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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ACE Virtual General Assembly 2020


The ACE General Assembly (GA) will take place virtually on Wednesday June 24th. In order to reach quorum it is important that all members designate the
person with the vote.
The voting code will be sent only to the designated person, only if the the institution has completed the payment of the membership fee.
Please send the name and email of the person appointed to vote on behalf of your institution to Mikko Kuutti (Mikko.Kuutti@kavi.fi). The voting codes will be sent fully automatically by the FIAF voting engine, so the votes will be anonymous.

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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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Chantal Akerman: Passages – New exhibition at EYE Filmmuseum

From June 1rst to August 30th Eye Filmmuseum is proud to present a major solo exhibition of work by Chantal Akerman. In 1995, the Belgian filmmaker created a large spatial installation on 24 monitors based on D’Est, a film she originally made as a documentary. This was only the start of her second career in the world of visual art.

The exhibition hosted by EYE Filmmuseum features eight of Akerman’s film installations. They include among others the previously mentioned D’Est,  Woman Sitting after a Killing (2001), Tombée de nuit sur Shangai (2007-2008) and her final work NOW (2015).

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3 good news from Cineteca di Bologna

Thanks to the effort and the support from Comune di Bologna, three dreams are slowly becoming reality.

The new construction site in the area of the ex-parking lot Giuriolo will bring to life a new complex dedicated to film heritage and to the city of Bologna’s cultural heritage, something unprecedented in the world, thanks to the transformation of the spaces in the new headquarter. The new complex will host the film archive of Cineteca di Bologna (with more than eighty thousand titles and collections of immeasurable value) and the restoration laboratory L’immagine Ritrovata, considered to be a global reference point. There will new spaces open to the public and an area for open-air screenings.  This renovation fits into a project of redevelopment of the Bologna’s outskirts promoted by Piano Periferie per la città di Bologna.

Thanks to the institutional support from Comune di Bologna and Regione Emilia-Romagna Sotto le stelle del Cinema and Il Cinema Ritrovato will be able to return this year.
For the open-air screenings in Piazza Maggiore, Cineteca di Bologna is working on different hypothesis to make sure the screenings are hosted in the safest environment, suggesting a maximum number of one thousand spectators per screening. The program will be similar in length to the past years with more than 50 evenings, from July 4th to September 1st.

The XXXIV edition of Cinema Ritrovato will take place from the 25th to the 31st of August as an ideal peak of Sotto le Stelle del Cinema. The team of festival curators (Gian Luca Farinelli, Cecilia Cenciarelli, Mariann Lewinsky, Ehsan Khoshbakht) and the international scientific committee have been working for months to ensure a special and partly redesigned Cinema Ritrovato edition.

The Pordenone Silent Film Festival unites Film Archives from all over the world

The current health crisis has led the organizers of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival/Giornate del Cinema Muto to shift the 2020 programme selected by director Jay Weissberg to 2021. For 2020 to organize 8 days of thematic screenings and events, between the 3rd and the 10th of October, the world’s leading film archives have been chosen as the Festival’s co-producers, offering them the opportunity to present some of their treasures online to the Giornate’s audience during the established dates.

With the aim of making the archives the actual protagonists, the Festival is working with a number of major international film archives including the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Lobster Films in Paris, Det Danske Filminstitut in Copenhagen, the China Film Archive in Beijing, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Film Archive of Japan in Tokyo, together with the Cineteca del Friuli, co-founder with Cinemazero of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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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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Film archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 6

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

CRNOGORSKA KINOTEKA has created a series of videos presenting different Montenegrin cities through time with material from the archives and an added soundtrack by Montenegrin alternative bands. This initative follows the contribution the Film Archive has provided to the film program of the Second Program of RTCG. The cycle “Crnogorski gradovi kroz vrijeme” can also be watched on the Crnogorska Kinoteka’s website. Via the following link you can watch one of the most recently published videos and have access to the others available: https://kinoteka.me/2020/05/19/crnogorski-gradovi-kroz-vrijeme-herceg-novi/

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