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Trainee Film Archivist position at the Deutsche Kinemathek

The Deutsche Kinemathek has launched a trainee programme in 2022, generously supported by the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

Each year, a new trainee starts their two-year traineeship at our film archive, meaning that two trainees overlap by a year to work and share the experience together and to pass on the baton.

We are now looking for the next trainee film archivist (full-time) from 1 September 2024 to 31 August 2026.

Applications are welcome until 9 June 2024.

Please find the German-language job description and all details here: deutsche-kinemathek.de/de/kinemathek/karriere.


We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Daniel Meiller and Franz Frank

ACE workshop Bologna, Tuesday June 25th 2024

Venue: MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Via Giovanni Minzoni 14, 40121 Bologna, Italy/

Morning panel 10:00 – 12:00

An Economic Model of Audiovisual Heritage: film preservation and restoration as tools for audiovisual market development

Panel Chair: Michal Bregant
ACE President and Director of Národní filmový archiv, Prague

Maria Silvia Gatta
Policy Officer, European Commission

Maria Silvia Gatta has been working with the audiovisual policy of the European Commission since 2002, dealing with the MEDIA programme. From 2019, after a period abroad, she has been supervising the implementation of the Creative MEDIA Programme 2021–2027 and following the European policy for film heritage.

Fatima Djoumer
CEO, Europa Cinemas

Europa Cinemas is a pan-European network of cinemas dedicated to promoting and supporting the exhibition of European films across the continent. Supported since its creation by the European Commission (Creative Europe / MEDIA Programme) and by the CNC (France), Europa Cinemas is the first network of cinemas focusing on European films. Created in 1992 at the initiative of a group of thirty cinema exhibitors, it has become in 30 years a network of 1,263 cinemas and 3,121 screens in 39 countries.

Simon Ofenloch
Commissioning Editor, ZDF – Subkoordination Fiktion/ARTE

ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is one of the two national public television broadcasters in Germany, based in Mainz. ARTE is a European public service television channel dedicated to culture. The Subkoordination Fiktion is a department within ZDF that is responsible for coordinating the production of fictional content, often in collaboration with ARTE.

Davide Pozzi
Director, L’Immagine Ritrovata

L’Immagine Ritrovata is a highly specialized film restoration company founded and owned by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. The company has labs in Bologna and Hong Kong, and has expanded its operations to France and the Netherlands through lab acquisitions.

Philippe Bober
Founder, Coproduction Office – TBC

Based in Paris and Berlin, Coproduction Office is an international distributor and producer of bold, award-winning films. Coproduction Office’s founder Philippe Bober has produced forty-one films to date with thirteen of these having been selected to screen in Competition in Cannes, winning two Golden Palms.

Vincent Paul-Boncour
CEO, Carlotta films

Carlotta Films is a French film distribution company focused on re-releasing classic and cult films, particularly from the French New Wave era, for modern audiences.

Jean-Pierre Boiget
CTO, Studio Canal

StudioCanal is a French film production and distribution company. The company is a subsidiary of the Canal+ Group, owned by Vivendi. As of May 2024 the company has 14 production companies in Europe and the US, and holds around 9,000 film titles.

Afternoon panel 14:00 – 16:30

Exhibiting film collections in the museum space: new approaches and new audiences

Panel Chair: Ellen Harrington
ACE Executive Committee member and Director of DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

Introduction: Gian Luca Farinelli
Director, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna

Ellen Harrington
Director, DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

Transformation of the Permanent Exhibition through Digital and Inclusion Strategies

The DFF Filmmuseum was fully renovated and a new permanent exhibition was designed a decade ago. Rather than close the galleries and change the entire installation now, a multi-year ‘Transformation’ project was developed to progressively refresh and modernize the storylines and objects, working closely with various age groups and multilingual communities to create a more global and relatable gallery experience, with more accessible text and pathways. At the same time a new digital tool, ‘Constellations,’ was developed with ACMI, to provide a digital overlay to the permanent exhibition, which allows visitors to access curated storylines and archival collections by collecting objects with a simple interactive ticket. Touch screens at the end of the gallery reveal each visitor’s customized collection, which can also be accessed later online. This expands the gallery experience and brings visitors on a journey of exploration and deep-dives, without expanding the square meters of the gallery.

