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2019 FIAF Symposium

"From the Past to the Future of Film Archives"

Lausanne, 8-9 April 2019





Film archives are currently in a phase of transition, due in particular to the use of digital technologies at every level of their activity. The generalization of new techniques for restoring works, and new ways of distributing, promoting, cataloging, and managing these objects has important repercussions for the work of archivists in every field. This transformation is so important that it may eventually affect the very mission of film archives and the form they take. This two-day symposium, organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Department of Film History and Aesthetics of the Faculty of Arts, was an opportunity to discuss together the central questions posed by this transition, placing it in a dual perspective: that of the PAST, looking back to the history of archives, institutions, practices, and values, and that of the FUTURE, attempting to anticipate not only the problems that will need to be resolved, but also the contributions of future techniques and practices related to the cultures of memory and heritage.

Click on each of the sessions below to access the programme, video, and other documents for that session. Please do not publish or re-use in any way any of these documents without prior permission of the speakers.


Session 1: Possible Futures of the Film Archive


Session 2: History Lessons

Session 3: New Challenges, New Frontiers

Session 4: Specialized Archives

Session 5: Geopolitical Considerations

Session 6: Restoration - Ethics and Practices

Session 7: Film Programming and Circulation

Session 8: The Community of Film Archives, and Concluding Remarks

2019 FIAF Symposium

"From the Past to the Future of Film Archives"

Lausanne, 8-9 April 2019





Film archives are currently in a phase of transition, due in particular to the use of digital technologies at every level of their activity. The generalization of new techniques for restoring works, and new ways of distributing, promoting, cataloging, and managing these objects has important repercussions for the work of archivists in every field. This transformation is so important that it may eventually affect the very mission of film archives and the form they take. This two-day symposium, organized in collaboration with the Cinémathèque suisse and the Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Department of Film History and Aesthetics of the Faculty of Arts, was an opportunity to discuss together the central questions posed by this transition, placing it in a dual perspective: that of the PAST, looking back to the history of archives, institutions, practices, and values, and that of the FUTURE, attempting to anticipate not only the problems that will need to be resolved, but also the contributions of future techniques and practices related to the cultures of memory and heritage.

Click on each of the sessions below to access the programme, video, and other documents for that session. Please do not publish or re-use in any way any of these documents without prior permission of the speakers.


Session 1: Possible Futures of the Film Archive


Session 2: History Lessons

Session 3: New Challenges, New Frontiers

Session 4: Specialized Archives

Session 5: Geopolitical Considerations

Session 6: Restoration - Ethics and Practices

Session 7: Film Programming and Circulation

Session 8: The Community of Film Archives, and Concluding Remarks