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Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX)

Preserving Our Audiovisual Heritage: Film and Video Collections

This program promotes international collaboration and academic dialogue on film and media preservation in order to safeguard the world’s audiovisual heritage. APEX is an opportunity for members of the international audiovisual archival community to exchange knowledge and skills in areas such as inspection and care of audiovisual materials, cataloging, metadata management, digitization, digital preservation, and access to collections.



  1. Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX): Argentina 2009

  2. A team of film experts and archivists from the United States under the direction of professor Dan Streible traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 2009 to help the Museo del Cine preserve its orphan films.
    Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX): Colombia 2013
    A student-led initiative to visit and team up with the Colombian Film Heritage Foundation (Fundación Patrimonio Fílmico Colombiano) for the preservation of audiovisual materials of historical, cultural, and aesthetic importance.
    APEX 2014 took place in Montevideo, Uruguay, with the participation of five local institutions: Universidad Católica del Uruguay, the National Image Archive of SODRE, Cinemateca Uruguaya, Universidad de la República and Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo.

    Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX): Uruguay 2014


  3. Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (APEX): Ghana 2008,2009 and 2010.

    In 2008, MIAP faculty members Mona Jimenez and Chris Lacinak, and Senior Research Fellow Kara Van Malssen, visited Ghana to conduct workshops, site visits, training, research, and build relationships with colleagues in West Africa. Mona and Kara returned in 2009 to conduct a full week-long workshop with 26 participants and place MIAP student Jennifer Blaylock in a 10 week summer internship.