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23 - 27 may 2020 [cancelled]

Eye Conference 2020

Water, Climate, and Migration

23 — 27 May 2020

Myopia by Kira Smith, Molly Martin and Randi Cecchine.
Myopia by Kira Smith, Molly Martin and Randi Cecchine.

Eye Filmmuseum joins NYU Cinema Studies and the Tisch School of the Arts to host three full days and four nights of screenings and presentations in Amsterdam. Orphans 12 explores Water, Climate, and Migration. Presenters will address these urgent but perennial subjects by examining how neglected works have represented, imagined, and recorded these intertwined phenomena throughout the history of moving images.

The 6th eye international conference hosts the 12th orphan film symposium. The annual Eye International Conference explores contemporary archival and academic debates, and in 2020 hosts the biennial Orphan Film Symposium. ‘Orphans 12’ gathers archivists, scholars, artists, collectors, curators, preservationists, technical experts, students, cinephiles, and others devoted to saving, studying, and screening neglected audiovisual media.

Still from Motus Aquae by Megan Phipps and Liam Devine.
Still from Motus Aquae by Megan Phipps and Liam Devine.
Movement by Sam Braun, Jason Clark and Sophie Koeleman.
Movement by Sam Braun, Jason Clark and Sophie Koeleman.

The Orphan Film Symposium begins with an evening screening on Saturday 23 May (preceded by “Meet the Archive,” an afternoon public programme highlighting recent projects from the Eye Collection). Three full days and evenings of symposium presentations and screenings, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. “Orphans 12” attendees are also invited to special activities at the Eye Collection Centre on Wednesday 27 May.

Expert presenters, selected from an open call for proposals, will discuss and show rediscovered and newly preserved films from archives and collections around the world. The event will again showcase a wide array of rare and rediscovered orphan films – silent, experimental, independent, scientific, documentary, educational, newsreel, sponsored, nontheatrical, fragmentary, amateur, industrial, personal, incomplete, and other films from outside the commercial mainstream.

100 Years of Climate by Jack Gatward, Dagmar Götz and Rik Vleer.
100 Years of Climate by Jack Gatward, Dagmar Götz and Rik Vleer.

Programme Committee

Dan Streible (NYU/Orphans)
Eef Masson (UvA)
Giovanna Fossati (Eye/UvA)
Gerdien Smit (Eye)
Jennifer Peterson (Woodbury University)

Voyage into the Unknown by Elliot Bloom, José Delhez and Jamil Fiorino-Habib.
Voyage into the Unknown by Elliot Bloom, José Delhez and Jamil Fiorino-Habib.

Steering Committee

Giovanna Fossati (President)
Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
Frank Roumen (Meet the Archive)

Students undertaking the course ‘This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice’ at the University of Amsterdam have created 1-minute film compilations inspired by the conference themes, ‘Water, Climate, and Migration’. For the compilations, they have used footage from platforms such as Open Images, The Internet Archive, or other open-source repositories.

1-minute film compilations

Myopia by Kira Smith, Molly Martin, Randi Cecchine

Voyage into the Unknown by Elliot Bloom, José Delhez, Jamil Fiorino-Habib

100 Years of Climate by Jack Gatward, Dagmar Götz, Rik Vleer

Movement by Sam Braun, Jason Clark, Sophie Koeleman

Motus Aquae by Megan Phipps, Liam Devine

You Don't Surf by Euphrosyne Papageorgiou Konti, Lonneke van Kampen, Joost Dofferhoff

Go With The Flow by Zena Berendse, Didi Liang, Darius Krolikowski

I Call This My Magic Window by Cecilia Pezzini, Eszter Kuruc, Maya Barenstein

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Practicalities

Eye International Conference 2020 flyer

Online event

The Orphan Film Symposium has migrated to an online edition. The live streams of May 26-28 began at 16.00, 20.00 en 00.00 h and on 29 May at 20.00 h (CEST). No paid registration required.

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