The “Film-stock in the Digital Era” Round Table was held at Gosfilmofond of Russia within the framework of the «Belye Stolby” Festival of Archival Cinema. The discussions covered the role of film-stock in the digital cinema era and its fate and fortunes. The event was organized by Gosfilmofond and KODAK LLC and lead by Kirill Razlogov, President of the Russian Guild of Film Critics and Naum Kleiman, film expert and film historian. The discussion was also joined by Eric Le Roy, FIAF President, Elena Kasatkina, Head of Professional Cinema division, Russia & CIS (Kodak LLC), Peter Bagrov, Artistic Director of the “Belye Stolby” Film Festival, Rimma Moiseeva, RGAKFD Deputy Director, and others.
Gosfilmofond of Russia, Filmmakers’ Union of Russia and Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive at Krasnogorsk (RGAKFD) are strongly advocating for continued depositing of all the materials in their respective original formats (film) and not on new storage media (digital) that obviously cost much cheaper. Klara Isaeva, Senior Lecturer and Supervisor of Film Studies at VGIK, Ph.D. in History of Arts, mentioned that teaching of film-stock had been eliminated at VGIK yet keeping the teaching of digital media solely which represents flat image. She added that best ever movies are valuable by cameramen’s strive to avoid flat screen thus trying their best to create a space. “If VGIK does not teach&train such cameramen then other higher education institutions will inevitably follow it, and I feel it my duty to warn you: very soon Gosfilmofond will get nothing for storage”.