A framework for digital preservation of cinematographic works
Technical Committee CEN/TC 457 (Digital Preservation of Cinematographic Works) of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has been working for some time now on a project to define and standardise a long-term archive format for cinematographic works. The standard will apply to both digitised analogue films and born-digital content. Reference software for guaranteeing interoperability among vendors and heritage institutions will be developed. The project has received financial support from the European Commission. Most of the members of the Technical Committee are country representatives of the European Film Archives. The membership of the Committee was recently extended to include a liaison officer from ACE in the person of Mikko Kuutti (ACE Secretary General and Deputy Director of KAVI).
The Technical Committee has set up a Project Team that has been tasked with producing a proposal for standardisation. The Project Team recently published a draft document entitled A framework for digital preservation of cinematographic works, which has now been sent for comment to the members of the ACE.
The Executive Committee would like to invite you to comment on the draft document. Please use the following procedure to access the document and make any comments you wish to make:
In July 2020, ACE asked their membership to participate in a survey that would give insight into where ACE member archives currently publish their collections online, who they consider their main target audiences and what functionalities and services they find important in online platforms. The aim of the survey was to get a general sense of where ACE members generally stand with regard to their publication efforts and to find out what they would expect from a digital service, should ACE decide to offer one. This report summarizes the replies of 34 ACE archives that answered the survey.
The ACE Executive Committee invited members to a Zoom drink on 17 December. More than 20 members took part, some for longer, some for a shoter time, meeting virtually one last time this year. We reported to our colleagues how life in isolation is going in each our country, and sent best wishes for the holidays and the new year.
The meeting was quite gleeful regardless, and reminded all of us that we have a strong and positive community which can offer support during these hard times.
Thanks to all participants and, one more time, have a very happy Christmas and a properous New Year!
Seeking for new restorations of documentary films for distribution:
The 2nd edition of the European Classic Documentary Film Meetings will take place on March 19th 2021 as part of ParisDOC, the professional section of Cinéma du réel, France’s oldest creative documentary film festival.
A complete one-day program had been put together for the 1st edition last March, which unfortunately had to be cancelled because of the first lockdown in France. We are now very determined to prepare the 2nd edition for our next festival in March 2021 (adapting to the evolution of the pandemic, naturally).
Montenegrin Cinematheque and Music Centre of Montenegro have officially started their work at the new building on the 3rd November, the day of opening ceremony which was attended by the President of Montenegro, the Mayor of Podgorica and the Minister of Culture.
After two decades of waiting, we can say with great pleasure that the Cinematheque met all the needs for starting its activities in conditions that fulfill the standards of modern film archives.
In its new space, the Cinematheque has at its disposal adequate depots for preserving copies of film negatives and positives, as well as editing rooms which serve for working with digital and analogue materials.
National Audiovisual Institute Launches 4k Streaming Service
On 3 December, the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki launched a greatly expanded streaming service at elonet.finna.fi.
The key addition are 200+ Finnish feature films which are now available for streaming anywhere in the world for free. The bulk of these films are available at Ultra HD resolution but all feature titles are in at least HD quality.
The number of films available for streaming will grow in the coming years because in all, KAVI owns about 450 feature film titles. This number is about a quarter of all feature films ever produced in Finland.
Additionally, Elonet hosts thousands of advertising, documentary, and other short films. All war-time newsreels and the full series of 700 Finlandia newsreels are available for watching.
Elonet was originally launched in 2006 as a filmographic database. In 2018, KAVI built its own view to the national online finna service of archives museums and libraries, and this week, the elonet brand moved to Finna.
As part of the EU funded series of open air screenings, KAVI proudly presents Lang’s Metropolis. We will be screening the latest, most complete version with live music by the acclaimed Khid.
The screening will take place on 1 September on Kansalaistori, next to the best new library in the world. On other days, you are welcome to join us inside the building in Kino Regina for our regular cinémathèque screenings.
JTS is offering up to five travel grants for the upcoming Joint Technical Symposium in Hilversum (Oct 3-5).
JTS is committed to cultivating an environment in which includes a multiplicity of voices. Travel grants are open to everyone working in the field whose attendance will contribute to their professional and/or organizational development. Applicants will be asked to provide a short statement about the value of attending JTS.
Travel funding is limited and grants are not intended to cover all travel expenses. Please include the costs of your travel and registration as well as the amount of funding requested.
Applicants will be asked to submit a statement (not more than 750 words) addressing the need for the award and how JTS will contribute to their professional development and/or that of their institution.
Applicants will be asked for an estimated budget for costs of travel (transport and lodging) as well as the total funds requested for the grant.
Applicants will be asked to upload their CV/Resume as well as a Letter of Recommendation from a senior manager or supervisor.
Grant recipients will be expected to attend the full conference as well as submit a post-conference report outlining their experience and any outcomes of the conference.
Registration is open for a full week of audiovisual archiving knowledge and experience sharing: both the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives’ 50th Annual Conference and the Joint Technical Symposium, stewarded by the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archiving Associations, will be taking place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum from September 30 – October 5. We’re happy to announce that registration for both events is now open! Save your seat for both or either event at 2019.iasa-web.org and jts2019.com.
#IASA50: IASA will be returning to the country of its birth, as the association was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. The preliminary programme is available at http://2019.iasa-web.org/programme. Do visit the conference website for more information about the conference, such as the programme, venue, travel advice, social events, information on workshops and tutorials, professional visits and other details: http://2019.iasa-web.org/. Please note that the “early bird” registration rate ends on September 2, 2019.
#JTS2019: JTS is the international scientific and technical symposium dealing with matters of particular importance to audiovisual archives and archivists. It provides an opportunity for audiovisual archiving experts from different backgrounds to come together, share new and upcoming technical advances in our field, and take positions that go beyond the boundaries of specific formats or domains. It is an occasion to inform each other about what’s going on in our field and seek cross-fertilization. Organized every few years since 1983 by the various audiovisual archives associations now forming the CCAAA, it provides an opportunity for colleagues around the world and those interested in the field to meet and share information about the preservation of original image and sound materials. Keep an eye on the website for updates: jts2019.com
We look forward to welcoming you in The Netherlands!
Natalie Meijers Communications & Outreach
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