Becky Haglund Tousey 2016-11-16 11:44:06
In January 2016, the Section on Professional Associations (SPA) for the International Council on Archives (ICA) sent out a call to archives and records management professionals around the world in search of films that communicate the importance of records and archives. The project was a new endeavor as part of SPA’s focus on advocacy. SPA received 66 qualified entries. The majority of submissions came from European countries, while only a handful were from the US. The jury—SPA members—viewed all entries, choosing nine finalists, three for each of the three categories: best film portraying the relevance and importance of archives, best film portraying the relevance and importance of records management, and best film using humor to communicate about archives and/or records management. Winners were announced September 9 during the closing ceremonies of the ICA 2016 Congress in Seoul, Korea, and received an “Oskar.” Here are the finalists and winners! Best Film Portraying the Relevance and Importance of Archives The finalists are from the Vienna City Archives in Austria, the Glamorgan Archives in the United Kingdom, and the Regional Archives Rivierenland and Heritage Guelderland in The Netherlands. And the winner is . . . Glamorgan Archives, United Kingdom The Jury Said: “There is so much heart and soul in this film, it’s not possible to watch it without being touched. Equally important, however, is it that it captures the essence of why the work we do in the archives is essential both to society at large and to individual citizens. Glamorgan Archives has been smart about getting the message across in their film, using real people, real stories, and just the right amount of facts, footage, information, and most of all, pathos.” Best Film Portraying the Relevance and Importance of Records Management The finalists are from the City Archives of Antibes Juan-les-Pins in France, the Barcelona Provincial Council in Spain, and the Aust-Agder Museum and Archives in Norway. And the winner is . . . City Archives of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France The Jury Said: “We often hear ‘no money’ when it comes to marketing in our profession. Antibes has done a genius thing when making their film, something anyone can do as long as they have a printer and camera. And the speed is just right, the story engaging and informational. So easy, so efficient.” Best Film Using Humor to Communicate about Archives and/or Records Management The finalists are from the City Archives of Bergen in Norway, the Departemental Archives of Ille-et-Vilaine in France, and the Swiss Federal Archives in Switzerland. And the winner is . . . Swiss Federal Archives, Switzerland The Jury Said: “The Swiss have made an animation with drawings that are simple, fresh, and fun. It’s very easy to follow the story and understand the message, and they´ve used humor in a clever way: a man on honeymoon gets stuck in paradise due to a volcano eruption and [sees] all the trouble that could have been if he hadn’t made sure his documentation was available in the records management system.” People’s Award In addition to choosing a winner in each category, the jury decided there should be a People’s Award, open to ICA members and nonmembers alike. Online voting opened August 16 and ran through September 8. When voting closed, 2,379 votes had been cast. The winner was clear, receiving 1,016 votes. And the winner is . . . Rens at the Archive Regional Archives Rivierenland and Heritage Guelderland, The Netherlands Watch, Create, Submit View all nine films at http://arkivrad.no/the-spa-film-festival-the-films and get ideas and inspiration to create your own advocacy-for-the-archives film! SPA will hold the next film festival in 2018. We hope there will be more entries from the US!
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