Urthboy performance launches the new theatrette

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Countbounce (left) and Urthboy at the NFSA, 2013.

In October, the NFSA launches its newly refurbished theatrette with a performance by Australian hip hop artist Urthboy.

The refurbished 114-seat theatrette is an intimate space for smaller lectures or live performances and provides video conferencing and streaming and WiFi connectivity.

‘The theatrette will be a meeting place, a venue for debate and encounters, a place to start audience conversations around the past, present and future of our audiovisual heritage’, says NFSA CEO Michael Loebenstein.


Major new storage facility opens

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NFSA film canisters in M5.

The NFSA’s new collection storage facility, M5, opens in the ACT suburb of Mitchell.

It is purpose-built within the shell of an existing warehouse, and
features state-of-the-art climate-controlled storage that will
ensure the long-term preservation of the national audiovisual

Digitise or Perish

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The Digitise or Perish public forum at Parliament House, Canberra, 2013.

On 12 August the NFSA and the ABC present the Digitise or Perish workshop and public forum at Parliament House, Canberra.

The half-day workshop attracts senior staff from national cultural institutions and culminates in a public forum at Parliament House, exploring the challenges and opportunities that cultural institutions face in the digital age.

Special guests include Rick Prelinger (San Francisco, USA), curator, director and co-founder of the Prelinger Library and The Internet Archive (archive.org); and former Director of the BBC’s Creative Archive project Paula Le Dieu (London, UK), Digital Director at Mozilla.

NFSA YouTube: Digitise or Perish

Jean Mitry Film Preservation Award

The Pordenone Silent Film Festival presents the NFSA with the 2013 Jean Mitry Film Preservation Award for its sustained preservation and restoration work, in particular the restoration of the Corrick films and The Sentimental Bloke (1919).


The NFSA commissions a 16mm film scanner enabling digital preservation of 16mm motion picture film.