Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Study on Challenges of the digital era for film heritage institutions

The Commission financed a Study on a digital agenda for film heritage institutions. It was published in 2012. The conclusions and recommendations of this study are an important input for a new instrument on film in the digital era, currently in preparation.
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SMART 2010/0001

Selected contractor: peacefulfish Productions Ltd

Short description: The expected results of the study were the following:

  • Detailed description of the challenges that film heritage institutions are facing in relation to collection of digital film material, storage and long-term preservation of digital film material, digital restoration, digitisation and integration in Europeana, access to collections thanks to new technologies and digital cinema distribution.
  • Comparison with other sectors facing the same challenges: European and American Production Companies, American Film Heritage Institutions, Public Service Broadcasting archives and Space Data.
  • Proposals for legal/organisational/technical changes have to be introduced to ensure that film archives will continue to perform their role in the digital era and their cost.
  • Evaluation of the awareness and readiness of film heritage institution for these changes.
  • Policy options for EU and Member States action (backed by a cost/benefit analysis) as well as recommendations and a calendar for changes in Film Heritage Institutions.


> Final report -  Executive summary: DE - EN - FR

A workshop to validate the results of this study took place on 20 September 2011 at the Cinematek in Brussels.
> Agenda of the meeting