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Battles of the Archives - A Thing of the Past


FOCAL International, The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International, will host a one-day event at BAFTA in London on October 28, 2013. The conference is designed to inspire a new generation of filmmakers and build bridges between stakeholders in the world of archive content.

Etitled Battles of the Archives - A Thing of the Past, the conference will address the key issues affecting both the audiovisual archives as well as the producers who use them. On the archive side, discussions will focus on the challenges posed by new technologies, digitization costs and funding. On the productions side, a panel of experts will delve into the ins and outs of winning commissions and raising funds for archive based productions, and offer some hard-won insights on clearing footage and driving affordable deals.

Amongst the guest speakers will be Sir Jeremy Isaacs speaking on the fundamental importance and the power of archive, with examples from World At War, History of Ireland and Cold War. Additionally, representatives of several major online companies will talk about the digital future and new platforms.  

The conference day also includes an archive-based program pitching competition where the victor will win a slew of 'free' footage from Getty Images and facility hours from Prime Focus. 

The concluding conference drinks reception will lead into an evening screening of London - A Modern Babylon followed by a Q&A session with Miriam Walsh and Julien Temple.

The prices for taking part in Battles of the Archives - A Thing of the Past range from £50 for students, £85 for members, £100 for non-members + VAT.

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