SVENSKA FILMINSTITUTET has launched a new short film venture with special funds of the value of SEK 200,000. The investment consists of eight development grants of SEK 25,000 each to create short feature films that depict our present in the shadow of the Corona virus. The project is for both established filmmakers and new talent and its aim is to enhance as many different voices as possible. The short films must be produced in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Authority. The deadline for application is June 14. For more information, click on the following link: https://pressroom.filminstitutet.se/pressrelease/view/corona-2020-ny-kortfilmssatsning-fran-filminstitutet-18171
DFF – DEUTSCHES FILMINSTITUT FILMMUSEUM has an entire section on its website dedicated to its digital offer. There are a video tour through the permanent exhibition “Filmisches Sehen” with curator Stefanie Plappert, ideas on how to introduce children to film culture with games, streaming tips from DFF staff, virtual exhibition and videos. To find out more, click on the following link: https://www.dff.film/coronavirus/
In this installment of our series concerning film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from the Iberian Peninsula are organizing for their audiences.
LA CINEMATECA PORTUGUESA has created “Gestos & Fragmentos”, a selection of films, museum pieces and records of the life in the Cinematheque. It is described as an enhanched version of the already existing initiative named “Cinemateca Digital” (that will still remain on the website). There are four different sections: films to see this week (a series of features from Portoguese Cinema with a temporary availability), a larger Cinemateca Júnior, “O museu vai a casa” which displays a series of pre-cinema objects from their collection and “Textos & Imagens” dedicated to reflections raised by items from the collection of their Documentation and Information Center. To find out more, click on the following link: http://www.cinemateca.pt/Cinemateca/Noticias/A-CINEMATECA,-A-DIFUSAO-EM-LINHA-E-A-SALA-DE-CINEM.aspx
FILMOTEKA NARODOWA from Poland highlights a home film competition named “Mistrzowskie wyzwania”. The rules are simple: stay at home, make a film (max. 3 minutes long) and send the file. There will be two rounds: one that has started on the 23rd with the participation of Jagoda Szelc and one starting on May 4 featuring Paweł Łoziński. The winners will receive prizes totaling PLN 2,000 and have their short featured on the prestigious Ninateka website. To find out more, click on the following link: https://fina.gov.pl/mistrzowskie-wyzwania-domowy-konkurs-filmowy/
ACE has decided to highlight the initiatives organised by its members during these difficult times, in which film archives have to reinvent themselves online. It’s in moments like these that we need culture, cinema, more than ever. After exploring the Italian film archives’ initiatives, now it is time to explore the francophone area’s offer.
- LA CINÉMATHÈQUE FRANÇAISE offers on its website more than 800 videos that include cinema lessons from some of the biggest authors and actors, conferences and video-essays. It is also possible to read more than 500 articles, to discover the gems from its collection. To find out more, click on the following link: https://www.cinematheque.fr/decouvrir.html Since the cinema has been shut down since March, the Cinémathèque française has decided to open a movie theater named Henri, after the film archive’s founder Henri Langlois: a screening every evening at 20h30. To find out more, click on the following link: https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/
For more information, click on the following link: https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/en/visit/festivals-symposiums
In these troubling times where cinemas have to close down because of safety issues, we need culture more than ever. We want to use this space to highlight initiatives offered by film archives which can let the general audience discover film history from the comfort of one’s house. This first installment will revolve around the activities of three Italian film archives: Cineteca di Bologna, Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, La Cineteca del Friuli e Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino.
This summer, for the first time ever, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF will organise the Digital Archives Summer School in collaboration with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin. It is a 5-day, practice-oriented educational offer directed at staff members of audiovisual archives who are interested in enhancing their knowledge about digital environments and processes.
This first edition focuses especially on the subject of data literacy and presentation strategies. Lectures, seminars and exercises will explore subjects such as conversion, digital preservation, storytelling and visualisation.
The festival “Film:ReStored”, an event of the Deutsche Kinemathek dedicated to film heritage in the difficult scenario of the digital age, has reached its fifth edition, which will take place from October 27 to November 1 at the Filmhaus in Berlin. Even though the festival has always concerned mainly German film heritage and domestic digitalization with the addition of some international guests, the fifth edition, thanks to its theme “A European Affair”, will have a decidedly European orientation. Preservation, restoration and access to film heritage are concerns common to all film archives and now it is time to develop a pan-European perspective on film heritage in the digital age.