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World War One commemoration ceremony of the United Nations with film material from EFG1914

2014-07-08| With a ceremonial event, the United Nations will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 6:30 pm local time, at the UN headquarters in New York. The event will be the only commemoration of WW1 that will bring all the Member States of the United Nations together. A clip with film material digitised by the EFG1914 partners will be shown to several hundred international diplomatic representatives as introduction to the event. European film archives participating in the EFG1914 digitisation project provided the trailer to the UN. It shows original footage from and about WW1, which was digitised with support by the European Commission over the last two years.
Organised by the Permanent Missions of France and Germany, the event commemorates the tragedy of the First World War and sends out a joint message of peace and reconciliation through a speech by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. „We very much appreciate that footage from the valuable films digitised by EFG1914 partners can now be seen on the central commemoration event of the United Nations“, says Claudia Dillmann, Director of the EFG1914 project coordinator Deutsches Filminstitut.
A live webcast of the event will be available 8 July 2014 at 18:30 EDT (0:30 CEST):
Read the official press release here.
Watch the official EFG1914 project trailer and find out more about the project here.


Virtual exhibition "European Film and the First World War"

2014-03-24| On occasion of the current commemorations of World War One, the European Film Gateway is now presenting a virtual exhibition about the history of film during the war years. Users can view ca. 120 clips from historical films as well as selected film posters and other film-related materials, arranged in thematic sections such as "Advertising the war" or "Cameramen at the front". All clips were taken from films that 21 archives from all over Europe have digitised within the framework of the EFG1914 project since 2012.
Through seven key themes the exhibition gives insights into the film history of the First World War: Various sorts, genres and subjects, productions from belligerent and from neutral countries, conventional and experimental works, films promoting the war as well as films opposing it, reflect the full range of film production in the 1910s and its transformations resulting from the war. From each clip a link refers to the full-length film at the European Film Gateway.
Explore the exhibition here: For more information about First World War films available on EFG, please visit:


IDFA 2013 - The First World War: The First War on Screen

2013-11-13| This year’s edition of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (20 November to 1 December 2013) will feature a series of films about World War One. The programme section The First World War: The First War On Screen  was curated by Elif Rongen-Kaynaci (EYE Film Institute), David Barnou from NIOD (Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), and Bert Hogenkamp (Sound and Vision). On this occasion, Elif Rongen- Kaynaci will present Moving tales from the trenches: EFG1914, featuring several films from archives participating in the EFG1914 project.

The documentaries shown in the scope of the programme section are also at 

A Day in the Life of a Munition Worker   [GB 1917]

Friedensverhandlungen in Brest-Litowsk [DE 1918]

Hochseefischerei der Deutschen Marine [DE 1918]

Holland neutraal, de leger- en vlootfilm [The Netherlands 1917]

Lille im dritten Kriegsjahr [DE 1917]

Der Magische Gürtel [DE 1917]

Met onze jongens aan den IJzer [ Belgium, 1928]

Mrs. John Bull Prepared  [GB 1918]


On 24 November 2013 at 10:30, Elif Rongen- Kaynaci will present a special programme Moving tales from the trenches: EFG1914, featuring 12 films from EYE's collection.


More information and the programme schedule are available at the IDFA website.

More information about the EFG1914 project and access to more films from and about the First World War.


Call for Papers: “Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana”

2013-06-17| On 30-31 January 2014, the international conference “Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana” will discuss the new digital offerings around the First World War and Europeana as well as the mediation of history online in 2014. The three EU-funded projects "EFG1914", “Europeana Collections 1914-1918″ and “Europeana 1914-1918” have digitized hundreds of thousands of sources from archives, museums, libraries, and individuals. These will, for the first time ever, be made available to the general public for free via the virtual library Europeana. The two-day conference will be jointly organised by the project co-ordinating institutions Berlin State Library, the Department of History at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF, and the Europeana Foundation. It will address interested scientific audiences and the public.

Deadline for submission of papers is 15 July 2013.

