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22 Jun 2011

EFG Symposium in Bologna

The symposium “Film archives and their users in the 'Second Century' – Risks and benefits of the transition to digital“ is hosted by the Cineteca di Bologna on 30 June - 1 July 2011 . ...

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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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27 Jan 2011

EFG Project Shares Experience of Copyright Issues

In order to bring archival materials held in film archives online and giving access to them, rights clearing is a central topic in the framework of the EFG project. EYE Film Institute, EFG project partner, has established Guidelines for Copyright Clearance and IPR Management. ...

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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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06 Jul 2010

New Executive Committee of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE)

During the Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival in Bologna, on 1 July 2010, the General Assembly of the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) elected a new Executive Committee for the term 2010-2012. ...

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25 Feb 2010

Producers and Film Archives Sign Framework Agreement for Voluntary Deposit of Films in European Archives

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival, Claudia Dillmann, President of ACE and Luis Alberto Scalella, President of FIAPF, signed a framework agreement setting out new arrangements for voluntary deposit of films and film related materials in preservation archives. ...

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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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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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29 Aug 2009

Framework Agreement Between ACE and FIAPF for Voluntary Deposit of Films

A breakthrough has been reached in the longstanding negotiations between ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) and FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Film) on a framework agreement for voluntary deposit. Both organisations approved the document at their General Assemblies in May and July 2009.

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29 Aug 2009

In Brief

By May 11th 2009, EFG partner Istituto Luce, Europe's oldest public film company founded in 1924, has undergone a merger by incorporation into Cinecittà Holding (Rome), giving thus birth to the public company Cinecittà Luce S.p.A.

The Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankurt am Main, administered by the Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF e.V., will close its doors at the end of 2009 due to full-scale reconstructions. With only the historic facades remaining unchanged, the new Filmmuseum is expected to reopen in April 2011 with more exhibition space, a modernised cinema and an entirely new permanent exhibition.

Now available in the outcomes section on the EFG website is the essay “On the History and Function of Film Archives” by Thomas Ballhausen, researcher at the Filmarchiv Austria.



17 Mar 2009

About EFG

Aim of the EFG project is to build a web portal with direct access to over 700.000 objects including films, photos, posters, drawings, sound and text material. The project started with an inaugural meeting on 21 September 2008 bringing together representatives from the 20 partner institutions, including 14 film archives and cinémathèques of the EFG consortium. Working groups were formed to tackle the main challenges of the three year project:

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17 Mar 2009

Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School
19 May to 17 July 2009

The Film Restoration Summer School 2009 is dedicated to train staff working in film archives and students in restoration and preservation of film heritage. Cineteca del Comune di Bologna has designed the training programme in cooperation with the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) and the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF).

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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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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.



From the Archives

Národní Filmový Archiv:
First Special Collection DVD Awarded at II Cinema Ritrovato

The National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague has recently released the first title of a DVD edition, presenting less famous or forgotten film works along with an extensive set of bonus archival material. The diligently compiled DVD featuring ”Marijka the Unfaithful”, Vladislav Vančura’s courageous attempt of a realistic depiction of life in the remote region of Subcarpathian Ruthenia in the 1930s, was awarded as “Best rediscovery of a forgotten film” at this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna.

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In Brief

In November 2009, ACE conducted a survey on orphan works to better estimate the dimension of orphan films held in its member archives. The results showed that from a total number of 1 million films, 12 % (approx. 129.000) are orphan works, while the presumed number is even higher (21%, approx. 225.000). The findings were included in the 'Assessment of the orphan works issue and costs of rights clearance', published by the DG Information Society and Media in May 2010.

EFG will be presented at the Belgian EU Presidency Conference 'Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century', taking place in Ghent, Belgium on 13-14 October 2010. While project coordinator Georg Eckes is going to report how EFG is approaching the issues of data quality and interoperability as well as the conclusion of agreements on the use of metadata, Claudia Dillmann, ACE President and director of Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF, will speak of the challenges and opportunities of digitisation for film archives.

From 25 - 27 October 2010, the first out of four CEN/TC 372 Cinematographic Works workshops, dealing with the use of the European standards on the interoperability of film databases, will take place at Cineteca Nazionale in Rome, Italy. The workshops aim at familiarizing film archivists and experts from the AV heritage sector with recent developments in the field of filmographic data, with the focus lying on the new two-part metadata standard developed by CEN. Further workshops promoting the use of the Cinematographic Works Standard are planned to be held in Copenhagen (April 2011), Prague (May 2011) and Paris (June 2011).

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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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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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