Tag: Film heritage

Call for papers: FIAF Symposium “Sharing”, Prague 23–24 April 2018

Prague-banner2_startpage“Sharing” in all its aspects is the guiding principle for the two-day symposium at the FIAF Congress 2018 in Prague: This includes not only sharing content, but also metadata, tools and methods for preservation and research. As an international community FIAF archives don’t operate isolated, but in line with other partners and cultural heritage institutions in the field. Aim of this Symposium is to examine and discuss what we share, with whom, and how, but also the limits of sharing. Moreover, it should be explored if the the notion of sharing is a mean to better understand what challenges lie ahead of us and would benefit from joint solutions.
The FIAF Congress 2018 is organised by the National Czech Film Archive.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 8 December 2017
The call for papers can be downloaded in English, French and Spanish HERE.
Contact: fiaf2018@nfa.cz

New Study on Access to Film Works for Education and Research

In NoAcces_FHI worksvember 2016 the European Audiovisual Observatory has carried out a survey among the members of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes. The objective was to assess the access to the film works in their collections in the context of education and research. 32 ACE members replied to the survey, representing over 1.1million film works.

The  study “Access to film works in the collections of Film Heritage Institutions in the context of education and research” was part of a research project supported by the European Commission.” It can be downloaded HERE.

FORWARD Conference “Digitisation of cultural heritage and orphan works” 30/11/16

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9 November 2016 – In 2012, the Orphan Works Directive has been adopted with the aim to unlock hundreds of thousands of objects preserved in Europe’s libraries, museums, archives and cinematheques, to digitse and publish them on portals like the European Film Gateway or Europeana.  How has this objective been put into practise?  The conference, jointly organised by FORWARD coordinator CINEMATEK and the Royal Library of Belgium, brings together professionals from the library and the audiovisual sector, policy makers and Commission’s representatives to discuss the impact of the Directive and how it has been transposed into national law.

In the afternoon, participants are invited to discover new orphan works tools: the FORWARD system to support the rights status assessment of audiovisual works, and the Royal Library’s orphan works database.

Venue: Royal Library of Belgium
Date: 30th of November 2016, 9.30 – 16.30 h

You can access the programme and the registration form on the FORWARD website: http://tinyurl.com/z7oavr6
Registration is free of charge, but upon inscription. Please register before 25th of November.

 

 

 

 

ABCinema film literacy website online

Logo_ABCinema440x200-grau28 November 2015 – Since July 2014,  leading Film Heritage Institutions and cinema organisations are working together in the ABCinema project to share best practices and to explore, on a pan European level, creative approaches to encourage children, young people and teachers to engage with film heritage.  The ABCinema website gives now access to first results, providing a catalogue of film’s related activities, supporting materials and practical guidance. The catalogue covers all types of films, mainly silent and non-narrative formats.  Children and students are encouraged to enjoy the playfulness of animation cinema, to explore the great creativity and dream-like potential of surrealistic movies, and to get familiar with the impact of specific narrative elements like shadow, movement, sound etc. So far, twelve different activities based on twelve films are available on the website.  They aim at enabling children and young people from 3 to 25 years old to explore their own creativity by experimenting with the material, by making their own films, as well as developing an understanding of the cultural richness, the social, historical and artistic importance of cinema. All activities, related films and resources intend  to inspire practitioners, teachers and educators that wish to work with heritage films.

The first project year was dedicated to develop, implement and exchange film literacy activities among the partners. In the second project year, which started September 2015 and will run for one year, ABCinema plus will focus on peer-to-peer activities, addressing educational departments, decision-makers and teachers alike, while continuing to enrich the ABCinema website with best practices. The overall goal is to establish ABCinema as an expert hub for film literacy activities working with archival material. ABCinema and the follow-up project ABCinemaplus have been co-funded by the CREATIVE EUROPE programme of the European Union.

