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Online research in film archives: Web portal filmarchives online launches during Berlinale

(PresseBox) (Frankfurt/Main, ) From February, the web portal filmarchives online provides access to the catalogues of several European film archives. The portal is realised by Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF and currently allows research in the catalogues of five European partner institutions. Time-consuming research for archive films is thus significantly abbreviated.

filmarchives online is the result of the EU project MIDAS - Moving Image Database For Access and Re-Use of European Film Collections, which started in January 2006 as a two-year pilot project under the MEDIA Plus programme. Under supervision of the Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF, filmarchives online was implemented in collaboration with four European partners. The aim of the project is to provide easy access to Europe's cinematic heritage and to reinforce its cultural and commercial use.

http://www.filmarchives-online.eu

filmarchives online allows fast access to catalogue data from the film archives of Deutsches Filminstitut, the British Film Institute (London), the Czech National Film Archive (Prague), Cineteca Comunale di Bologna and the DEFA-Stiftung (Berlin). Currently around 4.000 mostly non-fiction films are available for research.

Besides facts about the individual films, filmarchives online furthermore offers information on the availability of titles in the different archives. A common feature of library research - the possibility of searching for one book in a wide range of catalogues at the same time - is now becoming available for archival films through filmarchives online. The service is free of charge, and intended for film and media production, audiovisual archives and academic research.

A further eleven film archives join the MIDAS project in 2007: Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (Brussels), Tainiothiki tis Ellados (Athens), Slovenska Kinoteka (Ljubljana), Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin), LICHTSPIEL-Kinemathek Bern, Fondazione Cineteca Italiana (Milan), Norsk Filminstitutt (Oslo), Nederlands Filmmuseum (Amsterdam), IWF Knowledge and Media (Göttingen), Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum (Budapest), Cineteca del Friuli (Gemona del Friuli). In total, sixteen institutions from eleven countries of the European Union are represented in filmarchives online. By 2008, at least 15.000 films will be accessible.

Between February 12 and 16, 2007, filmarchives online will be present at the European Film Market in the Martin-Gropius-Bau and can be contacted at the MEDIA Plus stand. If you are interested in the project, please contact us via phone or e-mail. We will be glad to inform you personally about the functionalities and content of filmarchives online.

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