This week the new online platform for Dutch amateur film and video has been launched: www.amateurfilmplatform.nl.
The platform is an initiative of the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, in collaboration with the city and regional archives of Rotterdam (stadsarchief Rotterdam) and Groningen (GAVA). The website was lauched officially during a special Upload Cinema event, with the theme: ‘Feels like Family’.
The online collection provides access to unique amateur and family footage, among which films made by Jos A. Huygen such as this 9,5mm film from 1928:
The films and videos uploaded on the website can be searched by period, location, carier and subject. The research team of “Changing Platforms of Ritualised Memory Practices” is very happy with the initiative as it makes the history of amateur film in the Netherlands more visible and accessible.
For more information and films, see: www.amateurfilmplatform.nl