FIAT/IFTA's newly funded Archives@Risk programme

This year’s theme for the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage October 27th

“Audiovisual heritage memory? the clock is ticking”

draws particular attention to the crisis of time which faces archives worldwide as they strive to save and preserve this precious heritage.

In support of this, and on the occasion of World Day, FIAT/IFTA renews its commitment to helping endangered archives through a newly funded Archives@Risk programme for its members.

This new initiative was announced to delegates at the recent 2012 FIAT/IFTA World Conference in London. Following on the success of the Madagascar FL@H project, FIAT/IFTA believes there is now a demonstrable opportunity to support archives, through collaborative projects, to help save endangered collections as well as to assist in the development and promotion of those archives in a sustainable way.

FIAT/IFTA has committed to an annual fund to be set aside to support projects in member companies to save endangered archives.

Full details of the programme and how archives can be nominated for consideration by the fund will be announced in early 2013.

In addition, as a member of the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), FIAT/IFTA continues to work with its world partners to raise awareness of the plight of endangered audiovisual heritage worldwide through a newly invigorated Archives@Risk world initiative which will see the re-launch of the Archives@Risk website and further cross collaborative initiatives.

Further announcements to come soon.