Giovanna Fossati
Director of Collection & Knowledge Sharing, Eye Filmmuseum

Kate Saccone
PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam

Innovative Museum Installations for Film Collections

This presentation will explore two innovative projects at Eye Filmmuseum that highlight new approaches to showcasing audiovisual collections, developed through collaboration with academic research partners. The Film Catcher is an immersive and interactive installation based on a research project aimed at creating a non-semantic search tool for film collections, which allows visitors to navigate through hundreds of films using visual cues like color and shapes. The Narratives from the Long Tail project aims to transform access to large-scale audiovisual archives. Eye Filmmuseum’s contribution involves digitizing its Mutoscope & Biograph collection for a fully immersive 3D museum installation.

Erika Balsom
Curator and Reader in Film Studies, King’s College London

The Exhibition No Master Territory: Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image 

Curator and film scholar Erika Balsom will give a presentation on the project No Master Territory: Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image, an exhibition and cinema programme that originated at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 2022, co-curated by Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg. It staged an expansive encounter with over 100 works of nonfiction film and video by 89 artists and collectives across the spaces of the cinema and the gallery, concentrating on the period of the 1970s to 1990s, a time when women’s liberation movements took hold internationally. Erika will tell us something about the curatorial and historiographic thinking that informed the project and the choice to take the films outside the cinema and into the exhibition space.

Samantha Leroy
Head of Programming, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé

Collaborations between film programming and exhibitions

Public screenings in theaters still remain the most significant way to present cinema to the audience whose regaining interest must be fulfilled continuously. However, in order to explore and talk about the history of silent cinema – not to mention its relationship with contemporariness, these screenings need relevant introductions such as presentations, conferences and music accompaniment, just as much to be closely related to exhibitions about cinema. Few examples of collaborations between film programming and exhibitions held at Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé will be highlighted here.

A fruitful discussion is expected also thanks to the presence of the FIAF Summer School participants.

ACE launches the fifth edition of A Season of Classic Films

Investing in Restoration and Distribution of Films from European Archives

ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes unveiled on 20 May details of this year’s edition of A Season of Classic Films, during the 77th Festival de Cannes. Building on the success of previous years, A Season of Classic Films returns for a fifth edition with free screenings of newly restored films in cinemas and online, to continue to raise awareness about the work of the European film archives and advocate for the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. During the first five editions, the programme has supported the restoration and circulation of more than 170 European films.

The restored films of each edition are presented in a catalogue that includes context and contact information to enable further distribution beyond the end of this programme.

 View the full A Season of Classic Films 2024 Programme (PDF) 

 

Full programme and awards of the Joint Film Restoration Grant announced at Cannes

This year’s programme is curated by 24 European film heritage institutions. The films range from early silent classics, to sci-fi and noir films, and to works that foster reflection about humanity, slavery and domination, authoritarian regimes, and memory. The film institutions organise free-admission cinema screenings to present their respective restored films between June and December 2024. These special events feature talks by filmmakers or archivists, masterclasses, live music, educational activities, or parallel exhibitions. Selected films are also globally accessible online at no charge. All films are available with English subtitles. 

In addition to the newly restored films presented by each European archive, a Joint Restoration Grant is awarded as part of A Season of Classic Films to support transnational collaboration between film institutions for film preservation and restoration, for at least three European film archives collaborate on a single restoration.

At the Cannes event, ACE also presented the two recipients of this year’s Joint Restoration Grant of €60.000 shared between Vulo Radev’s humanist film The Peach Thief (1964) and a compilation of spectacular stencil-coloured shorts titled Fantastic Flowers (1906-1920). The jury, comprised of Oscar-awarded filmmaker István Szabó, ARTE’s Feature Film Department Deputy Head Barbara Häbe, and film curator-educator Eva Sangiorgi, selected the winners from applications submitted by Europe’s film heritage institutions.

