The annual Jean Mitry Award is given out each fall at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. The award honors individuals and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and appreciation of the world’s silent film heritage. Past winners have included major figures in the archival community such as Eileen Bowser (MOMA), as well as scholars such as Tom Gunning (...
In 2007 the WCFTR developed a pilot project that would provide authoritative scholarly websites focused on WCFTR collections that combine well-researched information with digitized selections of primary-source materials from our archives.
We believe that one of the most important gateways into understanding American culture is the original records of its creators, particularly in the field of drama and audio-visual media.
It may come as a surprise to learn that Madison, Wisconsin, far from the bright lights of Hollywood and New York, is the home of the one of the largest and most significant collections of media history in the world.
The WCFTR works closely with the Wisconsin Historical Society in carrying out its mission.