Partners:  Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), Cinémathèque royale (Brussels), Deutsches Filminstitut (Frankfurt/Main), Les Enfants de Cinéma (Paris), EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam), Watershed Arts Trust (Bristol), Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (Brussels).

Project Coordination:
Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna
Enrica Serrani – enrica.serrani@cineteca.bologna.it
Elisa Giovannelli – elisa.giovannelli@cineteca.bologna.it

www.abcinemaproject.eu

Follow ABCinema on Facebook: www.facebook.com/abcinemaproject

ACE workshop „Showing a Film is Not Enough” – Cinema Programming in the Digital Era“

30 September 2015 – The constant development of digitization broadens the access to the film market. When film can be accessed from everywhere, cinemas, and particularly those that show classical and silent films, must find innovative ways to engage with audiences. At the 5th ACE workshop, which took place in Bologna on 3rd July 2015, film archivists and curators came together to present their activities in promoting archival films and developing audiences for this specific material.  It was also discussed how cinematheques can better collaborate as a network, and share both best practices and cinema programmes.

Making “old” films fashionable

Tadeusz Kowalski (Filmoteka Narodowa, Warsaw) moderated the workshop.  One of Filmoteka’s approach to make archival films more “trendy” is to combine a modern and a classical film on same topic, which allows the viewer to follow the development of cinema from the perspective of a particular theme. Filmoteka also organises cine-concerts to celebrate re-premieres of restored silent films. They have created an own TV programme, “Iluzjon.TV” , to inform about special events and the actual programme. It can be watched on You Tube, Facebook and in the cinema.

Presentation Out of Love for Cinema

  Happenings and Communality

KAVI – the National Audiovisual Archive in Finland shows high quality 4K restorations, 70 mm films, 3D as well as Technicolor restorations, introduced by experts.  Popular formats like sing-along contests and dress-along screenings help to bring new audiences into the theatre. 

Presentation Audience development and film education at KAVI

 “We Want Cinema” – Attracting younger audiences

Cinematheques offer a wide range of activities for kids and young adults to raise enthusiasm about watching, making and experiencing film.  Sandra den Hamer  (EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam) presented MOVIE ZONE,  an online platform that provides teaching materials, film tips, and an interactive film series teacher and pupils can works with. “EYE Exposed” is an innovative approach to involve young adults to write blogs about cultural events at EYE. They organize openings at EYE and share this information with their community. The Short Film Pool (“Korte Film Poule”) offers special educational programmes for primary and secondary schools. Subscribers have unlimited access to 250 short films, and DCPs are made on demand. 

 “Show me yours and I’ll show you mine” – Sharing film programmes

Mariona Bruzzo (Filmoteca Catalunya) presented the anthology “Basics of Catalan Cinema”. The five programmes (11 sessions) cover Catalan film production from the silent era until the 1980’s. The aim is to promote Catalan film heritage among FIAF members, festivals and cultural institutions. The programmes will be available in 2016.

Presentation Basic Films of Catalan Cinema

 “Try the multiplexes”

Gian Luca Farinelli reported about Cineteca di Bologna’s success in doubling the size of their audience from 70,000 visitors in 2007  to nearly 130.000 in 2014, by offering a specified programme for different types of audiences. Through  ccooperation with commercial cinemas, Cineteca di Bologna was able to show restored classical films in 19 different cities in Italy.

Improve collaboration, share experiences

Although the presentations show that Cinematheques are innovative and successful in attracting new audiences, it is a matter of fact that archival films are less and less shown, states Nicola Mazzanti (Cinémathèque royale de Belgique). ACE members need to better collaborate and share information about prints and DCP’s already available to circulate them among the network. Also, members should  share experiences about titles which work and which doesn’t work, on the cinema screen as well as on VoD. The network could also collaborate closer in translating subtitles and buying film rights jointly. And why not trying the multiplexes? France is a good example that there is a demand and a market for heritage films.

