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FIAF Books


FIAF Bestsellers

The books listed below can be purchased from our North American distributor, Indiana University Press, or directly via the FIAF Secretariat. Note that all prices on this page are quoted without VAT, which will be added if applicable.


Physical Characteristics of Early Films as Aids to Identification
(New expanded edition)

by Harold Brown. Documents some features such as camera and printer apertures, edge marks, shape and size of perforations, trade marks, etc. in relation to a number of early film producing companies. This new edition of Harold Brown's seminal 1990 book, edited by Camille Blot-Wellens, includes a number of new texts by specialists in the field. Note that a short list of errata for this new edition can be found HERE.

FIAF, 2020. 336p., ISBN 9782960029697

35.00€


Hollywood Goes Latin: Spanish-Language Cinema in Los Angeles

In April 2017, the International Federation of Film Archives organized a symposium, “Hollywood Goes Latin: Spanish-language Cinema in Los Angeles”, which brought together scholars and film archivists from all over Latin America and the United States to discuss the many issues surrounding the creation of Hollywood’s “Cine Hispano.” The papers presented in this two day symposium are collected and revised here.

María Elena de las Carreras & Jan-Christopher Horak (eds), Hollywood Goes Latin: Spanish-language Cinema in Los Angeles, FIAF/UCLA Film & Television Archive, 228p., b&w, ISBN: 9782960029659

24.00€

    

The FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual

The FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual is the result of many years of labor and collaboration with numerous professionals in the moving image field. It addresses the changes in information technology that we’ve seen over the past two decades, and aligns with modern cataloguing and metadata standards and concepts such as FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records), EN 15907, and RDA (Resource Description and Access). The Manual is designed to be compatible with a variety of data structures, and provides charts, decision trees, examples, and other tools to help experts and non-experts alike in performing real-world cataloguing of moving image collections.

Natasha Fairbairn, Maria Assunta Pimpinelli, Thelma Ross (authors), Linda Tadic (ed), The FIAF Moving Image Cataloguing Manual, FIAF: 2016, 272p., colour, ISBN: 978-2-96-002963-5

25.00€

    


FIAF Digital Projection Guide

The FIAF Digital Projection Guide addresses the technical challenges that cinémathèques, archival and repertory cinemas and festivals encounter in the paradigm change from analogue film projection to digital cinema. The guide is an extension of, and update to, The Advanced Projection Manual (2006), a book covering the craft of projecting film classics with modern equipment. The FIAF Digital Projection Guide covers the following topics: what is D-cinema, and what are the alternatives?; pixel – the digital picture element; the DCP file format; digital projection systems; 3-D projection technology; sound for digital cinema; practical advice for digital conversions.

About the author: Torkell Sætervadet is a cinema design and technology expert based in Norway. Until 2010, the author held the post as director of technology at Unique Cinema Systems (UCS), the company responsible for the roll-out of D-cinema in Norway – the first country in the world to transfer its entire cinema exhibition industry to digital. Prior to his engagement with UCS, he co-founded Norsk kinokonsult, a company specialising in cinema design. Other past positions include technical manager at the Norwegian Film Institute in Oslo and principal cinema engineer for the digital sound format SDDS in Europe. He is a member of the SMPTE and supported the archival frame rate efforts of the SMPTE DC.21 committee. He is currently also an associate member of the FIAF Technical Commission.

The FIAF Digital Pojection Guide Projection is published by FIAF and sponsored by the Norwegian Film Institute and the Giornate Del Cinema Muto festival.

Torkell Sætervadet, FIAF Digital Projection Guide, Brussels: FIAF, 2012, 120p., colour illustrations. ISBN: 9782960029628,

19.00€

    


The Advanced Projection Manual

The intention behind The Advanced Projection Manual is to provide projectionists and cinema engineers alike with a practical guide to projection of classic films with modern equipment. The book will also be useful for others treating or dealing with historic film material, such as film archivists and cinémathèque programmers, but also staff at educational organizations, independent repertory cinemas and film festivals, and commercial cinemas with classic films on their programmes.

The raison d’être of this book is to enable films to be presented in exactly the way they were originally intended to be presented, without any compromises with regard to picture, sound and appearance.