The Peach Thief is a piece of film history with a powerful humanist message of understanding and brotherhood. In this sense, the central love story is an image of a broader meaning that can be embraced in our time. For us, as members of the jury, it was a discovery and we were touched by the grace and intensity of its language,” the jury writes of its choice. The Peach Thief will be meticulously restored in 4K thanks to the partnership between the Jugoslovenska Kinoteka, the Bulgarian National Film Archive, and the Montenegrin Cinematheque.

The second grant award goes to the restoration of lavishly stenciled-coloured films on the theme of “flowers”, a collaborative effort between the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, Eye Filmmuseum, and Filmarchiv Austria. This restoration programme aims to recreate for today’s audiences the experience of cinemagoers of more than a century ago, but also to provide a historical context to the colourisation debate, which surged as a result of the new possibilities offered by present-day digital technologies, particularly the emergence of AI.

A Season of Classic Films is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

 

Joint Film Restoration Grant 2024 – Jury Members

Barbara Häbe is currently the Deputy Head of the Feature Film Department at ARTE. She joined the French TV channel La Sept in 1989, which later became a member company of the European culture TV channel ARTE, and since 1992, she works at ARTE’s head office in Strasbourg. Initially, in charge of coproductions and acquisitions of international short films, Barbara Häbe is now responsible for coordinating feature films and selecting and supporting cinema coproductions proposed by the ARTE Group in the domains of classical movies, young cinema, and international coproductions. She also collaborates with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes for the ArteKino Classics programme. 

Eva Sangiorgi is currently the artistic director of the Viennale, the Vienna International Film Festival. In 2021, she also became the coordinator of the Film Curating Studies Department at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE) film school in San Sebastian, Spain.

István Szabó is a legendary filmmaker with an impressive body of work distinguished by its stylistic virtuosity and narrative complexity, often exploring the timeless theme of personal identity and politics. He is the first to bring Hungary the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and his numerous distinctions include Jury Prize, Best Screenplay and FIPRESCI at Cannes, two Silver Bears at Berlinale, a Golden Leopard at Locarno, a BAFTA Film Award, Best Director at Mar del Plata, five Oscar and Palme d’Or nominations, and lifetime achievement awards.


 View the full A Season of Classic Films 2024 Programme (PDF) 

 

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION DES CINÉMATHÈQUES EUROPÉENNES (ACE)

The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 50 European national and regional film archives. Its role is to safeguard the European film heritage and make the rich audiovisual records collected and preserved by the various film archives accessible to the public. ACE members are non-profit institutions committed to the FIAF Code of Ethics.

 

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Summer School Digital Archives 2024

The Filmuni Summer School is organizing the  Summer School Digital Archives in cooperation with the Bundesarchiv as well as with support from the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). The summer school “Digital Archives. Data Literacy and Presentation Strategies in Audiovisual Archives” is a 5-day, practice-oriented course aimed at people working in audiovisual archives as well as at everyone else who is interested in enhancing their knowledge about digital environments and processes related to digital archives. In our third year we will emphasize machine-assisted processes, offering beginner classes in how to use widely adopted open source tools to support archival tasks: including metadata extraction, transcoding, data enrichment and file maintenance.

Date: 23-27 September 2024

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Cost: 850,- EUR

Registration deadline: 28 July 2024

There is also the possibility to apply for a scholarship, sponsored by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), that covers full or partial participation fees.

The application deadline for the FIAF scholarship is May 31, 2024.

More information: Website  / PDF

Please, do not hesitate to contact Anja Dornieden if you have any questions.

Filmuni Summer School

Tel. | phone: +49 (0)331-6202-554

Mail: summerschool@filmuniversitaet.de

www.filmuniversitaet.de/summerschool

Projectionists’ Workshop 2024 — Applications Open!

