Save Your Archive with Partners
In 2020 FIAT/IFTA launched a new edition of its Save Your Archive Program and issued a call for projects which for the first time brings industry partners support directly to endangered archives.
SYA issued a call for projects in summer 2020. 9 projects were shortlisted and 4 partners came forward and join in the SYA inaugural Pitching Room session at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference 2020
The ‘Pitching Room’ was a lively event and shone a light on some hugely valuable collections of endangered archives around the world and the work of the individual archives each of which was hugely deserving of our support. The passion and commitment from each one was evident.
However, our partners had to choose the projects that they could best support at this time and we were delighted to be able to take two of the applications forward to agreement in 2021. The selected archive projects are @DOKUMENTA VIDEO, Black Lives, based in the UK and Proimágenes Colombia, Yuruparí Documentary Series, generously supported by our partners MEMNON and the PRASAD CORPORATION respectively.
An agreement has been officially signed by FIAT/IFTA with each partner and the selected archives in Autumn 2021. Preparation work on the projects has been ongoing for many months and the projects are now commencing formally from October 2021.
Each project has set agreed targets and milestones for delivery and the first report is featured in the 2021 FIAT/IFTA World conference proceedings, hosted by SACIA online.
The Save Your Archives program expects to announce further Calls for Projects with more Partners in 2022 so keep a watch out for our newsletters and announcements on social media platforms.
@ DOKUMENTA, VIDEO: Black Lives: Historical Friendships and the King’s Men. Legacies in Ghana, South Africa and London
This project is led by José Velázquez Documentarian and Founding Director @ DOKUMENTA.VIDEO and Dr. David Dunkley-Gyimah Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture
Archive @ DOKUMENTA, Video is supported by our partner, MEMNON .
Represented by Michel Merten CEO,Memnon and project manager Elizabeth Aguilar Project.
Facilitated by the Save Your Archive Project of FIAT/IFTA.
@Dokumenta video is a creative partnership between journalist Dr. David Dunkley Gyuimagh (Phd) and documentarian José Velazquez (MA) together holding a range of specialisms in academia, journalism, storytelling, major television production, and data architecture and advisories. The project ‘Black Lives’ incorporates three important collections on Beta SP, DI and D2 TAPES and ¼ inch reels formats. Telling g the stories of the Scottish Reverend Sidney Pearson who built an African Eton; Productions materials from the first Ghana-South African Co-production for Channel One; Black London in the 1990s , featuring recordings interviews with Black artists such as Eartha Kitt, Alice Walker and Quincy Jones, produced for the BBC ‘Black London’ series.
The collection will be digitised by Memnon in cooperation with their sister company LMH in London. The project is expected to take c. 12 months to completion and will be featured in the World Conference reports 2021 and 2022 and online.
Proimágenes Colombia: Preservation and Access to the Yuruparí Documentary Series for Television
This project is led by Claudia Triana Director Proimágenes Colombia
Supported by Jaime Silva Cabrales Director Señal Memoria de RTVC
Project manager is Juana Suárez, Preservation expert and director of the NYU MIAP program.
Supported by the Prasad Corporation , represented by President, Mr Sai Prasad and Simon Clark Vice President Marketing and Business Development (Europe), Prasad Corporation .
A selection of 9 titles on 16mm format will be digitised for preservation and access to the documentaries of the Yuruparí television series. Filmed in the mid-1980s, it showcases Colombian diverse cultural traditions, celebrations, and ethnic diversity. 4 precedent phases of the series have been widely disseminated and well received by different audiences.
The collection is copyright of the Señal Memoria de RTVC and is fully supported by the foundation. Proimágenes leads the project in its care, drawing upon the success of previous results having successfully completed 15 episodes over 5 years by drawing multiple resources, applying to national grants, securing in- kind support and, mostly, by renewing interest in the series and the existing affect from communities.
Project manager expertise is provided by Juana Suárez, director of the NYU MIAP program. The project involves the diplomatic transport of the films to the Prasad company in their Los Angeles facilities where they will be carefully scanned and digitised.. Restoration work will take place to fully remaster one of the selected titles as a show case for the project, with thanks to the further generous support of the Prasad Corporation.
The project is expected to take in the region of 18 -24 months. Progress reports will be presented in the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in 2021, and 2022 as the work is completed and online.