Magazine article Screen International

Ymagis Launches Crowdfunding Platform to Restore Classic Films

Magazine article Screen International

Ymagis Launches Crowdfunding Platform to Restore Classic Films

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The first crowdfunding platform dedicated to raising funds for the restoration of heritage and archive films is set to be launched by European digital technologies specialists Ymagis Group.

Celluloid Angels, which will go live next week (June 8), will aim to "rally a community of cinephiles around a single cause: to tangibly protect and preserve the world's film heritage".

As the use of physical film stock continues to fall - with declining projection capabilities in cinemas and dwindling usage in the production of films - Ymagis wants to provide rights holders with an additional source of financing and a point of contact with film aficionado communities.

The company is intending to restore 15-20 films this year alone, with a roster of titles lined up for the website's launch including Georges Lautner's crime caper Monsieur Gangster (1963), Nagisa Oshima's historical drama In The Realm Of The Senses (1976) and Luc Besson's The Big Blue (1988).

While the initial launch will be in France, Ymagis aims to expand the platform internationally by autumn. …

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