Il Cinema Ritrovato 2022 is coming!

Stefania Sandrelli will inaugurate the 36th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato on Saturday 25 June in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, with the screening of the new restoration of Il Conformista by Bernardo Bertolucci. In 1970, the director wanted her on screen with Dominique Sanda and Jean-Louis Trintignant for one of his most visually beautiful films. The restoration has been carried out with the support of ‘A Season of Classic Films‘, an initiative of ACE within the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Commission and thanks to support by the Italian Ministry of Culture.

The magic of the big screen in Piazza Maggiore is the most highly anticipated moment for an entire community: a community of cinephiles from all over the world who come to Bologna every year for a festival bejewelled by masterpieces: once more, Il Cinema Ritrovato will open for us the doors of Cinephile Heaven, with 500 films to be screened from dawn to dusk in 7 citywide theatres, until the much-awaited screening every evening in Piazza Maggiore. This 36th edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato, promoted by Cineteca di Bologna, will take place from 25 June to 3 July, marking a return, after two years in which the festival was nonetheless held with audiences present, to its traditional calendar date of late June-early July.

Cineteca di Bologna reveals the names of some of the restored masterpieces, all making their world or Italian première, that we will see in Piazza Maggiore during the evenings of the festival: we will celebrate 100 years since the birth of Francesco Rosi with his cinematic version of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, 70 years of Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s quintessential musical Singin’ in the Rain (two musical evenings to add to the previously announced ciné-concerts of Nosferatu and Foolish Wives and the screening of The Blues Brothers presented by John Landis); and then, Francis Ford Coppola’s recent director’s cut of The Godfather Part III, or Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.

And also an homage to an Italian diva of international fame. Here are the titles that will make up our homage to Sophia Loren: we will take a trip through her unparalleled career, from the first important successes in the Fifties with Alessandro Blasetti (Peccato che sia una canaglia) and Dino Risi (Pane, amore e…) to her consecration with Vittorio De Sica (La ciociara, Ieri oggi e domani); we will meet Stanley Donen again, who wanted her together with Gregory Peck in Arabesque; and again Francesco Rosi, with the less known C’era una volta, based on the works of Giovan Battista Basile. Finally, the Festival will end with the umpteenth proof of her greatness in Ettore Scola’s Una giornata particolare, alongside Marcello Mastroianni.

ACE will also have two events during the festival:

28 JUNE 2022
10.00–13.00, 14.00–17.00 MAMbo (via Don Minzoni, 14)


The aim of the workshop is to find common ways to ensure safeguarding of knowledge and methodologies related to analogue film heritage.

29 JUNE 2022
14.00–17.00 MAMbo (via Don Minzoni, 14)

General Assembly of ACE

Riservato agli associati / Only members admitted

New films on Eye Film Player available worldwide

Right now on the streaming platform Eye Film Player, you can find two new films that are available to watch world wide.

Written and directed by Mostafa Derkaoui, About Some Meaningless Events was conceived as an independent and collective effort of militant filmmakers, actors, musicians, poets and journalists at a time of heightened repression on freedom of expression in Morocco and was funded by the sale of paintings by several contemporary painters. The film was first screened in Paris in 1975 but was immediately taxed with censorship and forbidden from exhibition and export.

About Some Meaningless Events was forgotten until a negative print was found in the archives of the Filmoteca de Catalunya in 2016 and restored there in collaboration with L’Observatoire in Casablanca. Forty-five years after its completion, the film is finally released.

For four decades, Albania was Eastern Europe’s most secretive regime. For millions of Albanians living within its sealed borders, daily life was far from the socialist paradise lensed by the state-run New Albania film studio. Albania’s first post-communist film, The Death of a Horse (1992), vividly captures the Balkan nation’s traumatic past while reflecting on the tremendous social and economic challenges to come. Crafted months after the dictatorship’s fall, the low-budget film was shot on Kodak and developed on AGFA. This fateful choice caused Cannes to remove it from competition for not meeting the festival’s technical standards. The film was restored in 2018.

ACE announces the 2022 edition of ‘A Season of Classic Films’ and award of a new Joint Restoration Grant at Cannes

The third edition of ‘A Season of Classic Films’ was presented today at the EU Pavilion in Cannes when ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) reveals details of the new programme running June to December 2022 in European cinemas and online.

