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Register Now for ‘Screening the Future 2011’

2010-12-17 | PrestoCentre, a new, self-sustaining organisation continuing the work of the Presto projects, will launch at its first European conference in Amsterdam on 14 -15 March 2011. “Screening the Future – New Strategies and Challenges in Audiovisual Archiving” aims to connect AV archives, service providers, vendors, funders, policymakers, and educators by tackling some of today’s most urgent issues such as digital preservation strategies and technologies, funding mechanisms and policy making.

For programme details and registration please visit


Digitising the First World War Recollections

2010-12-17 | Europeana is working with die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and the Great War Archive at Oxford University to create an archive of stories from the different sides of the First World War. One of the objectives for the alliance is to bring important User Generated Content into Europeana; another is to begin to co-ordinate information in advance of the centenary of the 1914-18 conflict.

Read the press release here.


The European Commission Continues to Put Much Value upon Europeana

2010-11-25 |The European Commission issued a press-release on 18 November 2010 in respect of Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda acknowledged the value of the on-line digital collection now containing 14 million objects from Europe’s cultural institutions. Further contributions were welcomed to ensure full representation of European cultural heritage.

Please read the press-release.


"Rescue the Hitchcock 9" - The British Film Institute seeks Support

2010-07-23 | Curators of the BFI National Archive have identified a collection of films in desperate need of restoration with nine of Alfred Hitchcock's early silent films being the first to seek rescue through the Support the BFI campaign. They have launched a campaign for collecting funds through their web site:


Digital Agenda: European film heritage – will it be there for future generations?

2010-07-06 |A report published today by the European Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate General sounds the alarm over the survival of Europe's film heritage. 80% of silent films are estimated to have been lost already but even new digital era films are at risk. Although the digital era provides new means of making and presenting films, it also imposes new challenges to the traditional ways of collecting and preserving films. Digital technologies are constantly evolving and what seems cutting-edge today may be obsolete in 2020 as cassette tapes or video recorders are already today. Film heritage institutions need to keep up, take up and advance new technologies to preserve Europe's films.

The report released today, compiled by the Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate General, stresses that Europe's film heritage institutions should take a new approach to the way they safeguard and provide access to Europe's film heritage. The traditional model - conserving fragile film materials in sealed boxes in vaults - cannot guarantee their preservation for posterity or accessibility. The report suggests that in the digital age, a new access model is needed so that future film makers and audiences can continue to enjoy European film culture.

The results presented in this report are only a first evaluation of the challenges and opportunities of the digital era for European film heritage. The Commission has launched an independent study, which will look in further detail into this issue. After reviewing the results of the study, the Commission will consider whether a revision of the Film Heritage Recommendation could be an appropriate means of addressing this issue.

Read the report and the official press release here.


ACE Elects New Executive Committee

2010-07-06 |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. New members of the EC are Thomas Christensen (Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen), Sandra den Hamer (Eye Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam), Tadeusz Kowalski (Filmoteka Narodowa, Warszaw), Mikko Kuutti (National Audiovisual Archive, Helsinki). Re-elected were Claudia Dillmann (Deutsches Filminstitut -DIF, Frankfurt), Gian Luca Farinelli (Cineteca del Comune di Bologna), Mimi Gjorgoska-Illievska (Kinoteka na Makedonija, Skopje), Maria Komninos (Greek Film Archive, Athens), and Dinko Tucakovic (Yugoslovenska Kinoteka, Belgrade).

Claudia Dillmann, director of the Deutsches Filminstitut, was reappointed President and new Treasurer of ACE. The office of the Secretary General is held by Thomas Christensen, curator at the Danish Film Institute.

Learn more about ACE here.


Assessment of the Orphan works issue and Costs for Rights Clearance

2010-06-30 |The European Commission recently assessed the orphan works issue and costs of rights clearance on the basis of the replies to a questionnaire sent to a number of cultural institutions or organisations from all sectors. The survey was held in the context of the Digital Libraries initiative, based on the fact that for digitisation and online accessibility of cultural content appropriate measures are needed to deal with orphan works i.e. material still in-copyright but whose right holders cannot be identified or located. The assessment is a fact-finding exercise and does not prejudge of the outcome of the Commission's work in this area.

