The organizers 
       The CNC and the Cinémathèque française  

Each year a Congress is organized in a different country by one of the members of FIAF. It gives the organizer the opportunity to showcase its preservation projects and to show and promote its collections.
This year the 64th edition of the Congress is being organized and financed by the Centre national de la cinématographie (CNC), with the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The main events will take place at the Cinémathèque française, the CNC’s primary collaborator.

The CNC and the Archives françaises du film
In France, the Centre national de la cinématographie (CNC) intervenes in all sectors of the film industry: production, distribution, and exhibition, as well as film and non-film heritage. It is therefore natural for the Film Heritage Commission of the CNC to deal directly or indirectly with all public and private institutions related to the film heritage, as well as assuming the organization and financing of the 2008 FIAF Congress.

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With the help of the Film Heritage Commission of the CNC, composed of historians, film professionals, and Government representatives, the CNC finances the restoration and preservation of films from the collections of the Cinémathèque française, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, and the Archives françaises du film du CNC.In CNC's Archives The latter institution deals with the conservation, preservation, and valorization of approximately 100,000 films, obtained through voluntary or legal deposit. Located at Bois d’Arcy, 20 km from Paris, they also have offices in Paris, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The Archives françaises du film du CNC works in close collaboration with many national and international bodies. Its role is to create an ensemble of material, logistic, and legal mechanisms to facilitate access to the films that it preserves, which may be consulted, programmed, or made available to the other archives and cinematheques constituting the worldwide FIAF network.

La Cinémathèque française
The Cinémathèque française, a private institution created under the Association Law of 1901 and financed mainly by the Ministry of Culture and the CNC, was established in 1936 by Henri Langlois, Georges Franju, Jean Mitry, and Paul Auguste Harlé. From the beginning its aim has been to preserve the film heritage, not only via the conservation and restoration of films, but also through the creation of a non-film collection: equipment, costumes, models, posters, scripts, and documents related to film. After many years at the Palais de Chaillot, since September 2005 the Cinémathèque française has occupied a magnificent building designed by the noted architect Frank Gehry, located at 51 rue de Bercy. With its rich experience, it continues to pursue its original aims – preserving and restoring the films in its collections, and programming the classics – but it also screens complete retrospectives and tributes to filmmakers, actors, producers, and technicians, shows the fabulous objects in its collections in the framework of its permanent exhibition Passion Cinéma, and organizes temporary exhibitions which highlight the relationship of film with the other arts. Through its numerous initiatives, the Cinémathèque française wishes to transmit the taste for film art, especially through its programme of educational and cultural activities aimed at young audiences.

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