FIAT/IFTA in 2023

A recap!

FIAT/IFTA in 2023

Join us as we look back at FIAT/IFTA in 2023. This post compiles all FIAT/IFTA activities, from the FIAT/IFTA Seminars to the FIAT/IFTA World Conference, Archive Achievement Awards and publications.

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Thank you for being a part of this incredible year! Here’s to 2024!

FIAT/IFTA World Conference

World Conference 2022

In 2022, the FIAT/IFTA community came together in Cape Town, South Africa, for the organisation’s 46th World Conference. This was the first time a FIAT/IFTA World Conference was held in Africa, and we’d like to thank our hosts, SACIA and SABC, our sponsors, and everyone who participated for making it happen!

To celebrate a successful World Conference and to promote the 2023 event, recordings from 20 sessions were published on the FIAT/IFTA website and YouTube Channel.

World Conference 2023

The 47th FIAT/IFTA World Conference was hosted by SRG SSR at the PalaCinema Locarno in Locarno, Switzerland. From October 17th to 20th, the FIAT/IFTA community came together, participating in many presentations, workshops, panel discussions and social events, bringing together worldwide experts in the archiving sector.

A curated selection of presentations will shared on the FIAT/IFTA website and the World Conference 2023 page in the run-up to next year’s conference.

FIAT/IFTA and Conservatorio Internazionale di Scienze Audiovisive (CISA) have prepared a short video to commemorate the event!

World Conference 2024

On the final night of the FIAT/IFTA World Conference, the FIAT/IFTA President, Brecht Declercq, shared with the attendees of the Gala Dinner the location of next year’s World Conference.

The FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2024 will take place in Bucharest, Romania, with the support of our host, TVR.

More information will be available on the FIAT/IFTA World Conference page at a later date.

FIAT/IFTA Seminars

Guía de Migración Subcontratada (Spanish Webinar)

FIAT/IFTA held its first event in April alongside the Preservation and Migration Commission (PMC), where the commission presented the Spanish translation of the FIAT/IFTA Outsourced Migration Guide.

Archivists from Latin America also participated in the webinar, sharing the impact the recommendations on the newly translated guide could have in their organisations.

Eco-Responsibility Webinar

Following the international survey launched in 2022 by INA and FIAT/IFTA, a seminar was hosted in May 2023 to explore the survey’s stakes and goals further and share reflections, ideas and solutions with the audience.

This survey was part of the FRAME training programme dedicated to audiovisual archives, organised yearly by INA with the support of FIAT/IFTA, EBU Academy and the EU Commission.

The results were shared and discussed during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2023, and a report will be published at a later date.

Media Management Seminar 2023

In May, the Media Management Commission (MMC) hosted its bi-annual seminar in Dublin, Ireland, in collaboration with RTÉ and Comisiún na Meán and with the support of TG4. This was the 11th instalment of the “Changing Sceneries, Changing Roles” Seminars, the theme being “Digital Transformation, Sustainability and Media Archives: Challenges and Opportunities, focusing on media management, metadata, rights, new emerging technologies and changing skillsets.

Recordings and slides from the seminar are available to the public on the Media Management Seminar 2023 page.

Preservation and Migration Seminar 2023

In June, the Preservation and Migration Commission (PMC) held an online seminar on the topic of the “Preservation Life Cycle”, providing insight into the questions of digital obsolescence, assets protection, permanent preservation and its costs, and decisions on the fate of physical materials after they migrate to digital.

The recording and slides from the seminar are available on the Preservation & Migration Seminar 2023 page.

Media Studies Seminar 2023

In December, the Media Studies Commission (MSC) hosted the 5th edition of the Media Studies Seminar in collaboration with the BFI in London, United Kingdom. The seminar theme was “Rethinking Broadcast Archives: Dig, Deconstruct, Display”, bringing together researchers and media professionals in a dialogue about present-day archival opportunities and challenges and how these inform new understandings of the archives and new ways of engaging with the past.

The recordings and slides from the seminar will be available on the Media Studies Seminar 2023 page at a later date.

FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards

Awards 2023

The FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards ceremony occurred on the Thursday, October 19th, evening at the PalaCinema Locarno. During the event, the FIAT/IFTA community celebrated the achievements of our colleagues and then had the screening of the 2022 winner of the Excellence in Archive Production award.

