3 September 2012 – This year’s Cinema Expert Group – Subgroup Film Heritage takes place at the Cinematek in Brussels on 16 October 2012. The Cinema Experts Group is annually organised by the Audiovisual and Media Policy Unit of the European Commission, where experts from all over Europe meet to discuss best practices and policies related to film heritage. Attendance to the meeting is by invitation only. Agenda updates and related documents are available on http://ec.europa.eu/avpolicy/reg/cinema/experts/index_en.htm
16 August 2012 – The international conference “Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives” focusing on the challenges and future of archives will take place in Amsterdam on 11 & 12 October 2012. It is announced to be the biggest ‘eCommons’ conference yet with two streams of extraordinary keynotes, presentations, hands-on workshops and plenty of networking. The conference will look at two themes in particular: a) The challenge of large numbers: Digitization and restoration of film, A/V and photography and b) The future of archives: The Economies of Sharing & Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives. Organisers of the conference are the “Images for the Future” project partners The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Nationaal Archief, EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Kennisland. The full conference programme and the registration form can be found at http://ecommons.eu
8 March 2012. During the EFG1914 kick-off meeting on 27/28 February, more than 40 representatives from the 25 partner institutions came together in the German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main. Among others, film archives from France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands will digitize up to 650 hours of film – newsreels, documentaries, propaganda and anti-war films – from and about World War I, and make the digitized collections available online through the EFG Portal www.europeanfilmgateway.eu and Europeana (www.europeana.eu). With the Imperial War Museums in London, probably the largest institutional World War I related film collection is part of the project. The films are expected to become available over the next two years, just in time for the 2014 centenary. With EFG1914, a major European co-operation project enters a new phase: During the last three years (2008-2011), The European Film Gateway became a frequently used web portal for finding films and film-related material from the film archives and cinémathèques of Europe, making available more than 500.000 objects to date. Apart from EFG1914, currently two other projects from the Europeana Group are dealing with WWI: Europeana 1914-1918 collecting family memorabilia and Europeana Collections 1914-1918 making available material from national library collections. EFG1914 is co-funded by the Community programme ICT-PSP. Read the EFG1914 press release (en); french version Find more about EFG1914 and its project partners on www.efg1914.eu
27 July 2011 – After nearly three years of preparation and development, the European Film Gateway – EFG is now online. The portal to the digital collections of European film archives and cinémathèques offers free access to currently about 400,000 digital videos, photos, film posters and text materials. By September, the number of digital items will increase to 600,000 from 16 film archives.
“The European Film Gateway creates a central online access to Europe’s film heritage for the first time. Previously, this remarkable record of 20th century European cinema had been dispersed on different national platforms,” says Claudia Dillmann, director of the Deutsches Filminstitut, which co-ordinates the project. “Now the films and information about them are more accessible, not only to scholars, journalists and creatives, but also by a broader audience interested in film.”
“EFG also provides access to material in film archives that was hitherto hardly known, and some is now online for the first time,” says project manager Georg Eckes. These include unique magic lantern slide collections from France, erotic films made in Austria in the early 20th century, advertising films from Norway, newsreels from Lithuania and a comprehensive film poster collection from Denmark. Hidden treasures can be discovered from 15 European countries. Cinecittá Luce from Rome, for example, contributes not only a famous Italian newsreel collection reporting on important film-related events and persons, but also a fine collection of early films by great masters like Rossellini, Antonioni, Comencini, and other famous names of Italian filmmaking. An extensive collection of set photos to films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder contributed by the Deutsches Filminstitut will be available for the first time online from August on.
Users of the portal can search for people, for example Marlene Dietrich, but also by film title or keywords. They get an overview of related digital objects from the film archives which can be viewed directly in the portal. The portal always links back to the website of the relevant archives, and therefore also works as a search engine for selected digital holdings of European film archives.
EFG is a component of Europeana, the platform for the cultural heritage of Europe. EFG gathers the indexing and access information, so-called “metadata”, and provides it to Europeana in a structured form. By doing so, the European Film Gateway and Europeana bring together the collections of European film archives with holdings of libraries, archives and museums in Europe, and put them in a transnational and multicultural context.
The EFG portal is the result of the EFG project which was developed by the Deutsches Filminstitut together with the Association des Européennes Cinémathèques and its members. It started in September 2008 and will end in September 2011. The coordination of the project lies with the Deutsches Filminstitut in Frankfurt am Main. It will operate the site on behalf of the project partners even after the project period has ended. The technological infrastructure was provided by the IT research institute of the Italian national research council, CNR-ISTI in Pisa. The project was funded by the eContentplus Programme of the European Commission.
6 April 2011 – STORYDOC is a training programme with the focus on the development of documentary projects. The projects wanted should have a strong Mediterranean connection. The call is open to filmmakers from the region, other filmmakers working on project dealing with the area as well as to Palestinian and other filmmakers from the region. 20 projects will be selected, plus 5 from Greece and STORYDOC will offer 5 scholarships to the selected creative documentary projects which will be developed through two sessions tutored by experienced documentary directors, commissioning editors, producers, editors and generalists.
The deadline for submission of projects is 26 April 2011. For further details, please click here.
24 March 2011 – Today Europeana launched a new project entitled “Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten” (“The First World War in everyday documents”) with a call to the public in Germany to participate in building a digital European archive by contributing private memorabilia from the First World War.
The project is looking for photographs, letters, diaries, short films, audio recordings and the stories connected to those objects. People interested in contributing World War 1 memorabilia can bring them to one of the four roadshows that will take place in Frankfurt am Main (31 March), Berlin (2 April), Munich (6 April) and Stuttgart (12 April). There, the objects will be digitised professionally and added to the online archive, along with corresponding descriptions. Independently of the roadshows, everyone can contribute their digitised images and information via www.europeana1914-1918.eu.
Until 2014, the year of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, Europeana will collect memorabilia in digital form from many of the countries involved in the War. The project, which a partnership between Europeana, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and Oxford University, aims to save people’s family memories of this tragedy that convulsed Europe and make them accessible to the world.
8 February 2011 – Instant Cinema is a new global online platform for experimental and art film, launched by EYE Film Institute Netherlands during the International Film Festival Rotterdam end of January. The goal of the project, initiated by filmmaker and multimedia expert René Daalder, is to make the remarkable works of experimental filmmakers and artists accessible to audiences worldwide. The platform features both classics from the experimental genre as well as new films by young filmmakers. Instant Cinema is a community website that enables filmmakers to create custom-designed portfolio pages, where they can upload and manage their own content. Curators, museums and other institutions can also upload films to the website, create online exhibitions, cross-link to each other, and react to one another. To view the full press release, please click here.
10 August 2010 – On 30 September – 1 October 2010 the EFG project is organising its annual EFG Plenary Board Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. During the conference, consortium members will get a preview of the functions and design of the EFG portal, which is about to be launched in 2011, discuss the latest dissemination strategies and learn how to do cataloguing work for EFG.
31 May 2010 – On 3 May, 2010 the Lithuanian Central State Archive started the implementation of a 30-months project called “Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet”. The archive has received support of about 2.8 million for this project from EU Structural Funds. The objective of the project is the preservation of Lithuanian documentary heritage by digitisation as well as its accessibility for everyone via the Internet. It is expected that the project will digitize and transfer to the Internet 1000 titles of Lithuanian documentaries, created in the period between 1919-1960.
Please click here for more information.