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A post-industrial renewal of independent filmmaking is taking place around the globe, led by a significant and growing number of independent filmmakers and visual artists. This renewal integrates longstanding traditions of analogue film practices into present day contexts of artistic investigation and expression. The findings of this study tell the story of this revival and provide a valuable resource guide for artists, arts centres, programmers, curators and audiences across artistic milieux: for understanding, appreciating and promoting analogue film practices in the 21st Century.
The idea for this project was put forward by Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Cineworks), bringing together a consortium of six Canadian artist-run media arts production centres to pilot the research. In addition to Cineworks, the consortium includes Film and Video Arts Society (FAVA), New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative (NB Film Co-op), Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers (LIFT).
The authors of this report wish to thank the many dedicated artists and arts professionals who so generously gave of their time to share their deep understanding and appreciation for analogue film. A list of people interviewed for this study is included in Annex 1 at the end of this publication.
This study was undertaken by Maria De Rosa and Marilyn Burgess of Communications MDR, made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts Leadership for Change program. The consortium of organizations involved in the project offer thanks to these agencies for the professional rigour and financial resources with which it has been realized.