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Subject: Grant for film preservation available

Grant for film preservation available

From: Walter Henry <whenry>
Date: Friday, June 17, 1994
The following appeared on AMIA-L and is reposted here without the
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    Date: 14 Jun 94
    From: Christopher Reiner <creiner [at] crl__com>
    Subject: Preservation Funds
    To: Multiple recipients of list AMIA-L <AMIA-L [at] UKCC__uky__edu>

    The American Film Institute
    "Challenge Grant For Film Preservation"


    The National Center for Film and Video Preservation at The American
    Film Institute is pleased to announce the availability of $350,000
    for "Archives Film Preservation Projects," the grant award component
    of the AFI's centennial challenge campaign for film preservation.

    Separate and distinct from the annual AFI/NEA Film Preservation
    Program, these funds are part of a challenge grant recently received
    by The American Film Institute from the Challenge and Advancement
    Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. This initiative is
    part of the institute's ongoing commemoration of the 100th
    anniversary of the cinema.

    Nature of the Grants

    Grants will be awarded to assist organizations in paying for
    laboratory costs to preserve and restore films of artistic and
    cultural value.  The program is national in scope and particularly
    encourages projects of special significance to the anniversary of
    the birth of motion pictures and the 100-year artistic and cultural
    legacy of the American cinema.

    There are no matching requirements for grants received through this
    program; however, all funds awarded must be used to cover laboratory
    costs to produce new film preservation masters from unique or
    best-surviving copies of endangered motion pictures. All types of
    films, regardless of base or format, are eligible, including, among
    others, features and shorts, independent and avant garde cinema,
    films reflecting ethnic culture and experiences, and film copies of
    landmark television programs. Information on the films preserved and
    the preservation elements produced through the program will be
    publicly accessible through the Center's National Moving Image
    Database (NAMID).


    Only tax-exempt organizations meeting the legal requirements set by
    the NEA may apply for support from this program (for a list of these
    requirements, contact the American Film Institute at the address
    below).  Applicants must also have an existing archival film
    preservation program, adequate staff and equipment to carry out the
    project, and must provide reasonable access to reference materials
    generated as part of the preservation process.

    Review Process

    Applications will be reviewed by an independent professional panel
    appointed by the National Center in consultation with the National
    Endowment for the Arts.  All funding recommendations will be
    submitted for final approval to the Chairman of the National
    Endowment for the Arts.  Applications will be processed and
    administered by National Center staff, who will notify organizations
    of grant award or rejection, dispense funds, and receive final

    Special Application Requirements

    Applications should include a compelling argument for the overall
    project and for the preservation of each of the films proposed.  In
    addition to completing the application form, applicants must

    *   A description of the film/films proposed for preservation and
        information demonstrating that they are unique or best-surviving

    *   An itemized list of preservation laboratory costs for the

    *   A brief history of the organization as it applies to the

    *   A description of policy and procedure for access to reference
        materials and for the protection of preservation masters.

    *   Resumes of key project staff members.

    *   A list of existing equipment related to the project, and a
        description of facilities for archival storage.

    Deadline and Announcement Dates

    Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, August 12,
    1994.  Notification of grant awards will be made no earlier than
    December 1994.

    For an application or additional information contact:

    National Center for Film and Video Preservation
    The American Film Institute
    The John F. Kennedy Center
    Washington, DC  20566
    Fax: 202-659-1970

                   Conservation DistList Instance 8:2
                   Distributed: Friday, June 17, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-8-2-016
Received on Friday, 17 June, 1994

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