At a global meeting of experts and academics in film making and archiving in Germany, a call has gone out for the world to pay more attention to how best nations and institutions can collaborate to rescue decaying film stocks and preserve the images for the benefit of posterity.
The gathering of film historians, archivists, museums, cinemathiques, policy makers and related professionals discussed extensively on how resources and ideas can be harnessed in making sure that film archiving is given the desired attention if history as told in films must survive the generations ahead.
The call was made at the International Network of Film Archiving and Curiotal Archiving workshop which held in Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. Issues of training, technology for digital preservation and archiving, ethical implications of the use of digital technology for film preservation dominated discusses at the conference.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr Chidia Maduekwe who doubles as the Chairman of the National Film Institute, Jos was at the conference where he told delegates during a roundtable discussion that the NFC is fine tuning plans to have a holistic national in film archiving that will encompass the ideals of the workshop.
He said the NFC through the NFC through its training arm, the National Film Institute, Nigeria’s premiere film school has inaugurated and admitted students into its Masters in Film and Archival Studies, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Nigerian delegation to the Frankfurt archive conference included Professor Torr, Dr Nanacy King, both of the University of Jos and Mr Aston Danjuma, Nigerian Film Corporation.