Asian Film Archive Presents
Film Archiving Workshop
The work of archiving films is a complex one. Are you interested in learning more about the preservation of film heritage or are you hoping to learn more about how to better manage a collection of materials under your charge? Then this course could be for you. No prior archiving working knowledge is required and the course is suitable for staff responsible for film heritage collections such as librarians, archivists, technicians, curators, and collections managers.

Using pre-programme site visits, seminars, and short film excerpts, this introductory programme will provide an overview on the fundamentals of what distinguishes a film archive from a library or museum. The course will delve into how moving image materials are identified for preservation, caring for these collections, developing appropriate handling and documentation procedures, and establishing policies for access to, and use of, the collections.

Topics covered in each module:
Week 1: 1 Dec 09
1. What is a Film Archive? This module discusses the historical development and philosophies of moving image archives, delving into the principles, protocols and reasons for archiving.

Week 2: 8 Dec 09
2. Safeguarding the Collection This module looks at issues of appraisal, selection, conservation and storage.

Week 3: 15 Dec 09
3. Documentation This module deals with the day-to-day management and development of collections, policies and practices, and the dating of films from technology and content.

Week 4: 22 Dec 09
4. Access: Research, Re-use, Re-Release This module looks at the ethical and legal issues, copyright and intellectual property concerns, and the repurposing and reusing of material.

About the instructor
Deborah graduated from the film archiving programme at the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2007, where she also interned at the Norfolk Sound Archive (UK). Her film archiving interest lies in the provenance, context and ambiance of film heritage material. Together with gaining knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s cultural and heritage sectors, she has enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities with Archives New Zealand and within the New Zealand public service and museum professions. Deborah completed several contracts with the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification as a technical officer and trainee projectionist. These roles built on her previous film industry experience as a negative cutter and film-editing assistant. Deborah has taken two months leave from her current position with the New Zealand Ministry of Education to learn more about Asian film heritage and exchange knowledge and experiences with the Asian Film Archive.
Dates & Time
01, 08, 15, 22 Dec 2009 (Tue)
9:00am – 1:00pm

Price (inclusive of tea break)
$160 for 4 modules
($50 per module)

Oldham Lecture Room
National Archives of Singapore (NAS)
1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868 – Off Hill Street, beside Registry of Marriages

Closing date:
30 Nov 09

To register
Email Registration Form  to karen@asianfilmarchive.org
An acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

6777 3243
6543 1643

Cheque made payable to
Asian Film Archive 

Payment should be made by cheque (payable to Asian Film Archive) or GIRO within 30 days upon receipt of invoice. A penalty of the full cost of the workshop(s) will be imposed on participants who registered but did not attend the workshop(s).

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