About the author: Torkell Sætervadet is a cinema design and technology expert based in Norway. Until 2010, the author held the post as director of technology at Unique Cinema Systems (UCS), the company responsible for the roll-out of D-cinema in Norway – the first country in the world to transfer its entire cinema exhibition industry to digital. Prior to his engagement with UCS, he co-founded Norsk kinokonsult, a company specialising in cinema design. Other past positions include technical manager at the Norwegian Film Institute in Oslo and principal cinema engineer for the digital sound format SDDS in Europe. He is a member of the SMPTE and supported the archival frame rate efforts of the SMPTE DC.21 committee. He is currently also an associate member of the FIAF Technical Commission.

The Advanced Projection Manual is published jointly by FIAF and the Norwegian Film Institute.

Torkell Sætervadet, The Advanced Projection Manual, FIAF/Norsk Filminstitutt, 2005, 266p., color illustrations, ISBN: 9782960029611

55.00€

    


This Film is Dangerous - A Celebration of Nitrate Film

This Film Is Dangerous is an anthology published FIAF in 2002. It examines and celebrates the life, the death, the afterlife, and the mythology of nitrate film. It incorporates the papers given at the symposium The Last Nitrate Picture Show during the FIAF Congress in London in June 2000, as well as a wealth of original contributions by historians, archivists, veterans, and enthusiasts around the world.

About the editors: Roger Smither worked at Imperial War Museums for forty years, retiring as Keeper of the Film and Photograph Archives in August 2010. He was the Secretary-General of FIAF (1995-2001). Catherine A. Surowiec is a freelance editor, and the former editor of the Journal of Film Preservation.

Editor: Roger Smither; Associate Editor: Catherine A. Surowiec.
FIAF, 2002, 720p., illus., ISBN: 9782960029604

60.00€

    


FIAF Directory / Annuaire / Directorio 2020

FIAF, 2020, 15€

The full listing of all FIAF Members and Associates, as well as FIAF Supporters, and various other contacts at FIAF and partner organizations.

You can also search the Directory via the search engine at the top of every page of the FIAF website.

Other FIAF Books

To order any of the books below, go to the book order form. Please note that some of these books are out of print, and are indicated in the list as "no longer available". The majority of these can be downloaded as PDF files for free.



Technical Manual of the FIAF Preservation Commission

A user's manual on practical film and video preservation procedures containing articles in English and French. (Includes: Basic Film Handling; Preservation of Moving Images and Sound; Handling,Preservation and Storage of Nitrate Film; Film Joins (Splices) Comments on Cement and Tape Slices; Basic Principles on Preserving Colour Films Produced in Processes  which used Colour Seperations of Nitrate Film; A discussion Paper on Methods of Copying Tinted, Toned and Stencil-Coloured Films for Preservation and Presentation; Survey of Printing Machines; Acetate or Polyester?)


FIAF, 1993, 192p., 66€


 

Physical Characteristics of Early Films as Aids to Identification

by Harold Brown. Documents some features such as camera and printer apertures, edge marks, shape and size of perforations, trade marks, etc. in relation to a number of early film producing companies.

FIAF, 1990, 101p., illus., 30€

Note that the new, expanded edition (2020) is now available here.

Cinema 1900-1906 : An Analytical Study

Proceedings of the FIAF Symposium held at Brighton, 1978.

Vol. 1 contains transcriptions of the papers. Vol. 2 contains an analytical filmography of 550 films of the period. 

FIAF, 1982, 372p., 44€


The Slapstick Symposium

Dealings and proceedings of the Early American Slapstick Symposium held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 2-3, 1985.

Edited by Eileen Bowser. 

FIAF, 1988, 121p., 24€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file)


A Handbook for Film Archives 

(out of print)

Basic manual on the functioning of a film archive.

Edited by Eileen Bowser and John Kuiper. A French version is also available (see below).

FIAF, 1980, 151p., illus.

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).

Manuel des archives du film

Manuel fondé sur l'expérience collective des membres de la FIAF.

Edité par Eileen Bowser et John Kluiper. Version française du Handbook for Film Archives.

FIAF, 1980, 151p., illus., 30€



American Film Index, 1908-1915

American Film Index, 1916-1920 

A two-volume index to more than 32.000 films produced by more than 1000 companies. 

Edited by Einar Lauritzen and Gunnar Lundqvist. 

Volume I : 45€ /  Volume II : 50€ /  2- volume set : 80€



Bibliography of FIAF Affiliates’ Publications (printed volumes)

Published annually from 1979 to 2010 (in English and French)

11€ (each volume). To order any of these volumes, please contact the FIAF Secretariat.

You can download the annual Bibliographies of the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.


Glossary of Filmographic Terms

This second edition terms and indexes in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian. Compiled by Jon Gartenberg.

