Film Archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 2

In this installment of our series on film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from Eastern Europe are organizing for their audiences.

FILMOTEKA NARODOWA from Poland highlights a home film competition named “Mistrzowskie wyzwania”. The rules are simple: stay at home, make a film (max. 3 minutes long) and send the file. There will be two rounds: one that has started on the 23rd with the participation of Jagoda Szelc and one starting on May 4 featuring Paweł Łoziński. The winners will receive prizes totaling PLN 2,000 and have their short featured on the prestigious Ninateka website. To find out more, click on the following link:

It is also important to note that until April 30 the most important movies from one of the greatest Polish actresses, Maja Komorowska, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award at the Polish Film Awards, are available free of charge on the portal Ninateka. To find out more, click on the following link:

GOSFILMOFOND highlights a new online project by the State Film Fund of Russia named YouHome, which presents thematic collections of art, documentary and animated films from the collections of the Film Fund. At the start there will be two collections: animation for children and feature films for family viewing. The animation one will feature the film adaptations of the tales by Pavel Pretrovich Bazhov and the other will showcase art films for all ages. To find out more, click on the following link:

In addition to this, 26 Soviet film about war, shot between the 40s and 80s are being offered for free screenings to cinemas and cultural institutions. To find out more about this initiative, click on the following link:

MAGYAR NEMZETI FILMARCHÍVUM offers free online access to 39 Hungarian Classics with subtitles. The selection includes literary adaptation, historical film and animations: enteratainment of all sorts for all members of the family. To read the list of titles offered by the Film archive, click on the following link:

NÁRODNÍ FILMOVÝ ARCHIV has decided to move a symbolic selections of the planned program for its cinema, Ponrepo, online. The program is broadcasted every Monday on the YouTube channel of the National Film Archive. The Film Archive is working on improving the online accessibility. Feature and documentary Czechoslovak films have been apprearing on the Youtube channel Czech Film Classics. Also digitally restored films have been made available on the platform, like Ecstasy by Gustav Machatý. To find out more, click on the following link:

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