Tender procedure in the field of Media policy. This study shall provide a detailed description of the challenges that film heritage institutions are facing in relation to digital production or distribution of cinematographic works (in cinemas or via new channels of distribution). It will establish the legal/organisational/technical changes that should be introduced to ensure that film archives will continue to perform their role in the digital era. It will evaluate the awareness and readiness for changes of film archives and national administrations in the 27 Member States, and identify problems and best practices. The study will analyse and compare the situation in film heritage institutions in US, describe the strategies of American majors and large European production companies for preservation of their digital films. It will also provide policy options for EU action, and recommendations and a calendar to Member States and film heritage institutions for the preparation to the digital era.

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