Discover the Deutsches Filminstitut Filmmuseum’s archives for Archive Day

Every two years, the Association of German Archivists proclaims “Archive Day“. This year, the DFF is participating with an online stream:

On Saturday, 5 March, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can discover all kinds of facts, stories and curiosities about the DFF archives, compiled by the teams working there.

If you have any questions about the archive work at the DFF, you can send it out to the team in advance: https://www.dff.film/tag-der-archive/.

Click here to follow the stream.

Statement from the ACE regarding the entrance of Russian troops into Kyiv, Ukraine 

The Executive Committee of the ACE shares the deep concerns articulated by our fellow film heritage organizations, as represented by the attached statement from FIAF. ACE members share the European Continent and a mission to preserve our shared moving image histories, and we fear for the well-being of our colleagues at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre. The human tragedy now unfolding due to Russia’s aggression could be further compounded by the potential loss of irreplaceable and culturally significant collections, as so often happens in the context of war. We stand ready to assist our colleagues, as they themselves have suggested to the FIAF through the following possible actions, among others. We urge our Member Archives to show their support any of these ways:

  • Share publicly the successful stories of cooperation with Ukraine, considering that in recent years our country achieved essential progress in arts and cinematography, cultural diplomacy, sharing and promoting European values. 
  • Mention the current war in Ukraine in your public talks and speeches — during art and film events, festivals, meetings, stating that this war is a war against the whole civilized world, free thought, and democratic values;
  • Initiate joint public statements from civil organizations, institutions, and industry associations — filmmakers, producers, actors, experts, and institutions on heritage preservation and security; 
  • Share information on the war and the current situation in social media with the hashtag #StandWithUkraine.
  • Finally, they suggested that financial support can be made via the NGO Vostok SOS.

Respectfully submitted by the Executive Committee Members of the ACE

Public lecture series This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

Eye Filmmuseum presents the 8th edition of This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a public lecture series devoted to notable projects in the fields of film restoration and film heritage. Under the overarching theme of Global Audiovisual Archiving, also this year’s theme of the Eye International Conference, international scholars and archival practitioners showcase and discuss archival practices from all over the globe.

Each of the six sessions will highlight different institutional and non-institutional efforts and archival practices worldwide. Together with guests, we explore topics like film heritage in Brazil, forgotten female film directors from Indonesia, the African Film Heritage Project, the efforts of the Asian Film Archive and the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association, non-institutional practices in Latin America, and the Cinematheque Beirut project. This year’s guests are all members of the Advisory Board of the Eye International Conference on Global Audiovisual Archiving.

Film, talks & discussion
Each session will feature a short introduction by Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the University of Amsterdam), followed by a lecture and Q&A with an international expert on the topic and a film screening. Eye will record these events for online publication afterwards.

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A Season of Classic Films: ACE – ARTE Partnership

Starting on 21 March 2022, ARTE will present in collaboration with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) a diverse programme of European films with a focus on modern film heritage. As part of this programme, ARTE licensed feature films from ACE’s A Season of Classic Films catalogue that consists of newly-restored distinguished titles and less known gems (see catalogue here).

The programme will premiere with La Strada in primetime in combination with the launch of selected films by ACE on ARTE’s digital platforms. New film titles will be added on a monthly basis. Each film will be available for free for 90 days, Europe-wide, with subtitles in English, French, German, Polish, Italian and Spanish.

The titles from ACE’s A Season of Classic Films catalogue include: The Man who had his hair cut short (1965, André Delvaux) – Royal Belgian Film Archive, She Didn’t Say No! (1958, Cyril Frankel) – Irish Film Institute, Derborence (1985, Francis Reusser) – Cinémathèque suisse, The Wayward Girl (1959, Edith Carlmar) – Norwegian Film Institute, and The Death of a Horse (1992, Saimir Kumbaro) – Albanian National Film Archive. These films will be complemented with additional titles co-curated by ACE member institutions. ACE facilitates the selection and acquisition of archival films in high-quality digital remastered versions, which are provided together with curated texts and contextual information. A video trailer and the full programme will be published in the beginning of March.

The ACE-ARTE partnership aims to make European film heritage and cinema history more visible and accessible to greater audiences. The initial timeframe for this programme is planned until the end of 2023, with a hope to extend this collaboration in the longer term to jointly offer restored films on TV, web and cinemas.

