Author: Mikko Kuutti

Film Restoration and Digitisation – EU Funding Available

As a follow-up of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the European Commission will support the restoration of at least 4 heritage films. The total available budget is 320 000 €.

European Year of Cultural HeritageThis project is managed by Creative Europe MEDIA and we are now gathering proposals for restoration and digitisation of films with a recognised value and a potential to find audiences in various EU states.

The EC grant can cover either the full restoration process or part of it (the grant can be accumulated with other sources of funding).  The expected final product must include subtitles in the 24 official EU languages. An audio description is also encouraged. The deadline for delivering the final product (a remastered version of the film ready to be screened) is 31.10.2019.

The proposals should be sent via e-mail to Irina.sofletea@ec.europa.eu and should include:

  • Basic info: title, year of production, director, genre, synopsis  (or other very short description of the theme), language, copyright owner
  • Physical condition of the film – required scope of works and expected timeline of works, including whether the restoration has already started etc.
  • The budget of required works
  • Please explain why should Creative Europe support the restauration of this film – (maximum 10 lines):
    – why it might be considered part of shared European film heritage?
    – has it been previously exploited outside country of origin (cinema, TV distribution)?
    – you may include any other relevant information, such as received awards etc.

We strongly recommend joint restoration projects of several European film archives and film heritage institutions.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 15th April 2019. The selection will be made until end-April.

Film heritage screenings – EU funding available

European Year of Cultural HeritageAs part of an initiative funded last year under the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Commission is gathering proposals for organising a series of at least 5 screenings between May–September this year.


The main event specifications are as follows:

1. The screening must take place in a culturally important location.

The venue could be a cultural institution or heritage site which already hosts screening events (so that they have all the equipment and experience with handling them). The screenings could take place indoors or in an open air location.
The institution managing the venue should be willing to take the bulk of responsibility for the event (in collaboration with the local film heritage institution, the Creative Europe MEDIA desks, and the contractor of the European Commission).

2. The screening may take place during local celebrations, especially linked to heritage (eg. the 100th anniversary etc.).

The screening may be followed or opened by a networking cocktail, and/or discussion with a film/cultural historian (depending on the context). Of course, the bigger the outreach and audience of the screening, the better.

3. The heritage film to be screened has to be a non-national European film.

It will be a film of your choice as your knowledge of the audience’s preferences will be relied on.

Proposals for different venues and concepts for these events are now being gathered.
Concrete suggestions of possible venues, possible dates and a rough estimation of costs are needed.

Please send questions and proposals directly to Ms Irina Sofletea (Irina.SOFLETEA@ec.europa.eu).

Deadline for sending in proposals is 20 March 2019.

Call for Tender for a Project Expert for the preservation of digital cinema

The Secretariat of CEN/TC 457 would like to inform you that the third Call for Tender for preservation of digital cinema has been put on the Homepage of the DIN Standards Committee Entertainment Technology, Photography and Cinematography (NVBF).

https://www.din.de/en/getting-involved/standards-committees/nvbf/news/cft-preservation-of-digital-cinema-en-261552

The purpose of this call is to find a film archive representative – project team expert 5 – for the Project Team which will be in charge of the bulk of the practical work in this standardisation project.

The tasks of the project team expert 5 include:

  • Taking part in project team meetings (at least at 3 month intervals) to discuss results and next steps, to monitor progress and results, in order to ensure the agreed timeline
  • Evaluating standards and collecting requirements regarding film archives together with expert 4
  • defining the archive framework together with expert 2 and expert 4
  • Describes common workflows in film archive processing together with expert 3 and expert 4
  • Supports project group with requirements of film archives, especially make recommendations on legal deposit and workflow implementations
  • Supports PT leader and expert 3 and expert 4 in assessment of results of software development team according to the specifications
  • Discusses project results with experts from service providers and archives, gives feedback to the project team and delivers comments back to the project team
  • Supports project group with knowledge and descriptions of workflows in film archives
  • Dissemination of the progress and result to the archive and postproduction community
  • Taking part in the meetings with the development team, which will be held on a regular basis in order to discuss results with the development team, getting feedback on changes requested, identifying the effects on changes in the software to the draft and in order to ensure a good collaboration with the development team

The deadline for tenders is the 21st January 2019.

Budapest Classics Film Marathon 2018

RESTORED MASTERPIECES ON BIG SCREEN
4–9 September 2018

Claudia Cardinale (Once Upon a Time in the West, 8 ½, The Leopard), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Mephisto, Colonel Redl, Out of Africa) and Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), as well as Katinka Farago, Ingmar Bergman’s legendary – Hungarian-born – colleague, are all coming to Budapest between 4–9 September. Hungarian film classics, 4K restored by the Film Archive and Hungarian Filmlab will be screened along with masterpieces restored by other major European archives. This is the first opportunity to see the magnificently restored Oscar-winning Mephisto, Zoltán Fábri’s and Sándor Sára’s films, Hungarian animations, beautiful documentaries on such defining female characters of the film industry as Hedy Lamarr, the select of Cannes Classics 2018 programme is on show. We can also learn about which movies inspired Wes Anderson to make The Grand Budapest Hotel.

http://filmarchiv.hu/en/film-marathon

https://www.facebook.com/events/440020356484872/

Photo: István Szabó’s Mephisto – Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1980 © Hungarian National Film Fund – Film Archive

 

The 5th Eye International Conference

hosts The 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference

Save the date 25–28 May 2019

http://eyefilm.nl/conference

SISTERS

Sisters
Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), an international conference held biennially, brings together research focusing on all forms of women’s presence in the earliest decades of motion picture history. After its first edition in Utrecht in 1999, the conference is coming back to the Netherlands to celebrate its twentieth year. The theme of WSS X is Sisters, taken both literally and figuratively within a wide range of theoretical and historical angles.

General Assembly 2018

The next ACE General Assembly will be held in Bologna on 27 June at 2–5 p.m. in Sala Cervi at Cineteca di Bologna, via Riva di Reno 72. Members: do remember that this is an election year of the Executive Committee so it is important to be present to vote for your favourite candidates.

Meeting documents (agenda, minutes of GA 2017, activity report, results 2017, budget 2018, mission statements) are available in the members’ area.

Activating the Archive – Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change

How can audio-visual collections be mobilized for the common good? How can (future) preservationists, curators and programmers be trained to achieve this goal? In May 2018, the EYE International Conference will explore answers to these and other questions, in a programme entitled Activating the Archive. Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change.

https://www.eyefilm.nl/en/themes/eye-international-conference-2018

New website

Because ACE had to close down the secretariat in Frankfurt it became necessary to move the ACE website to a new home from DIF’s servers. Since the website was running some really old software it also needed a technical overhaul.

This website is now hosted on a server in Amazon’s cloud and sports a new layout which is responsive so it should work nicely on mobile devices too.

The content is the same with only some minor corrections. Once we’re running in full speed we hope to add some new stuff – especially preparing for the GA in Bologna. That is set to take place on 27 June at 2 p.m., save the date!

Reports on any anomalies of the new site are welcome. Please send any comments via email to me at mikko.kuutti@kavi.fi.