This year’s program for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is comprised of interesting films, discussions and lectures. IDFA has already started and will be running until 25 November, so there will be many opportunities to come and see the past, and also current landscape of documentary filmmaking.
To save you time, we have compiled a small selection of films and events which could be of interest to anyone curious about the various uses of archival film footage and its presentation to the contemporary spectator.
Check out our picks and please do come along!
Anniversary of the Revolution (Dziga Vertov, 1918)
Starting with the prolific documentarian, Dziga Vertov, his feature-length film survived only in a 12-minute version until recently. However, after years of searching, Russian film scholar Nikolai Izvolov located the film in its entirety in the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the film and IDFA audiences will have the unique chance to view this carefully restored footage accompanied by a live score. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness Lenin addressing the cameraman or speeches by Leon Trotsky!
The UvA AMIA student chapter for 2018-19 is officially established. The chapter is comprised of AMIA UvA committee members and Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P) MA students.
Cristina Kolozsvary – President
Sophie Tupholme – Vice President
John Jacobsen – Secretary
Bea Harbour – Treasurer
Olivia Hărşan – Communications Coordinator, Twitter
Janka Barkóczi – Facebook
Kamilla Gylfadóttir – Instagram, Branding
Barbara Nováková – Blog
Paulina Reizi – Communications Advisor
Pia Bechtle, Lee Russell Elmore, María Hernández and Jaka Lombar
We have already planned some upcoming projects including the digitisation of Otto Schuurman’s films and we are in the midst of organising a number of film-related events through collaborations with private film collectors, institutions and viewing spaces across Amsterdam.
It is beginning to look like an exciting year and as such we’d like to invite any other film studies students to join us. Just shoot us an email, we’re a friendly bunch!
We couldn’t wrap up our year in Amsterdam without one final diary log from the projection booths of Amsterdam. Likewise, we headed to Lijnbaansgracht to find the welcoming arthouse cinema Cinecenter, tucked in between the now legendary pop-culture venue Melkweg and the always-lively Leidseplein.
Cinecenter is an intimate arthouse cinema right in the center of Amsterdam that combines an independent and arthouse film programming with special English-subtitled screenings and film meet-ups directed to Amsterdam’s bursting community of expats. Cinecenter opened its doors for the first time in 1979 in a building originally designed by the architect Gerard de Klerk.
L-R: President Krystel Brown, Secretary Jim Wraith, Treasurer Fatma Amer and Vice-President Niamh O’Donnell.
On behalf of the 2016-2017 UvA Student Chapter Officers I would like to thank everyone for their contributions and support throughout the previous academic year and in all of our endeavours. It has been a year filled with many challenges and great opportunities and we successfully ran a series of talks, visits and travels that furthered out knowledge in the field whilst also meeting really great people.
To finish out tenure there will be one more “Booth Diaries” by Sofia Pires and we hope you enjoy her final musings and great photographs before welcoming the new officers.
To the incoming officers – we wish you all the best in your endeavours over the forthcoming year.
Photo of Guy courtesy of https://www.cognovo.eu/
Guy Edmonds was part of one of the earliest Master classes in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image graduating in 2006. He was worked for many years as a film restorer and archivist at EYE Film Institute, Christie’s Camera and Photographic auctions and The Cinema Museum in London, among other institutions. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Plymouth University, in the CogNovo programme, facilitated by the EU Marie Curie initiative. His research focuses on affect and cognitive phenomena associated with moving image viewing, examining the role of projection technologies using electroencephalography (EEG) analysis. He has written extensively on early cinema, the electrophysiology of spectatorship, amateur film and projection. As well as being a member of AMIA, Guy is also a member of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image and the artist-run film lab cooperative, Filmwerkplaats.
A review of the A teströl és a lélekröl viewing experience at Berlinale 2017
**Contains mild spoilers**
Squeezing myself in the seats of the Frederichstadt-Palast at 9am in the morning is probably not the most ideal way to start up my day in Berlinale. It was all (almost) worth it though, as I got to view the enchanting A teströl és a lélekröl (On Body and Soul) which ended up winning the Golden Bear for Best Film. As swarms of viewers -mostly 60+ year olds- gently elbowed each other in the gut to get to the better seats of the theatre I was relieved when fellow P&P student Rick made his way over so I wouldn’t have to worry about claiming the empty seat next to me anymore. The lights went off and the familiar Berlinale clip rolled on screen.