A SEASON OF CLASSIC FILMS: PROGRAMME UPDATES

 

A Season of Classic Films is a programme supported by the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

Featured image: Screening of Comizi d’amore (PP Pasolini) by Cineteca di Bologna as part of A Season of Classic Films, 28 June 2021. Credit: Margherita Caprilli.

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Eye Filmmuseum’s new online offer

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The Omicron variant has caused many film archives to close their doors once again and to implement ways to reach their audiences even when the traditional film theater is closed. Since Holland is lockdown, Eye Filmmuseum is offering new selections on its streaming platform Eye Film Player.

Eye Filmmuseum is showing monthly curated programmes dedicated to Dutch avant-garde and experimental films, both recent and older. The avant-garde film selection can be accessed here and Eye has also published a film dossier which can be found here. On the streaming platform it is also possible to find our which movies are accessible from your region via the “Availability by region” filter.

Eye Filmmuseum is also happy to announce that the British Time Out Magazine has named the Amsterdam Tuschinski Theater as the most beautiful of the world and on the Eye Film Player a documentary on the cinema, featuring Max von Sydow is available.

Deadline Reminder: Call for Proposals Eye International Conference 2022

From 29 – 31 May, 2022, Eye Filmmuseum, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will present the 7th Eye International Conference on ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices’.

The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators, researchers, filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.

The 2022 edition will focus on the imbalance or current misrepresentation of global audiovisual heritage holdings, looking in particular at the alarming scarcity of audiovisual heritage from the Global South in the digital space. We will provide speakers and participants a platform to encourage knowledge exchange between scholars and archivists from different parts of the world, and different archival traditions. The conference offers a space to consider the impact of geographical location, the availability of resources, technical and digital gaps, and different audiovisual traditions. We will discuss archival challenges and think together about new models for collaboration.

The goal of the conference is to broaden the knowledge and connections within the global archival community, leading to new insights on the status of film heritage and archiving in different parts of the world.

The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline to apply is 16 January 2022. We encourage proposals from participants, archives, and regions that are underrepresented in conferences related to audiovisual heritage, discussing topics that highlight concrete, urgent, practical concerns, and threats to collections.

 

Read more about the Call for Proposals and submit your proposal online: www.eyefilm.nl/conference
Questions? Email us at conference@eyefilm.nl

 

Image © Francis Alÿs, REEL-UNREEL, 2011, Kabul, Afghanistan 2011, 19:32 min. In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi. BY-NC-ND

FIAF FILM RESTORATION SUMMER SCHOOL

Film restoration online course: from April 27th to June 8th 2022 (on Wednesdays)
Restoration lectures and Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival: Bologna, Cineteca facilities, from June 25th to July 3rd 2022
Restoration workshops: Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, July 4th-15th 2022

The Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF), the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE), Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata are thrilled to announce that after the forced postponement of the 2020 edition, the ninth FIAF Film Restoration Summer School will finally take place in Bologna in summer 2022.

The Coronavirus-19 pandemic has had a big impact on our lives during the last two years, but the institutions behind the Summer School have come together once again in order to renew and strengthen their long lasting cooperation, a bond that aims to pursue the spread of film preservation and conservation through the international community. Specialists, film archive staff and students that are looking forward to experience the complete restoration workflow in our two-decade experienced film restoration laboratory are more than welcome to apply.

The program and further details will be available on January 2022.

Please contact frss@immagineritrovata.it if you wish to receive further information and subscribe to our mailing list.

Coordinator: Elena Tammaccaro

Secretariat: Charlotte Oddo

Frame by Frame – A new exhibition at Deutsche Kinemathek

A new exhibtion, titled “Frame by Frame – Film restaurieren” opens today at Deutsche Kinemathek with a special event and will run till May 2nd 2022.  Film restoration usually takes place in secrecy, in the workshops of the film archives and in the darkrooms of the copy factories. The exhibition brings this craft to light and shows the general public how the film archives work to preserve well-known but also forgotten works of film history and recapture them for the screen – and together with the film material also receive stories and testimonies for the future.

Divided in five chapters, everything that goes with saving films is examined: from the global search for film material and the reconstruction of early sound tracks to color and light determination in Technicolor films.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery and the Wüstenrot Foundation.

Click here for more information.