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Film Reference Library Symposium

The 2007 Joint Technical Symposium (JTS) for audiovisual archivists was held in Toronto from June 28-30, 2007. The Film Reference Library hosted over 30 from attendees from around the world, by giving three guided tours of our facilities, which included a behind the scenes look at the wonderful holdings within our extraordinary collection.

Julie Lofthouse, FRL Archivist, Hosts University of Toronto Students July 3, 2007

Julie Lofthouse instructed students of the Faculty of Information Sciences (FIS) on July 3 with a tour of our facilities and presentation on film archiving. This enlightening evening was concluded with a talk about the profession of being a Film Archivist.

Sylvia Frank, FRL Director, Update

Sylvia Frank, FRL Director, and Executive member of the International Federation of Film Archives represented FIAF at the CCAAA, Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association. For further information about the CCAAA and FIAF, please visit ccaaa.org and fiafnet.org.

Bruce McDonald celebrates International Home Movie Day with the Film Reference Library August 11th!

Filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Highway 61, Hard Core Logo) hosts the curated programme taking place during Home Movie Day celebrations on August 11, 2007 at Cinematheque Ontario from 12:00-5:00 pm.

For a chance to have your home movies shown in this curated programme, bring your home movies on 8mm film, super 8 or 16mm to the Film Reference Library between now and July 20, 2007 for FREE inspection and evaluation.

Please note that not all films can or will be accepted or programmed for reasons such as physical condition, content and/or length. Owners of films chosen for the program will be contacted the week of July 23, 2007.

As an added bonus, some of Bruce’s own home movies will also be screened as part of the day’s events.

Participation in Home Movie Day is not limited only to those with home movies, it is open to anyone with an interest in home movies, history, culture, film and film preservation.

For more information about Toronto’s Home Movie Day, including a chance to look at clips from the film chosen as last year’s audience favourite, go to filmreferencelibrary.ca, or call 416-967-1517.

A Summer of Cinematheque Classics: 50 Years of Janus Films

Call it Film 101, The Canon, the Golden Age of the Art Film, or The Essentials of World Cinema, this almost impossibly rich selection of classics by everyone from Renoir, Tati, and Bresson to Kurosawa, Ozu, and Mizoguchi includes many of the greatest films ever made, most of them presented in newly struck prints. The occasion for this cinephilic grande bouffe? The fiftieth anniversary of Janus Films, the independent distributor which for five decades has shaped film culture in North America by releasing nothing but the best from film history. None of the film critics, curators, academics, and historians on this continent could have properly done his or her job without Janus, nor the many directors whose love of cinema was nurtured by the classics in Janus’s burgeoning library. The company’s modest but memorable logo was fashioned from the image of the two-faced Janus, entirely appropriate for an enterprise that influenced the future of film by enlisting its glorious past. This venture continues with their Criterion Collection, which sets the highest standards for DVD production. For information: cinemathequeontario.ca .

The Film Reference Library has reference viewing copies and information about these classics available for study purposes, call 416 967-1517 to make an appointment.

Film Reference Library home movie submissions

Toronto, The Film Reference Library, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, invites the public to bring their home movies from May 15 to July 20 to the Film Reference Library for a free inspection and evaluation. These films will also be considered for a two-hour curated programme. This programme will screen on August 11, during a celebration of the 5th annual International Home Movie Day at Cinematheque Ontario (Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. West - McCaul Street entrance). 

Home Movie Day will run from noon to 5pm and admission is free. Owners of films chosen for the programme will be contacted the week of July 23. For more information, visit the Film Reference Library website at filmreferencelibrary.ca.

Film drop-off:  The Film Reference Library

2 Carlton Street – East Mezzanine

Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3

Drop-off hours:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Noon to 5pm

Accepted formats:  8mm film, Super8mm film, 16mm film, video
(video accepted if film original no longer exists or is not available)

Please note: Not all films can or will be accepted or programmed for reasons such as physical condition, content and/or length.

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually on the second Saturday in August at many local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and learn about film preservation in general.