Silent movies are usually absent in the streaming realm. Archives or YouTube can be the first stop for such works, but usually this comes with much search or a comprises. In this panorama, the Danish Film Institute’s initiative is particularly significant. Stumfilm.dk has been created as part of an ongoing restoration project and its objective is to highlight the importance of Denmark’s film industry in the beginning of the 20th century, an age when stars like Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander and Gunnar Tolnæs found fame. The platform launched with 40 films, but more than 400 made between 1897 and 1928 will be added over the span of the four-year long project. In addition, a three-year research project between Denmark and Germany will help in mapping out the traffic of ideas and people between these two countries, who leaded the silent film era.
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.
Neverending Past (Izmedju dana i noći), a film by Andro Martinović, director of the Montenegrin Cinematheque (Crnogorska kinoteka), has been selected as Montenegro’s candidate fot the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the International feature film category.
It presents three stories of a father and his sonforced to question their lives in borderline situations, set in three different time periods: WWII, the fall of Berlin Wall and after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
The World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build awareness around the importance of safeguarding our film heritage. This is a key initiative for both UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) to honor audiovisual preservation professionals and institutions.
This year’s theme is “Engage the Past Through Sound and Images”.
In 2019 Montenegrin Cinematheque is joining the celebration of European Heritage Days with the team “Arts and Entertainment”, which will be celebrated on the local and national level in the last week of September, between 23rd and 30th.
As usual, all events will be free of charge and opened to participants from different municipalities. Local and national institutions will organize exhibitions, visits to cultural heritage sited, as well as presentations of tangible and intangible heritage. Part of the program will be dedicated to educational workshops, lectures aimed for children and pupils and art competitions.
If you attend the Classical Film Market in Lyon or the Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone, be sure to grasp your hard copy of the first Heritage Catalogue 2019/2020 produced by Eye International.
You can read all about our recent restorations and curated programs in this booklet. Eye International is responsible for the international marketing & promotion of Dutch films. Read more on our website: www.eyefilm.nl/en/eye-international
On September 6th, the Cinémathèque Suisse opened its new Research and Archive Center in the city of Penthaz in presence of Alain Berset, federal counselor, Isabelle Chassot, director of the Federal Office for culture, Cesla Amarelle, State counselor, and Pierre-Henri Dumont, mayor.
For Alain Berset, this Centre – with its 13000 m2 – hosts “one of the most important collections of treasures from film history of the entire world. But the real reason why it is so remarkable is because it represents the memory of Swiss cinema.” For him the inauguration of this Centre is “an important step in the process of modernizing and archiving our film heritage”.
Each year at Venice International Film Festival the section named Venice Classics highlights the importance of restoration by showcasing the work carried out by film archives, cultural institutions and production companies around the world. The restored film classics in the selection are in competition for the Best Restored Film prize, awarded by a jury of film students chaired – this year – by Costanza Quatriglio.
This year, the award went to Extase (Ecstasy, 1932) and the restoration carried out by Národní filmový archiv, thanks to the support of Milada Kučerová and Eduard Kučera and the collaboration of the Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary. The film was chosen as the pre-opening event for the Venice Film Festival. The prize was accepted by Jonáš Kucharský, sound curator and restorer.
Thursday, June 28th 2018
9.30 am – 1.15 pm / 14.30 pm – 16.30 pm
Alain Bergala, Jean-Michel Frodon, Gian Luca Farinelli and Madeleine Probst will hold multidisciplinary discussions with film experts, teachers, critics and educators, with the aim of establishing quality criteria for Film Education at a European level.
They will highlight, through practical examples and best practices, the important role played by Film Heritage in our cultural background, and how it contributes to making young audiences more attentive and aware when it comes to dealing with audio-visual contents.
The conference is co-organised by CinEd and FLICK; European projects co-financed by the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe.
To read the full program of the conference, please click here.
From Concept to Concrete: Achieving Interoperability Through Linked Open Data in Film Archives and Beyond
Thursday, June 28th, 11.30 – 13.30
@ MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Conference Hall, via Don Minzoni 14
Workshop promoted by Cinematek (Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Bruxelles), MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York and supported by FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) and IBC (Istituto per i beni artistici culturali e naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna).
- Bram Biesbrouck (Republic of Reinvention)
- Nicola Mazzanti (Cinematek)
- Francesca Ricci (IBC), Thelma Ross (MoMA)
Why is interoperability so difficult for film archives to achieve? Efforts along these lines have often resulted in complete failure or imperfect results.
What if we just haven’t had the right solution until now?
Isn’t it worth taking a look if it means your institution can finally and more completely fulfill its goal to provide access to its collections, both film and film-related materials?
Linked Open Data may be the way forward and this workshop will present ideas, arguments, and concrete developments that should help you understand its potential as well as the resources available to help you start using it.