The ACE, in partnership with FIAF, wants to support the ACE member institutions willing to spread and enforce the knowledge and practice of analogue film projection. The idea of the Projectionists’ Workshop project is based on a common will to keep this craft and experience alive, and to support the current and future colleagues in this field by offering them a platform for learning and sharing. 

The original proposal of our colleagues from FIAF, Chicca Bergonzi (Programming and Access to Collections Commission) and Camille Blot-Wellens (Technical Commission) was well received among the film archival community. The Executive Committee of ACE agreed that such a project is invaluable for building the professional community and has decided to support a pilot phase financially. This should help the selected hosting institutions to organize a first series of Projectionists’ Workshops aimed at practicing professionals and motivated participants. It is expected that the workshops will attract participants by region and language, for the comfort of participants and to avoid long travels. 

The workshops should focus on knowledge exchange and best practices, for example in terms of repairs and maintenance, contact lists for suppliers of the equipment and spare parts, connections among projectionists. The workshops should also be open to projectionists not (yet) working for an archival cinema. 

The budget should be moderate, and the contribution from ACE and FIAF can be used towards honoraria, production of educational materials, accommodation, travels, and meals. 

Applications will be evaluated by the representatives of the Executive Committees of FIAF and ACE by the end of May 2024, and the results will be published on the ACE website without delay. It is expected that the first of these workshops should take place during the current calendar year.

Deadline: 17 May, 2024

Download the application form for more details about the process:

FIAF Projectionists’ Workshop Application Form (PDF)

 

A SEASON OF CLASSIC FILMS: PREMIERE OF ‘A halál után’ in the Festival de la Cinémathèque

The film A halál után (After Death, 1920, Hungary, dir. Alfréd Deésy) that was awarded the joint film restoration grant in 2023 in the framework of the programme ‘A Season of Classic Films’, has been selected to premiere in the Festival de la Cinémathèque. The international restoration premiere will take place on Sunday 17 March at 14:00 at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé.

About the film and the restoration

After Death was adapted from the novel L’Homme qui revient de loin by the renowned French author Gaston Leroux, whose detective and fantasy fiction works have been the subject of tens of film adaptations from the 1910s to nowadays, the best known of all being The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra). L’Homme qui revient de loin was first adapted for the big screen by Gaston Ravel in 1917 immediately after its publication. In 1950, a remake was directed by Jean Castanier featuring Maria Casarès, and it even became a successful French TV series in 1972. Leroux’s works were very popular in Hungary and the novel L’Homme qui revient de loin was translated in Hungarian and published in 1920, prompting an immediate adaptation to film by Alfréd Deésy in the same year. Alfréd Deésy was one of the most prolific Hungarian filmmakers of the era, and the heroine, Kamilla Hollay, was a well-known star in Europe.

The only surviving copy, which features richly tinted images, has been carefully restored in 4K thanks to a collaboration by the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive, the Royal Belgian Film Archive and la Cinémathèque française.

The sole remaining nitrate print of this film has been preserved by the Cinémathèque royale de Belgique – CINEMATEK. In 2023, the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive undertook a digital restoration of this nearly intact 1613-metres-long tinted and toned nitrate print. This restoration effort was executed in collaboration with CINEMATEK and la Cinémathèque française. Throughout the restoration process, a deliberate choice was made to retain the original bilingual distributor titles within the film. Unfortunately, the opening credits did not survive, requiring a reconstruction based on available historical sources.

Digital copies of the restored film are shared among the partner archives to enable better accessibility and preservation.

JOINT RESTORATION GRANT

In 2022, ACE launched the Joint Restoration Grant within its A Season of Classic Films programme, thanks to the additional funding of the European Commission aimed at supporting transnational collaboration of film institutions in the field of film preservation. In 2023, the jury, comprised of filmmakers Radu Jude and Saodat Ismailova, ARTE France general director Olivier Père and film programmer at Lincoln Center and head of international relations at ECAM Industria Cecilia Barrionuevo, selected the film A halál után from an array of proposals submitted by European film heritage institutions.

