The FIAT/IFTA Awards have been a coveted trophy since 1994 for anyone who is professionally involved with television archives as an archivist, documentary maker or platform builder. After 25 editions, however, the time was ripe for a thorough reform. The new FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards have three categories as before, but with somewhat different names: Excellence in Media Management, Excellence in Media Preservation and Excellence in Archival Use and Valorisation.
The main purpose is still the same: the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards are designed to honor outstanding archival initiatives and projects that have improved significantly the ways in which the archives are preserved, managed and used. Any initiative that brings the professional preservation and management of audiovisual archives to a higher level, any project that valorizes the use of archive in an outstanding way, is eligible to enter.
Opposite to before, the categories now connect better with FIAT/IFTA’s core activities in the domains of media management, preservation and migration and value, use and copyright. Projects can be nominated by filling out the nominations form and sending in a presentation of the project in a maximum of ten slides.
More information about the new categories, how to submit a nomination and the awarding process can be found here.