Read the full report here.

Learn more about the Digital Libraries Initiative here.


Study on "Challenges of the digital era for film heritage institutions"

2010-06-28 | The European Commission has launched a call for tenders in order conduct a study on the "Challenges of the digital era for film heritage institutions". The call for tenders is published in the  OJ 2010/S 108-163209 of 05/06/2010. The aim of the study is to provide a detailed description of the challenges that film heritage institutions are facing in relation to all areas of their activities, as well as the opportunities that digital technologies offer. The deadline for receipt of tenders is 1 September 2010 at 4 p.m..

All tender documents can be found at

A summary of the objectives and the methodology of the study is available here.



New website on Carl Theodor Dreyer online

2010-06-20 | In May the Danish Film Institute, a partner in the European Film Gateway project, launched a new website about Carl Theodor Dreyer and his work. Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968) is regarded as one of the international cinema's giants. The website offers a rich collection of original material and fresh perspectives contributed by Danish and international advocates of the filmmaker's legacy.

The website is available here.


Europeana publishes White Paper

2010-06-02 | Europeana's first White Paper looks at the key role linked data will play in Europeana's development and in helping Europe's citizens make connections between existing knowledge to achieve new cultural and scientific developments. is a website that links you to cultural and scientific material from Europe’s libraries, museums, audio-visual collections and archives. Launched as a prototype in November 2008, it offers access to over 7 million digitised items. Europeana’s fully operational service will launch later in 2010, giving access to 10 million items. Without linked data, Europeana could be seen as a simple collection of digital objects. With linked data, the potential is far greater, as the author of the white paper, Prof. Stefan Gradmann, explains.

Read the White Paper here.


Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet

2010-05-31 | On 3 May, 2010 the Lithuanian Central State Archive, a data contributor of filmarchives online and partner in the current EFG - The European Film Gateway project, started implementation of a 30-months project called "Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet". The archive has received support of about 2.8 million for this project from EU Structural Funds. The objective of the project is the preservation of Lithuanian documentary heritage by digitisation as well as its accessibility for everyone via the Internet. It is expected that the project will digitize and transfer to the Internet 1000 titles of Lithuanian documentaries, created in the period between 1919-1960.

Find more information here.


East Silver Market / Call for submissions 2010

2010-04-21 | The 7th edition of East Silver documentary market specialized in Eastern and Central European documentary is now open for submission. Interested filmmakers can submit their films to the biggest internationally recognized database of creative feature and television documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. The call is for completed documentaries produced 2009 – 2010 with English subtitles or with English voiceover. Submissions deadline is 31st of July 2010.

For more information and an online entry form visit:


WCF Initiates Restoration of Film From Hungarian National Film Archive

2010-03-28 |One of the latest restoration projects initiated by Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation (WCF) is devoted to an early work of Hungarian-American filmmaker André de Toth, 'Two Girls in the Street' ('Két Lány Az Utcán') from 1939. While the Foundation will bear all costs for the restoration and preservation of 'Two Girls in the Street', the actual work will be carried out by the Cineteca di Bologna's L'Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, official restoration partner of the WCF. After the restoration is completed, the Hungarian National Film Archive will receive a brand new 35mm copy later this year. Both, the Cineteca di Bologna as well as the Hungarian National Film Archive are making available parts of their holding's catalogue information available via filmarchives online. Scorsese established the World Cinema Foundation together with other distinguished international filmmakers in 2007 to call attention to the global cause of film preservation and to preserve and restore neglected films from around the world - but in particular from countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia, which often lack the financial and technical ability to do so.

For further information on the WCF, please visit


Virtual exhibition "A Roma Journey" now online

2010-03-08 |This week The European Library launched a new virtual exhibition called "A Roma Journey". It provides content about Roma’s rich cultural heritage across Europe; you can view a unique collection of full-text books, rare manuscripts, photographs, paintings, sound recordings and videos from the world of the Roma. Rarities on offer include the first ever dictionary written in Romani-Serbian-German in a concentration camp during WWII, traditional songs and tales, and letters exploring the experiences of a Roma family in Scandinavia.

