The Centre National de la Cinématographie welcomes you to this 64th Congress.

In conjunction with FIAF’s executive committee, we have chosen to dedicate the Symposium and the Second Century Forum to two important topics, often brought up during previous Congresses. The Symposium will take place on April 21 and 22 and will feature forty officials, members, associates or invited speakers who will exhaustively cover all themes and issues making up the legal environment of our institutions over all continents. On April 23, the Second Century Forum will focus on the film heritage of French - and Portuguese - speaking Sub-Saharan Africa, as the Cinémathèque africaine in Ouagadougou reports on its first ten years of activity.

Our program will be hosted by the Cinémathèque française, which will act as a week-long venue. No logistic aspect has been overlooked: over ten screening rooms will be simultaneously available to all of us, not only for the Symposium and Second Century Forum, but also to hold numerous commissions and regional group meetings. In the evening, the public is invited to attend screenings of restored color movies that you have supplied to the programmers. I sincerely thank Costa-Gavras, Serge Toubiana, and their teams for their valuable support.

I would also like to thank Béatrice de Pastre, Bruno Racine, Bertrand Delanoë, and Jean-Jacques Aillagon for granting us access to, respectively, the CNC’s Archives françaises du film (on April 24), Bibliothèque Nationale de France (on April 20 and 21), Hôtel de Ville de Paris (on April 23), and the Palace of Versailles (April 24).

And I would like to thank our partners, Natixis, the Thomson Foundation for Film and Television Heritage, and Éclair Group for their generous contributions, as well as France Culture, which will broadcast a series of programs on the history of our institutions and collections.

I look forward to meeting with you all on April 22, to celebrate together the 70 years of FIAF. We wish it the best of anniversaries!

Enjoy the Congress!

Boris Todorovitch

Directeur du patrimoine cinématographique / Centre national de la cinématographie