Archive Achievement Awards 2021: meet the winners!
At the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2021 held online the Archive Achievement Awards were attributed to four particularly interesting projects, outstanding archival initiatives that have improved significantly the ways in which the archives are preserved, managed and used.
The FIAT/IFTA Archive Achievement Awards yearly reward initiatives bringing the professional preservation and management of audiovisual archives to a higher level. The Archive Achievement Awards are developed by FIAT/IFTA, the international federation of television archives. Members of FIAT/IFTA can nominate their own organisation, or they can nominate a person or organisation with whom they have collaborated to bring the project to a successful end.
This award rewards Archive Technology projects which have experimented, developed and implemented new and emerging media management technologies and tools to open up the archives in new and efficient ways.
The 2021 FIAT/IFTA Excellence in Media Management Award is awarded to “AI Algorithms for Media Cataloguing in ATRESMEDIA GROUP” by Eugenio López de Quintana, ATRESMEDIA.
This award rewards projects in the domain of analog or digital preservation, that have successfully developed and implemented a (part of the) preservation process that excels in professionality or innovation.
The 2021 FIAT/IFTA Excellence in Media Preservation Award is awarded to “Ostatni Etap“, by National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute.
This award rewards initiatives that reflect on the value of audiovisual archives by increasing its visibility and exploring new ways of its exploitation targeting specific user groups and audiences, contributing to access and discoverability, storytelling, user engagement, addressing copyright and intellectual property issues, technology, ethics, etc.
The 2021 FIAT/IFTA Excellence in Unlocking the Value and Potential of Archive Award is awarded to “Make Film History (BBC)“, by Mark Macey, BBC.
This award rewards projects that illustrate the best use of archive content (stills, film, video, audio) in an audiovisual or audio production. All kinds of audiovisual and audio genres and formats are accepted: documentaries, game shows, entertaining programs, sports programs, educational programs, news items, magazines, series, scripted dramas, feature films, current affairs etc.
The 2021 FIAT/IFTA Excellence in Archive Production Award is awarded to “The Great World Theatre – Salzburg and its Festival“, by Beate Thalberg, ORF.
Since 2014 FIAT/IFTA every year also gives a special Lifetime Honorary Award to a person who has got special merits for FIAT/IFTA and for the field of audiovisual archiving as a whole. This year the jury honoured someone…
“who has been involved in the most important audiovisual archive in his country since the eighties, that is for more than thirty-five years. We are talking about someone who, thanks to his particular strategic talent, was able to ensure that the archive always received enough attention and was able to develop any project that it needed.
Thanks to this talent, this archive is today a world top player, because it combines a particularly high percentage of preserved programs with a great innovative strength and exceptional creativity in telling the stories residing in the collections. In this archive the directors have come and gone, but the man we want to honour today has always been there. The strength of his influence therefore also resides in continuity. The archive for which he worked is today one of the best preserved radio and television archives. Thanks to this man, it is now also one of the best described archives in the world.
The man we want to honour today is not very talkative, but when he speaks everyone listens. Because we know that what this man has to say is determined by nothing more than professionalism, competence and the belief that the archives of public broadcasting belong to the national heritage. And in the country where he lives, the concept of national heritage has a value that it has almost nowhere else in the world.
The man we are talking about has also worked extensively for FIAT/IFTA, for almost 17 years, as a member of the Programs and Projects Commission and as a member of the Executive Council, but above all as Treasurer, a role he has taken on from 2008 to 2017. During that time, the federation’s accounting was professionalized and the financial situation improved dramatically. He was also always willing to help colleagues from less privileged countries by providing them with suitable playback equipment. Last but not least, he was the promoter of two very successful, indeed unforgettable, FIAT/IFTA world conferences, in 2011 in Turin and in two 2018 in Venice.
FIAT/IFTA, RAI and by extension the international community of radio and television archives owe a lot to this man. There is therefore no doubt about his well-deserved place in the gallery of honour.
The FIAT / IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award two thousand twenty-one is assigned, at the unanimous request of the Executive Council, to Roberto Rossetto.”
FIAT/IFTA is humbled to award the 2021 Lifetime Honorary Award to Roberto Rossetto.