How Italian Film Archives are reacting to the COVID-19 crisis

 

In these troubling times where cinemas have to close down because of safety issues, we need culture more than ever. We want to use this space to highlight initiatives offered by film archives which can let the general audience discover film history from the comfort of one’s house. This first installment will revolve around the activities of three Italian film archives: Cineteca di Bologna, Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, La Cineteca del Friuli e Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino.

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Digital Archive Summer School | 14-18 Sept. 2020

This summer, for the first time ever, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF will organise the Digital Archives Summer School in collaboration with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin. It is a 5-day, practice-oriented educational offer directed at staff members of audiovisual archives who are interested in enhancing their knowledge about digital environments and processes.

This first edition focuses especially on the subject of data literacy and presentation strategies. Lectures, seminars and exercises will explore subjects such as conversion, digital preservation, storytelling and visualisation.

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Public lecture series This is Film! on recycling, re-using and remixing archival film

Image credits: Aurora Goes to Holland (USA, Jonathon Rosen, 2015)

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice is Eye’s annual public lecture series with international guest speakers and remarkable archival footage. Together with invited guests, each of the six sessions will touch upon different forms of creative archival reuse: from compilation film to audiovisual immersive VJ set, from controversial 3D film to real-time VR experience.

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice runs from March 11 until May 20 on Wednesday at 3.30pm in Eye, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, eyefilm.nl/thisisfilm
The lectures are in English and can be attended as a series or on a one-off basis

Each session will feature an introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam), followed by a talk by, or interview and Q&A with, an international expert on the topic and a film screening or performance.

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Film:ReStored_05 — Call for Submissions

The festival “Film:ReStored”, an event of the Deutsche Kinemathek dedicated to film heritage in the difficult scenario of the digital age, has reached its fifth edition, which will take place from October 27 to November 1 at the Filmhaus in Berlin. Even though the festival has always concerned mainly German film heritage and domestic digitalization with the addition of some international guests, the fifth edition, thanks to its theme “A European Affair”, will have a decidedly European orientation. Preservation, restoration and access to film heritage are concerns common to all film archives and now it is time to develop a pan-European perspective on film heritage in the digital age.

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Fellini100: celebrations all over Europe

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary Italian director, Federico Fellini. This is how Fellini100 was born, an Italian celebratory project supported by eight Institutions: Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, Regione Emilia-Romagna, MiBACT, Comune di Rimini, Cineteca di Bologna, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Cineteca Nazionale and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino. Many ACE members have decided to take part to this project, organizing events to celebrate the genius of this director. There are just a few of the many initiatives:

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2020 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School – registration open

The Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF), the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), Cineteca di Bologna and  L’Immagine Ritrovata are eager to announce that the ninth FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will take place during summer 2020 in Bologna, confirming the good results of their long lasting cooperation. The application process will close on the 16th February 2020.

Since 2007 these institutions have been promoting an ideal of shared knowledge in the field of film restoration offering the opportunity to specialists, film archive staff and students to experience the complete restoration workflow through the use of photochemical and digital technologies in a two-decade experienced film restoration laboratory.

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Stumfilm – free streaming platform for Danish silent films

Silent movies are usually absent in the streaming realm. Archives or YouTube can be the first stop for such works, but usually this comes with much search or a comprises. In this panorama, the Danish Film Institute’s initiative is particularly significant. Stumfilm.dk has been created as part of an ongoing restoration project and its objective is to highlight the importance of Denmark’s film industry in the beginning of the 20th century, an age when stars like Asta Nielsen, Valdemar Psilander and Gunnar Tolnæs found fame. The platform launched with 40 films, but more than 400 made between 1897 and 1928 will be added over the span of the four-year long project. In addition, a three-year research project between Denmark and Germany will help in mapping out the traffic of ideas and people between these two countries, who leaded the silent film era.

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Elonet – Free online access to Finnish film

National Audiovisual Institute Launches 4k Streaming Service

On 3 December, the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) in Helsinki launched a greatly expanded streaming service at elonet.finna.fi.

The key addition are 200+ Finnish feature films which are now available for streaming anywhere in the world for free. The bulk of these films are available at Ultra HD resolution but all feature titles are in at least HD quality.

The number of films available for streaming will grow in the coming years because in all, KAVI owns about 450 feature film titles. This number is about a quarter of all feature films ever produced in Finland.

Additionally, Elonet hosts thousands of advertising, documentary, and other short films. All war-time newsreels and the full series of 700 Finlandia newsreels are available for watching.

Elonet was originally launched in 2006 as a filmographic database. In 2018, KAVI built its own view to the national online finna service of archives museums and libraries, and this week, the elonet brand moved to Finna.

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

 

 

Oscar 2020: Montenegro chooses “Neverending Past”

Neverending Past (Izmedju dana i noći), a film by Andro Martinović, director of the Montenegrin Cinematheque (Crnogorska kinoteka), has been selected as Montenegro’s candidate fot the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the International feature film category.

It presents three stories of a father and his sonforced to question their lives in borderline situations, set in three different time periods: WWII, the fall of Berlin Wall and after the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

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