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cine-Forum: Discussion with enthutiasts and experts
13 November 2021, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
at Metropolis Cinema
and online

Free Admission

The event will be held in English!

Analog at a Distance
Film archives and the pandemic

The spread of coronavirus has kept us in its grip since the beginning of 2020. All areas of life are severely affected by the measures taken to contain the pandemic, including culture. In the discussions about the consequences of these developments, one area has received little public attention: Film archives. What impact do social distancing and closed cinemas have on the still largely analog work of archives? Since the digitization of cinemas has already caused a precarious situation for the presentation of film heritage, which is largely only available on analog prints. This is further reinforced when films are moved out of cinemas and uploaded to streaming platforms. However, access to analog film prints is not the only problem, but also the research of analog materials, which are essential for the preparation of conferences, archival film festivals, seminars and research work. What is the reaction of archivists, organizers, and researchers to this situation? Does the balancing act between deadlines and avoiding blind spots succeed? How far have the experiences of the restrictions provided a boost to digitization or rather shown the deficits even more clearly? We talk to organizers, archive staff and researchers about their experiences in recent months and discuss how film archives react to the new challenges.


  • Michal Bregant, Národní filmový archiv, Prag
  • Eva Näripea, National Archives Estonia
  • Daniela Tamm and Adelheid Heftberger, Bundesarchiv
  • Jay Weissberg, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, Pordenone

The forum will take place both as an on-site event at the Metropolis Cinema and simultaneously as an online event (using the Zoom Webinar tool).

Kommunales Kino Metropolis
Kleine Theaterstr. 10 10
20354 Hamburg
Tel.: 040-342353

Registration for online participation (Zoom webinar)


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