Find more information about the conference here:


New web portal on Lithuanian newsreels launched

2013-06-13| The Lithuanian Central State Archive just launched their new online portal "e-Kinas - Lithuanian documentaries on the Internet" providing free access to several hundreds of videos. E-kinas is the result of a three-year project funded by the EU Structural Funds. The objective of the project is the preservation of Lithuanian documentary heritage through digitisation as well as free access for everyone via the Internet.



Registration open for ARRI ARCHIVE WORKSHOP

2013-04-18| ARRI's annual archive & restoration event will take place at the company's headquarters in Munich on Tuesday, 11th June & Wednesday, 12th June 2013. The workshop will inform about different solutions for dealing with the earliest colour films, specialists from restoration companies will present their current projects and discuss challenges that are faced by the world’s leading archives. Participants will have the opportunity to browse new technologies in ARRI's exhibition hall and enjoy a special and exclusive screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s restored classic "The Lodger".

Registration is now open
Visit ARRI's website for more information on the workshop


Films from and about First World War online

2013-04-18| Since February 2013, the European Film Gateway gives access to a growing number of films from and about World War One that a total of 20 European film archives are currently digitising and making available freely online in the scope of the EU-funded EFG1914 project. The majority of the available films are  non-fiction, but some fictional content can be found as well. By the end of the EFG1914 project in February 2014, 650 hours of WWI-related moving images, formerly unknown to the wider public, will be available via the European Film Gateway.

Visit the European Film Gateway to watch the films currently available

Visit the EFG1914 project website to find out more about the project


Filmoteca Española – New online platform

2013-02-04| EFG1914 partner Filmoteca Española has recently given free online access to the Spanish newsreel NO-DO (Noticiarios y Documentales, 1943 – 1981).  Users can also find a selection of feature films, shorts and documentaries, among them several films related to  First World War, which Filmoteca Española will also contribute to EFG portal. The videos were published in co-operation with Radio Televisión Española – RTVE.


Europeana’s huge cultural dataset opens for re-use

2012-09-12 |Opportunities for apps developers, designers and other digital innovators will be boosted today as the digital portal Europeana opens up its dataset of over 20 million cultural objects for free re-use. This release, also including around 500'000 records from the European Film Gateway portal, is by far the largest one-time dedication of cultural data to the public domain using CC0. It sets an important new international precedent, a decisive move away from the world of closed and controlled data.

Read Europeana's official press release
Visit the Europeana portal
Visit the European Film Gateway


Registration open for "Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives" Conference

2012-07-20 |The international conference "Economies of the Commons 3: Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives" focusing on the challenges and future of archives will take place in Amsterdam on 11 & 12 October 2012. It is announced to be the biggest ‘eCommons’ conference yet with two streams of extraordinary keynotes, presentations, hands-on workshops and plenty of networking. The conference will look at two themes in particular: a) The challenge of large numbers: Digitization and restoration of film, A/V and photography and b) The future of archives: The Economies of Sharing & Sustainable Futures for Digital Archives. Organisers of the conference are the "Images for the Future" project partners The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Nationaal Archief, EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Kennisland.

The full conference programme and the registration form can be found at


Austrian Film Museum Publishes “Kinonedelja – Online Edition”

2012-06-18 |The Austrian Film Museum has recently published its flagship online video project: “Kinonedelja – Online Edition”. 14 of the original 43 issues of the early Soviet newsreel series “Kinonedelja” (Kino-Week) survive in the Austrian Film Museum’s collection. The newsreels, which date from the years 1918 and 1919, are not merely significant for their depiction of life in the young Soviet Russia during the civil war, but also because they represent Dziga Vertov’s first contribution to cinema.

The films were digitised in the scope of the EU-funded EFG1914 project and are available via the European Film Gateway.



EFG1914 - Film digitisation project on First World War launches

2012-03-14 |With EFG1914, a major European co-operation project enters a new phase: Within the last three years (2008-2011), The European Film Gateway (EFG) became a frequently used web portal for finding films and film-related material from the film archives and cinémathèques of Europe, making available more than 500.000 objects to date.