 

 ACE has initiated the workshop series “Management Strategies for Film Archives in the Digital Age” in 2012. It is  a forum for discussing the impact of the digital paradigm on the daily work of archivists and curators working in Europe’s Film Heritage Institutions. Topics of the previous workshops were a) Digital archiving and workflows, b) Digital preservation and exhibition, c) Re-inventing cinephilia, d) Acquisition and collection policy.


 

 

 

 

 

Cultural heritage actions in the EU: policies, programmes and activities

EU_flag_widescreen15 August 2014 – In connection with the policy report”Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage”, the Commission has published an overview of activities and funding programmes related to cultural heritage, including film heritage: Horizon2020, Europeana, Creative Europe and the Structural & Investment Funds, ERASMUS etc. It encourages cultural institutions to seize these opportunities and to work closely across Europe to ensure that cultural heritage contributes to more sustainable growth and social cohesion.

Europe as a political body needs to recognize the value of cultural heritage, beyond economical and financial legislations. It is a powerful instrument to build a shared identity and a sense of belonging amongst and between European citizens, as stated in the declaration “ A new narrative for Europe”.

Read the Mapping Report

Communication  – Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe

Declaration – A new narrative for Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACE Workshop on Acquisition and Collection Policy in the Digital Era, Bologna, 3 July

DIF-Filmarchiv-Wi-034_kleiner24 June 2014 – Since 2012, ACE has been organising the workshop series “Management strategies for film archives in the digital era”. Aim of these workshops is to react on the fundamental change caused by the complete digitization of the film industry and the entire cinema chain.

This year’s workshop will focus on how collection and acquisition policies are affected by the advent of digital distribution.

  • How are film heritage institutions dealing with the fact that in the digital age deposit of non-domestic works is shrinking?
  • How does the status of analog collections change when prints cannot be replaced anymore?

These are some of the questions that have become increasingly important for all archives and that the workshop will debate. 

Speakers: Jon Wengström (Swedish Film Institute), Helen Edmunds and Kieron Webb (British Film Institute), Nicola Mazzanti (Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique), Michal Bregant (Národní filmový archiv – Czech National Film Archive),  Peter Bagrov (Gosfilmofond), Sandra den Hamer (EYE Film Institute Netherlands), Thomas C. Christensen (Danish Film Institute)

Read the full programme

Venue: Cineteca di Bologna, Sala Cervi, Via Riva di Reno 72
Target Group: Management staff in Film Heritage Institutions

Attendance to the workshop is by registration only. For more information and to register please contact ace@deutsches-filminstitut.de

 

FORWARD – Framework for a EU-wide Audiovisual Orphan Works Registry

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Since November 2013, a consortium of 13 partners, among them 11 Film Heritage Institutions and commercial film libraries are working on FORWARD, a three-year EU funded project, which aims at creating an EU wide, semi-automated system to assess the rights status for all types of audiovisual works, including orphans. FORWARD has been initiated by ACE in the context of the Orphan Works Directive 2012/28/EU.  It is, in a way, the result of ACE’s advocacy work to facilitate rights clearing for films and, in particular, to find a solution for the hundreds of thousand of orphan works preserved in Europe’s film archives.  FORWARD also works towards the Commission’s policy for an integrated approach to Europe’s cultural heritage.

FORWARD is co-ordinated by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and supported by the Community  Porgramme CIP ICT PSP “Europeana & Creativity”.

Work programme:

Analysis of national copyright legislations and system workflow

As a first step, the legal frameworks of the countries involved in the project have been analysed. This is a necessary step to define the workflow for assessing the rights status of a film and to get a clear indication whether it is in public domain or in-copyright, and in this case, whether it is orphan and how it can be used across Europe.  So far, FORWARD started to  define legal decision trees for those countries in the project that have already implemented the EU Orphan Works Directive: Finland and Germany. The Netherlands and Denmark will follow.  The analysis of the legal frameworks is coordinated  by EYE Film Institute, due to their legal expertise in the “Images for the FUTURE” project and the European Film Gateway.

