A Chinese film classic, "Pan si dong", from 1927 presumed to be lost was recently discovered in the archives of the National Library of Norway. The Library made contact with the Chinese film archive, which is excited to finally receive a restored copy of one of the central films in their country's film history. Both, director and the star of the film were well-known at the time in China. It was produced by Shanghai Shadow Play.
During this year's edition of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, archives contributing to the EFG1914 project present highlights from their collections related to the First World War. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, 9th October from 14:30 – 16:30h in the Auditorium della Regione (Via Roma 2). The presentation is open to all guests of the renowned festival.
Europeana.eu, the digital library that gives access to collections from European libraries, archives, audiovisual collections (both television and film) and museums, is threatened with severe budget cuts. A loss of funding for Europeana will negatively affect its whole network of regional, national and pan-European projects like EFG and EFG1914, which provide digitised content to Europeana.
EFG partner 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.
Students, researchers and University professors participating in the XX Udine International Film Studies Conference ( 12-14 March) have launched a petition to the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission to increase the availability of films to the wider public, but also for research and educational purposes by fostering the digitisation of European films and their diffusion; to create a safe legal environment in which films can be freely used in the context of research and education at all levels.
Read more and sign the petition here.