Frank van den Belt, Solvinity's CEO, comments, "EYE has a huge amount of fantastic film material of invaluable historical importance, the majority of which is now collecting dust in a bunker. What's more, the film material has not yet been digitalized, so it cannot be made available to a wide audience."
Sandra den Hamer, EYE Filmmuseum director, comments, "Solvinity's donation is of huge added value for EYE, and its aim to preserve and at the same time make accessible the film heritage of the Netherlands. We are looking forward to collaborating with Solvinity in the near future to take a close look at our digital infrastructure and improve it."
Solvinity is the new name of the merged IT companies ASP4all and Bitbrains. Following the announcement of the new name on 30 September 2015, Solvinity felt the time was right to offer EYE a helping hand. Van den Belt comments: "With customers in all areas of the digital knowledge economy, from government bodies to corporate service providers and news providers, to banks and insurers, Solvinity is well embedded in Dutch society. By making this donation, we would like to contribute to preserving Dutch heritage, not just for today's generation, but also for many generations to come."
Kajsa Ollongren, Alderman of Economy, Art & Cultural Affairs in Amsterdam, is also delighted with the support the film museum will receive. "EYE has a huge collection of films and moving images, and we want to make it available to as broad an audience as we can. This public–private collaboration between EYE and Solvinity will make that possible. I am delighted for EYE, delighted for Solvinity and delighted for the Dutch public."
EYE is sometimes called 'the cinematic memory of the Netherlands'.
This national museum for film, located on Amsterdam’s IJ harbor, manages more than 40,000 films from all genres. The collection represents an outstanding sample of film history, from classics and blockbusters to cult films. But EYE does not only focus on the past: it also closely follows the latest developments in film by organizing new acquisitions, programs, and debates. The building is open ‘from 11 to 11’ every day for anyone who is interested in film and film culture. Visitors are welcome in four cinemas, an exhibition space, a floor dedicated to educational activities, a store, and a bar-restaurant.
EYE is internationally acclaimed for its knowledge of and expertise in the field of film restoration, research, and education. The organization has 165 employees who do their very best to make everything you would want to know about film easily accessible. For young and old, for film enthusiasts and professionals, and from constantly changing perspectives, EYE focuses on film as an art form, as entertainment, and as part of digital visual culture.
More information about EYE, its exhibitions, collections and opening hours is available at www.eyefilm.nl.
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