Film:ReStored_03. The Film Heritage Festival

On October 25–28, 2018 the third installment of the film heritage festival “Film:ReStored” will take place at the Filmhaus on Potsdamer Platz, a special event organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek for the Deutscher Kinematheksverbund (association of German cinematheques).

Digitally restored films will be screened across four days, in part as premieres. Lectures and workshop reports dedicate themselves to questions about the digitalization of film heritage. The third edition of Film:ReStored will address the interplay of film and television archives within the traditions of dealing with film heritage. Without the contributions of television, German film history since the 1960s would look considerably different. Much of what became possible in New German Cinema is also owed to the engagement of individual TV editors, who have continuously supported such works over decades and who have had an influence on both careers and developments in the genre. It seems all the more necessary to consider television and film history together and to develop cooperative strategies to bring dormant treasures back to life on screen. Some of these will be shown again for the first time as part of the Film:ReStored_03 program.

Broadcasting stations, which include other European countries as well, can act as (co-)producers or provide a stimulus for films that have an influence on European film history. How archives deal with film and television heritage is regulated very differently nationwide and throughout Europe. In a FIAF lecture, Kieron Webb from the British Film Institute will provide insights into collection strategies in place there: Aside from building up its extensive film collection, as a “national film & television archive” the BFI also explicitly includes the documentation of television program history among its tasks. Other lectures, workshops and festival films will reflect on the relationship between film and television. Among varied topics, they will focus on the contribution of television stations to the traditions and mediation of film history. The commitment of ARTE/ZDF is exemplary in this respect, using newly composed music to bring today’s audiences closer to silent films shown on television and at movie theaters, and keeping the films alive in this way.


On Friday, October 26th, the awards ceremony of the Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes (a nationwide prize of the association of German cinematheques) will take place, followed by a reception. This prize is awarded to institutions, initiatives and individuals in appreciation of their commitment to film heritage and a diverse cinema culture.


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In cooperation with the Deutscher Kinematheksverbund and the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF)

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