More than 1,600 films from Moldova Film archive to be digitised with EU support 

More than 1,600 films from Moldova Film archive to be digitised with EU support 

July 20, 2022

More than 1,600 films made at the Moldova Film Studio have a chance to return to television and the big screen, as state-of-the-art equipment purchased with EU support will ensure the transfer of films from the Moldova Film archive onto digital media. 

The EU provided an ultrasonic film washer, while the US Embassy in Chisinau equipped a digitisation laboratory to restore and preserve feature and documentary films. At the same time, technicians were trained to ensure  the smooth transfer of films from the archive into digital format.

The Moldova Film Studio has a cinematographic collection, which is considered a national treasure and numbers over 1,600 films, out of which 180 are feature films, 1,050 are documentaries, 109 are animated films and 231 are ‘Soviet Moldova’ newsreels, accumulated over almost 70 years.

Unfortunately, the current conditions of keeping the films on film stock could no longer ensure their longevity… Thanks to this significant support, the unarchiving and digitising equipment provided to Moldova Film, the older movies, those that are considered the golden archive, will be brought to light again. Thus, the new generations will be able to see the movies with which their grandparents and parents grew up,” said Alisa Grecu, Deputy Director of Moldova Film.

The initiative to digitise films of the Moldova Film archive was selected for funding following a competition conducted by the EU Confidence Building Measures Programme, implemented by UNDP

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