Category: Announcements

‘Season of Classic Films’ to be presented on Monday 31 August at Il Cinema Ritrovato


Gian Luca Farinelli, on behalf of Sandra Den Hamer (ACE’s President), will announce on Monday the ‘Season of Classic Films’ initiative at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival.

This will happen during the conversation between Thierry Frémaux and Gian Luca Farinelli on Monday 31st at twelve o’clock at Cinema Lumiere (Sala Officinema/Mastroianni). At the end of the conversation Gian Luca Farinelli will present the trailer of the project.

It’s possible to follow the event online on the Festival’s streaming website:
https://www.mymovies.it/ondemand/cinema-ritrovato/

and also on ACE’s FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/AssociationdesCinemathequesEuropeennes/

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The Brilliant Biograph: Earliest Moving Images of Europe (1897-1902)

Eye Filmmuseum and the British Film Institute present a compilation film of newly-restored rare images from the first years of filmmaking. Immerse yourself in enchanting images of Venice, Berlin, Amsterdam and London from 120 years ago. Let yourself be carried away in the mesmerizing events and celebrities of the time, and feel the enthusiasm of early cinema that overcame the challenge of capturing life-like movement.

 

Origins

The Mutoscope and Biograph Company was founded by film pioneer and inventor William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson, who had worked with Thomas Edison since the 1880s. After leaving Edison, Dickson and partners filmed remarkable events across Europe.

These films are all photographed with the unique large-format 68mm Mutograph camera, which provided extraordinarily high resolution images. These one-minute time capsules from 120 years ago still convey some of the richest and sharpest images that film can achieve.

The films reflect the essence of early cinema: capturing the first ever moving images of important events, famous locations and personalities, as well as spectacular moments such as dance and sports performances, or even natural phenomena like fire or storm, that only work when seen in motion.

 

The Collection and Restoration

The Mutoscope and Biograph Collection is the oldest film collection held at Eye Filmmuseum. It includes over 200 films, most of which made in Europe between 1897 and 1902. This constitutes the largest existing collection of Mutoscope and Biograph films surviving in the world.

The films are shot on nitrate film stock with a short-lived technology which was, at the time, innovative and groundbreaking: an exceptionally large-format film (approx. 68mm wide, without perforation) with an extremely high resolution providing extraordinary richness of details.

Because the films are a non-standard size, they have been largely unseen. Given their obsolete format digital restoration with custom-made equipment at a resolution of around 8K is the best way to make them accessible again, using today’s technology. After digitization, image restoration is done to reproduce as closely as possible the characteristics of the original film.

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EU consultation about digital technologies for the cultural heritage sector

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to evaluate and possibly revise its main policy instrument to support the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector.

In this day and age, digitisation of cultural heritage can help in conservating, renovating, studying and promoting European cultural assets. Digitised cultural heritage items made available online are also valuable resources for education, entertainment o further re-use.

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Reminder: Survey for ACE members

At this time of pandemic crisis, ACE members have all become more dependent than ever on digital platforms for sharing content, and staying in contact with audiences and professional communities. The ACE Executive Committee has commissioned the attached Survey, in order to gain a fact-based overview of our Members current practices, and your needs and wishes for the future. We are particularly interested in your Institution’s use of such shared platforms as the EFG – European Film Gateway, and other European-wide projects.

Please assign this Survey to the person on your staff with primary responsibility for data management and online data publishing. It should take about 20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey as soon as possible.

https://forms.gle/iF2YiDtN9ME7LrpAA

Thank you in advance for your participation!

ACE Virtual General Assembly 2020

 

The ACE General Assembly (GA) will take place virtually on Wednesday June 24th. In order to reach quorum it is important that all members designate the
person with the vote.
The voting code will be sent only to the designated person, only if the the institution has completed the payment of the membership fee.
Please send the name and email of the person appointed to vote on behalf of your institution to Mikko Kuutti (Mikko.Kuutti@kavi.fi). The voting codes will be sent fully automatically by the FIAF voting engine, so the votes will be anonymous.

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Recipients of the ACE scolarships for FIAF Film Restoration Summer School

ACE has decided to award 5 (one more than last year) deserving participants of the 2020 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School with a scholarship in the amount of 750€:

– Katarzyna Balcerowska (Poland)
– Paulo Cartaxo (Portugal)
– Markus Maicher (Austria)
– Sophie Tupholme (United Kingdom)
– Marko Turkus (Slovenia)
To find out more click on the following link: http://www.immagineritrovata.it/it/summer-school/ 

2020 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School – registration open

The Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF), the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), Cineteca di Bologna and  L’Immagine Ritrovata are eager to announce that the ninth FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will take place during summer 2020 in Bologna, confirming the good results of their long lasting cooperation. The application process will close on the 16th February 2020.

