Author: Giada Sartori

Digitraining: Open call for European cultural heritage institutions

DigiTraining, Digital & Audiovisual Capacity Building for Accessible Heritage, a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe Programme, has launched an Open Call for European cultural heritage institutions.

The digital shift in the cultural heritage sector is important but can be quite challenging: successful applicants will receive training and support in the process to innovate and integrate new technologies in their organisations. For some this means personalised and
tailor-made support and digital production services directly adapted to their needs and mission to facilitate accessibility to culture.

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Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first film screening with Film Archiv Austria

During this pandemic, Film Archiv Austria has been offering its audience with HOME CINEMA the possibility of broad access to Austria’s film heritage free of charge, including key works of the feature film, weekly news reports, rare documentary and amateur recordings or, in some cases, historical film documents that are being viewed for the first time. The selection is carefully curated and accompanied by essays and other works.

This time, the film archive wants to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first film screening, which took place in Vienna on March 20, 1896. The first apparatuses projected moving pictures onto the screen and so it began: with ively manifestos of pure curiosity and a new visual culture that reflect the pioneering and inventive spirit of this time in their unrestrained creativity and fantasy.

The Filmarchiv Austria looks back on the first years full of marvel until April 21 and invites you to a festival of curiosity with selected collections. The program of the digital home cinema changes weekly. You can click here to discover the collections and here to read the Digitorial.

A tribute for the founder of Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Maria Adriana Prolo

On February 20, 1991, Maria Adriana Prolo died. She was a passionate and tenacious, competent, visionary and nonconformist woman and founder of the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin (Italy). She did everything to make the dream of a museum dedicated to the Seventh Art come true.

The National Cinema Museum, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of her death, decides to homage her with MARIA ADRIANA PROLO: A MUSEUM, ITS FOUNDER, a selection of images that portray her from the 1920s to the end of the 1980s, hosted on the external gate of the Mole Antonelliana. The private shots, also from the family archive, are accompanied by some of the photographs on display at the exhibition dedicated to the first seat of the Museum in Palazzo Chiablese, curated by Lorenzo Ventavoli, and the images taken by Elena Bosio on the set of the documentary Occhi che videro by Daniele Segre (Italy 1989, 50′), a film in which Maria Adriana Prolo and her Museum were the absolute protagonists. The film and the extra contents are presented as a unique document capable of capturing the vitality of Maria Adriana Prolo. The documentary will be available online on the Museum’s Vimeo channel for the duration of the tribute.

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Discover rare gems of Soviet and Russian cinema with Open Collection

The Russian Film Archive Gosfilmond and the portal Cultura.RU have announced the start of a joint project called Open Collection.  For this project, employees of the scientific department of the State Film will prepare more than 20 rare films for publication each month.

Elena Filatova, General Director of the State Film Fund of the Russian Federation, says that the Open Collection project will let audiences meet rare examples of Soviet and Russian cinema, many of which until recently could only be viewed by researchers until now.

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Vive le cinéma! – EYE’s exhibition for its 75th anniversary

For this jubilee exhibition Vive le cinéma! (from February 10th through May 9th 2021), EYE and the International Film Festival Rotterdam asked five major film directors from five continents – Jia Zhang-ke (Asia), Lucrecia Martel (South America), Nanouk Leopold (Europe), Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Africa), and Carlos Reygadas (North America) –  to make a work that exploits the potential of the three-dimensional exhibition space instead of the two-dimensional cinema screen. For some of them, this is the first time that they are creating a cinematographic installation that explores the boundaries of their own work and the art of film in general.

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NFI celebrates the 120th birthday of the first Hungarian film

On April 30th 2021, The Dance, the first Hungarian film, will celebrate its 120th birthday and for this occasion the National Film Institute is launching a series of programs.

As the opening event of the series celebrating 120 years of Hungarian cinema, the National Film Institute will hold the Hungarian Film Day on April 30, the 120th anniversary of the famous day, when the works of Béla Zsitkovszky and Gyula Pekár, The Dance, were presented. Only photographs of the first Hungarian film have survived.