A Season of Classic Films

‘A Season of Classic Films’ is a series of free screenings designed to attract younger audiences to our shared cinematic cultural heritage. The programme looks to raise awareness of the work of European film archives, connecting the public with cinema history and the significance of film preservation. Most of the films are new digital restorations, and some screenings include dynamic elements such as live music performances and educational interactive sessions. All films are available with English subtitles.

Twenty-two film archives from 21 European countries (all ACE members) will participate in the classic film season, and each archive has selected a film or film compilation from their own collection to restore and present.

Joint Restoration Grant

Additionally at the event in Cannes, ACE presented the Joint Restoration Grant of €50,000 awarded for the restoration of the film Life of a Shock Force Worker (1972). The jury, comprising filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Pordenone Silent Film Festival director Jay Weissberg and director of the Cinema-Fiction Department of ARTE Claudia Tronnier, selected the film from a raft of proposals submitted by European film archives.

Four partner institutions from Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Bosnia are joining forces to restore Life of a Shock Force Worker, a wonderful example of Yugoslavian New Cinema. Inspired by daily life in a coal mine, the film critiques the political regime of the era, all the time illustrating the state ideology of comradeship and unity. It further offers a clearer and more nuanced view of Yugoslavian film history, one of the blind spots on the map of European film heritage, and at the same time touches upon the pertinent matter of propaganda in our post-truth era.

“Large parts of the Yugoslavian film heritage have so far been underserved,” the jury writes of its choice. “Life of a Shock Force Worker has strong imagery, but it is in desperate need of colour grading since the original has faded with time. A key asset is that ACE and the four partner institutions responsible for this restoration project will collaborate with DoP Karpo Godina.”

During the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, film director Bahrudin Bato Čengić deposited a 35mm print of the film at the Slovenian cinematheque, while the image and sound negatives remain at the Croatian state archive. Post-restoration, the film will be offered in a new 2K edition with the support of the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme and the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia.

Cinema and online screenings

This year’s ‘A Season of Classic Films’ promises to offer very much an in-person series of events and presentations within European cinemas. Most of the films will also be available online to allow for a greater reach to international audiences, building up on the experience gained during the previous edition.

“The second edition of A Season of Classic Films took place when most of our public venues were closed for long periods of time,” says ACE President Sandra den Hamer, also Director of Eye Filmmuseum. “Nevertheless, European cinematheques actively connected with their audiences through online screenings, new streaming platforms and/or hybrid events. ‘A Season of Classic Films’, as a joint project, again strengthened the collaboration and solidarity between the participating film institutions.”

From left: Jay Weissberg, Paulina Reizi, Sergei Loznitsa, Claudia Tronnier, Sandra den Hamer.

The Cannes ‘A Season of Classic Films’ presentation took place on May 23 at the EU Pavilion. The event was moderated by Paulina Reizi (Eye Filmmuseum, Coordinator of A Season of Classic Films). Speakers and special guests included Sandra den Hamer (President of ACE and director of Eye Filmmuseum), Sergei Loznitsa (Filmmaker), Claudia Tronnier (Director of the Cinema-Fiction Department at ARTE) and Jay Weissberg (Director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival).




The Association of European Cinematheques (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes – ACE) is an affiliation of 49 European national and regional film archives. Its role is to safeguard the European film heritage and make the rich audiovisual records collected and preserved by the various film archives accessible to the public. ACE members are non-profit institutions committed to the FIAF Code of Ethics.


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Registration for the Eye International Conference (29-31 May 2022) is now open.

Registration for the Eye International Conference 2022 on Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices is now open. You can access the program here and register via 

This year, we offer a hybrid conference format to accommodate everyone. There is a different registration fee for on-site and virtual participants:

On-site Regular Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 100 euro
On-site Student Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 50 euro
Virtual Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 25 euro

Day tickets
On-site Regular Conference Ticket (1 day): 50 euro
On-site Student Conference Ticket (1 day): 25 euro

As an attendee of the Eye International Conference, you are invited to join Meet the Archive, a public program highlighting recent projects from the Eye Collection, on Saturday 28th May, and the Open House at the Eye Collection Centre on Wednesday 1st June.