Since 2007 these institutions have been promoting an ideal of shared knowledge in the field of film restoration offering the opportunity to specialists, film archive staff and students to experience the complete restoration workflow through the use of photochemical and digital technologies in a two-decade experienced film restoration laboratory.

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Elonet – Free online access to Finnish film

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.

Call for Proposals/Travel Grants * Eye International Conference / Orphans

Call for Proposals for the 12th Orphan Film Symposium – Water, Climate, & Migration, hosted by the 6th Eye International Conference, 23-27 May 2020

The biennial NYU Orphan Film Symposium returns to Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, 23-27 May 2020, combining forces with the annual Eye International Conference to explore contemporary archival and academic debates. As always, both events assemble film heritage professionals, scholars, archivists, media artists, curators, collectors, filmmakers, and restorers, and others devoted to saving, studying, and screening neglected audiovisual media. Presenters selected from this open call for proposals will offer three full days and four evenings of talks and special screenings of rare and restored films.

This edition focuses on the urgent but perennial subjects of water, climate, and migration, by examining how neglected works have recorded, represented, and imagined these phenomena throughout the history of moving images.

We invite proposals to present talks and screenings that address one or more of these intertwined concepts. The symposium seeks a range of historical and theoretical perspectives. Proposals might address questions such as these:

  • Water. Why water? Because of Amsterdam! Because everywhere. Water is essential to life itself but also has destructive, even traumatic power, through its flooding forces — or its scarcity. Societies are shaped by their interrelationships with water — the Netherlands being a most conspicuous and visible example. For filmmakers, media artists, and documentarians, H20 has always been a subject with aesthetic attraction as well. What neglected films illustrate the significance of water in its many forms?
  • Climate. How can the study of moving images inform our understanding of earth’s climate over time? Of perceptions and collective imagination of climate? What films have tackled this subject directly? Indirectly? How might media be used as evidence of historical climate change? Moreover, how are the practices and conceptions of preservation itself being reexamined in a time of climate change? What of the environmental impact on and of archives? And how does a growing awareness of living an Anthropocene epoch alter our experience of watching historical audiovisual recordings of planet Earth, its atmosphere, landscapes, oceans, shores, cities, farms, flora, and fauna.
  • Migration – human, animal, other – remains a topic of news, policymaking, political debate, scientific study, social analysis, and historical research. Humanitarian crises of migration are prevalent in current discourse but have been so throughout the history of mass media. What previously overlooked films and media recordings help us understand issues of migration and our engagement with them?

We of course also welcome proposals that address perspectives not mentioned here.

presentation formats

We invite a variety of presentation formats: traditional illustrated conference papers; introductions to single films; performances, demonstrations, and interventions; and recent media productions using archival or found footage. We can consider a limited number of (live) video presentations for those who either don’t fly or who want to fly less. Presenters selected from this open call will discuss and screen rediscovered or recently preserved films from collections and archives around the world. The event showcases a diverse array of rare orphan films – silent, experimental, nontheatrical, sponsored, independent, scientific, documentary, educational, newsreel, fragmentary, amateur, industrial, personal, incomplete, and other moving images from outside of mainstream cinema.

Presentations of 10 to 30 minutes will constitute most of the programming. We can also accept proposals for longer time slots if the running time of a compelling screening or the nature of a collaborative presentation warrant more than half an hour. Evening screenings (with short introductions) may allow for longer films, including features. We may discuss with presenters appropriate alteration of a format or duration when this makes curatorial sense for the programme as a whole.

how to apply

  • Proposals (500 words or less) for presentations should summarize the argument or rationale and identify AV materials by title, format, and duration. Include a short bio (50 words).
  • E-mail a .docx attachment to conference@eyefilm.nl.
  • Subject header: PROPOSAL for Orphans 2020.
  • Proposals received by 19 November 2019 will receive full consideration.

travel grant programme

Eye and NYU Orphans have established a travel grant programme for speakers of the Eye International Conference. The grants, up to 500 euro each, can be used to partially offset registration and travel costs. To apply, please submit a brief essay (no more than 500 words) addressing the financial need for the award, as well as how attendance at the conference will contribute to your professional development. Email your application by 19 November to conference@eyefilm.nl, using the term “Travel Grant” in the subject header. The travel grant programme is only open for speakers of the Eye International Conference 2020.

schedule

The Orphan Film Symposium begins with an evening screening on Saturday, May 23 (preceded by “Meet the Archive,” an afternoon public programme highlighting recent projects from the Eye Collection). Three full days and evenings of symposium presentations and screenings, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. “Orphans 12” attendees are also invited to special activities at the Eye Collection Centre on Wednesday 27 May.

This event is organized by Eye in collaboration with the Orphan Film Symposium, a project of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Cinema Studies, and its Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.
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University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

For more information: www.eyefilm.nl/conference & wp.nyu.edu/orphanfilm