Visit A Roma Journey

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Produzenten und Filmarchive einigen sich auf Neuregelung der freiwilligen Hinterlegung von Filmen in Europäischen Archiven

Anlässlich der 60. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin haben Filmproduzenten weltweit, vertreten durch die FIAPF, und Europäische Filmarchive, vertreten durch ACE, eine Rahmenvereinbarung zur Neuregelung der freiwilligen Hinterlegung von Filmen und filmbegleitenden Materialen in Europäischen Archiven unterzeichnet.
Ziel der neuen Vereinbarung ist es, den FIAPF Modelvertrag von 1971 zu aktualisieren und ihn an eine digitale Medienlandschaft sowie an die Erweiterung der Europäischen Union anzupassen. Die Rahmenvereinbarung dient als Referenz für die freiwillige Hinterlegung von Filmen und wird durch einen Modelvertrag für bilaterale Verhandlungen zwischen dem Hinterleger und dem jeweiligen Filmarchiv ergänzt. Die Verhandlungen der beiden Organisationen wurden unterstützt von der Europäischen Kommission, Bereich Audiovisuelle- und Medienpolitik.
ACE-Präsidentin Claudia Dillmann und FIAPF-Präsident Luis Alberto Scalella begrüßen die Vereinbarung als weitere Konsolidierung der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Produzenten und Filmarchiven, die zudem die Arbeit der Filmarchive wesentlich besser unterstützt als der FIAPF-Modellvertrag von 1971.

Der Modellvertrag kann auf den folgenden Seiten heruntergeladen werden:


Dutch Film Organisations merge into Eye Film Institute Netherlands

2010-01-31 |On 31 December 2009, the Netherlands Filmmuseum (which contributes data to filmarchives online), Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education (NIF), and the Filmbank pooled their resources to form a new organisation – the eye Film Institute Netherlands. With this merger, the Dutch film world has gained a sector-wide umbrella institute that works to support national cinema culture.

The establishment of eye was initiated by Education, Culture and Science Minister Ronald Plasterk, whose aim was to unite the sector in a nationwide institute, comparable to national sector institutes such as the Netherlands Music Center, the Netherlands Theater Institute (TIN) or, on international level, to colleague institutions such as the Danish Film Institute. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has promised to support the new institute, which is managed by former Filmmuseum director Sandra den Hamer, with € 350,000.

Eye’s ambitions go beyond the original responsibilities of the participating organisations in the field of film archiving, presentation, distribution, education, and promotion. Eye will develop initiatives to stimulate the Dutch cinema climate, becoming the face of Dutch cinema both at home as well as abroad and functioning as ambassador of national film culture.

In 2011 eye will move to its new headquarters (4 screens and 1,200 m² of exhibition space) in the Overhoeks neighbourhood, located across Amsterdam Harbour.

For more information please visit



Publication "Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums"

2009-12-23 | Digital communications technologies have led to fundamental changes in the ways that cultural institutions fulfil their public missions of access, preservation, research, and education. Institutions are developing publicly-accessible websites in which users can visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitization, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. "Copyright and Digitization" aims to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law across libraries, archives and museums. It discusses the exclusive rights of copyright owners, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of risk assessment when conducting any digitization project. It also includes two cases studies, examining digitizing oral histories and student work.

The publication by Peter B Hirtle, Emily Hudson and Andrew T Kenyon is available for free download at


Read about Europeana from the US perspective

2009-12-23 | In her article, Ricky Erway of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) provides a detailed and highly insightful outsider’s view on the Europeana project. Erway looks at Europeana from many vantage points: mandate and funding; branding and public relations; learning from others; aggregation; cooperation; content; rights; metadata; technology; access; user feedback; and sustainability – offering valuable advice for the Europeana community in doing so. Erway’s observations were originally presented during the LIBER/EBLIDA digitisation workshop in October and have now been published in the recent edition of LIBER Quarterly, the Journal of European Research Libraries.

A selection of the data collected in filmarchives online will be contributed to Europeana by summer 2010.

