Film:ReStored_04 — The Film Heritage Festival
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The fourth edition of Film:ReStored will primarily focus on film sound. Historical sound formats represent a special challenge in terms of restoration. But the latest digital technology makes it possible to come as close as possible to the original sound.
New scanning methods
We will introduce new scanning procedures and examples from film history showing how sound has been used ‒ ranging from shellac records to four-channel magnetic tapes, and from Jagd nach der Million (D, 1931, Max Obal) to Der fliegende Holländer (GDR, 1964, Joachim Herz). The festival also looks at how to deal with the differing sound versions that have been used in the past. How does sound editing change a work? And how should different versions be assessed, for instance Hans Richter’s later audio dubbing of his silent films?
Audio descriptions are now an integral component of many DCPs, and film heritage should also be made available barrier-free. For this reason the fourth day of the festival is dedicated to inclusive access to (historical) films. We will review and discuss exemplary audio descriptions as well as the quality standards and challenges presented by silent and experimental films.
As in the past, this year’s guests from other FIAF archives will discuss digitization strategies and projects in their respective countries: The Polish National Film Archive (FINA) reports on innovative techniques; other guests (including Oliver Hanley, Anke Mebold and Julia Wallmüller) provide insights into the restoration projects of the partners of the Kinematheksverbund (Association of German Cinematheques).
The awards ceremony of the Kinopreises des Kinematheksverbundes will take place on Friday, October 25th, followed by a reception and a short film program with musical accompaniment.
Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes
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The “Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes” (Prize of the Association of German Cinematheques presented to exemplary cinemas) is awarded annually to local art-house cinemas and initiatives supporting the cinematic heritage. The award appreciates their exceptional programs and continuous commitment towards creating a high-quality, thought-provoking and diverse cinema culture in Germany. The Kinopreis is endowed with a grand total of 30,000 euros prize money per year.
A total of twenty awards are given in four categories, whose main focuses correspond to cultural program work related to film – including the presentation and communication of German and international film history, offers for children and young adults, or social engagement for the cinematic arts. In addition, a top award, the “Lotte Eisner Prize” endowed with 6,000 euros, is also presented to a cinema for its exceptional cinema program or outstanding individual events and initiatives that deserve to be especially singled out.
The jury that selects the award winners is made up of five specialists, who have relevant experience in the field of cultural film work. Each juror acts as a representative of various associations of film-related work for a three-year period.
The following jurors were appointed to the jury in March 2019: Doris Kuhn for the Bundesverband kommunale Filmarbeit; Michael Höfner for the AG Verleih; Carolin Weidner for the Verband der deutschen Filmkritik; Philipp Aubel for the Bundesverband Jugend und Film; and Madeleine Bernstorff for the Kinematheksverbund.
An honorary award of the Kinematheksverbund without remuneration also recognizes accomplishments made in the name of film culture and cinematic heritage. The award honors the engagement of individuals in public life, who have committed themselves to a diverse film culture and cinematic heritage. Members of the Kinematheksverbund present this award directly.
The awarding of this year’s “Kinopreis des Kinematheksverbundes” takes place on October 25, 2019, as part of the fourth edition of Film:ReStored. Das Filmerbe-Festival.