FIAF, 1989, 149p., 45€

Please note that you can also use the online version of the Glossary of Filmographic Terms.

 

FIAF Classification Scheme for Literature on Film and Television

Second edition revised and enlarged.

Edited by Karen Jones and Michael Moulds.

FIAF, 1992, 50€


 

Règles de catalogage des archives de films

French edition of "The FIAF Cataloguing Rules of Film Archives" translated from English by Eric Loné.

AFNOR, 1994, 280 p., 25€

 (in French)

 

Bibliography of National Filmographies

Annotated list of filmographies, journals and other publications.

Compiled by D. Gebauer. Edited by H. W. Harrison.

FIAF, 1985, 80p., 25€

 

Le Cinéma français muet dans le monde, influences réciproques

Cinémathèque de Toulouse / Institut Jean Vigo for FIAF, 1988, 285p., 21€


Handling, Storage and Transport of the Cellulose Nitrate Film

Guidelines produced with the help of the FIAF Preservation Commission.

FIAF, 1992, 20p. Out of print.

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).


International Index to Film Periodicals (printed volumes)

Published from 1972 to 2012

Back volumes: 150€ 100€ / each volume [To order, please contact directly the P.I.P. Editor]

The International Index to Film Periodicals is also available in electronic format as part of the FIAF Databases.


Preservation and Restoration of Moving Image and Sound

A report by the FIAF Preservation Commission, covering in 19 chapters the physical properties of film and sound tape, their handling and storage, and the equipment used by film archives to ensure for permanent preservation.

FIAF, 1986, 268p., illus., 42€


FIAF Symposium Karlovy-Vary 1980 - Problems of Selection in Film Archives

FIAF, 143p., 10€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF)



FIAF Symposium Rapallo 1981 - L'Europe des téléphones blancs 1935-1940

Compte-rendu du Symposium historique à Rapallo à l'occasion du 37ème Congrès de la FIAF, 4-9 May 1981

FIAF, 87p., 10€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file)



FIAF Symposium Varna 1977

L'influence du Cinéma soviétique muet sur le cinéma mondial / The Influence of Silent Soviet Cinema on World Cinema

FIAF,  10€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).



The LUMIERE Project: The European Film Archives at the Crossroads

This book examines the challenges of film preservation at the brink of a new millennium, raising some vital issues along the way.
Edited by Catherine A. Surowiec.

Published by The LUMIERE Project, Lisbon, 1996.

264 p., illus., 50€

 

 Film Preservation

(out of print)

by Herbert Volkmann. A Report of the FIAF Preservation Commission.

FIAF, 1965, 60p.

You can download this publication for free HERE.

 

La Conservation des films

par Herbert Volkmann

Un rapport de la Commission de Conservation de films de la FIAF.

1967, FIAF, 10€

You can download this publication for free HERE.


International Index to Film Periodicals: Subject Headings

(out of print)

7th revised edition.

Editor: Rutger Penne

FIAF, 2001, 123p., 25€

International Index to Television Periodicals (printed volumes)

(out of print)

Published from 1979 to 1990.

The International Index to Television Periodicals is also available in electronic format as part of the FIAF Databases.


International Index to Television Periodicals: Subject Headings

(out of print)

Editor: Michael Moulds

FIAF, 1996

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).



International Directory of Film and TV Documentation Collections

(out of print)

Edited by René Beauclair, with the assistance of Nancy Goldman.

FIAF, 220p., 1994

 

Le jeu des catégories – The Categories Game

(out of print)

A survey by the FIAF Programming Commission offering listings of the most important films in various categories such as film history, film and the other arts, national production and works in archives. Covers some 2.250 titles, with several indexes.

FIAF, 1995, 30€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).



 

Reglas de catalogación de la FIAF para Archivos Fílmicos

(out of print)

Spanish edition of "The FIAF Cataloguing Rules of Film Archives" by the Filmoteca de la UNAM, México, and the  Archivo General de Puerto Rico, San Juan de Puerto Rico.

280p., 25€.

(in Spanish)



50 Years of Film Archives 1938-1988 

(out of print)

FIAF yearbook published for the 50th anniversary, containing descriptions of its 78 members and observers and a historical account of its development.

FIAF, 1988, 203p., illus., 27€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).



Rediscovering the Role of Film Archives: to Preserve and to Show

(out of print)

Proceedings of the FIAF Symposium held in Lisboa, 1989.

FIAF, 1990, 143p., 30€

You can download this publication for free HERE (PDF file).