CfP: FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar – Deadline 25 May

The International Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the British Film Institute at its South Bank premises London on September 28th 2012, will present academic papers based on research conducted in FIAT/IFTA member archives and illustrated by extracts provided by those archives.


Paper proposals should include a brief abstract and details of arrangements made with the television archive where the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  The archives represented in the Television Studies Commission are all participating.  These are:

  • BFI (British Film Institute) National Archive, London, UK
  • INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel), Paris, France
  • Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Library of Congress, Culpeper, Va, USA
  • RTÉ (Radio Telefís Éireann), Dublin, Eire

Other FIAT/IFTA member archives may participate upon request.

Contact persons for proposals

Initial enquiries should be made to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission and completed proposals sent to the same person by May 25th 2012.  These are:

  • For participants from the UK : Steve Bryant, BFI (
  • For participants from France and other French-speaking countries: Claude Mussou, INA (
  • For Dutch/Flemish speakers: Bert Hogenkamp, Beeld en Geluid (
  • For US participants: Mike Mashon, Library of Congress (
  • For Central and Eastern European participants and members of the European History Television Network: Dana Mustata, University of Groningen (
  • For Irish participants: Liam Wylie, RTE (

All other potential participants should send their proposals to Steve Bryant, who will attempt to connect them with the appropriate FIAT/IFTA member archive.

Proposal administration

Participants will be confirmed in early June.  The Seminar language will be English.

Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • In the context of the London Olympic Games our main theme will be Sport on Television, including how sport drives the development of television technology
  • Media events, including news: the role of technology and viewing platforms and the aspect of collective memory

Registration details for the Seminar will be advised in due course at


CFP: Are our archives Faster, Bigger, Stronger than ever?

For the upcoming conference of  FIAT/IFTA (the worldwide organisation that brings broadcasters and television archives together) , the organisation asks itself the question: are our archives Faster, Bigger, Stronger than ever?

FIAT/IFTA examines the archive management of massive events worldwide that thrill and impact on so many people worldwide. How are we “Tagging and Archiving world events” be they international sporting events, all consuming catastrophes or political upheavals? After the Olympics – what do we do with all that content? How was it managed during the Olympics? What are the challenges of digitization and management of large audiovisual collections and new content?

In the year and on the exact location of this year’s Olympic Games, TV archivists will gather from all corners from the world from September 28 – October 2nd.  FIAT/IFTA just issued its call for papers and invites:

  • PRESENTATIONS, either in the form of a panel discussion on the indicated theme or a paper in a specified topic.
  • WORKSHOPS of approxinately 1 hour duration; must involve a strong element of interaction with the audience.
  • POSTER SESSIONS that provide a space where members and conference participants can present their work, activities and projects.

Head over to the FIAT/IFTA website or go straight to the call for papers for more information about how, why and what to submit:

Conference Report: FIAT/IFTA World Conference

Conference Report by Michael Vielhaber

From September 28th to October 2nd, Italy’s public broadcaster RAI hosted the 2011 FIAT/IFTA World Conference, which took place in the beautiful city of Turin. The Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision / International Federation of Television Archives is an organisation that intends to promote co-operation amongst television and multimedia archives and libraries, and all those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of moving image and recorded sound materials. The central theme of this year’s FIAT/IFTA conference was The Audiovisual Archive Reinvented.

Picture by Andy O'Dwyer

The Conference started with a PrestoPRIME tutorial, which focused on the European competency centre PrestoCentre, which supports audiovisual archives with information, resources and technological support. Furthermore, several PrestoPRIME tools were introduced. Particularly relevant to EUscreen was the presentation by Dana Mustata (Utrecht University, NL) within the plenary session Curating Content, where she spoke on  EUscreen and European TV history.

The overall conference structure existed out of four main themes:

  1. Technology & Innovation
  2. Marketing & Sales
  3. Knowledge & Academy
  4. Right & Management

An absolute highlight was the 2011 FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards Evening, in which Gabriele Salvatores’s film “1960″ was screened. It won the award for ‘best audiovisual production using archive’. 1960 was produced by RAI Cinema in collaboration with RAI Teche and Offside. Equally worth to mention were the plenary sessions on National Archive Strategies, and the workshops From mass digitization to mass content enrichment and Beyond the file: Containers for Archive Complexity – just to mention a few.

Under the title Making Audiovisual Collections Interoperable, Johan Oomen (Sound and Vision, NL), Marco Rendina (Cinecittà Luce, IT) and Michael Vielhaber (ORF, AT) presented a workshop on Europeana and EUscreen in the Chorus Hall of the conference location. Johan chaired the workshop and outlined the EUscreen initiative within the framework of the Europeana project. After his initial overview, Marco explained the workflow in which the audiovisual content from the individual providers  are turned into publicly viewable items on the EUscreen portal. Michael then presented on the functionalities of the actual beta-version of EUscreen and tried to stress the multiple benefits and added values of such an international cooperation.

Picture by Andy O'Dwyer

Full conference coverage is available on the FIAT/IFTA website.

EUscreen’s contributions during the FIAT/IFTA conference in Dublin

By Marco Rendina and Wietske van den Heuvel

The EUscreen project was presented to a professional audience during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2010 which took place in Dublin from October 16th to 18th. Johan Oomen gave a plenary presentation about the project and its links to Europeana and addressed questions of how to safeguard the audiovisual heritage. This presentation was held in conjunction with a presentation about the European Film Gateway, represented by Georg Eckes.

In the afternoon of the 18th, Rob Turnock, Johan Oomen and Marco Rendina showed the current status of the project during a EUscreen dedicated workshop. The workshop focused on how EUscreen makes television history ‘real’ and about the kind of television history EUscreen is representing. The presentations included the content selection policy and the metadata schema. The event was attended by a large audience and it was a success.

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