03 Mar 2013
EC Report: European film struggling with digitization
The European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes has taken a note of the invisibility of European film heritage in the 21st Century. In a press statemenent, Kroes assured, "Film is at the heart of European culture. I am determined to bring this film legacy online and will make a proposal in 2013 that helps Member states and stakeholders to join forces to get films online."
Since 2009, two million films have been viewed on the EU funded online platform, 'Europa Film Treasures'. Only 1.5% of European film heritage is digitized, which is a pre-condition for online access. Despite interest of audiences to watch films online, film lovers are missing out. The report has identified scarce national and private funding, as well as complexity of rights clearance as the main obstacles to digitization. It has also identified Sweden and UK as the best practice countries facilitating digital preservation of films.
Via EC Press Release
09 Dec 2012
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