The East Anglian Film Archive has successfully secured £8,250 from the National Archives Cataloguing Grant Programme. EAFA’s application was one of many competing for a share £1.8m offered by the programme.
The grant is for the cataloguing of approximately 150 films relating to Women Filmmakers within the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers ‘ collection held at EAFA. The archive holds, on long term deposit, the internationally recognised Institute of Amateur Cinematographers’ collection of films. The Women Filmmakers’ films have national, regional and local heritage importance both in terms of the way the films explore every day life at certain points in history and in terms of their importance within the amateur film making context. Not only are they creative works in their own right but amateur films unlock the history of fashion, pastimes, long forgotten ways of life, buildings, cars, industry and childhood. The quality of the women filmmakers’ work is high – a number of films were award winning. Laurie and Stuart Day, for example, won the Daily Mail Trophy twice.
The catalogue which will be available online and will be of interest to researchers and academics. Dr Sarah Godfrey (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies at UEA) feels that the collection of films will be an ” invaluable cultural resource to be properly utilised for research, teaching and also for wider public educational initiatives which engage a broader cross section of society with film.” Dr Melanie Williams (Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Media and American Studies) also feels that there is great scope for using the material. In particular she states that “the films in question sit at the centre of two key areas of burgeoning research interest in international Film Studies: women’s film making and amateur film.”
Ivor Rose, the Chair of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers commented “The IAC is delighted that the grant has been awarded as we have a duty to preserve and make accessible films to members and the wider public.”