We are happy to present a brief report of the ACE workshop, which took place during Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna and concerned the access, exhibition and distribution of film heritage in the 21st century.
June 6, The Yugoslav Film Archive (YFA) Day, was marked by first offering a review of the history of the institution, celebrating its 70thanniversary, followed by the Golden Seal Award ceremony, awarded to former students of the Prague Film Academy who became distinguished film directors – Lordan Zafranović, Srđan Karanović, Goran Marković, Rajko Grlić and Goran Paskaljević.
The festivities in the packed Makavejev Hall were attended by former YFA managers and guests of the festival – representatives of various film archives from the region and the world.
The Yugoslav Film Archive’s director, Jugoslav Pantelić, pointed out “the multigenerational effort on the part of those who created and create film art, and on the part of the Yugoslav Film Archive’s employees, which enabled us to feel proud today, seven decades since its founding”.
With an exhaustive overview of the history, funds and activities of the YFA, accompanied by words and images on the screen, Pantelić announced the release of a monograph on the YFA, as well as a new permanent museum exhibition, both scheduled for this fall. A video showcasing the current project of digitally restoring the Serbian film legacy, named “VIP Kinoteka”, was also screened.
The Nitrate Film Festival
Saša Erdeljanović, the manager of YFA’s archives, opened the Nitrate Film Festival, of which he is the director and the selector. The tagline of this year’s Nitrate Film Festival was “70 films for 70 years”. The festival featured films of various genres, including banned, recently unearthed, and newly digitally restored films. Also, for the first time, it featured 9.5 mm films shot in the 1920s and ‘30s, and a review of films about Serbia and Yugoslavia produced until 1941. This year the festival featured films from over 30 film archives around the world.
A special screening of Orson Wells’s The Other Side of the Wind opened the 21st Nitrate Film Festival after the Film Archive Day festivities. The festival ran June 6–16.
A panel discussion entitled “The preservation of cinematic cultural heritage and challenges of the digital age on the territory of former Yugoslavia” was held on June 7, 2019, as part of The Nitrate Film Festival.
Representatives from national film archives of the region joined the panel: Tatjana Rezec Štibilj from the Republic of Slovenia’s Film Archive; Ivan Nedoh from “Slovenska kinoteka”; Dinko Majcen and Mladen Burić from Croatia’s Film Archive, Andro Martinović from the Film Archive of Montenegro; Devleta Filipović from the Film Archive of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Vladimir Angelov from Macedonian “Kinoteka na Makedonija”; Ksenija Zelenović, representing of The Yugoslav Film Archive, and Jugoslav Pantelić, its director, who also moderated the discussion.
The participants welcomed and accepted in principle Pantelić’s proposal to establish closer co-operation among the Film Archives of the region. This would entail a Film Archive being able to carry out a digital restoration of a film made during the times of joint state of Yugoslavia, in case the original materials are being held in the archive of another ex-Yugoslav republic.
Besides sharing practical information, primarily in the field of digital restoration, another proposal made by the Yugoslav Film Archive was met with overall approval: that the archives and cinémathèques of non-EU countries of former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro), before using the technical support provided by European Commission through its TAIEX instrument, jointly determine the date, subject, and location of a meeting which would include interested professionals from these territories.
Representatives of all six states agreed to strengthen their mutual co-operation in terms of exchanging respective experiences and carrying out mutual projects.
A new name, a new brand identity, a new study center on Eschersheimer Landstrasse, innovative exhibitions and other exciting projects: 2019 will be a special year for an institution that goes back, at its roots, to the Deutsches Institut for Filmkunde (DIF), which was founded 70 years ago on 13 April 1949. Say hello to the new DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum.
2018, the first year for new director Ellen Harrington, was a successful one, with 201,000 visitors in the Museum on the Schaumainkai alone, and 365,000 visitors worldwide at our touring exhibitions and film programs. Right at the beginning, Harrington initiated a series of processes to analyze the impact of the institution. In addition to extensive visitor surveys, a working group started in February to draft a new mission statement; the group also developed the new name that presents this international film heritage institution as a unified entity- the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum.
hosts The 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference
Save the date 25–28 May 2019
Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), an international conference held biennially, brings together research focusing on all forms of women’s presence in the earliest decades of motion picture history. After its first edition in Utrecht in 1999, the conference is coming back to the Netherlands to celebrate its twentieth year. The theme of WSS X is Sisters, taken both literally and figuratively within a wide range of theoretical and historical angles.
Film:ReStored_03. The Film Heritage Festival
On October 25–28, 2018 the third installment of the film heritage festival “Film:ReStored” will take place at the Filmhaus on Potsdamer Platz, a special event organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek for the Deutscher Kinematheksverbund (association of German cinematheques).
The next ACE General Assembly will be held in Bologna on 27 June at 2–5 p.m. in Sala Cervi at Cineteca di Bologna, via Riva di Reno 72. Members: do remember that this is an election year of the Executive Committee so it is important to be present to vote for your favourite candidates.
Meeting documents (agenda, minutes of GA 2017, activity report, results 2017, budget 2018, mission statements) are available in the members’ area.
Tuesday June 26th, 2018 – h 14.30
ACE Session at the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School:
- Thomas Christensen (Curator, DFI)
- Mikko Kuutti (Deputy Director, KAVI)
- Nicola Mazzanti (Director, CRB)
present their classic curriculum on film preservation from analogue preservation principles via Digital 101 aka the Pixel to zoological references in restoration.
The session will take place at Auditorium – DAMSLab
@ Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini 5/b (via Azzo Gardino 65/a) – 40122 – Bologna – Italia
How can audio-visual collections be mobilized for the common good? How can (future) preservationists, curators and programmers be trained to achieve this goal? In May 2018, the EYE International Conference will explore answers to these and other questions, in a programme entitled Activating the Archive. Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change.
ACE is pleased to announce that it is awarding four scholarships of 750 € each to the following selected participants to the 2018 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School in Bologna:
- Iga Harasimowicz, Warsaw, Poland
- Michal Fricman, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Tihomir Kashmicovski, Skopje, Macedonia
- Mafalda Melo, Lisbone, Portugal
Because ACE had to close down the secretariat in Frankfurt it became necessary to move the ACE website to a new home from DIF’s servers. Since the website was running some really old software it also needed a technical overhaul.
This website is now hosted on a server in Amazon’s cloud and sports a new layout which is responsive so it should work nicely on mobile devices too.
The content is the same with only some minor corrections. Once we’re running in full speed we hope to add some new stuff – especially preparing for the GA in Bologna. That is set to take place on 27 June at 2 p.m., save the date!
Reports on any anomalies of the new site are welcome. Please send any comments via email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.