Documentaries, magazines and reports
Ina also distributes numerous collections of documentaries produced since the 1920s and often accompanied by hitherto unseen rushes.
This is the case, for example, of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film, Home, whose producers, Elzevir Films and EuropaCorp entrusted Ina with the 500 hours of unused rushes in high definition. The documentary archives also include the “Tibet” collection directed by Roger Charret, which numbers 250 documentaries produced by Injam Production between 1994 and 2014; Le monde vue du ciel, (The world seen from the sky), 562 one-minute programmes produced by Media9 and directed by the Belgian film director Pierre Brouwers; a Channel Tunnel collection, entitled "Tunnel sous la manche", entrusted to Ina by the Builders of the Channel Tunnel association showing the construction from day to day, a collection of ten 52-minute episodes on the memory of Europe, "Mémoire de l’Europe", directed by Christian Paureilhe and including interviews with 50 European personalities; a "Ministère de l’agriculture" collection of 150 hours of footage produced since the 1920s; and finally, a "Médecins sans frontières" collection featuring reports and documentaries filmed since 1977 in all the places in which the Doctors without Borders have operated.
The national French Consumer Institute (INC) documentaries, designed to inform consumers, from the mid 1960s to the present day (“Jeanne achète”, “50 millions de consommateurs”, “D’accord pas d’accord”, “Consomag ”), show the birth of the consumer society and the questions it has triggered among the general public.
The performing arts, festivals and audiovisual creation
Ina has signed a number of conventions with performing artists, national theatres, and national drama centres, to preserve their collections – Le théâtre national de Chaillot, Le théâtre national de l’Odéon, Le théâtre national de la Colline, Le théâtre National Populaire de Villeurbanne, Le théâtre de la Manufacture de Nancy, La Comédie de Reims, Le théâtre des Amandiers de Nanterre, the national Paris Opera, the Lille Opera and the national higher drama conservatory.
These collections include the recordings of numerous shows, often using the technical means of the institutions, keen to keep a trace of their programming over the years. They also include interviews and press conferences. These videos are enhanced by some precious written documents, including programmes, press kits and brochures, etc.
Regular contributions from theatres enable Ina to incorporate the most recent programming and to broaden the scope to other types of documents, such as sound recordings.
Over 6,000 short films and film extracts are preserved at Ina within the Contemporary Audiovisual collection bearing witness to the history and evolution of audiovisual and computer graphics design.
Many of these films were shown during international festivals, and at Imagina in particular, between 1995 and 2000. Ina organised Imagina, the first European festival of “new images”, in Monaco from 1981 to 2000. Others were presented at the European Digital Art Festival in Valenciennes (now known as E-magiciens), at Ichim (Paris), at Ars Numérica (Montbéliard) and at Siggraph (Special Interest Group on computer GRAPHics - USA).
This archive also houses films produced by institutions and specialised schools, such as Ensad (Paris), Supinfocom (Valenciennes) and Les Gobelins (Paris). Along with the works of artists such as Fred Forest, Maurice Benayoun, Pierre Trividic and Michael Gaumnitz, it features artistic installations including those undertaken by AFP’s 3D-News service, Medialab or Exmachina.
Ina also preserves the films, debates and interviews conducted by the organisers of cultural events, such as the collection built up around the International Film Festival of Women in Créteil, but also the Rencontres d’Arles and the Festival d’Automne in Paris.
The Pompidou Centre has also called upon Ina to digitise its audiovisual collections, which include 5,200 audio recordings and video films (experimental films by artists, the Kandinsky library collection and the Centre’s audiovisual department archives.
Since 2012, Ina has been collecting certain films made by amateur film- and video-makers to enrich its archives, which are otherwise almost entirely devoted to professional collections. To this end, Ina works with institutional partners, such as local cinema libraries and the digitisation company, Video Forever.
Since this operation was launched, Ina has brought thousands of unknown documents into the public eye on its website ina.fr. This approach has been pursued as part of its “Grande Collecte” for the commemorations of the First World War, and ensuing annual themes, in a partnership with the Archives de France network and the national French library, BnF.
“Non-media” players (private companies, associations, foundations)
Ina is broadening its scope of intervention to offer its services to structures, which, although not part of the media world, Ina, can be called on to produce audiovisual content. In so doing, Ina makes its expertise and archiving solutions available to audiovisual content owners, in the form of consultations that are defined in line with the nature of the content. It in this spirit that it formed a partnership with the Jean Jaurès Foundation, which holds the archives of the French socialist party.