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27 Jul 2011

European Film Gateway Portal is Online

You are invited to discover the wealth of Europe's film heritage. ...

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24 Jun 2011

International Conference on Norwegian Cinema in Oslo

On 25 - 26 August 2011, the National Library of Norway will host a film conference titled “The Law of Transformation: New Perspectives on Norwegian Cinema”. ...

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16 Jun 2011

EFG Screenings at the Norwegian Short Film Festival

The festival takes place 15-20 June in Grimstad and presents retrospectives, international documentaries, newer film and video experiments and film occupational seminars and debates. ...

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07 Jun 2011

EFG Conference “Key/Frames“ in Vienna

The conference hosted by the Filmarchiv Austria on 8-9 June will examine contexts and perspectives of digitisation. ...

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12 May 2011

Register now for EFG Conference on Rights Clearance and Orphan Works

Representatives from film archives, Europeana, and rights holder organisations meet at EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam on 30-31 May. ...

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14 Apr 2011

New VOD Platform for Dutch Film and Audiovisual Heritage

Over 650 hours of Dutch films and audiovisual heritage are now available for online viewing. ...

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28 Oct 2010

Cinema Expert Group Meeting, 15 October, Brussels

Film Heritage issues discussed at the meeting included involvement of European Film archives in Europeana. The agenda and presentations are now available on-line. ...

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05 Jul 2010

Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century – Conference, 13-14 October 2010

The conference is organised by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the context of the International Film Festival of Ghent. The Commission organizes the Cinema Expert Group/Subgroup Film Heritage on 15 October in Brussels, in order to facilitate the attendance by international participants. ...

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08 Jun 2010

Danish Film Institute Launched Carl Th. Dreyer Website

In May the Danish Film Institute launched a new website about Carl Theodor Dreyer and his work. Audiences around the world are invited to explore the full extent of the famous film director's ingenious art. ...

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20 May 2010

Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet

On 3 May, 2010 the Lithuanian Central State Archive started implementation of a 30-month project called Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet. The project is oriented toward the creation, expansion and promotion of Lithuanian digital Internet content to users. ...

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18 Sep 2009

Draft European Standard for Cinematographic Works

The CEN (Centre Européen de Normalisation) enquiry mandated by the Commission regarding the second of the European standards on interoperability of film databases finalised on 26 July 2009. Of the 25 CEN members, 14 agreed with the possibility of adopting the draft 'Film identification - Enhancing interoperability of metadata - Element sets and structures (prEN 15907)' as a European standard, 10 abstained and one is against. ...

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03 Sep 2009

About EFG

One year after the official start of the EFG project in September 2008, the groundwork is laid for a successful establishment of the EFG web portal, which will eventually give access to some 700.000 digitised texts, images and films kept in European film archives. A major task of the first year's work was the building of the EFG database structure, which will allow collecting and harmonising heterogeneous data from the contributing archives and will form the backbone of the EFG web portal to be launched in summer 2010.

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30 Aug 2009

Editorial

Welcome to the 2nd issue of the European Film Gateway newsletter! Its main purpose is to provide up-to-date information on the project outcomes and to report about activities and events which concern the film archival community as well as the wider group of Europeana projects to which EFG belongs.

Copyright, for example, is a central issue for EFG and all those projects, whishing to make their cultural heritage available online, so we will regularly inform on relevant themes surrounding copyright. In this issue we give a brief overview of the Google Book Settlement and its impacts.

In each newsletter issue, one or two EFG partners present a highlight from their archives: an exceptional collection, a digitisation or restoration project, or any other important activity for saving and promoting European film heritage. This time our Swiss and Danish partners, the Lichtspiel - Kinemathek Bern and Det Danske Filminstitut introduce films from their collections.

The EFG newsletter is published biannually during the three-year EFG project duration. The 3rd issue will be out in February 2010.

We hope you enjoy reading!



29 Aug 2009

About EFG

One year after the official start of the EFG project in September 2008, the groundwork is laid for a successful establishment of the EFG web portal, which will eventually give access to some 700.000 digitised texts, images and films kept in European film archives. A major task of the first year's work was the building of the EFG database structure, which will not only allow to collect and harmonise heterogeneous data from the contributing archives but also forms the backbone of the EFG web portal to be launched in summer 2010.

