Over 1'300 videos from the collections of the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland are now searchable through EFG. The selection of films provided are mostly non-fiction, and include documentaries, newsreels, educational material, television, public information films, industrial, advertising and promotional material.
With a ceremonial event, the United Nations will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in the presence of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, 8 July 2014, 6:30 pm local time, at the UN headquarters in New York. The event will be the only commemoration of WW1 that will bring all the Member States of the United Nations together. A clip with film material digitised by the EFG1914 partners will be shown to several hundred international diplomatic representatives as introduction to the event.
On occasion of the current commemorations of World War One, the European Film Gateway is now presenting a virtual exhibition about the history of film during the war years. Users can view ca. 120 clips from historical films as well as selected film posters and other film-related materials, arranged in thematic sections such as "Advertising the war" or "Cameramen at the front".
This year’s edition of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (20 November to 1 December 2013) will feature a series of films about World War One. The programme section The First World War: The First War On Screen was curated by Elif Rongen-Kaynaci (EYE Film Institute), David Barnou from NIOD (Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), and Bert Hogenkamp (Sound and Vision).
The documentaries shown in the scope of the programme section are also available on the EFG Portal or will be made available soon:
A Chinese film classic, "Pan si dong", from 1927 presumed to be lost was recently discovered in the archives of the National Library of Norway. The Library made contact with the Chinese film archive, which is excited to finally receive a restored copy of one of the central films in their country's film history. Both, director and the star of the film were well-known at the time in China. It was produced by Shanghai Shadow Play.