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Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices

Eye International Conference 2022

29 — 31 May 2022

The annual Eye International Conference is an opportunity for scholars, archivists, curators, researchers, filmmakers, students, artists, and film enthusiasts from across the world to gather and explore contemporary professional and academic issues affecting audiovisual heritage today.

Eye Filmmuseum, the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will present the 7th Eye International Conference on ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving: Exchange of Knowledge and Practices’.

The 2022 edition will focus on the imbalance or current misrepresentation of global audiovisual heritage holdings, looking in particular at the alarming scarcity of audiovisual heritage from the Global South in the digital space.* We will provide speakers and participants a platform to encourage knowledge exchange between scholars and archivists from different parts of the world, and different archival traditions. The conference offers a space to consider the impact of geographical location, the availability of resources, technical and digital gaps, and different audiovisual traditions. We will discuss archival challenges and think together about new models for collaboration.

The goal of the conference is to broaden the knowledge and connections within the global archival community, leading to new insights on the status of film heritage and archiving in different parts of the world.


The Eye International Conference 2022 will take place in Amsterdam from Sunday, 29 to Tuesday, 31st May 2022. Please note that the official opening of the Eye International Conference will take place on Saturday 28th May at 19:00 before the screening of Vrouwen van Suriname (Oema foe Sranan, 1978). Celebratory opening drinks will take place after that screening at 21:30.

Participants are also invited to two annual side events:
- Meet the Archive, a public program highlighting recent projects with the Eye Collection, on Saturday, 28th May.
- Open House at the Eye Collection Centre, a program of guided tours, presentations, demonstrations, and screenings, on Wednesday 1st June.

Conference program

Take a look at the program outline for the Eye International Conference 2022, or download the conference booklet.

Open conference booklet


This year, we offer a hybrid conference format to accommodate everyone. Please note that all presenters must register for the conference. There is a different registration fee for on-site and virtual participants. Unfortunately, it is not possible to return purchased tickets.


On-site Regular Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 100 euro
On-site Student Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 50 euro
Virtual Conference Passe-partout (3 days): 25 euro

Day tickets
On-site Regular Conference Ticket (1 day): 50 euro
On-site Student Conference Ticket (1 day): 25 euro

still from The Death of a Horse (Vdekja e Kalit) (Saimir Kumbaro, AL 1992)
still from The Death of a Horse (Vdekja e Kalit) (Saimir Kumbaro, AL 1992)

Virtual conference

Via the virtual conference platform, you can attend the day sessions and watch pre-recorded poster presentations in the Poster Room. After the conference, both on-site and online attendees will be able to watch the recordings on-demand until Monday, 6th June. Please note that we will not stream or record the evening screenings but some films are available on the Eye Film Player.

Visit the Eye Film Player
poster Eye International Conference 2022

Evening screenings

The three evening screenings are included in the passe-partout tickets, but can also be attended seperately.

Practical information

Drinks and Food
We will offer coffee and tea throughout the day, but no lunch and dinner. However, there are many food options around Eye Filmmuseum and the Eye Collection Centre. Please refer to the “Restaurant List” document on this web page. You are welcome to join us for Opening Drinks on Saturday 28th May at 21:30 and Closing Drinks on Tuesday 31st May at 19:00.

Looking for information on how to reach us?

Conference Program Outline

Conference Program Booklet

Restaurant list

campaign image This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice 2022
still from Aurora Goes to Holland (Jonathon Rosen, 2015)

This is Film! 2022

Public lecture series devoted to film heritage on 'Global Audiovisual Archiving'.

Read more on This is Film! 2022

1-minute film compilations

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 theme, ‘Global Audiovisual Archiving’. For the compilations, they have used footage from platforms such as Open Images, The Internet Archive, or other open-source repositories.

Excess Neglected: Political Memory and Popular Global Archives by Lori Stirland-Legret, Tikin Tan, Samuel Smith & Sebastian Rousseau

“Tu nous regardes comme des insects” by Ahmed AbdulMageed, Emma Brent & Sanne Hesseling

The Cinema Took the Same Route by Luis Felipe Ragua Miranda, Tim van de Peppel, Julie Peterse & Iga Romanek

Shadows by Hanxiao Luo, Haitian Ma, Vera Mennens & Nouk Mutsaers

Film Us As We Are by Yuanling Hu, Amy Keegan, Cody Kenner & Maud Kissling

Your Camera and How to Use It by Emma van der Westen, Chen-Yang Zhang, Stanley Ward & Meg Weijers


Steering committee

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

Program committee

Giovanna Fossati (Eye/University of Amsterdam)
Anne Gant (Eye)
Gerdien Smit (Eye)
Eleni Tzialli (Eye)
Rachael Stoeltje (AMIA/Indiana University)
Dennis Doros (AMIA)
Laura Rooney (AMIA)
Floris Paalman (University of Amsterdam)

Advisory board

Aboubakar Sanogo (University of Carleton)
Ines Aisengart Menezes (Witness)
Juana Suárez (NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation)
Judith Opoku-Boateng (University of Ghana/IASA)
Karen Chan (Asian Film Archive)
Lisabona Rahman (Freelance Moving Image Preservation and Presentation Consultant)
Maral Mohsenin (Cinémathèque suisse, University of Lausanne/University of Amsterdam)
Martino Cipriani (RMIT University Saigon/University of Amsterdam)
Nour Ouayda (Metropolis Cinema Association Lebanon)


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* Here the rough categories “Global North” and “Global South” are used for lack of better definitions. These terms are problematic as they convey a sense of “geographic determinism” and need to be replaced by more precise descriptions of the specific cultural and geographical contexts that are discussed. It should also be noted that a similar unbalance exists within Global North countries between institutional and non-institutional (and/or counter) archives.

Header image © Francis Alÿs, REEL-UNREEL, 2011, Kabul, Afghanistan 2011, 19:32 min. In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi. BY-NC-ND