Author: Mikko Kuutti

Europeana Aggregators’ Fair

As an aggregator of Europeana, the European Film Gateway will be represented at the Europeana Aggregators’ Fair that takes place on 16 and 17 June 2021 online. On 17th of June from 13:00–13:30 EFG staff invites interested colleagues to join the “EFG for beginners” session during which you can learn about and discuss the best and easiest ways on how to get connected and present your collections on the European Film Gateway and Europeana.

The Aggregators’ Fair web conference provides an opportunity for staff working at cultural institutions to learn more about how to bring their content to new audiences such as the educational sector, to meet the people who work behind the scenes to make cultural heritage available through Europeana and to receive guidance and training from experts in this field.

Read the full programme and register via Eventbrite.


Dear film lovers,

Although COVID-19 pandemic, a terrible disease that took lives of our family members, cousins and friends, as well as numerous significant persons from film industry, is slowly subsiding, culture cannot stand still. Thus we have decided to organize the 23rd Nitrate Film Festival in Jugoslovenska kinoteka in its old, established term for decades (6–15 June), with a simple slogan – Nitrate 23.

Ernst Lubitsch, Mikhail Romm, Leitão de Barros, Julien Duvivier, István Gaál, Allan Dwan, Vittorio Cottafavi, Wilhelm Dieterle, Jean Epstein, Otakar Vávra, Raymond Bernard, Dziga Vertov, Youssef Chahine, Jacob and Luise Fleck are the names of distinguished film authors whose films will contribute to the importance of this year’s Festival. In versatile and divers program with an abundance of various genres and films, of which many will have their Serbian premiere, we shall present thirty-six films from twenty-six film archives from Europe, Japan, Egypt and United States of America. It is our greatest pleasure to be able to organize screening of eight films discovered in recent years in the Yugoslav Film Archive Nitrate Fund, among which the most significant one is the film The First Vuk’s Convocation in Trsic 1933. Unlike last year, we have finally had an opportunity to invite over twenty guests from the neighbouring countries and beyond, with whom we shall exchange impressions and views on future of film archives in light of all that have happened to us in the last fifteen months, along with watching masterpieces of world cinematography.

That is why we are honoured and pleased to invite you, for the twenty third time, to Jugoslovenska kinoteka cinema theatres (this time to the cinema theatre in Uzun Mirkova no. 1), where together we shall enjoy the beloved world of motion pictures through the film time machine.

Aleksandar Saša Erdeljanović
Director and Festival selector

Nitrate 23 Programme

A framework for digital preservation of cinematographic works – comments requested – last days!

Invitation to comment on the draft document

A framework for digital preservation of cinematographic works

Dear colleagues,

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:

  • Log-in to the ACE members’ area;
  • The members’ area contains a draft PDF document entitled A framework for digital preservation of cinematographic works and a template for comments (in MS Word);
  • Download the template in order to make any comments you may have (in English).
  • Please send the document with your comments to Walter Swagemakers (email:, with cc to Mikko Kuutti (email: by Wednesday 26 May at the latest.

If you have any questions about the draft document, please contact the Project Team at: One of the members of the Project Team will then answer your question.

Many thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Best wishes,

Walter Swagemakers

Budapest Classics Film Marathon – Call for Proposals

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After a long and difficult year, the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive is organizing the 4thBudapest Classics Film Marathon onsite. The festival will take place between 21–26 September 2021. Over the six days of the festival, audiences can watch a wide selection of classic movies, participate in lectures and workshops, join cine-concerts, and enjoy various film-related programmes. 

All colleagues are invited to propose new restorations for the screening programme as well asscholarly lectures, reports on new discoveries, project ideas, and plans for panel discussions.

Recommended topics for the panel discussion

  • New restorations and discoveries
  • Ethics of digital film restoration – guidelines, problems, case studies
  • Ethics of sharing archival content
  • New paths to the audience after the pandemic

Decisions on the programme are made by the festival’s curatorial team, taking into consideration the programme focus, artistic aspects, and logistics. 

For those who already had the chance to enjoy our festival and our warm welcome, it’s an occasion toreturn to the beautiful city of Budapest. For those who could not yet participate, it’s time to discover a new destination for film professionalsand film lovers!

György Ráduly

director, NFI – Film Archive

Colleagues interested in presenting their new restorations and project(s) are kindly asked to send their proposals to
Submission deadline: 10 June 2021
See you in Budapest in 2021!

Questionnaire on future digital services for ACE members – Summary of results

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.

Yuletide drinks meeting

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!


European Classic Documentary Film Meetings

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).

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Official opening of the new building of the Montenegrin Cinematheque

News from our colleagues  in Montenegro:

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.

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