Author: Mikko Kuutti

CEN TC457 Presentation in Bologna

I am happy to convey this invitation to a presentation on digital preservation of cinematographic works.

Photo: third meeting of the CEN/DIN TC 457 in October 2018 in Berlin

Dear Madam, dear Sir, dear colleague,
the CEN TC457 project team is pleased to invite you to a presentation in Bologna on the progress of our work on the CEN Preservation Package aimed for the digital long-term archiving of films.
The 50 minute session will start with a 20 min presentation on the concepts and ideas for this digital long-term archive format followed by a panel and a discussion with the audience.
It will take place on Monday 24 June at 11:00 am at the DMS auditorium, Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bologna.
We are looking forward to see you there.

Best regards
Siegfried Foessel
Project leader of CEN TC 457 project

The Film Corner Reloaded

In 2016 Fondazione Cineteca Italiana launched ‘The Film Corner. Online and Offline Activities for Film Literacy’, a co-financed Project within the frame of the Creative Europe Program, based on the creation of an online interactive platform especially devised for young people and their teachers.

The general framework of the project is provided by the “Framework for Film Education” edited by the BFI in 2015. Experts from different search fields have been contributing to designing and creating the platform content, which is dedicated to a cross-curricular approach that connects film to other subjects, languages and topics. The cross-curricular attitude is a core aspect of the platform, whose aim is to support teachers in working with their students, giving them skills and knowledge through an ancillary use of film.

During the first phase, the first two sections “Film Specific” and  “Creative Studio” were dedicated to a critical approach to film language and to film as an art form, as well as to a creative approach to film and filmmaking.

The Project met with great success, and it was re-financed for 2019. We named the second edition The Film Corner Reloaded – A cultural approach”. So, starting 2019 through 2020 a third section of the platform will be developed, dedicated to an interdisciplinary and cross-curricular approach to film education centered on the relation of film (the main topic) with other topics.

Through this new section the Project aims to provide teachers with an efficient tool to help them in fulfilling the objectives of the curricular activity through a set of educational resources, using film as a cross-cutting subject that can foster connections throughout the whole school curriculum. The platform will be created around a selection of EU and non-EU films and audiovisual, both industry and heritage films, for which rights will be cleared in cooperation with rightholders.

To sum up, the objective of the Project’s second edition is to provide an innovative educational tool that can be used as a reference for film literacy. By exploiting multimedia and web 2.0 techniques (interactivity, role-playing games, gamification, narrativized settings), its aim is that of disseminating film literacy Europe-wide, and of fostering interactive and participatory approaches capable of stimulating young people’s curiosity towards cinema.

Finally, the Project involves 50 classes over six countries, reaching out more than 2,000 students around Europe, from junior high school to secondary school.

TEST THE FILM CORNER PLATFORM: http://thefilmcorner.eu/

The Platform is already available in English, French, Italian, Serbian, Slovenian, Georgian. The use of the Platform for schools is completely free of charge.

BAAC Annual Conference 2019

On behalf of BAAC, I am glad to publish their communication. I hear the deadline will be extended.

Call for papers

The 16th BAAC annual conference “GLAMorous content and access” will be held from October 9th to 11th 2019 in Riga, Latvia, in the Freeport of Riga (Rīgas Brīvostas pārvalde) conference hall, Kalpaka bulvāris 12.

Audiovisual materials are being collected by different types of memory institutions, such as archives, museums, libraries, as well as broadcasting institutions and research institutes. Historically, different memory institutions use different practices and standards for description and cataloguing. New technologies are emerging for capturing metadata and descriptive information, and challenging traditional practices of archival description. Lack of universal cross-domain standards for description of audiovisual materials forms a major challenge for exchange of information.

The following topics are offered as starting points:

  • Use of new technologies in description of audiovisual materials
  • Description standards and their use in linking audiovisual materials to other archival, library and museum materials
  • Exchange of content descriptive information between memory institutions and cultural organizations: analysis of current practices and standardization possibilities
  • Case studies of successful new practices and achievements.
  • The conference language will be English.

BAAC invites presentation proposals for the 2019 conference in Riga. The closing date for submissions is 24 May 2019. All proposals must be accompanied by a brief abstract (max. 250 words) and should be sent to conference@baacouncil.org.

Original call for papers on the BAAC website.

INTERESTED IN JOINING ACE?

According to the ACE statutes, film archives in a European country may be admitted as members, under the precondition that they

  • are members of FIAF or
  • are public mission non-profit film heritage institutions that have signed a statement of adherence to the Code of Ethics of FIAF,

and

  • be nominated by at least two members.

In practice, you should

  • contact two ACE film heritage institutions in your area or that you otherwise know asking for nominations for membership. These institutions may submit their nomination via email.
  • If you are a FIAF member, you may then apply for membership via email stating that you are a FIAF member.
  • If you are not a FIAF member, print out and sign this statement, and send it in hard copy or as a signed PDF.

After receiving your application, the Executive Committee will process it. When the application has been approved, you will become an ACE member with full rights after paying the annual membership fee, currently 700€.

All application related emails and mail should be sent to the General Secretary of the ACE.

This information can always be found in the ACE menu at the top as “ACE Member Application”.

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.