American educational film archive now at Dovzhenko Centre
At the beginning of November 2012 National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre received the final shipment of the American educational films archive that belonged to Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA). The Centre's staff obtained about 7,000 film reels of great historical interest, which, still, have not been catalogized yet.
The Academy received the archive of American educational films, produced for the U.S. Army in 1950-1980's, in the mid-1990s from the Counterpart Foundation. During 2008 – 2012 it was preserved by the Visual Culture Research Center, at that time situated in the Old Academic Building of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. In 2012, NaUKMA was not able to store the archive any more and was forced to hand the educational archive over to the Dovzhenko Centre.
The collection largely consists of duplicates and copies. Placed in a temporary storage, it will soon be processed – the best prints of the unique films will become part of the main film archive at the Centre. The collection will also be catalogized. Before the transfer of NaUKMA educational archive more than 42 000 film reels (over 5000 feature, animation, documentary and popular science films generally produced in Ukraine) were preserved by the Dovzhenko Centre. Most of the stored films are negative and internegative prints, while there is also a number of positive prints and digital copies. Dovzhenko Centre receives and preserves negative prints of all Ukrainian films produced after 1992. Currently, Dovzhenko Centre implements a project to turn the Centre into a representative state cinematheque, and transfer of the NaUKMA educational archive can be regarded as a step towards its realization.
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