamined in a time of climate change? What of the environmental impact on and of archives? And how does a growing awareness of living an Anthropocene epoch alter our experience of watching historical audiovisual recordings of planet Earth, its atmosphere, landscapes, oceans, shores, cities, farms, flora, and fauna.
Migration – human, animal, other – remains a topic of news, policymaking, political debate, scientific study, social analysis, and historical research. Humanitarian crises of migration are prevalent in current discourse but have been so throughout the history of mass media. What previously overlooked films and media recordings help us understand issues of migration and our engagement with them?
We of course also welcome proposals that address perspectives not mentioned here.
We invite a variety of presentation formats: traditional illustrated conference papers; introductions to single films; performances, demonstrations, and interventions; and recent media productions using archival or found footage. We can consider a limited number of (live) video presentations for those who either don’t fly or who want to fly less. Presenters selected from this open call will discuss and screen rediscovered or recently preserved films from collections and archives around the world. The event showcases a diverse array of rare orphan films – silent, experimental, nontheatrical, sponsored, independent, scientific, documentary, educational, newsreel, fragmentary, amateur, industrial, personal, incomplete, and other moving images from outside of mainstream cinema.
Presentations of 10 to 30 minutes will constitute most of the programming. We can also accept proposals for longer time slots if the running time of a compelling screening or the nature of a collaborative presentation warrant more than half an hour. Evening screenings (with short introductions) may allow for longer films, including features. We may discuss with presenters appropriate alteration of a format or duration when this makes curatorial sense for the programme as a whole.
how to apply
Proposals (500 words or less) for presentations should summarize the argument or rationale and identify AV materials by title, format, and duration. Include a short bio (50 words).
Proposals received by 19 November 2019 will receive full consideration.
travel grant programme
Eye and NYU Orphans have established a travel grant programme for speakers of the Eye International Conference. The grants, up to 500 euro each, can be used to partially offset registration and travel costs. To apply, please submit a brief essay (no more than 500 words) addressing the financial need for the award, as well as how attendance at the conference will contribute to your professional development. Email your application by 19 November to email@example.com, using the term “Travel Grant” in the subject header. The travel grant programme is only open for speakers of the Eye International Conference 2020.
The Orphan Film Symposium begins with an evening screening on Saturday, May 23 (preceded by “Meet the Archive,” an afternoon public programme highlighting recent projects from the Eye Collection). Three full days and evenings of symposium presentations and screenings, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. “Orphans 12” attendees are also invited to special activities at the Eye Collection Centre on Wednesday 27 May.
This event is organized by Eye in collaboration with the Orphan Film Symposium, a project of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Cinema Studies, and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program. + University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).