A Season of Classic Films features free screenings of newly restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe with the aim of developing new audiences for film heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. In addition to reaching new audiences, the programme is also an expression of connection and solidarity between the European film archives, something which is key to the preservation of our common film heritage.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

PREMIERE RESTORATION SCREENING

Chaired by Costa Gavras, the 11th edition of the Cinémathèque française archive film festival features newly restored films from all over the world. This very special premiere restoration screening of A halál után (After Death) will be held at 14:00 on Sunday 17 March at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé with live piano accompaniment from Matthieu Lecoq and will be introduced by NFI’s director György Ráduly and representatives of the partner archives.

For the previous joint restoration grant: please read more about Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that premiered in Venice and received an ICOM award for international cooperation.

For film loans: To programme the films presented in the Season of Classic Films programme, please find the contact information and detailed filmographic details in our catalogues from 2021, 2022 and 2023.

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

2024 FIAF FILM RESTORATION SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) are thrilled to announce that the 10th FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will take place in Bologna during summer 2024.

The institutions behind the Summer School have come together once again to renew and strengthen their long-lasting cooperation, a bond that aims to pursue the spread of film preservation and conservation through the international community.

The 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School is structured along three main course steps:

  • Film restoration online theory course: distance learning, May 2nd to June 13th (on Wednesdays)
  • Restoration lectures and Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival: Bologna, Cineteca facilities, from June 22nd to 30th
  • Restoration workshops: Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, July 1st to 12th

Application Process

  1. Reading the full course description: 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School – Program (PDF).
  2. Complete your application using this form: 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School – Application (PDF).

The deadline is 16 February, 2024.

 

Participation

The training is conceived for an international target group and will be taught by an international panel of the best experts from different countries. The 2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School is aimed at staff working at film archives, institution, or organization, as well as right holders and students in the field of Cinema. The aim is to foster a shared knowledge in the field for current and future generations and world film archives.

All classes will be in English.

Participants will be selected according to their C.V., commitment, and motivation.

The course will be divided into different levels and participants will be grouped according to their skills and expertise according to personal C.V. and experience in that field.

A special commission composed of representatives from FIAF, ACE, and Cineteca di Bologna will examine all applications. The commission will officially release the names of the 40 selected participants via e-mail and on the website of L’Immagine Ritrovata and those of its partners on March 4th.

The participation fee amounts to 4.000€ and includes registration, festival accreditation, accommodation, and lunch for 18 days.

Past editions of the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School have proved to be an excellent meeting ground for people working in the same field. It represents a great opportunity for participants to initiate collaborations on possible future restoration projects.

After completing the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School participants will:

• know how a film can be restored using new digital technologies in a modern, flexible work environment
• be able to manage a complete restoration workflow
• know how to choose the best source to restore a film and have it digitized from film support to 35mm, DCP and file broadcasting
• be able to discuss each step of a restoration project in detail with a restoration laboratory
• know the various approaches to restoration of different FIAF archives
• know how to manage a film restoration project budget

 

For further information, please contact:

2024 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School
Coordinator: Elena Tammaccaro
Secretariat: Charlotte Oddo
Tel: +39 051 552541 – Fax: +39 051 521584 frss@immagineritrovata.it

The International Council of Museums honours the Season of Classic Films 2022 joint film restoration

On Monday 4 December, the Slovenian branch of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) celebrated its annual award ceremony in the Museum of Modern History in Ljubljana, giving the international cooperation award to the joint film restoration project carried out in the framework of the programme A Season of Classic Films 2022.

The International Council of Museums honours EU-supported project on digitisation and restoration of film heritage

This is the success story of cross-border collaboration between organisations working in the field of film heritage to preserve and promote cinema culture. The Slovenian Cinematheque, the Austrian Film Museum, the Croatian State Archive – Croatian Cinematheque, and the Sarajevo Film Center united forces to digitise and restore Slike iz života udarnika (Life of a Shock Force Worker, 1972, Yugoslavia, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić). The project was carried out from May 2022 to April 2023 in the context of the 2022 edition of A Season of Classic Films, by the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA programme  – the EU programme supporting the audiovisual and film sectors – and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

Connecting European film heritage with new audiences

The film was censored and withdrawn from distribution since its national and international premieres at the Pula Film Festival and Venice Film Festival in 1972. After half a century, this project has given the film a new life and audience.

