The Pordenone Silent Film Festival unites Film Archives from all over the world

The current health crisis has led the organizers of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival/Giornate del Cinema Muto to shift the 2020 programme selected by director Jay Weissberg to 2021. For 2020 to organize 8 days of thematic screenings and events, the world’s leading film archives have been chosen as the Festival’s co-producers, offering them the opportunity to present some of their treasures online to the Giornate’s audience during the established dates.

With the aim of making the archives the actual protagonists, the Festival is working with a number of major international film archives including the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Lobster Films in Paris, Det Danske Filminstitut in Copenhagen, the China Film Archive in Beijing, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Film Archive of Japan in Tokyo, together with the Cineteca del Friuli, co-founder with Cinemazero of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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A new beginning for film archives: Cineteca di Bologna

Cineteca di Bologna is happy to take part in the #IorestoinSALA initiative that wants the quality movie theater experience available on the internet. To launch the circuit that includes more than 70 cinemas from all over Italy with the collaboration of a great number of distributors and of mymovies.it, there will be one of the best movies of the year, recipient of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 70th Berlinale.

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Film archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 6

In this installment of our series on film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from the Balkan Peninsula are organizing for their audiences.

CRNOGORSKA KINOTEKA has created a series of videos presenting different Montenegrin cities through time with material from the archives and an added soundtrack by Montenegrin alternative bands. This initative follows the contribution the Film Archive has provided to the film program of the Second Program of RTCG. The cycle “Crnogorski gradovi kroz vrijeme” can also be watched on the Crnogorska Kinoteka’s website. Via the following link you can watch one of the most recently published videos and have access to the others available: https://kinoteka.me/2020/05/19/crnogorski-gradovi-kroz-vrijeme-herceg-novi/

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Cineteca di Milano’s first online film festival

The festival “Il cinema svizzero contemporaneo – I film che non ti aspetti” is an online film festival dedicated to the contemporary Swiss cinema. It is organised by Cineteca di Milano with the support of the Swiss general consulate in Milan, with the collaboration of Cinema Svizzero from Venezia and with the contribution of the Swiss Institute.

The week between May 13 and 21 will see the premiere of 20 films between documentaries and feature length movies, an homage to the Swiss director Lionel Baier, an homage to the Swiss photographer René Burri and live conversations with directors.

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Film archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 5

In this installment of our series on film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from Northern Europe are organizing for their audiences.

SVENSKA FILMINSTITUTET has launched a new short film venture with special funds of the value of SEK 200,000. The investment consists of eight development grants of SEK 25,000 each to create short feature films that depict our present in the shadow of the Corona virus. The project is for both established filmmakers and new talent and its aim is to enhance as many different voices as possible. The short films must be produced in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Authority. The deadline for application is June 14. For more information, click on the following link: https://pressroom.filminstitutet.se/pressrelease/view/corona-2020-ny-kortfilmssatsning-fran-filminstitutet-18171 

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Film Archives’ Offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 4

In this installment of our series on film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from Germany and Austria are organizing for their audiences.

DFF – DEUTSCHES FILMINSTITUT FILMMUSEUM has an entire section on its website dedicated to its digital offer. There are a video tour through the permanent exhibition “Filmisches Sehen” with curator Stefanie Plappert, ideas on how to introduce children to film culture with games, streaming tips from DFF staff, virtual exhibition and videos. To find out more, click on the following link: https://www.dff.film/coronavirus/

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Film Archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 3

In this installment of our series concerning film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from the Iberian Peninsula are organizing for their audiences.

LA CINEMATECA PORTUGUESA has created “Gestos & Fragmentos”, a selection of films, museum pieces and records of the life in the Cinematheque. It is described as an enhanched version of the already existing initiative named “Cinemateca Digital” (that will still remain on the website). There are four different sections: films to see this week (a series of features from Portoguese Cinema with a temporary availability), a larger Cinemateca Júnior, “O museu vai a casa” which displays a series of pre-cinema objects from their collection and “Textos & Imagens” dedicated to reflections raised by items from the collection of their Documentation and Information Center. To find out more, click on the following link: http://www.cinemateca.pt/Cinemateca/Noticias/A-CINEMATECA,-A-DIFUSAO-EM-LINHA-E-A-SALA-DE-CINEM.aspx

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Film Archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 2

In this installment of our series on film archives’ offers during the COVID-19 crisis, we will discuss what ACE members from Eastern Europe are organizing for their audiences.

FILMOTEKA NARODOWA from Poland highlights a home film competition named “Mistrzowskie wyzwania”. The rules are simple: stay at home, make a film (max. 3 minutes long) and send the file. There will be two rounds: one that has started on the 23rd with the participation of Jagoda Szelc and one starting on May 4 featuring Paweł Łoziński. The winners will receive prizes totaling PLN 2,000 and have their short featured on the prestigious Ninateka website. To find out more, click on the following link: https://fina.gov.pl/mistrzowskie-wyzwania-domowy-konkurs-filmowy/

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Film archives’ offer during the COVID-19 crisis: Part 1

ACE has decided to highlight the initiatives organised by its members during these difficult times, in which film archives have to reinvent themselves online. It’s in moments like these that we need culture, cinema, more than ever. After exploring the Italian film archives’ initiatives, now it is time to explore the francophone area’s offer.

  • LA CINÉMATHÈQUE FRANÇAISE offers on its website more than 800 videos that include cinema lessons from some of the biggest authors and actors, conferences and video-essays. It is also possible to read more than 500 articles, to discover the gems from its collection. To find out more, click on the following link: https://www.cinematheque.fr/decouvrir.html Since the cinema has been shut down since March, the Cinémathèque française has decided to open a movie theater named Henri, after the film archive’s founder Henri Langlois: a screening every evening at 20h30. To find out more, click on the following link: https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/

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