Film Atlas

Film Atlas is a collaboration between the FIAF and the George Eastman Museum, with generous funding provided by the Louis B. Mayer Foundation. When complete, Film Atlas will be an encyclopedic online resource pairing high resolution imagery with scholarly essays to document the history of film as a physical medium from the dawn of cinema to the present. Facilitated by collaboration between international archives, this dynamic reference, research and teaching tool will offer a comprehensive visual guide to every motion picture film format, soundtrack and color process ever invented.  We hope to document more than 600 formats and processes over the project's five-year duration with around 200 different contributors for the text.

The plan for 2024 is to have a soft launch of the website to FIAF members in April , timed to the FIAF Congress in Bangkok. The website should be fully functioning by then, although it may only have 50-75 entries. Because of this some of the website functionality may be lessened, although we would like to use this soft launch as an opportunity to share our progress with the field, encourage feedback, and enlist new contributors.

The Film Atlas will be accessible at www.filmatlas.com.

James Layton & Crystal Kui