Photo taken at the Teleking studio during the restoration process.
Photo taken at the Teleking studio during the restoration process. © Teleking

In addition to the premiere during the 80th Venice International Film Festival, the film has already been presented in several events across Europe.

  • Premiere in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Film Center Sarajevo in collaboration with Sarajevo Film Festival organised an open-air screening in Sarajevo with an attendance of around 2.000 people.
  • Premiere in Slovenia: The Slovenian Cinematheque organised a screening in Cankarjev dom (Slovenia’s largest Cultural and Congress centre) with members of the original crew.
  • Premiere in Austria, in the Austrian Film Museum and at the Viennale, Vienna International Film Festival.
  • Premiere in Croatia, during the Zagreb Film Festival.

The film was also available to online audiences via the ArteKino Classics programme. For three months, film-lovers across Europe could enjoy it free of charge with subtitles in six languages (English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Polish).

ICOM Award in the field of international cooperation

The International Council of Museums (Slovenian branch) has recognised the collaborative efforts with its 2023 Award in the field of international cooperation. This award is given to individuals, groups or organisations that establish a dialogue at the international level and promote the development and importance of museums as institutions and bring new ideas and contribute to the development of consciousness.

In the award justification, ICOM pointed out that “the value of the project is also reflected in the successful cooperation of experts from the wider international domain for the preservation of film heritage. The digital restoration process itself has improved the knowledge and establishment of best practices for film restoration in Slovenia.”

Pohot of Mr. Karpo Godina, cinematographer of the film, taken during the award ceremony.
Mr. Karpo Godina, cinematographer of the film, during the award ceremony. © Sašo Kovačič
Picture of Mrs. Ženja Leiler Kos, director of the Slovenska Kinoteka, during the award ceremony.
Mrs. Ženja Leiler Kos, director of the Slovenska Kinoteka, during the award ceremony. © Sašo Kovačič

 

 

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.

 

 

Europa Nostra partners with ACE to call for support to safeguard European film heritage

For the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2023, Europa Nostra, the European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage, partnered with ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes to highlight heritage excellence and best practices in Europe in the domain of cinema culture.

European film heritage has been too often overlooked when talking about European heritage and European values. This lack  of a reflection on the history of the European filmic language represents an omission which needs to be redressed. European films and audiovisual works have forged European culture over the last 135 years, since the Lumière brothers invented the big screen thanks to their revolutionary camera and projector, the Cinématographe. In our societies where in particular new generations talk through images and share audiovisual stories, a great opportunity exists for film heritage institutions to help to bridge the past, present and future.

In this last century, cinema-going has become part of our cultural habits in Europe, a source of entertainment, firstly, but also a social experience to share common stories, to imagine and dream of a faraway world, to reflect on contemporary events and politics, to engage with our past, to dig into our consciousness and intimacy. Cinema production has dealt with history, colonialism, women’s rights, sexual identity, social inequality, labour relations, scientific revolutions and many other themes that constitute  the human condition and our common history. And cinema still formulates  questions, like any other art form, and triggers collective – critical and creative – thinking.

Through the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes, the European Commission has embarked on a European policy towards cinema heritage. Established in 1991, ACE is a network of 49 European national and regional film archives that aims to safeguard the film heritage and make it accessible to the public. Europa Nostra applauds the collaboration between the European Commission and ACE and expresses its support to further developing an ambitious EU policy towards cinema heritage, as part of a holistic EU strategy towards the safeguard and enhancement of cultural heritage. This was made visible during this year’s European Cultural Heritage Summit held on 27-30 September in Venice, more specifically during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony which took place on 28 September at the Palazzo del Cinema. 