Now, the follow-up project EFG1914 was kicked off. It will digitize up to 650 hours of film from and about World War I, and make the digitized film collections available on the Internet through the EFG Portal  and the European digital library Europeana (

During the 1910s, a considerable amount of film material was produced, covering the events of the Great War. Today, the largest part of this historical material is considered lost: About four fifths of the contemporary film production are estimated to not have survived until today. Many of the preserved films still rest only on analogue film. This enables the archives to effectively preserve the material. However, access to these films still remains a cumbersome and costly task. With the help of EFG1914, this task is now made easy and efficient by digitizing the film material. The films are expected to become available over the next two years, just in time for the 2014 centenary. At the same time, the project serves as a means of facilitating good practices of film digitization and digital preservation by pooling the individual archives’ considerable experience in this field.

Read the full press release
Visit the project website:


Job announcement: Data Co-ordinator

2012-01-19 |Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF e.V. is looking for a DATA COORDINATOR and INGESTION SUPERVISOR working full-time from 1 March 2012 or at the earliest opportunity. As Data Coordinator and Ingestion Supervisor you will be responsible for the organisation and coordination of collections metadata derived from the film digitisation project EFG1914, to be ingested and made available through and The position is available until 14 February 2014, in the first instance.

Interested? - Find more information (in German).


Europeana launches redesign

2011-10-13 |, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive, launched a redesign with new functionality. The new interface has more visual appeal and has been adapted for iPads and Android touchscreens, bringing all the benefits of touch to Europe’s online treasury. The portal's makeover has been shaped by its users, who have helped to create the services they wanted around their cultural heritage. The Europeana portal gives access to currently more than 19 million images, texts, audio files and films from over 1000 European heritage institutions, including film archives.

Read the official press release about the redesign.


“Digital cinema: What Does the Future Hold for Cinematheques?” - International Symposium at La Cinémathèque française

2011-09-06 |On 13 and 14 October, international film makers, technicians, producers, curators and historians will meet in Paris at La Cinémathèque française to discuss the radical transformation from analogue to digital and its effects on the founding missions of cinémathèques (to collect, conserve, restore and show). The speakers will assess the current situation, talk about the lifespan of a film today, techniques in use and their development as well as about recommendations on restoration and conservation of data.

Read the full programme here


European Film Gateway Portal is Online

2011-07-26 | The European Film Gateway portal, which gives access to digital collections of 16 European film archives, is now online. Search through about 400,000 films, images and texts, find hidden treasures from the pre-cinema era till today. Check out beautiful magic lantern slides, rare shorts by famous filmmakers like Antonioni or Carl Th. Dreyer as well as an abundance of film posters and photos. The portal is the result of the EU-funded project named "EFG - The European Film Gateway, which started in September 2008 with 21 partners from 15 European countries. Until the end of the EFG project in August, further collections will be added and are waiting to be discovered. Everything on the EFG is also searchable via

Visit the EFG portal at

Read the full press release.

Find out more about the project behind the EFG portal here.

Go to


Second EUscreen International Conference on Use and Creativity

2011-07-07 | EUscreen, the best practice network for Europe’s television heritage, organizes its Second International Conference on Use and Creativity. The conference takes place in Stockholm on 15 and 16 September 2011. The conference will explore creative approaches to enhance online accessibility of European television heritage.

The goal is to expand methods to reach a wide range of users and to increase their engagement with online heritage materials. The programme consists of two workshops, a plenary session with keynotes and case studies by renowned experts in the field. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. For more information about the conference and to register please go to:
Read the official press release here.


New Video on Demand Platform for Dutch Film and Audiovisual Heritage

2011-04-07 |, the new online streaming platform of the Dutch film and TV heritage institutions, was launched today. Over 650 hours of high quality feature films, documentaries and TV drama are now available for online viewing. The earliest work dates from 1901 and the latest productions were made in 2010. Prices start from 0.99 eurocents for a video. Ximon’s platform automatically adjusts the quality of the video stream, even up to full HD (1080p), depending on the end-users’ bandwidth and local computer power. Initiators EYE Film Institute Netherlands (Film) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (TV) plan to make their whole digitised repository available through Ximon in the next couple of years.