The 2023 award winners were:

  • Excellence in Media Management: FAIR Archive Opening: SRG Archives for academical use by Theo Mäusli (SRG SSR), Cécile Vilas (Memoriav) & Markus Zürcher (SAGW).
  • Excellence in Media Preservation: RTÉ Audio Content Digitisation Project – Measuring the Invaluable: Strategies for Mass-digitisation and Migration of 20th Century Media Formats by RTÉ Archives.
  • Excellence in Unlocking the Value and Potential of Archives: HOW SEXISM SHAPED OUR TEENAGE YEARS by RTVE Archives.
  • Excellence in Archive Production: The Myth Machine by Uri Rosenwaks (IPBC).

You can learn more about the winners and shortlisted nominees of the 2023 edition of the FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards here.

Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

The 2023 FIAT/IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Daniel Teruggi at the Gala Dinner on the final day of the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2023.

Some remarks from the President’s speech:

Although he may humorously claim to have invented the terms “charm” and “gastronomy,” his unwavering commitment to his profession underscores the seriousness of his dedication to preserving our shared cultural heritage. This dedication became evident when he assumed the role of General Secretary at FIAT/IFTA in 2015, with minimal preparation, and continued until after the 2017 World Conference. At one point, he even took on the role of Treasurer. To this day, he remains actively involved with FIAT/IFTA, overseeing our accounting.

In bestowing upon him the Lifetime Achievement Award, we celebrate an individual whose relentless pursuit of innovation and unwavering commitment have significantly enriched our field. As we honour his accomplishments today, we are reminded that his influence transcends borders, leaving an indelible mark on the global landscape of audiovisual preservation. Both literally and figuratively, he stands as a giant in our field.
Ladies and gentlemen, the FIAT/IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 goes to Daniel Teruggi.

FIAT/IFTA in 2023

Daniel Teruggi giving his acceptance speech at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2023.

FIAT/IFTA Publications

Outsourced Migration Guide (Spanish Translation)

In early April, the PMC published the Spanish translation of the Outsourced Migration Guide under the title Guía de redacción de licitaciones para la externalización de procesos de migración de contenidos audiovisuales.

Media Studies Grant 2022

The MSC is happy to announce that the Media Studies Grant 2022 papers are available on the FIAT/IFTA website.

  • Broadcasting UK Feminist Video: Mapping Local Histories and Transnational Networks of the 1980s in the BFI Archive by Dalila Missero, Lancaster University.
  • How Music Shapes the News: A Postcolonial Look at Polygoon Newsreels, 1930-87 by Emily Hansell Clark, University of Amsterdam.

The Media Studies Grant 2023 papers will be published next year.

Guide to Managing Rights and Risks in Audiovisual Archives

In September, the VUC published a new paper on various topics relevant to managing rights and risks in archival content, including understanding risk profiles, due diligence, orphan works, legitimate interests, use of open licences, ethical considerations and GDPR regulations.

Unlocking the Past: A Comprehensive Guide to Managing Rights and Risks in Audiovisual Archives is available to read and download from the FIAT/IFTA website.

In 2024, more case studies will be shared to continue the discussion on rights and risk management.

New Report on Beyond Search

In October, the Audiovisual Research Alliance, in collaboration with FIAT/IFTA’s VUC, released Beyond Search: Exploring Creative Approaches to Interfacing with Cultural Heritage Collections (A Case Study Analysis) written by independent researcher Nadia Piet.

Beyond Search delves into the realm of digital audiovisual (AV) archives, focusing on user experience and advocating for the integration of exploratory approaches alongside conventional search.

Drawing on a series of illustrative case studies, this report showcases innovative practices in the cultural heritage domain. Furthermore, it looks beyond archives to seek inspiration from practitioners in other disciplines, such as artists, filmmakers, and community initiatives grappling with similar questions.


FIAT/IFTA published multiple survey results in 2023:

  • How far are you willing to open? A Rai survey on disclosing archives to the world by Valentina Martone (RAI), Daniela Floris (RAI), Lucia Falco (RAI), and Gabriele Di Matteo (RAI).
  • The Use of AI in Media Archives by the MMC.
  • FIAT/IFTA Timeline Survey 2023 by the MMC.

These results are available to download below.


FIAT/IFTA in Warsaw

FIAT/IFTA in Warsaw

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