On the occasion of the Berlinale reception of Deutsches Filminstitut on 15 February 2011, the European Film Gateway will be presented to the invited guests as a special preview. The public launch for the portal is scheduled for late March. 21 European project partners, among them 16 film archives, have contributed to the aim of providing a single access point to Europe's film archives' digital collections.
EFG partner Nederlands Filmmuseum joined forces with three other Dutch film institutions – Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education (NIF) and the Filmbank – to form a new organisation, the eye Film Institute Netherlands.
On 1 September 2009, the National Audiovisual Archive (KAVA) in Finland joined the EFG consortium, which now comprises 21 partners from 15 European countries. Formerly called Finnish Film Archive, the state institution’s primary motive has been and still is to save and preserve the Finnish film heritage.
Several lovingly compiled oilcloth albums filled with film frames, stored in the Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museo do Cinema’s archives, testify of a disconcerting method of appropriating and gathering film memorabilia in the 1920s: Portuguese film aficionados treated film frames, then called “os pontos” (“the points”), as valuable collector’s items.