(L-R) ACMI Board President Peter Lewinsky; ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick, Chair of the NFSA Gabrielle Trainor and CEO of the NFSA Michael Loebenstein.

ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) are buddying up, with the chairs of each signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, June 6.

Chair of the NFSA Gabrielle Trainor and ACMI Chair Peter Lewinsky said the MoU marks a new stage in collaboration between the two agencies.

“The MoU will increase engagement between ACMI and the NFSA at a time of significant opportunity and change – as digitisation, broadband and mobile technologies transform the creative process and how we engage with our audiences. This is an important step to work together to promote our shared aims.”

The MoU formalises the partnership between the NFSA and ACMI, which commenced in 2009 with the Australian Mediatheque offering the public audio and video content on-demand at Federation Square. 

ACMI has licensed numerous exhibits from the NFSA collection and the two agencies have hosted film seasons together.

In 2016 the NFSA and ACMI moved into shared premises at ACMI X in Melbourne’s Southbank arts precinct.

Now the organisations are looking at expanding the Australian Mediatheque beyond its physical premises, and will continue to work together on education activities and digital engagement.

The MoU will be in place for four years.

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