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Film archives and their users in the 'Second Century' Risks and benefits of the transition to digital

Date: 30 June (full day) & 1 July 2011 (half day)
Location: Auditorium DMS, Via Azzo Gardino 65, 40122 Bologna, in the framework of the Cinema Ritrovato Festival

Organisers: Cineteca di Bologna and Deutsches Filminstitut DIF in the framework of the "EFG European Film Gateway" project

Registration to the symposium is now closed.

With the arrival of digital technologies, the second century of cinema has brought a paradigm shift which confronts the film archives and cinémathèques as keepers of the film heritage with unprecedented challenges and opportunities. The symposium intends to look at the consequences of the transition from analogue to digital by looking at the self-perception of the archives, their relationship with their users as well as the implications of this paradigm shift for their daily work.
The discussion of the technological, legal, financial and organisational issues that come with this transition is already subject to many conferences, symposia and panels. In the European Film Gateway project, the 16 participating film archives and cinémathèques are directly confronted with many of these issues.
International speakers include filmmakers, archivists, researchers and historians. The symposium will be divided into the following 4  preliminary sessions:

  • Archives’ strategies and policies at the turn of the digital era. Some unsolved challenges.
    A general approach
  • Using the archives. Users of the archives.
    The transition seen from the users’ point of view
  • How archives use the web / Publishing online
    Archives speak about their experiences
  • A look into EFG and Europeana: Partner archives present their collections.
    Presentation of the EFG portal and Europeana as well as selected collections from the contributing partners

Attendance to the symposium is open and free of charge.

Should you have problems registering or need further information
please contact:

Julia Welter
Phone: +49 (0)69 961 220 403

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