Find the complete article here:


Europeana receives Eramus Award for Networking Europe

2009-10-19 | At the Erasmus EuroMedia Awards 2009 ceremony at the City Hall in Vienna on 16 October 2009, was awarded the Erasmus Award for Networking Europe. The jury selected 3 Erasmus awards from 62 nominations out of around 230 applications. The award is given by the European Society for Education and Communication. All 62 nominees were also awarded the Erasmus Seal of Approval for excellent quality and educational value. The prize is a strong endorsement for Europeana, given by an objective international jury from the world of learning and research. To win the award, Europeana had to prepare an application showing how Europeana fitted criteria relating to the promotion of understanding and learning in Europe, and provide a short demo. Max Kaiser from the National Library of Austria and co-ordinator of EuropeanaConnect attended the awards ceremony and delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Europeana. filmarchives online will contribute data and content beginning of next year to the Europeana web portal via the the project EFG - The European Film Gateway, which is currently working towards a web portal where film archives and cinèmathèques will give access to digitised materials (text, image, sound, moving image) from their collections.



Draft European Standard for Cinematographic Works

2009-09-18 |The CEN (Centre Européen de Normalisation) enquiry on the second of the European standards mandated by the Commission 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. The CEN Technical Committee (CEN/TC 372) responsible for this standard is meeting on 29/30 October in Frankfurt in order finalise the draft standard for its submission to the "formal vote" and final adoption.

The project "EFG - The European Film Gateway" has decided to use the future EN 15907 as a part of their semantic interoperability strategy for filmographic records.

More information:


Registrierung für die Joint BAAC (Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council) and LCSA (Lithuanian Central State Archive) Annual Conference 2009 ist jetzt möglich

2009-07-28 |Unter dem Titel "Aggregation and Management of Audiovisual Content in the Digital Space" widmet sich die diesjährige Auflage der Konferenz der Sichtbarkeit des baltischen Kulturerbes in digitaler Umgebung. Erfahrungen sollen ausgetauscht und die Zusammenarbeiten mit anderen nationalen und europäischen Projekten gefördert werden. Die Konferenz findet vom 4.-7. Oktober in Vilnius, Litauen statt und wird vom Litauischen Staatsarchiv sowie dem Institut für Bibliothekswesen und Informationswissenschaft der Universität von Vilnius ausgerichtet.

Noch bis 4. September 2009 gibt es einen Frühanmelderrabatt.

Das Registrierungsformular, das vorläufige Programm sowie weitere Informationen finden Sie unter


Rahmenvertrag zwischen ACE und FIAPF zur freiwilligen Hinterlegung in europäischen Filmarchiven

2009-07-09 | Die Mitglieder der Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) stimmten auf ihrer Generalversammlung in Bologna am 1. Juli 2009 dem Rahmenvertrag zwischen ACE und FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) zur freiwilligen Hinterlegung von Filmen in europäischen Filmarchiven zu. Der Rahmenvertrag wurde im Mai 2009 bereits von den Mitgliedern der FIAPF angenommen. Das EU Generaldirektorat Informationsgesellschaft und Medien unterstützte die langjährigen Verhandlungen zwischen den beiden Parteien. Der vorliegende Rahmenvertrag soll ein älteres FIAPF Vertragswerk aus dem Jahr 1971 ersetzen und die veränderten Bedingungen, etwa Digitalisierung und die EU-Erweiterung, berücksichtigen. Der Vertrag ist nicht bindend, sondern soll den Mitgliedern beider Organisationen als Referenz dienen. Eine ergänzende Rahmenvereinbarung für bilaterale Verhandlungen ist in Vorbereitung. Der Rahmenvertrag regelt u.a. die Bedingungen der Hinterlegung, die Verantwortlichkeiten in den Bereichen Sicherung und Restaurierung, den Zugang und die Nutzung der Filme sowie den dauerhaften Abzugs des Materials durch den Rechteinhaber.

>> Framework_Agreement_090701 (Englische Version)



BFI seeks Project Manager

2009-06-17 | The British Film Institute is seeking a Project Manager to ensure the successful delivery of a new Collections Management System for the BFI National Archive - one of the world's most renowned film and television heritage Collections.

