In the light of the war in the Ukraine, the Association of European Cinematheques continues to seek ways to support its colleagues from the Oleksandr Dvozhenko Centre in Kyiv.
The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) reports that a frequent contact with the brave colleagues of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre in Kyiv is kept to try and provide advice or put them in touch with other organizations that can help them protect their institution and collection. A fundraising campaign to help the Dovzhenko Centre has been set up by British achitect and camera historian Richard Bossons, who has close links with the Dovzhenko Centre. FIAF will be donating to the Fund, and it encourage its affiliates – both institutionally and individually, to do the same if they can. The fundraising campaign can be found here:
ACE also is in the process of developing a list of current offers being made, or actions being taken, by its Member institutions. The idea is to share the received feedback on its website, so it can serve as inspiration for others to take further action. Examples of actions taken so far include: possible employment/housing or other support offers for affected colleagues, technical advice about protecting collections, fundraising events, public statements of support, providing educational materials or other resources to refugee centers, and free entry to museums and cinemas for refugee populations (from all countries affected by crises). Please email ACE with updates about the actons of your institution at firstname.lastname@example.org.