2021 FIAF Congress in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Cancelled)

On 20 October 2020, the FIAF Executive Committee released the following statement about the cancellation of the 2021 Dhaka Congress:

"We must inform you that after exchanging thoughts with our colleagues at the Bangladesh Film Archive, the FIAF Executive Committee has come to the unanimous conclusion that it will not be possible to hold an in-person Congress in Dhaka next spring as initially planned. With the ongoing uncertainties of the current pandemic, the likelihood of strict travel restrictions still imposed by many countries, and health and safety concerns for Congress delegates, we felt that this decision was the only one that could be taken at this time.

Our most sincere and heartfelt thoughts are with our colleagues in Dhaka at this very sad and frustrating time. We know how important it has been for the Bangladesh Film Archive to host the 77th FIAF Congress next March, during their country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. We also deeply regret that for the second year in a row a FIAF Congress cannot take place in person, as this very special moment in FIAF’s calendar gives colleagues from all around the world the opportunity to learn from peers, connect with friends and colleagues old and new, discuss collaborative projects, and celebrate accomplishments.

The Executive Committee has decided that the formal business of the Federation – the annual General Assembly and the Executive Committee elections – will be conducted online in the Spring of 2021, at a date to be determined as soon as possible. The Executive Committee will also – together with the Bangladesh Film Archive – continue to discuss the possibility of holding on line-versions of also the less-formal meetings of the Congress, such as the Symposium, the workshops of our three specialized Commissions, and the Second Century Forum. The decision on if, and when, these meetings will take place, will be announced after the next Executive Committee meeting on 24-25 November 2020."

Alternative Plans for 2021

Instead, FIAF will hold a number of virtual events from 21-23 April 2021. On Wedesnday 21 April (2-6pm CET), the three FIAF Commissions will hold their annual workshops, which will be open to all. The General Assembly, including the Executive Committee Elections, will also take place virtually, on 22 and 23 April (2-6pm CET), and will be open to the representative of our 172 affiliates only. Other events which usually take place during the FIAF Congress, such as the annual Symposium, will be held later in the year, at a date yet to be determined.

Further FIAF Congress

The 2022 Congress will be hosted by the Hungarian National Film Archive, and is due to take place in Budapest in the last week of April 2022. More details about that congress will be available shortly. The host of the 2023 Congress will be UNAM, Mexico City, following the cancellation of the 2020 Mexico City Congress. The venue of the 2024 Congress should be decided during the 2021 FIAF General Assembly.