The safeguard of Europe’s film heritage, an integral part of Europe’s shared cultural heritage, presents two main challenges. With regard to the digitisation of film heritage for dissemination purposes, significant work has been done but it needs to be further  enhanced and constantly renewed. Yet digitisation is by no means a comprehensive way to preserve film heritage. While the state of digital preservation on European level can further develop, the majority of film heritage institutions also hold analogue film materials in their collections. Therefore, film preservation and restoration is the only possible way to ensure that this pillar of European culture is duly transmitted to the future generations. In this context, we wish to stress that preserving and restoring films is a costly endeavour and that many film heritage institutions in Europe are struggling to find necessary resources to restore the films, to find space for the conservation of the film materials as well as to invest in the renewal and training of professionals to secure the same level of competences also in the future. In the light of the above, while expressing our strong support for investments which provide support for digital dissemination of film heritage at all levels, we call for adequate funding at European and national level in support of the restoration and conservation of film archives, for the benefit of present and future generations.

 

Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra

Michal Bregant, ACE President

27 October 2023

 


Read more: European Heritage Awards focus on Film Heritage

Watch the European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2023 on Vimeo.

 

European Heritage Awards focus on Film Heritage

The prestigious European Heritage Awards 2023 Ceremony will take place on 28 September in the Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. The Grand Prix laureates and Public Choice winners, selected from among this year’s outstanding heritage achievements, will be announced in the presence of Europa Nostra President Cecilia Bartoli.

For this year’s ceremony, Europa Nostra partnered with ACE – Association des Cinémathèques Européennes and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) to highlight heritage excellence and best practices in Europe in the domain of cinema culture.

The ceremony will feature extracts from significant film restoration projects. They will be projected during the intermezzos and as a celebratory conclusion to the event. The films include The Clowns (1970) by Federico Fellini restored by Cineteca di Bologna, the silent Swedish film With Reindeer and Sled in Inka Länta’s Winterland (1926, Erik Bergström) restored by the Swedish Film Institute, the film Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972, Bahrudin ‘Bato’ Čengić) that was jointly restored by Slovenska kinoteka, Hrvatski državni arhiv – Hrvatska kinoteka, Filmski centar Sarajevo and Ōsterreichisches Filmmuseum, and a compilation of Georges Méliès’ short films (1904-1906) restored by La Cinémathèque française. Two of the film excerpts will be accompanied by live music, performed by a violin quartet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. The restored films were presented in the framework of the EU-funded A Season of Classic Films programme.

The event will also be live-streamed via europanostra.org (28 September, 20:00 – 22:00 CET).

 2023 Ceremony Programme Booklet (PDF)
 2023 Summit Programme Booklet (PDF)

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony is the highlight event of the European Cultural Heritage Summit 2023. The Summit is organised by Europa Nostra and co-funded by the European Commission on 27-30 September in Venice, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Europa Nostra. Europa Nostra is the largest European network of cultural heritage NGOs, supported by a wide network of public bodies, private companies and individuals, covering over 40 countries. It maintains close relations with the European Union, the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other international bodies. The federation campaigns to save Europe’s endangered monuments, sites, and landscapes, in particular through the 7 Most Endangered Programme. Europa Nostra celebrates and disseminates preservation excellence through the European Heritage Awards.

A Season of Classic Films: Celebrating Film Heritage across Europe

Currently in its 4th edition, A Season of Classic Films features free screenings of restored films alongside parallel activities across Europe with the aim of developing new audiences for European film heritage. Through a series of live and online events, the programme raises awareness of the work of European film archives, advocating the significance of film preservation and cinema culture, especially to younger generations. In addition to reaching new audiences, the programme is also an expression of connection and solidarity between the European film archives, something which is key to the preservation of our common film heritage.

A Season of Classic Films is an initiative of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) with the support of the MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

For dates and access links of the upcoming free screenings of A Season of Classic Films in cinemas across Europe and online, please follow ACE’s website and social media pages on Instagram | Facebook | X-Twitter.