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Saturday 18 October is international Home Movie Day. Here Lisa Kerrigan, one of the organisers of the London Home Movie Day explains more about it and why it’s important.

‘On Saturday October 18, archivists and film lovers around the world
will take time out of the vaults to help the public learn about,
enjoy, and rescue films forgotten with the advent of home video.

Home Movie Day shows how home movies on 8mm, Super8 and 16mm film
offer a unique view of decades past, and are an essential part of
personal, community, and cultural history.

Home Movie Day returns to London this year at the Curzon Soho cinema
bar. It’s a free event and open to everyone. There will be a Film
Clinic, offering free film examinations by volunteer film archivists.

After examination, the films can be passed to one of the
projectionists, who will be continuously screening home movies
throughout the day.

You don’t need to bring a film to attend and enjoy the event;
everyone has a chance to win prizes generously donated by the BFI and
Wellcome Collection just by viewing any of the films on the day.
Prizes include BFI DVDs and tickets to the IMAX.

The archivists can also offer advice about preserving films in film
archives around the UK and transferring films to other formats such
as DVD so they’re more easily watchable in the home.’

For more information visit the Home Movie Day website.


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The Movieum

On 22nd February a new museum, the Movieum, opened at County Hall in London. It claims to take visitors behind the scenes of the British film industry through its use of moving image artefacts to chart the production process. The Movieum of London website describes itself in these terms

‘The Movieum is a movie museum that goes behind-the-scenes of the British film industry, showcasing the great UK talent that has produced some of the world’s most famous movies, whilst at the same time displaying the wonderful creative process that they are part of. From the history of Pinewood and Elstree Studios, through to the individual departments that come together to create a film, including Special Effects, Animatronics, Make Up, Wardrobe and much more, there is something for everyone in this entertaining and educational experience. Featuring real sets, props and movie equipment, unseen behind-the-scenes footage, and a walk through the film making process.’

It has already been reviewed favourably The Times whilst The Telegraph emphasises the passion behind the collection, claiming that those looking for a comprehensive, well curated exhibition will be disappointed. I haven’t managed to get down there yet, is it all it claims to be??

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Following on from MeCCSA’s Future of Screen Heritage symposium held in September 2007 at Roehampton, this one day conference (supported by the BUFVC) on Saturday 15 March 2008, University of Leeds seeks to ‘reassesses aspects of the institutional and intellectual links which exist between our film archives and our universities, and explores how they might develop and strengthen.’ The following speakers and presentations will not only raise issues ranging from digitised to content to copyright, and challenges they bring, but also provoke discussion and debate.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Charles Barr (Washington University in St. Louis)
Nicholas Pronay (University of Leeds)

Confirmed presentations from:
Claude Mussou (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, Paris)
Johan Oomen (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum)
Patrick Russell (BFI, London)
Justin Smith (University of Portsmouth)
Richard Taylor (East Anglian Film Archive, Norwich)
Peter Todd (BFI, London)

Delegate fees are £30 concessionary rate; £40 standard rate; £50 for
registrations after March 7th. Fees include lunch and refreshments. To register your interest in attending, and for other information phone or send an email to:

Sarah Ventress
Research Officer
Institute of Communications Studies

Email: S.A.Ventress@leeds.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (113) 343 5805

Full registration forms and payment details to be made available shortly, via the Institute of Communications Studies and Louis Le Prince websites.

Organised by the Louis Le Prince Centre for Cinema, Photography and
Television, Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds.

Supported by the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, Practice Section (MeCCSA Practice); and by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC).

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A report by Ian MacDonald, on the symposium held at Roehampton University on 22 September to discuss the future of screen heritage in the UK, is now available from the MeCCSA website.

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The UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place this Saturday, the 27th October with a variety of activities taking place across the globe designed to focus international attention on the importance of audiovisual material within human memory, culture and identity. In his downloadable message, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has called for governments to provide the necessary resources to safeguard these assets for future generations marking a critical juncture in the global preservation of this material.

Several sites are carrying information about the World Day. The South East Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) includes details of initiatives resulting from this in the Phillipines and Thailand. A global representation of other activities can be found on a UNESCO World Day micro-site of the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and includes our Survey of Moving Image Artefacts under the United Kingdom. Placing our survey within an international context highlights aspects of our work that address these issues and raises questions about the existence of other national mapping exercises and the use of the information generated from them.

1929 Bell & Howell projector set up for Kodacolor lenticular film, courtesy of Elsbury Images

Our Survey echoes many of the ideas behind the World Day; raising awareness, particularly a wider understanding of Screen Heritage within a national context, and making connections, providing an intial place of contact for all the individuals, societies, museums and universities that hold this material. Although the main objective of the survey is to provide a directory, the data will enable us to build a detailed picture of how well particular objects and areas are represented across the country. This not only tells us what there is but more importantly where the gaps might lie. At the moment one of the lowest response sections is for Sets and Costumes, closely followed by Sound and one of the highest for Magic Lanterns and Cinema & Projectors.

The World Day inevitably raises the question of what other national surveys related to screen heritage have been undertaken across the world. What areas have they covered, what kind of response did they get and how was this information utilised? Does anyone know of similar exercises that have been carried out?

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