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American Film Archive is an online educational resource for filmmakers seeking to safeguard their digital video / motion picture data for long-term preservation.   The goal of "best practices" in the preservation of film, video and digital content is a moving target that can present conflicting viewpoints.  American Film Archive strives to provide filmmakers multiple informational resources so that they can better develop their own long-term preservation strategy for their valuable media collections.

In addition, the American Film Archive has over one million feet of historical footage shot during the 1920s to 1960s from many worldwide locations. Country specific locations in the archive collection include; United States, United Kingdom, West Germany, France, Japan, China, India, Soviet Union, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Austria, Portugal, Canada, Morocco, Israel, Denmark, Philippines, Finland, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Venezuela, Panama, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, Indonesia, Macao, Netherlands, Vatican, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, Oman and Fiji.  
 
Please reach out to us with your comments and expertise so that we can share information to the film / video community worldwide.
 
  
 President & Founder: Craig McCourry
 
Craig has filmed one of the world's largest HD footage collections during his 25+ years working as an international cameraman.  His diverse moving image collection shot over those years encompasses 35mm & 16mm motion picture film, analog video and the current HD digital video formats.  His cinematographic worked has been featured in thousands of TV shows, films and media productions.  As an avid traveller, Craig has worked on location in over 70 countries seeking out those magical cinematic moments.  During the course of his career, Craig has confronted many of the moving image preservation issues when dealing with his own collection.  Realizing that there probably are many other filmmakers with the same concerns, Craig started AmericanFilmArchive.org to promote the sharing of information on moving image preservation from other experts and online resources from around the world. 


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