Academy Film Archive
Although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has maintained a film collection since 1929, a concerted program to collect, conserve, and preserve films was only formally established in 1991, with the creation of the Academy Film Archive. From the start, the archive has maintained a focus on the conservation and preservation of independent artists’ films. As of 2015, more than 100 artists’ collections reside at the Academy, comprising originals, intermediates, prints, and other elements from filmmakers that include Thom Andersen, Stan Brakhage, Su Friedrich, Morgan Fisher, and dozens more. The Oberhausen programme will feature a selection of films from recent preservation projects.
Austrian Film Museum
“The exhibition space of a film museum is the screen.” With this philosophy, the Austrian Film Museum was founded in 1964 as a place for film exhibition, education, preservation and restoration. The collection today comprises some 26,000 titles. It strives for a balanced representation of the history of film while also setting spotlights, for example post-revolutionary cinema in the Soviet Union or international and Austrian avant-garde film. This programme presents works from these and other areas that have been restored by the museum – including Hans Scheugl’s Hernals (1967) and Friedrich Kuplent’s early experimental amateur film Prater (1929) – while relating them to its overall work.
BFI National Archive
Established in 1935, the BFI National Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world with nearly a million titles from the earliest days of film to the 21st century. The Archive can handle virtually all existing and obsolete formats so that future generations can enjoy their film heritage. The presentation in Oberhausen will be of three early titles by filmmaker and artist John Maybury, all originally shot on Super 8, including Court of Miracles (1982) and Solitude (1981). The works were preserved for the project “This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk” and will be screened from a 2k DCP.
National Film Center
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, was founded in 1952 with a film department which was renamed National Film Center (NFC) in 1970. In the following decades, the NFC systematically expanded its film archive, one of whose focuses is on works by Japanese amateur and avant-garde filmmakers since the late 1920. Most of these works reach the archive in the form of donations. The presentation in Oberhausen will feature restored films by pioneering Japanese amateur filmmakers like Ogino Shigej, who experimented with different film formats and genres since the late 1920s, or Mori Kurenai, whose abstract animations and meta-film narratives from the 1930s were rediscovered only recently.