Austrian Film Museum

Consortium Member

The Austrian Film Museum (OFM) collects, preserves, and presents films. Founded in 1964 as a not-for-profit association it operates a world-renowned cinematheque and a reference library in Vienna. It actively curates and preserves a museum collection of motion picture film, still images and associated documentation. The Film Museum runs research, education and outreach programs to interpret its collections and to engage researchers, artists, students and the general public in the appreciation and discovery of film as an art form and as a historical record.
As a research institute, the Film Museum develops and supports research projects in academic and non-academic contexts worldwide. The focus hereby lies in the artistic and scholarly research on the film medium in its manifold dimensions, be it historical, contemporary, or in terms of its continuation in other media. The Film Museum therefore actively pursues a dynamic exchange with other fields of art, research and scholarship and positions itself as a place of knowledge and creative production.
Ephemeral films have played a key role in a number of joint projects with different partners, including the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna as well as the TU Wien (VHH Consortium member TUW); and in particular in the long-standing collaboration with VHH coordinator LBI. Some of these projects involved the application of concepts of Digital Humanities to create innovative forms of access. Examples include the online platforms “Film. Stadt. Wien” (2009–2011), “Ephemeral Films: National Socialism in Austria” (2011–2016), “I- Media-Cities” (2016–2019).
The Austrian Film Museum is financially supported by the Austrian Federal government and the City of Vienna as well as through contribution by its members and supporters, project grants as well as through revenue generated through its events and programs. The Film Museum is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the Association of European Cinémathèques (ACE) and the Association of Austrian Media Archives (maa).

Role in the Project

The Film Museum serves as the co-coordinating institution and is leader of the work package dealing with Advanced Digitization and the task of developing a metadata model. The Film Museum is also responsible for the tasks of data management and IPR management. It contributes its expertise in film preservation, film-historical research, cataloging, digitization and metadata handling, technology-enhanced contextualization and curation. With its expertise in the handling of analog film material and in digitization, OFM leads the development of advanced digitization standards and contributes to the development of a sustainable and interoperable metadata model for filmic heritage materials. These technical tasks are embedded in the Film Museum’s work as a co-developer of policies and best practice models for the ethical and sustainable digital curation of filmic heritage materials. The Film Museum furthermore supports the dissemination in relevant professional communities on an international level.

Team Members

Camille Blot-Wellens

Ethics advisor


Austrian Film Museum

Peter Bubestinger-Steindl

Metadata Manager, researcher and developer (development and implementation of the VHH-EFG Metadata Schema)


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Anna Högner

Researcher and curator; expert for GLAM sector needs and results


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Stefan Huber

Film educator


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Michael Loebenstein

Deputy Coordinator, Work Package Leader, member of the Management Board, OFM team leader


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Kevin Lutz

Development and supervision of digitization and preservation workflows


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Michael Paul

Identifying and managing stakeholders; exploitation and business strategy & planning


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Claudio Santancini

Film digitization expert (digital film processing, Master Film Repository)


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Alessandra Thiele

Project Management


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Marcus Weber-Eberhardt

Administrative support


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Nadja Šičarov

Quality check assistance


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Participation in Public Deliverables

D1.5 EU Commission Policy Brief

Contributor

D2.1 Advanced Digitization Tool Kit

Author

D2.3 Digitized Collection of Text Documents related to Footage and Films

Contributor

D2.4 Database of Films, Artworks, and other Visual Culture Products

Contributor

D2.5 Report on Digital Curation of Popular Culture Content

Contributor

D2.6 Expert Videos on Popular Culture Content

Contributor

D2.7 Advanced Digitization of Popular Culture Content

Contributor

D3.1 Definition of Engagement Levels, Usage Modes, and User Types

Contributor

D3.2 Mind Map Visualizing Multimodal Curating

Contributor

D3.3 Ethics Guideline

Author

D3.4 Framework for Tool Kits, Best Practice Models and Future Network Activities

Contributor

D3.5 Concept: VHH i-docs

Contributor

D4.1 Controlled Vocabularies Specification

Contributor

D4.2 Metadata Integration Concept

Author

D8.2 Project Design and Identity Handbook [revised edition]

