British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

New additions to the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,300 websites relating to   video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into   over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please   contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at
A useful website on all aspects of Polish culture both contemporary and historical. Articles and reviews cover literature, film, music, visual arts and theatre. This piece on Polish Cinema of the Silent Era gives an overview of early film practitioners in Poland; another piece considers the mind-boggling difficulties and the human cost of translating Finnegans Wake into Polish, one of only ten languages to have its own version of Joyce’s magnum opus.

Eye Film Institute Netherlands
The Dutch national film centre for film culture and heritage has a broad mission, covering film education, supporting the industry, film restoration, promotion and marketing. To open up its collections to as wide an audience as possible it has an ongoing digitisation programme, the results of which can be seen here.
The Instant Cinema Collection features experimental films from the archive as well as short films uploaded by filmmakers themselves. The Scene Machine aims to let the viewer explore the archive in an intuitive way, presenting film fragments clustered around themes and keywords, which can then be juxtaposed, filtered, combined and saved, with the aim of fostering a more interactive approach to the material without sacrificing the integrity of the films or their archival and historical importance.

Film Archives Online
This multilingual gateway site provides access to moving image collections from all over Europe, giving information about the existence and location of film material as well as contact and access details. Searches can be done by content, filmographic data and physical characteristics. Most of the major European film archives are represented including the British Film Institute, the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, the Deutsches Filminstitut, the eye Film Institute Netherlands, the Greek Film Archive, the Hungarian National Film Archive amongst others.

Macaulay Library
Part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Library’s archive defines itself as ‘the world’s largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings.’ With recordings going back to the 1920s, exacting details are provided for the hundreds of thousands of items, both audio and video, though not all have been digitised yet. Encoding levels are generally high. Its vast array of holdings are complimented by helpful guide on academic citation of their AV records as well as details on how to add content to the library.

Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC)
Housed at the University of South Carolina, the MIRC’s archives encompass newsfilm, local television, regional film, science and nature films and a Chinese film collection. Beginning in 1980 with the gift of the Fox Movietone News collection, the archive has since increased its holdings to over 6,000 hours worth of film, and selected examples have been digitised and are available to view online. The regional film collections feature amateur films and home movies filmed in South Carolina and other states in the American South, as well as films produced by or for the University of South Carolina, and films produced by or for other regional government entities. The Chinese Film Collection consists of 16mm and 35mm fiction and documentary films donated in 2009 by the People’s Republic of China.

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