We look forward to welcoming you to Eye!

Eye International Conference Team



Report of ACE regional meeting (April 27th 2022)

Yesterday at the ACE Regional Meeting at the Grand Cinema Urania in Budapest for the FIAF Congress, more than 50 colleagues from film archives from all over Europe were present.

Sandra Den Hamer has opened the meeting by inviting all the colleagues to briefly introduce themselves, then proceeded to give an update on the Season of Classics and Ellen Harrington presented the Artekino Classics platform.

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The recipients of the ACE scolarship for the 2022 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School

We are proud to announce the recipients of the ACE scolarship for the 2022 FIAF Film Restoration Summer School. Their names are:
Paulo Cartaxo (Portugal) – 750 Euro
Saara Kruus (Estonia) – 750 Euro
Marko Turkus (Slovenia) – 750 Euro
Anri Vartanov (U.S.A.) – 750 Euro
Sasan Tofighian (Iran) – 1000 Euro
Donart Zymberi (Kosovo) – 1000 Euro
To find out more, click the following link: 

Call for the 2nd Summer School Digital Archive

Photo by Manuela Clemens

The Filmuni Summer School is organising the Digital Archive Summer School in cooperation with FIAF Cataloguing & Documentation Commission, the Bundesarchiv and the Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin. The summer school “Digital Archives. Data Literacy and Presentation Strategies in Audiovisual Archives” is a 5-day, practice-oriented course aimed at people working in audiovisual archives as well as at everyone else who is interested in enhancing their knowledge about digital environments and processes related to digital archives. This year’s edition focuses on the subject of digital curation.

Date: 5-9 September 2022

Location: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Cost: 1030,- EUR (Early Bird 930,- EUR before 30 April 2022)

Registration deadline: 10 July 2022

More information

There is also the possibility to apply for a scholarship, sponsored by The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF),  that covers full or partial participation fees. The application deadline for the FIAF scholarship is May 29, 2022.

Out-of-commerce Works Portal Datathon event

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights (the Observatory), in collaboration with Europeana, is organising the Out-of-commerce Works Portal Datathon event.

The main objective of the Datathon event is to raise awareness of the existence of the new out-of-commerce works solution available under the Directive (EU) 2019/790 with the aim to facilitate the digitisation of out-of-commerce works. The event also aims to bring together leaders among the cultural heritage institutions, in order to increase visibility and further attractivity of the out-of-commerce works system.

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Swedish Film Institute is seeking a digital film restorer

The Swedish Film Institute Foundation plays a leading role in Swedish film. The Film Institute’s aim is to support the production, distribution, and screening of valuable film, to preserve Sweden’s film heritage and make it available, and to represent Swedish film internationally. The Film Institute also has a national mandate to enhance film knowledge in Sweden, and to provide the people with a range of film characterised by a wide diversity of stories.


The Film Institute is digitizing and restoring the Swedish film heritage, as well as making it available. Since 2013, approximately 500 films have been restored. The purpose is to create digital material that mimics the original analogue premiere as much as possible. Every year, around 50 films are restored, and most of the films are taken into distribution either via the rightsholders themselves or through the Film Institute’s own theatrical distribution.


As a digital film restorer, you are doing manual and semiautomated restoration to digitally remove scratches, dust, dirt, damage, shaking, etc. You will be working in the Digitization unit together with eleven other staff members.

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ArteKino Classics: A New Look at Europe’s Film Heritage

Europe’s film heritage is a cultural treasure of astonishing diversity that will have a special place in ARTE with the establishment of the new programme ArteKino Classics. The works waiting to be (re)discovered by all Europeans include both well-known classics and films that are remarkable for their view of the world, their cinematography, or the superb acting.

ArteKino Classics is to kick off on 29 March 2022. It is composed of a three-month-long highlight, followed by a monthly offering, as of June 2022. The films on will be available Europe-wide with subtitles in six languages. The twenty recently restored films from almost as many countries were selected in close consultation with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE). A third of them are by women directors. ArteKino Classics brings together European films that broke new ground in cinematography.

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). These titles are: 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.

ArteKino Classics, which is part of the ArteKino project, is co-funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Film Programme: English, Français, DeutschEspañol, Italiano, Polski.

Watch the films online: English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Polski.


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