Author, Contributor

Participation in Events

Pre-Kick-off Meeting

Meeting

Friday, 19.10.2018, 09:15 to Saturday, 20.10.2018, 18:00

Liberation Footage and the Visualization of the Holocaust

Presentation

Friday, 30.11.2018, 11:00

Digital Memory. Towards a Research Repository on the Visual History of the Holocaust

Presentation

Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 19:00 to Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 21:00

Kick-off Meeting

Meeting

Wednesday, 27.02.2019, 09:15 to Friday, 01.03.2019, 20:00

Advanced Digitization

Workshop

Wednesday, 20.03.2019, 09:30 to Friday, 22.03.2019, 16:00

Curation of Engagement Levels

Workshop

Monday, 20.05.2019, 09:00 to Tuesday, 21.05.2019, 17:00

Taxonomy of Relations

Workshop

Monday, 19.08.2019, 13:30 to Tuesday, 20.08.2019, 17:00

Archival Research in Eastern European Archives

Mini-Workshop

Monday, 14.10.2019, 13:30 to Tuesday, 15.10.2019, 17:00

Metadata

Workshop

Monday, 21.10.2019, 09:00 to Tuesday, 22.10.2019, 16:00

Vocabularies

Workshop

Thursday, 21.11.2019, 13:45 to Friday, 22.11.2019, 17:00

Bilder der Befreiung. Liberation Footage - Atrocity Pictures

Screening and Discussion

Monday, 09.12.2019, 10:00 to Monday, 09.12.2019, 12:00

A media archeology of destruction. Exploring the visual history of the Holocaust

Presentation

Monday, 27.01.2020, 12:45 to Monday, 27.01.2020, 14:30

Ethics of the Visible and the Displayable

Panel Discussion

Sunday, 02.02.2020, 10:00 to Sunday, 02.02.2020, 11:30

NonAV Metadata (Citavi)

Mini-Workshop

Wednesday, 27.05.2020, 13:00 to Wednesday, 27.05.2020, 17:00

Relation Detection

Mini-Workshop

Tuesday, 26.01.2021, 14:00 to Tuesday, 26.01.2021, 17:00

Exploitation Roadmap

Mini-Workshop

Tuesday, 02.02.2021, 09:30 to Tuesday, 02.02.2021, 13:00

Consortium Meeting

Meeting

Tuesday, 23.02.2021, 15:00 to Wednesday, 24.02.2021, 19:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 3: Soviet Footage on Nazi Crimes and Its Textual Documentation: Identification and Research Issues

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 06.04.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 06.04.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 5: Soviet Filmed Atrocity Images on American Movie Screens, 1942–1945, and Some Partial Answers to the Questions of What, When, Where and By Whom?

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 18:00 to Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 20:00

Mapping Visual History of the Holocaust in the Digital Age: Approaching Holocaust Memory through Digitized Moving Images in the Visual History of the Holocaust and the Ephemeral Films Projects

Panel

Friday, 24.09.2021, 11:30 to Friday, 24.09.2021, 13:30

Reconsidering Representations of the Holocaust – Digital Curation, Evidence and Remembrance Through the VHH Project

Roundtable

Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 17:30

Visual Histories of 20th Century Occupation

Webinar

Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 10:00 to Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 11:00

Digital Overload: Curating Big Data

Presentation

Tuesday, 19.10.2021, 18:40 to Tuesday, 19.10.2021, 19:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 7: How to Tell the Story of Liberated Concentration Camps: On the Written Documents of British Cameramen and Filmmakers

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 18:00

Tracing Visual Evidence of the Holocaust: Challenges of the Digital Curation of Liberation Footage across Archives and Disciplines

Panel

Tuesday, 26.04.2022, 09:00 to Tuesday, 26.04.2022, 10:30

Moving Images from the Archives. Historical Footage of Nazi Crimes in Documentaries

Conference

Sunday, 08.05.2022, 18:00 to Tuesday, 10.05.2022, 17:00

Migrating Images and Image Migration: How Popular Culture Shapes the Visual History of the Holocaust

Conference

Monday, 12.09.2022, 18:00 to Wednesday, 14.09.2022, 20:00

Documenting Nazi Crimes through Film: Soviet Union, 1942–1945

Conference

Thursday, 24.11.2022, 09:30 to Sunday, 27.11.2022, 16:30