Tirana - 15 September 2010 - Artists, film producers, journalist and film enthusiasts got together to inaugurate the newly reconstructed National Film Archive, one of the most important cultural institutions in Albania.
The Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Mr. Ferdinand Xhaferi, present at the event, extended his warm appreciation for the financial and technical assistance provided by UNESCO to bring the cinema in-line with contemporary standards.
H.E Manuel Montobbio, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain, also present at the event, stressed the importance of film to a nation’s cultural heritage and the value of the National Film Archive cinema to the people of Albania.
The cinema hall was reconstructed with funds from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports. Video screening equipment were provided by UNESCO as part of the UN Joint Programme “Culture and Heritage for Social and Economic Development” funded by the Kingdom of Spain through the MDG Achievement Fund and implemented by UNESCO and UNDP. The programmes, amongst others, aims at contribute to the conservation of the cinematic cultural heritage of Albania and making it accessible to the public.
Ms. Elvira Diamanti, Director of National Film Archive, highlighted that the equipment provided will optimize the mission and the overall performance of the National Film Archive.
A projector and a server totaling 46,000 Euros were provided by the UN project and around 80,000 Euros were invested by Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports for the renovation of the National Film Archive premises, including the cinema hall.
The powerful film storage server will store the filmic fund. So far over 50 percent of the nation’s films have been digitized and will be stored on the server. The 35 mm film projector will facilitate the screening of the films and make them accessible to the professional film producers/researchers and to the public at large.
The renovation of the conference room in the National History Museum will start soon. UNESCO as part of the UN Joint Programme aims to convert this conference room into another multimedia space for film screening the preserving cinematic heritage of Albania. The National History Museum screening room will further ensure people’s access to their cinematic heritage and bring Albanian cinema to the forefront of people’s minds in Albania.
Photo: Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Mr. Ferdinand Xhaferi speaking to representatives of the media.
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