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Biennial Audio-Visual Archival Summer School, 13-26 May 2019, USA

Publish Date: Jan 11, 2019

Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Event Dates: from May 13, 2019 12:00 to May 26, 2019 12:00

Biennial Audio-Visual Archival Summer School (BAVASS) 2019

BAVASS 2019 is an initiative of IU Libraries Moving Image Archive in collaboration with International Federation of Film Archives and Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations.

The core mission of film and media archivists is to preserve the nation's audio-visual cultural heritage. Audio-visual collections age, deteriorate, and expand exponentially in the digital age; therefore, it has become vitally important to invest in training, outreach and assistance programs aimed at providing guidance to professionals whose responsibility is preservation and access. BAVASS 2019 has been initiated with the vision to start a collaborative network of film archivists to improve broad adherence to film archival standards.

The two-week comprehensive summer school will cover a complete range of the issues and topics required to work in the field of audio-visual preservation. The training will be conducted in a compressed time frame, and at an affordable rate, taught by professionals in the field and with a proven model developed over the past four years by the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Training and Outreach Program.

The rigorous summer school will cover both lectures and hands on sessions on film preservation and conservation, film restoration, digitization, disaster recovery simulation, cataloging, programming and many more. These courses will be taught by people who are experts in their fields from all over the world. Moreover, an experienced group of trainers from IU will lead a few workshops at the summer school. Additionally, there will be film screenings of restored movies like 'War and Peace' (1966) over the weekends during the summer school.


After completing the audio-visual archival summer school participants will:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of issues and topics required to work in the field of audio-visual archiving and preservation
  • Become equipped with tools preserve and digitize audio-visual material
  • Learn to restore a film using new digital and analog technologies 
  • Learn about disaster preparedness and response
  • Become a part of a collaborative network of like-minded film archivists committed to the cause of preserving their cultural heritage
  • Gain access to thousands of audio-visual cultural heritage items from 50 institutions 
TUITION: $1500 (includes housing)

Application Instructions

The application needs to be submitted at one go. There is no option to save the application and access it later. Please make sure you have the following information ready before you start with your application

1. Personal Information 

2. Work Experience(Title, Dates, Name of organization, Responsibilities)

3. Education and Training(Degree, Name of Institution, Dates, Courses/Skills)

4. Technical Skills

5. Two essays indicating your motivation to apply to the summer school program (400 words) 

  •  Why do you want to attend the summer school? Describe what you wish to learn and achieve at the summer school.
  • If we were to admit just one more candidate to the summer school, why should it be you?

6. One Academic/Professional Letter of Recommendation (pdf file)

7. Scholarship Essay(Optional) - Please describe why you should be considered for a scholarship(400 words) 

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