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National Film and Sound Archive needs sustained funding, not grants

By Ray Edmondson
December 9 2021 - 6:25pm
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announces the $41.9 million funding boost for the NFSA's digitisation program. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

The National Film and Sound Archive, which styles itself "Australia's living archive", is the guardian of more than a century of national memories documented in films, sound records, audio and videotape, and digital files. From the 1980s to the early 2000s, NFSA projects like the Last Film Search, Operation Newsreel and the MAVIS collection management system made it a global leader. Its expert staff developed international reputations. But with generational change and shifting circumstances, its star has dimmed. And like other memory institutions, it normally attracts little political attention.

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