Audiovisual media dominates today’s global information society. We all are almost constantly surrounded by moving images and television stands out of this “media storm” as one of the most powerful and yet so familiar parts of everyday life.

Just think of all the TV images you have in your mind when you think about the history of past half of a century. Whenever something outstanding was happening, television was usually there. And not only for the political agenda, it was also there to entertain us, comfort us, make us laugh, cry, angry or happy.

But what happens with all these audiovisual memories? Where and how are they sorted and kept for future generations? You will find answers to these and a lot more questions when joining the Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision / The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA). Founded in 1977, more than 250 members have joined our organisation that promotes co-operation amongst television archives, multimedia and audiovisual archives and libraries, and all those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of moving image and recorded sound materials and associated documentation.

Some of FIAT/IFTA’ s main objectives are to provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience between its members, to promote the study of any topic relevant to the development and use of audiovisual archives and to establish international standards on key issues regarding all aspects of audiovisual media archive management.

To achieve this, FIAT/IFTA encourages and organises local and regional meetings, as well as international conferences and seminars.

Every year the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Award is assigned to projects for the best use of audiovisual archive material.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest governing body in the Federation. It is composed of full, associated, supporting and honorary members. The General Assembly meets at least once every two years, during the annual conference.

FIAT/IFTA is organised in an Executive Council elected at the General Assembly, and four commissions. You can read more about the work done in FIAT/IFTA, and people within the federation, here:

Executive Council
Media Management Commission
Preservation and Migration Commission
Programme and Production Commission
Television Studies Commission