Author: Giada Sartori

ACE members’ cinemas are slowly reopening

During the past weeks, many film archives from all over Europe are reopening their doors and starting to offer their audiences screenings of new titles or curated retrospectives. This is a brief panorama of the ACE members’ offer (this article will be updated as soon as more film archives reopen):

  • British Film Institute: on May 19th, following government guidelines, the BFI will finally be able to reopen and offer their audiences 4 curated collections as well as new releases. The four collections are Dream Palace (a selection of famous cinema gems presented or accompained by filmmakers or film critics), a retrospective dedicated to Robert  Altman, a selection of big screen classics and Her Voice (an homage to the artistry of black women). You can discover more here
  • Cinemateca Portuguesa: the film archive is currently offering many different cycles: Cinemateca Júnior is dedicated to the younger audience, while The Seas of Europe explores the importance of the sea in cinema. Other offerings include Korean Cinema Classics, an homage to Deborah Kerr, a retrospective dedicated to the way writers approached film and many others. Find out more here.

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Migrating Archives of Reality – Conference website now online!

The digital turn, which has created new modes of access and circulation for films, underscores and amplifies what has been the fate of non-fiction film since the beginning of its existence – it has always been, and continues to be, a migrating archive of reality. Driven by the mass digitization of cultural heritage and possibilities of content sharing platforms and new streaming services, which enable non-fiction film content to constantly migrate across venues, platforms, but also cultures, geopolitical barriers, artworks etc., these movements intensified in the digital media ecology.

The conference “Migrating Archives of Reality: Programming, Curating, and Appropriation of Non-fiction Film” (6/7 May 2021) represents an important part of a large international research project “Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration, and Reconstruction in Post WWII Europe” funded by HERA into which researchers from all over Europe with background in film history, critical theory and visual studies are involved.

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Il Cinema Ritrovato returns in person this July

Good news for cinema lovers! The 35th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato will take place in person – from July 20 through 27 – in the theatres and open air venues of Bologna. The rich program is  full of discoveries from across the world, the festival appears an invitation to rediscover the thrill of being part of an audience, watching and sharing film masterpieces.

For this year, for all those who will not be able to attend in person, a selection of films from the festival will be available online through the MYmovies streaming platform.

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ACE’s latest activity report

Since the FIAF General Assembly is approaching, we would like to share with the ACE members and the general public a brief report of what the film archives that compose ACE have accomplished in the past six months and our plans for the future.

The ACE Executive Committee has continued its regular meeting schedule. Our communication tools are growing, and other networking meetings are planned for the near future to further strengthen them. We also hope to showcase our Members by posting their trailers and other promotional materials, such as virtual tours and digital offers, and perhaps filmed interviews with key staff members.

Since March 2020, film archives from all over Europe have been mostly closed because of the pandemic. Many of them have continued to offer a digital program to stay connected to their audiences at home. From online screenings to digital platforms and exhibitions, ACE members have adapted quickly and with creative solutions to the current situation. You can find on our website a selection of the online offer from our ACE members.

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EFA Young Audience Award 2021: an online edition for the biggest European jury

The European Young Audience Award, organized by the European Film Academy (EFA), is returning soon for the eighth consecutive year, in an online edition due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic.

Hundreds of young film lovers between the ages of 12 and 14 from all over Europe will act as a jury on Sunday 25 April 2021 to choose which film will receive the EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD.

Hundreds of boys and girls will take part this year to the largest European jury, with representatives from 38 countries: Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain , France, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Cyprus.

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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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