Sir Nicholas Winton to attend FIAT-IFTA Awards

The subject of the documentary Nicky's Family (pictured), also known as "the British Schindler," rescued close to 700 children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia in the Kindertransport operations just before the start of the Second World War.
September 24, 2012

The Fédération Internationale des Archives de Télévision (FIAT)/ International Federation of Television Archives (IFTA) will welcome Sir Nicholas Winton to this year’s Archive Achievement Awards ceremony in London, taking place this Saturday (September 29).

Knighted in 2002 in recognition for his work on the Czech Kindertransport, in which approximately 669 children were rescued from German-occupied Czechoslovakia just prior to the beginning of the Second World War, Winton will be an honored guest at the ceremony, to be held at the British Film Institute in London’s South Bank.

Winton’s story forms the framework of Nicky’s Family (pictured) from Matej Minač and Patrik Pašš, one of the documentary films nominated in the best use of archive category for the FIAT/IFTA Awards. The other two films nominated in the category are A Cosa Serve Il Cinema from Daniela Piccioni for RaiTeche and Past Dreams of the Future by Michelle Francati for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

In the category for the most innovative use of archive, NHK’s Great East Japan Earthquake Archives project is up against web doc Shalom Amigos from directors Adrien Walter and Emmanuel Clemenceau, with the Shanghai Media Group’s Media Encyclopedia Club media community portal and Storia SSR from Switzerland’s SRG rounding out the nominees.

Lastly, in the category of best archive preservation project, nominees are the East Timor Audiovisual Archive installation from Max Stahl, Images for the Future from the consortium of the same name in The Netherlands and The Terrestrials by American Scenes and Staccato Films.

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