Amateurfilm Platform (English)

The Amateur Film Platform is an initiative of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, which houses one of the largest audio-visual archives in Europe. In February 2013, the Institute will be launching the Amateur Film Platform, in association with the Gronings AudioVisueel Archief, the Rotterdam City Archives and Limburgs Museum Venlo.

Objectives

  1. Filling the gaps in the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s amateur collections, with an emphasis on footage captured on video carriers such as VHS, MiniDV, Hi8, Video8, Betamax and Digital8. These formats were used mainly during the period from 1980 to 2005, and there are virtually no archives containing amateur images from this period. To collect these materials, we need the help of the public, and so the materials will be acquired through active crowdsourcing: online and in real-time on Home Movie Days to be held in October 2012 in four locations across the Netherlands.
  2. The amateur film collections of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and its partners will be made available online along with the video footage sourced during the Home Movie Days. The amateur films will include an explanation and background information, which makes it possible to find them through different channels, as well as ensuring that the context of the material is preserved. These explanations are provided by professional archivists, the creators of the videos, and the general public.
  3. Creating awareness of the significant cultural and social value of amateur films and videos.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Lotte Belice Baltussen at the following e-mail address: lbbaltussen@beeldengeluid.nl

Home Movie Day

Home Movie Days are always exciting and dynamic events. The Amateur Film Platform invites everyone to bring and share their home movie history at the Home Video Days. All videos made between 1980 and 2005 are welcome, since what’s merely a hobby for one person can have major cultural and historical value for future generations. The most interesting and original videos will be digitised and included in the archives’ collections, after which they will be publicly available through the Amateur Film Platform. If you’ve already decided to bring videos, you can register here.

Why are we looking for video footage from 1980-2005 NOW?

Between 1980 and 2005, Dutch consumers switched en masse to new formats such as VHS, MiniDV, Hi8, Video8 and Betamax. Countless videos were shot of sports matches, weddings, graduation ceremonies, squatters’ riots, dance events, birthday parties, funerals and fun fairs. In addition, many amateur filmmakers also created feature films and documentaries on these audio-visual media. The Dutch Amateur Film Platform is the only initiative in the world of its kind dedicated to collecting videos from the period from 1980-2005. We are making this effort because video tends to be lacking from these collections, when in fact the medium is highly prone to decay. If we don’t take immediate action, it is very likely that the material will be irreparably lost to us, which would mean that 25 years of Dutch visual history will not be available to future generations. Between 1980 and 2005, Dutch consumers switched en masse to new formats such as VHS, MiniDV, Hi8, Video8 and Betamax. Countless videos were shot of sports matches, weddings, graduation ceremonies, squatters’ riots, dance events, birthday parties, funerals and fun fairs. In addition, many amateur filmmakers also created feature films and documentaries on these audio-visual media.

Programme and Procedures

Home Movie Days are always exciting and dynamic events. A variety of activities are organised in each location, and a large selection of films and videos are shown on a large screen.

Activities in all locations

  • Technical inspection of videos contributed by the public
  • Screening of material during inspection
  • Providing advice on the best preservation method for video
  • Assessment of the material by archive experts to determine whether it will be included in the collection<0}

Procedures for including videos in the collection

If you bring videos to the Home Movie Days, collection experts of the Amateur Film Platform partners will take time to view them. We would like to include the most interesting and original videos in our archives in order to safeguard the home video history of the Netherlands for the future and make it available through the Amateur Film Platform. If you agree that your video or videos will become part of the archives, our archives staff will take them with them and view them in more detail. We will then contact you, and together we will set the terms for making the video available. In the final step of the process, the videos will be digitised and securely stored, and naturally you will receive a digital copy of your material.

Pre-registration

If you would like to let us know before Home Movie Day that you plan to bring videos to one of the events, please contact us by sending an e-mail to one of the addresses for the different locations listed below. Please include as much information as possible, including:

  • The year the video was made
  • The content of the video
  • The person(s) who made the video
  • The format used (e.g. VHS, MiniDV, Hi8, Video8, Video2000, Betamax, etc.)

Contact details

GRONINGEN

e: s.vos@groningerarchieven.nl

Gronings AudioVisueel Archief in partnership with Drents Audio Visueel Archief and Fries Film Archief

Location: Groninger Archieven, Cascadeplein 4, Groningen

Date: Saturday 13 October 2012

Time: 11pm – 5pm

ROTTERDAM

e: lpm.schoemaker@rotterdam.nl

Rotterdam City Archives

Location: Foyer Kriterion, 7th floor, Engels Grandcafé-Restaurant Zalen

Stationsplein 45, Rotterdam

Date: Sunday 14 October 2012

Time: 12pm – 4pm

AMSTERDAM

e: homemovieday@beeldengeluid.nl

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Location: Artis Parkzalen, Plantage Middenlaan 41A, Amsterdam

Date: Saturday 20 October 2012

Time: 11pm – 5pm

VENLO

e: f.holthuizen@limburgsmuseum.nl

Limburgs Museum Venlo

Location: Limburgs Museum Venlo, Keulsepoort 5, Venlo

Date: Saturday 27 October 2012

Time: 11pm – 5pm

 

The Amateur Film Platform is made possible with the support of the VSBfonds and the Mondriaan Fonds