The Europeana news letter contains a special on Valentine’s Day with examples of paintings, images, sounds, text and video about love, including a video from Video Active:

“Turning to modern times, television footage from Video Active illustrates a typical Valentine’s Day in Italy in 1971. The film shows smiling lovers on photographs and postcards, couples walking arm in arm through the streets and an elderly husband and wife, reading to each other on a park bench.”

Read the entire Valentine’s Day special.


As of January 15, the EUscreen project website is live. The project website contains a blog, information about the project and the partners, publications, events and so on. Visitors can also subscribe to the EUscreen mailing list or follow the project on Twitter or Facebook.

EUscreen started in October 2009 as a three-year project funded by the eContentplus programme of the European Commission. Within the duration of the project over 35,000 items that capture Europe’s television heritage (videos, photographs, articles) will be made available online through a freely accessible, multilingual portal. The portal will be launched in 2011 and will be directly connected to Europeana. The EUscreen consortium is coordinated by the University of Utrecht and consists of 27 partners (audiovisual archives, research institutions, technology providers and Europeana) from 19 European countries.

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FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Commission announces:
The First FIAT/IFTA Television Studies Seminar
PARIS, May 14th 2010

This international Television Studies Seminar, hosted by the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) at their central Paris location will present academic papers based on research conducted in FIAT/IFTA member archives and illustrated by extracts provided by those archives.

Paper proposals should include a brief abstract and details of arrangements made with the television archive at which the research will be conducted.  Participating FIAT/IFTA member archives will provide research facilities and extracts on DVD free of charge.  Full details of requirements and participating archives are on the Television Studies Commission page of the FIAT/IFTA website.

Proposals should be sent to the appropriate member of the Television Studies Commission by December 31st 2009.  The Seminar languages will be English and French, with translation provided.
Proposals can cover any aspect of television history or practice, though the following topics are suggested:

  • The transition from black and white to colour
  • Cinema on television
  • Transnational comparisons of genres or styles (which could use the resource of Video Active)
  • Aspects of studying complete days of output, especially comparative studies of those recorded on October 27th 2008 and 2009 by certain FIAT member archives (details on the website)

One of the papers delivered at the Seminar will be chosen for presentation at the FIAT/IFTA Conference in Dublin in October 2010, with its author receiving free registration and full travel and accommodation expenses.

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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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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The European Film Gateway (EFG) has released it’s first newsletter. ” Aim of the EFG project is to build a web portal with direct access to over 700.000 objects including films, photos, posters, drawings, sound and text material. The project started with an inaugural meeting on 21 September 2008 bringing together representatives from the 20 partner institutions, including 14 film archives and cinémathèques of the EFG consortium. ” (EFG newsletter no.1) Like Video Active, key issues of the project are copyright and interoperability. Together with Video Active and follow-up EUscreen, the EFG project will be a major source of audiovisual content for Europeana.  

book_cover31‘A European Television History’ is edited by Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading) and Andreas Fickers (University of Maastricht) and is a project by the European Television History Network. The book contains contributions from members of the network about the history of the medium in political, economic, cultural and ideological national contexts.

“With this collection, Bignell and Fickers bring together an outstanding team of scholars to draw together the best of existing and new scholarship in the field. This collection should inform all future studies of television, media history and, given the centrality of media to the formation of contemporary Europe, the study of European history as a whole.”
Sean Cubitt, Director of the Program in media and Communications, University of Melbourne

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