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12 Aug 2009

east european forum

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east european forum
and find financing and support for your creative documentary projects
application deadline: September 11, 2009 ...

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17 Mar 2009

The Europeana Jigsaw

Europeana.eu, Europe’s cultural heritage portal has been launched in November 2008, offering free and fast access to about 3,5 million books, maps, photographs, films, recordings and archival documents. More than 1.000 libraries, museums, archives and audiovisual archives from all across Europe provided digitised items for the virtual library, some of which are world famous, other hidden treasures. But this is just the beginning: Europeana Version 1.0 is being developed and will launch in 2010 with links to about 10 million digital objects.

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14 Feb 2009

MIDAS project (Moving Image Database for Access and Re-use of European Film Collections)

The MIDAS project (Moving Image Database for Access and Re-use of European Film Collections) was initiated in 2006 as a pilot project in the MEDIA Plus programme of the European Commission. It is carried out by 18 institutions dedicated to collecting and preserving film heritage in Europe and coordinated by the Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF e.V. in Frankfurt. ...

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19 Sep 2008

Building the European Film Gateway

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What's new in EFG?

With entering the second project year in September 2009, the focus in EFG shifted from the basic groundwork carried out in the first project year to actual development and implementation tasks in the second and third project year. Today, the contributions of partner archives and the development of the front-end of the web portal is in full swing. All activities aim at making film archival material available via a single access point on the internet.

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In brief

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival, film producers worldwide, represented by FIAPF and European film archives, represented by ACE, signed a framework agreement setting out new arrangements for voluntary deposit of film and film materials in European archives. The new agreement replaces the model contract from 1971.



What’s new in EFG?

In this final phase before the launch of the EFG portal, the last few months were mainly dedicated to ingesting data from the various archives into the EFG database and to building the front-end of the web portal. Efforts are currently concentrating on connecting the back-end with the front-end of the portal, thus finally making the contents of the EFG database searchable online. With an internal beta version of the portal already in place, the following weeks will see the final testing and eventually the public launch of the EFG portal.

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Europeana: The Rhine Release Programme

Over summer and autumn 2010, Europeana.eu is developing from a prototype to a fully operational site in a series of upgrades called the Rhine release programme. Along with several new and improved features on the portal, it will be accompanied by a series of events for both the public and Europeana’s network of partners. A virtual exhibition on the Europeana.eu website will be complementing the events, both tying into the theme of Art Nouveau.

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Welcome to the EFG

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the European Film Gateway! Currently, the portal gives access to about 500,000 film-historical documents, images and films. Discover early shorts by great masters like Rossellini, Antonioni or Carl Theodor Dreyer, rare books and colourful laterna magica slides from the pre-cinema era alongside beautiful film posters and stills illustrating over 100 years of European film history.

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Introducing the Collections

Among the rarities from the early days of cinema viewable on the European Film Gateway are 18 erotic short films from the collections of the Filmarchiv Austria. Previously only available on DVD, this precious collection of films made by the first ever production company in Austria in the 1920s have now been made accessible online for the first time. Cinecitta Luce, on the other hand gives access to the famous and back then innovative newsreel collection “La Settimana Incom”.

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EFG Conferences in Retrospect

In 2011, EFG organised several conferences and workshops on key issues, the film heritage sector is dealing with today. While cataloguers and information specialists met in Frankfurt on 30 May to discuss data quality and semantic interoperability issues, representatives of film archives, rights holder organisations and Europeana came together in Amsterdam to exchange positions on the recently published EU Proposal for a Directive on Certain Permitted Uses of Orphan Works and to talk about rights clearing practices and the handling of orphan works in European film archives. The symposium in Bologna, on the other hand, dealt with the changes and challenges the digital age imposes on film heritage institutions and their users.

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In Brief

From 4 August to 25 September, the Hungarian National Film Archive is showcasing some of the most beautiful film stills and posters from the collections it has made available via the EFG in an exhibition at...

On 14 August, after 1,5 years of extensive reconstruction, the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main, will again open its doors to the public. The museum, which is managed by the Deutsches Filminstitut, now features a completely redesigned permanent exhibition, a modernised cinema and a new educational workshop area with a small film studio.

The Danish Film Institute has added a beautiful section to its website presenting facts on and collections available on the European Film Gateway. To find out more about their collections delivered to EFG, please click here.



    

 
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