The renowned media artist and independent filmmaker Péter Forgács has used the material from Video Active to create a short documentary. By using footage from the different archives, Forgács gives a beautiful insight in the rich material available on Video Active. The documentary enables viewers to discover various aspects of European television history in a compelling form. This new work will have its online premiere on October 27th, to celebrate the UNESCO World Day for the Preservation of the Audiovisual Heritage and can be viewed from this day on

About Péter Forgács
Since 1976, Péter Forgács is present in the Hungarian art scene as filmmaker and media artist. In the 1970s and ’80s he collaborated with the contemporary music ensemble Group 180, and worked in the Balázs Béla Film Studio. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, a unique collection of amateur film footage, and has used this material as  raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. His international debut came with the Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague (1990) and in 2002 the Getty Research Institute exhibited his installation The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River. Forgács has received several international festival awards in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco, New York and Berlin. Forgács won the 2007 Erasmus Prize, which is “awarded to a person or institution which has made an exceptionally important contribution to culture in Europe.” (biography source: Wikipedia, )

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Europeana is awarded with the Erasmus Award for Networking Europe by the European Society for Education and Communication (ESEC). Out of 230 applications 62 nominations were selected and only 3 were awarded. All 62 nominees were awarded with the Erasmus Seal of Approval for excellent quality and educational value.


The jury has chosen Europeana because of:

“The leading idea of Europeana is the strong conviction that European countries can be connected by realizing in several languages more access to the European cultural heritage –not only for scientists, but also for every general citizen.
If we see Europeana as a treasure store house, the user can be seen as a treasure digger who is discovering a virtual world of culture that seems to be without borders.”

Max Kaiser from the National Library of Austria and co-ordinator of EuropeanaConnect attended the awards ceremony and delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Europeana.

As a contributor to Europeana, the Video Active consortium is very pleased with the appreciation of the ESEC for Europeana.

The full laudation can be viewed here.

pic_award_smallVideo Active has been nominated for the first FIAT/IFTA ARCHIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. This award celebrates the  “most productive iniative that promotes the value and use of audio-visual archives”  The winner of the award will be anounced during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Beijing on October 23.

logo_2009The MEDEA Awards are now open for participation. “The aim of the annual MEDEA Awards is to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media in education. Their purpose is to recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources at all levels of education, and to highlight good practice in the use of media and video in the classroom.” (MEDEA web site) This year there are two new awards: the MEDEA Award for Creativity and Innovation and the European Collaboration Award. The latter is open to projects with two or more European partners. Participants can register online before Wednesday 30th September, 12 PM (midnight).

The project Video Active has finished at the end of August and has been reviewed on September 24. The portal contains over 10.000 items: videos, photographs and articles. The history of European television can be discovered through multiple themes. Each of these themes has it’s own showcase, highlighting parts of the collection with additional context information. Various search modes can be applied. The portal will continue to be online.

By Jaap Blom

1574The article Accepting Exceptions – in issue #81 of the magazine DOX – shows the efforts of the EU to alleviate the strict copyright laws for documentary filmmakers by having issued a Green Paper on common legislation for the free movement of knowledge within the European market. The paper is modelled after the Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, which has been used in the US since 2005 and has been a great help for filmmakers. In the article Video Active and the European Film Gateway are mentioned as being good coalition partners backing up the goals mentioned in EU’s Green Paper; hopefully to become a White Paper in the near future.

pfAcknowledged and award winning media artist and film maker Péter Forgács attended the Video Active meeting in Vienna to discuss the possibilities for a short documentary made of Video Active material. Péter Forgács has made over thirty films and often uses archive  and amateur film material to tell unique stories. His work has been recognized all over the world and he  has had a number of exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Working together with Péter Forgács would be a great opportunity for Video Active.

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