About EFG

Facts about the European Film Gateway.


Still from Toute la mémoire du monde (Alain Resnais 1956) – a documentary drawing parallels between the National Library in France and mankind’s collective consciousness.

To date, an ever-growing amount of digitised collections including moving images and cinema related material is widely dispersed across Europe.

Initiated by ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) and the Europeana Foundation, the EFG project develops an online portal providing direct access to about 500,000 digital objects including photos, posters, film set drawings, newsreels, feature and short films as well as various text documents such as film programmes and censorship cards. Content is mainly provided by 16 European film archives, which are partners in the project.

The European Film Gateway portal is linked to the Europeana portal, the European digital library, providing integrated access to digital treasures from museums, archives, audio-visual archives and libraries of Europe. By making its archival content available through the common interface of Europeana, EFG contributes to fulfilling one of the major promises of an integrated digital environment: enabling users to search and retrieve different media via one single access point.

While developing the EFG portal service, the project addresses a number of key issues for access to digital content, namely, technical and semantic interoperability, metadata standards, best practices for rights' clearance and IPR management of cinematographic works.

The three largest contributors of material to EFG are: Cinecittà Luce (Rome), Deutsches Filminstitut (Frankfurt) og Det Danske Filminstitut (Copenhagen).
EFG is a Best Practice Network funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme, as part of the i2010 policy. The project, which is coordinated by the Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF e. V. (Frankfurt), started in September 2008 and will run for three years. The EFG online portal has been running since July 2011.

The project partners

  • Association des Cinémathèques Européennes, Frankfurt/Brussels
  • Cinecittà Luce S.p.A, Rome
  • Cinemateca Portuguesa, Museu do cinema, Lisboa
  • Cineteca del Comune di Bologna
  • CNR-ISTI, Pisa
  • Det Danske Filminstitut, Copenhagen
  • Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF e.V., Frankfurt
  • Eremo srl, Cupramontana
  • Europeana Foundation, The Hague
  • EYE Film Instituut Nederland, Amsterdam
  • FernUniversität Hagen
  • Filmarchiv Austria, Vienna
  • Filmoteka Narodwa, Warsaw
  • Kansallinen Audiovisuaalinen Arkisto, Helsinki
  • La Cinémathèque Française, Paris
  • Lichtspiel – Kinemathek Bern
  • Lietuvos Centrinis Valstybés Archyvas, Vilnius
  • Magyar Nemzeti Filmarchívum, Budapest
  • Národní Filmový Archiv, Prague
  • Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo
  • reelport GmbH, Cologne
  • Tainiothiki tis Ellados, Athens

European Film Gateway (EFG) collects the European film heritage and the treasures from the leading European film archives.
At www.europeanfilmgateway.eu you find almost 500.000 films, images and texts about everything from the earliest Danish cinema to rare shorts by Lars von Trier and others.


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