Design of rights information infrastructure
The workflow design from a technical point of view is coordinated by CINECA. CINECA builds on the experience they have achieved as a technical partner in ARROW. ARROW is a similar tool to assist rights clearance, but for the publishing sector. Compared to ARROW, the system’s workflow in FORWARD is much more complex, because a film has more authors:  In most European countries these are the principal director, music composer, author of the screenplay and author of dialogues. This means that much more databases and sources need to be checked to find the relevant information.

How to find information about AV rights holders?
The 10 Film Heritage Institutions (FHI) presented in the consortium are the main and often unique sources of information, which is stored in filmographic databases, catalogues, on cencorship cards etc. However, to complete the information, 3rd party databases from producers, authors, and Collective Management Societies need to be searched as well. FORWARD partners are currently identifying relevant national 3rd party information sources such as  GEMMA for music rights. FORWARD will take into consideration the search criteria and sources which need to be queried in compliance with the national legislations on Orphan Works

Enriching metada
Project partner DFI (Danish Film Institute) is currently analyzing the databases of each partner archive. If information is missing that is critical for assessing the rights status, the archive will record the information manually, so that it can be harvested and processed by the FORWARD system.

Promotion and consensus building
Consensus building among all stakeholders is a key element for the progress and succes of the project. FHI, CMOs, producers etc need to agree upon the workflow. For this purpose national seminars will be organized in the partner’s countries. The first seminars will be held in October in Germany at the Deutsches Filminstitut, Finland and The Netherlands are following.

Partners: Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique/Koninklijk Belgisch Filmarchief, coordinator  (Brussels), Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (Brussels, Frankfurt), CNC – Archives françaises du film (Bois d´Arcy), Consorzio Interuniversitario – CINECA (Bologna), Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF (Frankfurt), EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam),  Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (Bologna), FOCAL International LTD (Middlesex),  Filmoteka Narodowa (Warsaw), KAVI – National Audiovisual Insitute (Helsinki), Instituto de la Cinematografia y Artes Audiovisuales – Filmoteca Española (Madrid), Národní filmový archiv – National Film Archive (Prague).

More information:
forward@cinematek.be
FORWARD project website
FORWARD fact sheet

 

“Licences for Europe” final plenary – ACE signs statement with authors and producers

filmrolle520 November 2013 – On 13 November, the final session of the stakeholder’s dialogue Licences for Europe took place in Brussels.  The initiative was set up jointly by the Commissioners Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda), Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services),  and Andrea Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) in February this year.  The purpose of the four working groups was to deliver quick solutions for bringing more content online.  ACE was member of working group 3 “Audiovisual Heritage Institutions” represented by Nicola Mazzanti. After 10 months of discussions ACE and rights holders representatives agreed on principles and procedures about digitising, restoring and making available European film heritage. The statement was signed in presence of the three Commissioners by ACE, the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA).

Official press release
Licences for Europe official website
Statement of Principles and Procedures for facilitating the digitisation of, access to and increased interest of European citizens in European cinematographic heritage works
Commissioner Kroes speech
Commissioner Barnier speech

 

 

Cinema Experts Group – Subgroup Film Heritage Meeting, Brussels 27-28 November

19 November 2013– Each year, the European Commission officially invites the Member States to send experts to the meeting of the  Subgroup film heritage. Also invited are professional European and International associations from the audiovisual sector ( film archives, public sector broadcasters, rights holders organisations, distributors, experts in film literacy and media education etc.).  Purpose of the meeting is to exchange information and discuss best practices related to film heritage in the European Union.
 
The meeting takes place at CINEMATEK, 9 Baron Horta, 1000 Brussels. Please note that attendance to the Cinema Experts Group meeting is by invitation onlyMore information and the agenda are available at the wesbite of the European Commission.