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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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A new beginning for film archives: Cinémathèque royale de Belgique

La Cinémathèque royale de Belgique reopens its doors on July 1st. Security measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of everyone during the screenings. The seating capacity has been limited and it is strongly encouraged to purchase the tickets in advance. To read all the safety measures, click here.

The program for its reopening features a series of interesting film exhibitions:

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Eye on virtual Orphan Film Symposium “Water, Climate, and Migration”

 

At the end of May, Eye would traditionally have been the scene of the Eye International Conference, this year hosting the 12th Orphan Film Symposium dedicated to the theme “Water, Climate, and Migration”. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium had to transform into a completely virtual event.

Orphans & Eye
The Orphan Film Symposium is a renowned bi-annual gathering that has been celebrating abandoned and forgotten films since 1999. Since its first edition, the Filmmuseum has contributed to Orphans. Eye and New York University planned for nearly two years to have the symposium convene again in conjunction with the Eye International Conference.
After a successful first European edition in Eye in 2014, with over 200 international guests from thirty countries, Eye was looking forward to welcoming again this wonderful community of international cinephiles.

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A new beginning for film archives: Filmoteca de Catalunya

The Filmoteca de Catalanuya is slowly reopening. At first on June 9th the Biblioteca del cinema started offering a loan service by appointment (Tuesday-Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM) and the David Lynch exhibition Dreams: Tribute to Fellini has been reopened and extended until August 30 (Tuesday to Friday, from 10 AM to 2 PM and from 4 PM to 9 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, from 4 PM to 9 PM).

The screenings will resume on the 26th of June in the two rooms of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, Chomón and Laya. The activity will be adapted to the new measures of restricted access and hygiene that have been implemented. During the months of July and August, there will be three daily screening, from Tuesday to Sunday, at 4.30 PM (Chomón), 7PM (Laya) and 8PM (Chomón), with reduced capaacity to facilitate distancing, numbered seats, priority for online sales and reinforcement of the cleaning and disinfection of the spaces between screenings.

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A new beginning for film archives: Cineteca di Bologna

Cineteca di Bologna is happy to take part in the #IorestoinSALA initiative that wants the quality movie theater experience available on the internet. To launch the circuit that includes more than 70 cinemas from all over Italy with the collaboration of a great number of distributors and of mymovies.it, there will be one of the best movies of the year, recipient of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 70th Berlinale.

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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

 

 

JTS 2019

Registration is open for a full week of audiovisual archiving knowledge and experience sharing: both the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives’ 50th Annual Conference and the Joint Technical Symposium, stewarded by the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archiving Associations, will be taking place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum from September 30 – October 5. We’re happy to announce that registration for both events is now open! Save your seat for both or either event at 2019.iasa-web.org and jts2019.com.

#IASA50: IASA will be returning to the country of its birth, as the association was established in 1969 in Amsterdam to function as a medium for international co-operation between archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisual documents. The preliminary programme is available at http://2019.iasa-web.org/programme. Do visit the conference website for more information about the conference, such as the programme, venue, travel advice, social events, information on workshops and tutorials, professional visits and other details: http://2019.iasa-web.org/. Please note that the “early bird” registration rate ends on September 2, 2019.

#JTS2019: JTS is the international scientific and technical symposium dealing with matters of particular importance to audiovisual archives and archivists. It provides an opportunity for audiovisual archiving experts from different backgrounds to come together, share new and upcoming technical advances in our field, and take positions that go beyond the boundaries of specific formats or domains. It is an occasion to inform each other about what’s going on in our field and seek cross-fertilization. Organized every few years since 1983 by the various audiovisual archives associations now forming the CCAAA, it provides an opportunity for colleagues around the world and those interested in the field to meet and share information about the preservation of original image and sound materials. Keep an eye on the website for updates: jts2019.com

We look forward to welcoming you in The Netherlands!

Natalie Meijers
Communications & Outreach

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Media Parkboulevard 1, 1217 WE  Hilversum 
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Online publication today / Targeted consultation for the audiovisual sector

UPDATE 25 September: Extended until the end of the year (31/12). Moreover, the possibility will also be offered to those responding to answer in another EU language than the ones of the consultation (EN, FR and DE).

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to inform you about the targeted consultation on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector published on the Commission’s website. The consultation will be open until the 31st of December. Your contribution would be very welcome, and we ask you kindly to please forward this email to anyone else in your network who might also want to provide feedback.

The aim of this targeted consultation is to gather relevant data on current market practices and on the exercise of rights of performers and producers in the audiovisual sector. The Commission will analyse these data in preparation of a report assessing the possible need for an extension of the term of protection of the rights of performers and producers in this sector, as required by Article 3(2) of Directive 2011/77EU.

This consultation is addressed at those engaged in the management of rights in the audiovisual sector. It mainly concerns performers and producers who are holders of related rights and their contractual partners such as broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, online platforms and cultural heritage institutions.

Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Caroline Colin, Policy and Legal Officer-Copyright Unit, European Commission (caroline.colin1@ec.europa.eu) should you have any questions.

Best regards,

DCHE Secretariat