December 19, 2014

British Council Releases New Online Archive Containing 120 Digitized Historical Films

From a British Council Announcement: Over 120 films providing fascinating snapshots of the UK’s cultural, sporting, industrial and political heritage have been launched online to the public thanks to funding from Google and the British Council. The films are from the British Council’s own film archive which dates back to late 1939 – and give […]

National Archives (NARA) Debuts its First Digitally Restored Film, View Online

From a NARA Announcement: The National Archives and Records Administration premiered the newly-restored 1949 film Navy recruitment film, The Sailor and the Seagull, last week in Beijing before a crowd of 300 at the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Conference. This debut marked the National Archives’ first ever digital cinema theatrical release, and the […]

Library of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry

From the Official LC Announcement: Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney’s timeless classic “Bambi” and Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend,” […]

New Digital Collection From Pepperdine University Libraries: Anti-Communism Films of the Early 1960s

From the Pepperdine University Library News Item: Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce its latest digital collection, Anti-Communism Films of the Early 1960s. At the height of the Cold War, Pepperdine College sponsored a four-part, Hollywood-produced film series titled Crisis for Americans. Utilizing newsreel footage and scripted narration, each film sought to expose the threat of […]

Lost Film Found By University of Delaware Librarians Screened at New York Film Festival

From UDaily  (University of Delaware): A newly restored copy of the only surviving print of You Are Not I, a 1981 film directed by filmmaker and producer Sara Driver, was shown Oct. 6 in the Masterworks section at the 2011 New York Film Festival. The lost film was found by University of Delaware librarians in […]

Preservation: "IMAGO President: Cost of Digitizing Europe's Film Heritage Could Cost 2 Billion Euros"

From The Hollywood Reporter: “Unless there is serious money invested in the digitization of the European film heritage, a lack of action in eight years time will result in the disappearance of newly produced films,” warned director of photography Nigel Walters, who is president of International Cinematographers Federation IMAGO. “If we do not digitize the […]

Reference: Library and Archives Canada Launches the Canadian Feature Film Index

From a Library and Archives Canada News Release: In order to mark the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage [celebrated on October 27, 2011], Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to launch the Canadian Feature Film Index database. This is one component of how LAC wishes to acknowledge this international day of recognition of […]

New and Cool: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Production Art Database

A new searchable treasure chest for researchers, students, and fans direct from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar people). Access is free for all users. We hope AMPAS will continue to digitize and add material to it. From AMPAS: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library today […]

Recently Released: Canadian Feature Film Database

From Library and Archives Canada Cost: Free Direct to Database Web Site The Canadian Feature Film Database is based on the printed Index (Canadian Feature Film Index) begun in 1972. The Database based on the Index: compiles the principal credits of every Canadian feature film from 1913 to 2009 establishes a list of Canadian feature […]

"Crowdsourcing Platform Helps To Find And Identify Lost Films"

From PFSK: Lost Films is a new online project that collects and documents film titles believed to be missing. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Association, it is a collaborative effort by film societies in Germany, France, Poland, New Zealand and other countries. The archive currently contains over 3500 lost films. By using this portal, […]