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1. June 2015

Digital portal for German Federal Archive content now available in English


Exclusive Worldwide Sales of German Newsreels

Transit Film, a federally owned company, has been appointed to exclusively manage the worldwide commercial sales of German Newsreels from 1889 - 1990 held by the German Federal Archive. These include newsreels from WWI and WWII, newsreels from the Bizone and the Bonn Republic and magazines and documentaries published by the Federal Press Office. Transit Film also exploits its own film stock, which includes federally owned films as well as titles, whose rights Transit Film has acquired.

With an ever expanding online presence, more than 600 hours of footage can already be viewed on the company's digital portal www.transit-digital.de. Already digitised are approximately 150 hours from WWI and, in the coming weeks, the post 1945 newsreels will be completed with the addition of the last 160 hours. Transit Film also plans to digitise WWII content in the future.

The website is now available in English, opening up vast research resources to international archive researches and producers. Since Mai 2015 Transit Film is a member of the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries, www.focalint.org
A company representative was present at the footageMarketplace Event www.footagemarketplace.com on 20. Mai 2015 in London.

Examples from the digital portal

70 Years Potsdam Conference
The Potsdam Conference began on 17. Juli 1945 on Castle Cecilienhof in Potsdam.

Potsdam Conference - Welt im Film 13/1945
The Allies in Berlin - Welt im Film 14/1945
The End of the Conference in Potsdam - Welt im Film 15/1945


Juni 1945: Volkswagen postwar production starts
August 1955: Millionth VW Beatle built

Auto Industry in High Gear - Welt im Film 208/1949 - 20.05.1949
VW Bus - Welt im Film 237/1949 - 13.12.1949
Volkswagen Tested - Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 35/1950 - 26.09.1950

Car Bed - Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 129/1952 - 15.07.1952

500.000. Volkswagen - Neue Deutsche Wochenschau 180/1953 - 07.07.1953
Refugees and homless people in Germany 1945-1947

Urban Nomads - Welt im Film 28/1945
Germans Help One Another - Welt im Film 31/1945
Refugees in America - Welt im Film 56/1946

Hamburg: Donations for the Poor - Welt im Film 75/1946Refugees - Welt im Film 77/1946
Barracks become hotel for refugees - Welt im Film 100/1947
People without a homeland - Welt im Film 124/1947

28. June: 175. Anniversary of the founding of the German public kindergarden by Friedrich Fröbel

Childcare - Welt im Film 246/1950 - 14.02.1950
German - American Kindergarten - Welt im Film 288/1950
A Modern Kindergarten in Nervi - Welt im Bild 177/1955
6. June - 5. July 2015: Women's Football Worldchampionship in Canada

Ladies Football Germany: England - UFA-Wochenschau 53/1957
Italy: Women's Football - UFA-Wochenschau 149/1959
Women's Football and Interviews with players - UFA-Dabei 801/1971
Ladies Football Festival - UFA-Dabei 930/1974


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80335 München

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