19 September 2011 – In January 2011, the European Commission has launched a Study on the challenges of the digital era for film heritage institutions to assess the impact of digitisation for European film archives. A public consultation on the preliminary findings is currently being carried out. A workshop to validate the results of the study will be held on 20 September 2011 in Brussels.
Read the workshop agenda.
19 September 2011 – On 13 and 14 October, film makers, curators and historians, technicians, and producers, will meet at La Cinémathèque Française in Paris to discuss the transition from analogue to digital and its impact on the founding missions of cinematheques : to collect, conserve, restore and show. The symposium will focus on 4 topics:
- The digital revolution today and tomorrow
- Digital filming: writing in sand?
- Restoration and digitisation of collections
- What future for cinematheques?
View the full programme here.
19 September 2011 – The Cinema Experts Group – Subgroup Film Heritage is a platform offered by the Commission’s Audiovisual Policy and Media Unit to present and discuss projects, policies and best practices related to film heritage. This year’s meeting will focus on film heritage online (The European Film Gateway, Europeana), support models for film digitisation and copyright issues. It is hosted by the Cinematek in Brussels .
Read the agenda.
7 January 2011 – PrestoCentre, a new organisation continuing the work of the Presto projects, will launch at its first European conference in Amsterdam on 14 -15 March 2011. “Screening the Future – New Strategies and Challenges in Audiovisual Archiving” aims to connect AV archives, service providers, vendors, funders, policymakers, and educators with keynote speaches and masterclasses on some of today’s most urgent issues such as digital preservation strategies and technologies, funding mechanisms and policy making.
For programme details and registration please visit www.prestocentre.eu.
Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Era for European Film Heritage
7 July 2010 – A report published today by the European Commission’s Information Society and Media Directorate General sounds the alarm over the survival of Europe’s film heritage. 80% of silent films are estimated to have been lost already but even new digital era films are at risk. Although the digital era provides new means of making and presenting films, it also imposes new challenges to the traditional ways of collecting and preserving films. Digital technologies are constantly evolving and what seems cutting-edge today may be obsolete in 2020 as cassette tapes or video recorders are already today. Film heritage institutions need to keep up, take up and advance new technologies to preserve Europe’s films.
The report and the press release are available here.
31 May 2010 – On 3 May, 2010 the Lithuanian Central State Archive started the implementation of a 30-months project called “Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet”. The archive has received support of about 2.8 million for this project from EU Structural Funds. The objective of the project is the preservation of Lithuanian documentary heritage by digitisation as well as its accessibility for everyone via the Internet. It is expected that the project will digitize and transfer to the Internet 1000 titles of Lithuanian documentaries, created in the period between 1919-1960.
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