It’s all in the archive

It’s all in the archive

Berlin 1945 by Volker Heise

International filmmakers get the opportunity Tuesday Feb 25 2020 to check out the potential for business with some of the global industry’s most important archives during EFM’s inaugural Archive Day. These include the likes of the German Bundesarchiv, Eye Filmmuseum (Netherlands), Getty Images and Associated Press.  

Additional features of Archive Day are an all-day drop-in session for filmmakers needing advice on tricky areas such as development, workflow, rights clearances and licensing.


There is a preview screening of the first part of Berlin 1945 by Volker Heise, which ‘time-travels into the city’s most fateful year through the eyes of those who experienced it: Germans and Allied soldiers’, followed by a Q&A. 


The day is rounded off with a ‘Hidden Treasures: the Ins and Outs of Archive Research’ session which includes a case-study on Berlin 1945 before a panel discussion that features clips from recent films such as Walchensee Forever (Janna Ji Wonders, Berlinale 2020) and Beuys (Andreas Veiel), during which Canadian archive producer Elizabeth Klinck compares notes with German producers, researchers and archivist on the various approaches to archival research, producing and licensing.


Archive is an important segment that we have not specifically featured in the market, until now. We thought it was essential to create a specific part for it at EFM,” commented DocSalon manager Nadja Tennstedt, adding how the German archive sector has been slow in the past in making its footage accessible to filmmakers. 


“There is a huge need for this. The EFM has so many producers attending, and they are prime clientele for this service.”


She adds: “I really hope that we can build on this in the future. It’s a great addition not just to Doc Salon but to the entire market. Archive is needed for documentary of course, but for fiction as well. Finally we will have a professional place to meet.”