EFG newsletter

Issue no. 4

September 2010

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Table of Contents

  • What's new in EFG?
  • Europeana: The Rhine Release Programme
  • EC Report on Film Heritage in Europe
  • From the Archives
  • In Brief
  • Upcoming Events
  • Contact
  • What’s new in EFG?

    Design draft of the EFG Portal start page / Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF

    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.


    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.


    EC Report on Film Heritage in Europe

    On 6 July 2010, the European Commission released the Second Implementation Report of the Film Heritage Recommendation. The Recommendation, adopted on 16 November 2005 by the EU Parliament and the Council, encourages Member States in establishing a long-term strategy for their national film heritage and identifies several fields of actions for safeguarding and promoting Europe’s film heritage. The new Report covers the issue of the digital turn and the question of how Members States deal with the transition from the analogue to the digital era.


    From the Archives

    Still from "Marijka the Unfaithful" (Vladislav Vančura, CZ 1934) / Národní filmový archiv

    Národní Filmový Archiv:
    First Special Collection DVD Awarded at Il 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.


    Screening card for “Wenn einer eine Reise tut“ / COLLATE

    Unique Collection of Censorship Material Back Online


    More than 16.500 digitised film-censorship related documents from Austria, Czechoslovakia and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s are now available in a specially created online repository, which will become searchable and accessible via the EFG and Europeana portal later this year. This unique collection, originally assembled some years ago in the framework of the EU-project COLLATE, features e.g. censorship cards, contemporary press articles as well as title and dialogue lists. The documents do not only illustrate well-known cases of censorship such as “Battleship Potemkin” or “All Quiet on the Western Front” but also provide valuable information about less famous films or film works that are now considered lost.



    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 interoperability 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).

    Upcoming Events

    30 September -1 October: EFG Plenary Board Meeting, Frankfurt, Germany


    4 - 5 October: Conference of German Europeana Aggregators “Deutsches Kulturerbe auf dem Weg in die Europeana“, Berlin, Germany


    6 - 8 October: EUscreen Plenary and International Conference “Content Selection Policies and Contextualisation”, Rome, Italy


    13 -14 October: European Conference in the Framework of the Belgian EU Presidency “Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century”, Ghent, Belgium


    14 -15 October: Europeana “Open Culture" Conference 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    15 October: Meeting of the Cinema Expert Group: Subgroup Film Heritage, Brussels, Belgium


    15 -18 October: FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2010 “Making it Real – Keeping it Real”, Dublin, Ireland


    2 - 6 November: AMIA/IASA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, USA


    12 - 14 November: UCLA/INA Symposium “Reimagening the Archive – Remapping and Remixing Traditional Models in the Digital Era”, Los Angeles, USA


    17-19 November: Archimages10 “L’œuvre audiovisuelle dans les collections d’art contemporain“, Paris, France


    26 November: PrestoPRIME Digital Preservation Workshop, London, UK



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