AMIA 2019

AMIA 2019
November 13-16
Baltimore, MD

AMIA will be headquartered at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace

2019 Conference Committee

The AMIA Conference Committee is a Committee of the Board, responsible for developing the content of each year’s conference as well as for the planning of the annual event. In coordination with the steering committee, fellow committees, and the AMIA staff, this includes  scheduling conference sessions, conference events, workshops, and vendor relations.

In 2017, the Committee added the Program Group to the committee structure.  The Committee Chair(s) oversee the committee and the many different parts of the conference, while the Program Chair(s)  work with the Peer Reviewers and the Program Coordinators in reviewing, finalizing, and scheduling the conference proposals.  By adding the Program Group Chair(s), it has allowed for more voices in the leadership of the Committee and provided easier succession for both the Committee and Program Group Chair positions.

Film:ReStored_04 — The Film Heritage Festival 10/24/2019–10/27/2019

Film:ReStored_04 — The Film Heritage Festival


Film sound

Alongside digitally restored films, the fourth edition of Film:ReStored will primarily focus on film sound. Historical sound formats represent a special challenge in terms of restoration. But the latest digital technology makes it possible to come as close as possible to the original sound.

New scanning methods

We will introduce new scanning procedures and examples from film history showing how sound has been used–ranging from shellac records to four-channel magnetic tapes, and from Die Jagd nach der Million (The Scramble for Millions, GER 1930, d: Max Obal) to The Flying Dutchman (GDR 1964, d: Joachim Herz). How does sound editing change a work? And how should different versions be assessed?

Audio Description (AD)

Audio descriptions are now an integral component of many DCPs, as film heritage should be made available barrier-free. For this reason, the festival is also dedicated to inclusive access to (historical) films. We will review and discuss exemplary audio descriptions as well as the quality standards and challenges presented by silent and experimental films.


As in the past, this year’s guests from international FIAF archives will discuss their digitization strategies and projects: The Polish National Film Archive (FINA) reports on the “Nitrofilm project”; the Kinemathek dedicates itself to Hans Richter’s experimental silent films and the Filmmuseum Potsdam together with the University of Zurich looks into historical magnetic tape technologies.

The awards ceremony of the Kinopreises des Kinematheksverbundes will take place on Friday, October 25th, followed by a reception and a short film program with musical accompaniment.