Budapest hosted the Congress of the International Federation of Film Archives

It was the second time after 1961. that Budapest was the venue for the yearly Congress of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) between 24-29 April 2022, hosted by the Hungarian National Film Institute – Film Archive. Hundreds of professionals and exhibitors came to the event from all around the world.

The central topic of the congress this time was the preservation, digitization and distribution to the general public of non-feature film collections, such as newsreels, experimental films, shorts, animations, ethnographic films, commercials, institutional films and private films.

It was the first time that a 39-minute silent movie dating from 1914, A munkászubbony (The Workman’s Overall) was screened, accompanied by live music. It had been digitally restored by NFI – Film Archive and the Filmlab. The short film was discovered in Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum in 2017.  

The Filmlab not only was represented by the films we restored but we were present as exhibitors too. The participants were given a bookmark as a present, piece of an image recorded and copied black and white positive print that contained the restored frames of Miklós Jancsó’s feature, Silence and Cry. On the las day of the congress the archivists came to visit the Filmlab too.