>>Official job advertisement (Note: Deadline for applications has passed beginning of July)


Tagung: "Ist der Dokumentarfilm noch zu retten? Digitale Herausforderungen seiner Archivierung"

2009-03-23 | Am 22. und 23. April 2009 veranstaltet das Haus des Dokumentarfilms in Stuttgart eine Tagung zum Thema „Ist der Dokumentarfilm noch zu retten? Digitale Herausforderungen seiner Archivierung“, die den produktiven Dialog zwischen Film- und Fernseharchiven, Regisseuren und Produzenten ermöglichen soll. Die Teilnahmegebühr beträgt 50,- / ermäßigt 30,- Euro.

Weitere Informationen und Tagungsprogramm:


Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum:
The Rescue of "Hyppolit, the Butler"

2009-03-11 | Shot and premiered in 1931, "Hyppolit, the Butler", an immortal piece of Hungarian film history, reaping success in Hungary and abroad over decades, has been restored and saved for posterity with the support of the Hungarian Development Bank.

Directed by István Székely, "Hyppolit, the Butler" is an evergreen of Hungarian film history. After almost a decade of it’s completion in July 1945 it was played again in the movies. The 25th anniversary of Hungarian sound film was celebrated by its revival in October 1956. The next return was on 8 June 1972: In that year more than one million people saw it. Each time it was revived, the success was the same. According to the 1980 statistic data of Mokép, "Hyppolit" had attracted more than three and a half million viewers after its revival in 1956. In the 77 years since its making it lost nothing of its appeal, it has remained an unfading favorite of the Hungarian public. Its significance in Hungarian film culture is equivalent to the place of Mihály Kertész’s film "Casablanca" in global film culture.

Recorded on flammable nitro raw material, the sound and picture negative has luckily survived in the collection of the Hungarian National Film Archive. But in the almost eighty years since the shooting it has shrunk as badly as to become unsuitable for any copying by the traditional contact technology.

The Hungarian National Film Archive has restored the film with the support of the Hungarian Development Bank. The Hungarian Film Laboratory performed the digitzation and restoration of the motion picture material, and the Hungarian Film Archive carried out the digital cleaning of the sound. The restored picture and sound negative as well as a copy were generated in the Hungarian Film Laboratory.


Laterna-Magica-Bilder online verfügbar

2009-02-06 | Die Cinémathèque Française verfügt über eine Sammlung von 17.000 Laterna-Magica-Bildern, die zwischen dem 18. Jahrhundert und 1920 entstanden sind. Auf der Website kann nun eine Auswahl dieser Bilder online angesehen werden. Seit 1936 haben Archivisten der Cinémathèque sowie private Sammler – darunter der Will Day, einer der ersten Filmhistoriker – diesen außergewöhnlichen Bestand zusammengetragen. Durch Spenden, weitere Zukäufe und eine Finanzierung seitens der Fondation Electricité de France kann die Sammlung weiterhin vergrößert werden. Die Entscheidung, das Material zu restaurieren, zu digitalisieren und online verfügbar zu machen, hängt auch mit dem fragilen Zustand der Glasbilder zusammen. Die Digitalisierungsarbeiten wurden vom französischen Kultusministerium unterstützt. Inzwischen sind zwei Teilsammlungen online: Die Serie „Life Models“ mit eingefärbte Fotografien sowie der Bestand großformatiger handgemalter Bilder der Royal Polytechnic Institution. Die Website wird nach und nach um weitere Bestände ergänzt, zunächst um die Sammlung „Lapierre“ im Herbst 2009.


filmarchives online Pressemitteilung

2009-01-27 | Ein wegweisendes Projekt wurde im Januar 2009 erfolgreich zum Abschluss gebracht: Vor drei Jahren stellte sich das EU-geförderte Projekt MIDAS der Herausforderung, Bestandsinformationen von 18 Filmarchiven aus ganz Europa zusammenzuführen und zentral online zugänglich zu machen. Jetzt ist das einmalige Vorhaben geschafft. Bislang können rund 25.000 Filmwerke schnell und direkt im Internet recherchiert werden. Und das Portal wächst weiter: Informationen, Bilder und auch digitalisierte Filme werden nach und nach hinzugefügt, und weitere Archive können sich anschließen...

