Asian Film Archive Presents
Demystifying the Archiving of Film and Audiovisual Materials
Date: 18 June 2012, Mon
Venue: The Pod, National Library Building (Level 16), 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064
Entry is free by registration.
Synopsis of Programme
If you are a filmmaker
, film student
, film enthusiast
or film collector
and would like to find out more on how
to care for your materials, prevent them from further deterioration, and cope with the preservation of ever
changing digital formats, this talk is for YOU
. Join us in a casual dialogue session with Mr. Ray Edmondson,
one of the most knowledgeable and highly respected audiovisual archivists in the world.
How can your collections, film projects, related materials like rushes, photos, music, scripts etc be archived in
a proper way? Will film be lost forever as digital formats dominate the film industry? Are digital formats
vulnerable? Are your current practices sufficient and suitable for long-term archival of your materials? Ray will
share with you his expertise and experiences and answer all your questions on the developments and
preservation of film and audiovisual materials in both analogue and digital formats.
Biodata of RAY EDMONDSON
After graduating in Arts and Librarianship at the University of New South Wales, Ray joined the Film Section
of the National Library of Australia in 1968. In 1973, he established and led its new Film Archive Unit,
becoming the overall head of the Library's Film Section in 1978. Described as the 'moving spirit' behind the
creation of the National Film and Sound Archive in 1984, he served as its Deputy Director until 2001, when he
was endowed as its first honorary Curator Emeritus. During his public service career, he devised and led
corporately funded film restorations and pioneering programs like The Last Film Search and Operation
Newsreel. Ray currently runs Archive Associates Pty Ltd with his wife, Sue.
His service as chair or board member of various professional or community organisations is wide ranging and
include The Federation Line Inc., Music Roll Australia, Archive Forum and the Friends of the National Film
and Sound Archive. Internationally, he served as the inaugural President of SEAPAVAA (South East Asia
Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association) from 1996 to 2002 and ex-officio Council member, as Past
President, until 2008. He presently co-chairs AMIA's (Association of Moving Image Archivists) Advocacy Task
Force. Since 1996, he has been involved in UNESCO's Memory of the World Program, authoring its current
General Guidelines, and presently serves on its national, regional and international committees.
Ray writes, advises, speaks and constantly travels internationally and his regular teaching commitments have
included the professional audiovisual archiving courses offered by Charles Sturt University (Australia),
University of East Anglia (UK) and the George Eastman House School of Film Preservation (USA). His latest
monograph, Audiovisual Archiving: Philosophy and Principles, was published by UNESCO in 2004.
His interests include animation and comic strips, and mechanical music. He has recently completed his
doctoral project at the University of Canberra.
In 1987, Ray was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his work in audiovisual archiving. In
2003, he received the AMIA Silver Light Award for his outstanding career achievements. In 2008 he was
elected NSW Pioneer of the Year by the Australian Society of Cinema Pioneers. SEAPAVAA conferred Ray
with the SEAPVAA Lifetime Achievement Award and SEAPAVAA Fellowship for exceptional contribution in
audiovisual archiving in the region in 2010, and in the same year he received the Distinguished Achievement
Award of the Australian Society of Archivists.
The Asian Film Archive would like to thank Mr. Ray Edmondson for sharing his experience and expertise.
, please email
with the subject heading "Talk on 18 June" and provide your full name and email contact.