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  Storage, Preservation, Digitalisation

The central film archive presently holds approximately 6420 Albanian and foreign films by providing for the most suitable conditions for their preservation, especially geared to the preservation of the 35 mm film through temperatures that are kept stable at 10 degrees Celsius for black and white movies, at 6 degrees Celsius for color films, with a humidity rate of 55-60% that is periodically checked. Same periodical controls apply to the films and to the ventilation, (every 2 to 3 years in accordance with the FIAF standards). The preservation work aims at providing solutions to possible deteriorations in the quality of the film (through dust, moisture, spots, damages to the sides of the film etc). The ventilation process is performed for all sorts of filmed materials (positives, negatives, phono, D/N and D/P. All the filmed materials are filed with particular data sheets that record the necessary information about the film, its utilization and preservation; for example: all the temporary removals of the film from its dedicated storage area for the purpose of chemical cleaning and periodical ventilation, for projections inside and outside the archive building are recorded.

The digitalisation of the collection has started some years from now. It enables a quicker access to the collection and a better preservation of the films. To this end, work is ongoing for the full transfer of the whole collection of 35 mm films into the digital format, which is stored on a file server.

The digitalization studio is equipped with server storage that enables the further digitalisation of the film collection. The architecture of the file server enables quick and easy access to the collection in addition to supporting the preservation of the original films in the present state. The server was purchased through funds provided by the Spanish Government in the framework of the national programme "Heritage for Social and Economic Development" implemented by UNESCO and UNDP.

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