vollständige Pressemitteilung


Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg sucht ArchivleiterIn

2009-01-08 | zur Stellenausschreibung ...


filmarchives online Screening in Thessaloniki

2008-11-17 | Eine weitere Vorführung des filmarchives online-Kurzfilmprogramms "Scenes from Europe's Urban Past" wird am 20. November im Rahmen des 49. Thessaloniki International Film Festival stattfinden, Griechenlands größtem Filmfestival. Beginn der Vorführung ist um 13 Uhr im Olympion (Aristotelous Square 10, Raum Pavlos Zannas). Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie dort begrüßen zu können!

Thessaloniki International Film Festival


Aufbau des europäischen Filmportals beginnt

EFG Logo

2008-06-23 | Bei einem sogenannten Kick-Off Meeting, das vom 21. bis 23. September in Frankfurt stattfindet, fällt der offizielle Startschuss für den Aufbau des europäischen Filmportals. 20 Partner, darunter 15 Filmarchive und -museen haben sich zusammengefunden, um über Institutionen und Ländergrenzen hinweg einen zentralen Zugangspunkt zum europäischen Filmerbe im Internet zu schaffen. Das Deutsche Filminstitut – DIF koordiniert das vom EU-Programm eContentplus geförderte Projekt EFG - The European Film Gateway. Am Ende der dreijährigen Projektdauer im Jahr 2011 soll all jenen, die sich für den Film und seine Geschichte in Europa interessieren, über 700.000 Fotos, Plakate, Text- und Tondokumente und natürlich auch Filme bzw. -Filmausschnitte zur Verfügung stehen. Das Internet-Portal wird 2010 erstmals freigeschaltet.

zur Pressemitteilung

zur Projektwebsite


Neue Bestandsdaten verfügbar

2008-06-25 | Die Erweiterung der filmarchives online-Datenbank macht kontinuierlich Fortschritte. In den letzten Wochen wurden Bestandsinformationen der folgenden Institutionen hinzugefügt: Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Brüssel), Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen (Berlin), Fondazione Cineteca Italiana (Mailand), IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH (Göttingen), LICHTSPIEL - Kinemathek Bern, Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum (Budapest) und Tainiothiki tis Ellados (Athen). Insgesamt sind nun Informationen zu mehr als 20.000 Filmwerken verfügbar. Zur Zeit wird die Einbindung weiterer Daten vorbereitet.


mehr über die von den Archiven beigetragenen Bestände



filmarchives online Kurzfilmprogramm:
"Scenes from Europe's Urban Past"


2008-06-27 | Im Rahmen des "Il Cinema Rotrovato"-Festivals präsentieren wir am 3. Juli ein Kurzfilmprogramm in Bologna. Dabei werden insgesamt 14 zwischen 1909 und 1978 entstandene Filme gezeigt, die urbanes Leben in Europa im 20. Jahrhundert aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erkunden. Die Filme wurden von den an filmarchives online beteiligten Archiven bereit gestellt. Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie in Bologna begrüßen zu können!

Programm herunterladen


Demoversion von online

2008-02-20 | Das Webportal der European Digital Library, Europeana benannt, wird den Zugang zu Millionen von digitalisierten Materialien aus den Archiven, Museen, Bibliotheken und audiovisuellen Sammlungen Europas über eine Internet-Adresse ermöglichen. Eine Demoversion des Portals ist jetzt online. Interessierte Nutzer können an einer Umfrage teilnehmen und haben so die Möglichkeit ein iPhone zu gewinnen.

Die Demoversion von europeana finden Sie unter
Die aktuelle Pressemitteilung finden Sie hier.


filmarchives online bei den Internationalen Filmfestspielen Berlin

2008-02-05 | Bei den 58. Internationalen Filmfestspielen Berlin (07.-17.02.) wird filmarchives online erneut im Rahmen des European Film Market vertreten und ansprechbar sein. Dabei wird sich filmarchives online gemeinsam mit weiteren Projekten auf dem Umbrella Stand des MEDIA Programms der Europäischen Kommission präsentieren. Der Umbrella Stand befindet sich im Lichthof des Martin-Gropius-Baus (Niederkirchnerstr. 7). Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie im Rahmen eines der größten und bedeutendsten Film-Festivals der Welt begrüßen zu dürfen!

