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 http://tinyurl.com/videoactive

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, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Forgacs )

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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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