Calling audio-visual archive and preservation experts

Making movies is costly and time-consuming. Preserving them is critical.

The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) is a recognized and standardized intermediate format for making and distributing complex audio-visual content, and has emerged as a promising candidate for archiving and preserving it.

The HPA IMF User Group ( is organizing two workshops this fall to explore this complex problem:

  • Preserving movies with IMF

When: September 13 in Amsterdam, NL
Program chair: Siegfried Foessel <>
Event page: Workshop on preserving movies with IMF

  • Preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF

When: October 25 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Program chair: Florian Schleich <>
Event page: Workshop on preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF

Submit your presentation proposals by July 1 at

Submissions from archives, content producers/owners, product manufacturers and movie professionals are welcome. All submissions should include a short abstract (3-4 sentences) and specify the target event (Amsterdam and/or Los Angeles). Presentations should have a maximum duration of 15 minutes and should focus on archival and preservation use cases and workflows.

These workshops are a unique opportunity to meet experts and implementers, and share ideas, use cases, and requirements. Admission will be open to all, with tickets available starting August 1, 2019.

Two workshops tackling IMF in archive

We are organizing not one, but two workshops tackling the application of IMF to archival workflows.

Details at the links below.

The deadline for submitting proposed presentations is July 1. Tickets will be made available starting August 1.

Preserving movies with the Interoperable Master Format (IMF)

13 September 2019 at the Eye in Amsterdam, NL

Program chair: Siegfried Foessel

Preserving and re-purposing studio productions using IMF

25 October 2019 in Los Angeles, USA

Program chair: Florian Schleich

NAB 2019 Contact Information

Below is contact information for IMF UG members at NAB 2019.

TMD (TransMedia Dynamics)
Sony Pictures TechnologiesBrian Vessa 310-779-9938
GICHenry Gu 818 564 6442, SU10106
Nordic Entertainment
Yella UmbrellaN2731
ColorfrontRenaissance Suite 832 & 1530
Marquise TechnologiesSL13407
Telestream LLCSL3308
Rohde & Schwarz - DVSSL6405
Dalet Digital Media SystemsSL6610
Prime Focus TechnologiesSL9605
CineCert Inc.SU11802
nabletSU12003 (w/ Hiscale)
Venera TechnologiesSU13008
AWS / AmazonSU2202
Fraunhofer DMT USASU4816
Interra SystemsSU7605