A new EU-supported internet portal to the digital collections of European film archives including rare Marlene Dietrich footage and which offers free access to currently about 400,000 digital videos, photos, film posters and text materials has just gone live.
By September, the number of digital items available on the European Film Gateway (EFG) will increase to 600,000 from 16 film archives.
“The European Film Gateway creates a central online access to Europe’s film heritage for the first time. Previously, this remarkable record of 20th-century European cinema had been dispersed on different national platforms,” says Claudia Dillmann, director of the Deutsches Filminstitut, which co-ordinates the project.
“Now the films and information about them are more accessible, not only to scholars, journalists and creatives, but also by a broader audience interested in film.”
Users of the portal can search for people, for example, actress Marlene Dietrich, but also by film title or keywords. They get an overview of related digital objects from the film archives which can be viewed directly in the portal. The portal always links back to the website of the relevant archives, and therefore also works as a search engine for selected digital holdings of European film archives.
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