Call for Filmmakers with Mediterranean Projects

2011-03-30 |Storydoc is a training programme with the focus on the development of documentary projects – The Projects wanted should have a strong Mediterranean connection.  The call is open to filmmakers from the Region, other filmmakers with a project that deals with the area as well as to Palestinian and other filmmakers from the region. 20 projects will be selected, plus 5 from Greece and STORYDOC will offer 5 scholarships to the selected projects.

Deadline for submission of projects is April 26.
Find more information here.


World War I in Everyday Documents - Pictures, Letters and Memorabilia Wanted

2011-03-24 | The Europeana project “The First World War in everyday documents” is launched today with a call to the public in Germany to participate in building a digital European archive by contributing private memorabilia from the First World War. Europeana are looking for photographs, letters, diaries, short films, audio recordings, objects and their stories. Following the launch of the project, four roadshows take place in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. The project is a partnership between Europeana, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and Oxford University. People are asked to bring World War 1 memorabilia to the roadshows. They will be digitised professionally and added to the online archive, along with corresponding descriptions. Independently of the roadshows, everyone can contribute their digitised images and information to the website

Here is the video of the campaign:

Otto & Bernard International version from europeana on Vimeo.


Swedish Films Online

2011-02-22 | The Swedish Film Institute and the National Library of Sweden recently launched the new web site, which offers the opportunity to see unique archival moving image material from Sweden that otherwise are rarely accessed. The films available for online viewing are mainly shorts, non-fiction films, news-reels and commercials. They are films that reflect the transformation of Swedish society over the last century. Some 300 films are available at the moment, a figure that will doubled before the end of the year.
Swedish Film Institute
National Library of Sweden


EYE Film Institute Netherlands Launches Website "Instant Cinema"

2011-02-07 | EYE Film Institute Netherlands launched a global platform for experimental and art films with its new website. The goal of the project, initiated by filmmaker and multimedia expert René Daalder, is to make the remarkable works of experimental filmmakers and artists accessible to audiences worldwide. The website features both classics from the experimental genre as well as new films by young filmmakers. Instant Cinema was launched yesterday during the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Visit "Instant Cinema".

Read the full press release here.


Guidelines for Copyright Clearance and IPR Management

2011-02-03 | In order to bring archival materials held in film archives online and giving access to them, rights clearing is one of the central topics tackled by the European Film Gateway (EFG) project. EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam, leader of the work package dedicated to copyright issues in the EFG project, has established Guidelines for Copyright Clearance and IPR Management. The report includes also an overview of legal frameworks in EU countries for the film sector, copyright basics (moral rights vs. exploitation rights, orphan works etc) and guidelines on how to clear rights related to film works.

The EFG project's main aim is to build a single access point to the digital collections of 16 European film archives. The portal will allow to search for pictures, texts and films and will go online in the next few weeks.

The report can be downloaded here.

For comments or questions on the report, please contact:
Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam
Department Legal & Access
Leontien Bout (LeontienBout(at)
Geraldine Vooren (GeraldineVooren(at)

To find out more about the European Film Gateway go here.

Cineteca di Bologna Launches CINESTORE

2011-02-03 | Videos and photos from the diverse collections of the Cinteca di Bologna as well as books and DVD editions published by the Cineteca are now available online. The amount of materials offered by CINESTORE will increase periodically. An English version of the website is coming soon.


Danish Film History online

2011-02-03 | The Danish Film Institut in Copenhagen published an English version of Peter Schepelern’s cruise through Danish Film History from 1896 to 2009. Decade by decade, readers can discover all tendencies and genres, from escapism to social realism, from family comedies to the Dogme film, from mainstream to avant-garde, from action flicks to documentaries.



Highlights from the Archives

filmarchives online is regularly introducing highlights from the collections of its partner institutions.