On occasion of the current commemorations of World War One, the European Film Gateway is now presenting a virtual exhibition about the history of film during the war years. Users can view ca. 120 clips from historical films as well as selected film posters and other film-related materials, arranged in thematic sections such as "Advertising the war" or "Cameramen at the front".
This year’s edition of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (20 November to 1 December 2013) will feature a series of films about World War One. The programme section The First World War: The First War On Screen was curated by Elif Rongen-Kaynaci (EYE Film Institute), David Barnou from NIOD (Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), and Bert Hogenkamp (Sound and Vision).
The documentaries shown in the scope of the programme section are also available on the EFG Portal or will be made available soon:
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.