Photo: third meeting of the CEN/DIN TC 457 in October 2018 in Berlin
The CEN TC457 project team is pleased to invite you to a presentation in Bologna on the progress of our work on the CEN Preservation Package aimed for the digital long-term archiving of films.
The 50 minute session will start with a 20 min presentation on the concepts and ideas for this digital long-term archive format followed by a panel and a discussion with the audience.
It will take place on Monday 24 June at 11:00 am at the DMS auditorium, Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bologna.
We are looking forward to see you there.
The films of the Mutoscope and Biograph are quite special. Not only because they are very old and rare, but also because of their exceptional image quality.
The films of the Mutoscope and Biograph are the oldest films in the Eye vaults. The collection of Mutoscope and Biograph films consists of 200 films of approximately one minute each. The films are quite rare, only the British Film Institute has a similar smaller collection.
The films were shot on a very large format that was quickly outdated, but which yielded spectacularly beautiful images: 68mm. Apart from the format, the material is unusual because it doesn’t have sprocket holes, so the image fills the entire width of the film strip. This produces an image quality that is comparable to IMAX – 8 to 16K in digital terminology.
Most 68mm films contain rare images from various locations in Europe, with an image quality that after 120 years is still one of the best that film can transmit.
As a follow-up of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the European Commission will support the restoration of at least 4 heritage films. The total available budget is 320 000 €.
This project is managed by Creative Europe MEDIA and we are now gathering proposals for restoration and digitisation of films with a recognised value and a potential to find audiences in various EU states.
The EC grant can cover either the full restoration process or part of it (the grant can be accumulated with other sources of funding). The expected final product must include subtitles in the 24 official EU languages. An audio description is also encouraged. The deadline for delivering the final product (a remastered version of the film ready to be screened) is 31.10.2019.
The purpose of this call is to find a film archive representative – project team expert 5 – for the Project Team which will be in charge of the bulk of the practical work in this standardisation project.
The tasks of the project team expert 5 include:
Taking part in project team meetings (at least at 3 month intervals) to discuss results and next steps, to monitor progress and results, in order to ensure the agreed timeline
Evaluating standards and collecting requirements regarding film archives together with expert 4
defining the archive framework together with expert 2 and expert 4
Describes common workflows in film archive processing together with expert 3 and expert 4
Supports project group with requirements of film archives, especially make recommendations on legal deposit and workflow implementations
Supports PT leader and expert 3 and expert 4 in assessment of results of software development team according to the specifications
Discusses project results with experts from service providers and archives, gives feedback to the project team and delivers comments back to the project team
Supports project group with knowledge and descriptions of workflows in film archives
Dissemination of the progress and result to the archive and postproduction community
Taking part in the meetings with the development team, which will be held on a regular basis in order to discuss results with the development team, getting feedback on changes requested, identifying the effects on changes in the software to the draft and in order to ensure a good collaboration with the development team
The deadline for tenders is the 21st January 2019.
26/02/2014 – This year’s FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will be held in Bologna from 28 June to 18 July.
Since 2007 Cineteca di Bologna – in collaboration with FIAF, ACE and the EU MEDIA Programme – has been hosting the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School. It is designed both for archivists and staff working at FIAF archives, and students. The main purpose of this training programme is to foster knowledge in the field of film restoration and conservation. Selected participants will meet meet experts from all over the world, as well as the Laboratory and Cineteca staff.
The programme is divided in 3 sections:
ON-LINE DISTANCE LEARNING
We are glad to announce that FIAF and ACE will grant a number of scholarships for the Film Restoration Summer School 2014:
FIAF grants 3 scholarships of € 1.000 each ACE grants 3 scholarships of € 750 each
4 May 2012 – The 5th edition of the Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School will take place in Bologna from June to July 2012. The project is organised and hosted by Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with ACE and FIAF. The main objective of the Summer School is to teach and update participants on how to restore and preserve a film through the use of photochemical and new digital technologies. It is designed for both for archivists and staff working at FIAF archives, and students. For the Festival Edition 2012, ACE awarded a scholarship to five applicants.
Programme and timetable 2012 On-line Distance Learning: 9 May- 20 June (on Wednesdays) Theory Classes: Bologna, Il Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival, 23 – 30 June Restoration Practice: Bologna, 2 – 13 July During the internship, participants are supervised by international experts and laboratory staff to put into practice what they learned during their first week of theory.
Please find more information, the full programme and the list of the 36 selected participants here.
The final report of the Study on a Digital Agenda for European Film Heritage is available on-line. The Study was launched in January 2011 to assess the impact of digitisation for European film archives. It has been conducted by peacefulfish Productions Ltd, subcontractors were Red Cat Technologies, the University of Helsinki/IPR University Center and the external expert Nicola Mazzanti. Read the full report. More information on the DAEFH study
7 November 2011 – “Mania – The history of a cigarette factory worker” (1918) starring legendary Polish actress Pola Negri will be screened at Volksbühne Berlin on 8 November. In 2006, a copy was found in a Czech film collection and acquired by Filmoteca Narodowa (National Polish Archive). The heavily damaged film was fully reconstructed, digitally restored and sent on a world tour through the European capitals Warzaw, Paris, Madrid, London and Berlin. The music, composed just for this occasion, will be performed live by the Wrocław Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk.
“MANIA – World Tour of a Silent Film with Live Music” is a project of Filmoteka Narodowa as part of the Polish EU Council Presidency.