As part of the celebration, the National Film Institute is launching an International Motion Picture Research Program to search for, make accessible and, if possible, repatriate Hungarian and Hungarian-related film historical heritage. More than a third of the films made during the 120 years of Hungarian film history – including the first film, The Dance – are still lost or lost. “The digitization of collections, the active involvement of the National Film Institute in the International Association of Film Archives and the online space provide conditions for finding and identifying films that we could not have dreamed of decades ago. ” – said György Ráduly, director of the NFI Film Archive.

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New traineeship program at EYE Filmmuseum

In September 2021 Eye will start a new traineeship program for young film conservators and collection specialists, that will last ten months providing the participants with insights in both theory and practice. This training has been made possible thanks to the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and the Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fund.

The program, starting in September 2021, will be supervised by Giovanna Fossati, Eye‘s Chief Curator and Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the UvA. The traineeship, set up in collaboration with Haghefilm Digital, offers accommodation for three years to two starting restorers and collection specialists (annually changing).

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6th (online) FIAF Winter School

This spring, for the 6th FIAF Winter School, FIAF offers a short training course aimed at professionals in FIAF archives and beyond, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque française and the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé. The theme of the course, taught by experienced professionals from the sector, is “Programming Film Heritage“. This edition will take place as an online even over the course of four half days, on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February, Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 March 2020, right before the start of the 2021 edition of “Toute la mémoire du monde“, the international festival of restored film hosted by the Cinémathèque française.

The programme of this edition of the FIAF Winter School is available in English and in French. Every participant will be asked to take an active part in the event by submitting programmes as part of the FIAF programming game before the Winter School.

FIAF has decided not to charge any fee for this online edition. The number of participants have however been limited to 50, as in previous years. The selection will be made on the basis of the online form the participants have to submit.

The deadline for validating the online form is Friday 5 February. Selected candidates will be notified by email by Thursday 11 February at the latest.

For more information, visit this page.

A George Méliès program on ARTE in collaboration with the Cinémathèque française

To celebrate the soon to be opened Méliès Museum, ARTE, in partnership with the Cinémathèque française, offers a series of short films by George Méliès and the premiere of the documentary Le mystère Georges Méliès directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange.

The shorts featured on arte.tv are:

  • Le Royaume des fées(1903, 16 min.), Le Voyage à travers l’impossible (1904, 22 min.), Le Locataire diabolique (1909, 6 min.), Le Palais des mille et une nuits (1905, 21 min.), La Sirène (1904, 4 min.), Les Affiches en goguette (1906, 3 min.) until March 9th
  • Le voyage dans la Lune (1902, 15 min.) until January 15th
  • Les Cartes vivantes(1904), Excelsior! (1901), The Man with the Rubber Head (1901, 3 min.), The Fly Man (1902, 2 min.), The Devil’s Four Hundred Farces (1906, 17 min.), The Infernal Cauldron (1903, 3 min.) until May 31st

The documentary Le mystère George Méliès, a co-production by ARTE, Steamboat Films, Lobster Films and Blackhawk Films, will be available for streaming on arte.tv until March 9th. Enriched by interviews with Costa-Gravas, Michel Gondry and film history experts, the film retraces the life and work of Méliès.

To find out more on the program, click here.

Murnau’s Tabu and Deutsche Kinemathek’s work on the outtakes

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s last film Tabu (USA 1931) is a particularly interesting case study for what concerns the protection of audiovisual cultural assets due to its unique history. In addition to the different versions of the film, there is a stock of around 17,500 meters of film material: alternative or unused takes of the film, the so-called outtakes.

The KUR Programme for the Conservation of Moveable Cultural Assets – initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Cultural Foundation of German States – made it possible for the Deutsche Kinemathek, in cooperation with the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and the Österreichisches Filmmuseum, to produce these nitrate films, which are threatened by decay in the long term, safeguard materials by copying them and publish them in digital form. In addition, the script for Tabu as well as the daily reports of the shooting have been published on the Deutsche Kinemathek’s website.

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