Berlinale 2008


European Digital Library Foundation welcomed by the Commissioner


2007-11-28 | Yesterday, the European Commission endorsed the work of the European Digital Library Foundation when high level EC officials met members for the formal handover of their statutes. "Europe's citizens should all be able to enjoy our rich cultural heritage. This Foundation is a significant step towards making that ambition come true," Commissioner Viviane Reding, responsible for Information Society and Media commented. "It shows the commitment of Europe's cultural institutions to work together to make their collections available and searchable by the public through a common and multilingual access point online."

Foundation members include the key European heritage and information associations. Their statutes commit members to work in partnership to:


  • Provide access to Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage though a cross-domain portal


  • Co-operate in the delivery and sustainability of the joint portal


  • Stimulate initiatives to bring together existing digital content


  • Support digitisation of Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage



The European digital library is developing its prototype site for launch next year. To coincide with the formal handover to the Commissioner, the Foundation announced the CITY as the first of the site’s themes.

The CITY is a broad theme that will enable the prototype site to show the European urban experience from several perspectives. Emerging ideas include:


  • cities of the future/cities of the past


  • migration and diaspora


  • trade and industry


  • design, shopping and urban cool


  • pox, cholera and the plague: the route to urban health


  • archaeology and architecture


  • utopias and cities of the imagination


  • riot and disorder


  • palaces and politics

The digital library project is gathering digitised content from European archives, museums, audio-visual collections and libraries. It will use maps, artefacts, photos, sound, film material, books, archival records and artworks to explore two millennia of connectivity between Europe’s cities.

Dr Wim van Drimmelen, foundation member and Director of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the Netherlands, which hosts the European digital library initiative, said, "archives, museums, audio-visual collections and libraries are collaborating in order to guarantee that their resources can be brought together in a virtual world, regardless of where the original is held. It’s what users expect. However, the benefits are not just for the users. The development work is providing an excellent forum for knowledge transfer between the domains, which increases our collective ability to respond to changing user needs and remain relevant in the fast-moving digital environment."

More information about the European digital library can be found here.



search plugin verfügbar

2007-10-26 | Auch für filmarchives online gibt es nun ein search plugin, das einen direkten Zugang zur Suchfunktion über die Suchleiste von Webbrowsern wie Firefox oder Opera ermöglicht. Diese nützliche Funktion kann hier installiert werden:

search plugin installieren


Tag des audiovisuellen Erbes

2007-10-26 | Am 27. Oktober 1980 wurde von der UNESCO die "Empfehlung zum Schutz und der Erhaltung bewegter Bilder" in Belgrad herausgegeben. Der 27. Oktober wird daher zukünftig als "Tag des audiovisuellen Erbes" gefeiert, mit dem Ziel, das audiovisuelle Kulturerbe stärker in das öffentliche Bewusstsein zu bringen und auf die Notwendigkeit hinzuweisen, es zu schützen. Filmarchiven wird die Möglichkeit gegeben, die unterschiedlichen Arbeitsgebiete einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit vorzustellen.

Eine Übersicht der Veranstaltungen der teilnehmenden ACE Mitglieder finden Sie hier (englischsprachig):


filmarchives online beim Venice International Film Festival

2007-08-01 | Im Rahmen der 64. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia präsentiert sich filmarchives online mit einem Stand im “Movie Village” (Lido di Venezia, 29.08.-08.09.2007). Das “Movie Village” bietet Besucher/inne/n direkt vor dem Palazzo del Cinema die Möglichkeit, sich zu informieren, auszuruhen und zu verpflegen. Die 1932 ins Leben gerufenen Filmfestspiele von Venedig sind das älteste und eines der renommiertesten Festivals weltweit. Die Festspiele sind Teil der Biennale di Venezia, einer bedeutenden Ausstellung zeitgenössischer Kunst. Wir freuen uns darauf, Sie an unserem Stand begrüßen zu dürfen!

La Biennale di Venezia