Help us to save films by providing free public access to films on the Internet Archive
How would you like to see films in our collection free of charge, any time you want, on the internet? You can already view many rare and "lost" 16mm films from our noted collection and uploaded them for free public viewing. With your help, we can digitize and upload more. We’d like you to consider sponsoring a film for uploading, and your sponsorship will be tax-deductible. Hear Jon Gordon's August 23, 2007 interview with us about this initiative on Minnesota Public Radio's WavLength radio show, or read Peter Brantley's nice writeup on O'Reilly Radar.
Here’s the process, and how you can help:
1) Please select any copyright-free 16mm films from our chronological shows pages, or easier yet, from our pre-defined eligibility list. You get to choose, from ethnographic, arts, sciences and other subject genres. We’ll even help, if you need a suggestion. Then email us and we'll tell you if the film is still eligible. If so, we’ll ship the film to our digitizer, who will convert the film to MPEG2, and upload it to the Internet Archive.
2) You will receive your own DVD, and your name listed as the sponsor of the film. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, so your donation will be deductible, minus the unit cost of the DVD. As always, you’ll receive a tax letter from us.
3) To sponsor your film, please make a donation, based on the length of the film. Costs associated with this program are directly related to its length. Our digitizing service is doing this for a special low cost, because these films will be free for the public to view.
4) Sponsorships are based on the following scale:
We get hundreds of requests for access to our archives, and this program will allow us to say “yes!” for the first time. This program will allow you to participate directly in preserving an important element of cinematic history. Your sponsorship will provide an opportunity for the world to see the film free of charge. Remember that the AFA has no paid employees, so all of your donations go to our film preservation projects. We’ve collected these valuable films not to sit in a warehouse, unused, but to be shown. This is our opportunity, together, to give life to great films that have been forgotten. Please sponsor a film to preserve it digitally for future generations.
Check out our Internet Archive space at www.archive.org/details/academic_films to view AFA films that have already been uploaded.