- What is Archive Valley?
- Do you hold any footage collection on your platform ?
- What kind of archive footage providers do you have in your network
- I’ve never researched or licensed archive footage before. Is this a problem?
- How does Archive Valley work?
- What does my 14-day free trial include ?
- Does the 14-day free trial requires any commitment or credit card information?
- I work on behalf of a production company, what paid plan do you recommend
- What should my footage request include?
- What happens after I make a footage request?
- What is the AV Engine ?
- Where do I see all the footage requests I’ve made and the replies sent by the archive providers?
- How much does it cost to license footage on Archive Valley?
- I’m looking for an archive researcher for my project.
- I’m an Archive Researcher, how do I join the community and get contacted for research assignments?
- I’m an Archive Provider, how do I join?
- What should I do if I forget my username and password?
- I need help navigating the platform or have questions for Archive Valley. Who do I contact?
- Where are you based?
- Where can I meet Archive Valley?
What is Archive Valley?
Archive Valley is an international platform designed to help filmmakers and producers to find the right footage for their stories.
Based on an on-demand approach, the platform connects you with hundreds of footage sources and archive researchers worldwide, saving you hours of research.
The different features on the platform make sourcing and licensing of archive footage really easy while at the same time opening up new perspectives for your film and tv projects. Indeed, you might be surprised to receive amazing footage from sources you never even knew existed!
Do you hold any footage collection on your platform
None! Archive Valley doesn’t maintain a footage library, but rather connects you with hundreds of online and offline archive footage collections around the world, covering every topic and every period since the start of cinematography, from historical archives to contemporary news footage.
What kind of archive footage providers do you have in your network
Our providers range from TV broadcasters and public institutions to boutique archives and private footage collections in over 60 countries. Archive Valley’s network is an ever-expanding one since we work hard to make the service available for new international sources in every corner of the world.
We do not provide a list of our archive providers, you are able to discover them once they reply to your footage request.
I’ve never researched or licensed archive footage before. Is this a problem?
Not to worry. You do not need to be experienced in archive research or licensing to use Archive Valley to source footage. Our platform has been designed with input from professional archive researchers and archivists to ensure that every step of the research and licensing process is transparent and easy to follow.
Once you make a footage request and receive direct replies from archive providers, you will be guided through each step of the transaction and will be in direct contact with the archive providers. If you think your project requires the services of a professional archive researcher – you can find the right profile in our database and connect with them for an assignment directly from the platform.
How does Archive Valley work?
Our platform’s request-based approach to footage research makes sourcing archive footage easier and more cost-effective, matching filmmakers’ footage requests with right sources out of hundreds around the world. We believe it’s more efficient for experts who know their collections to contact you directly than for you to track them all down.
Once you’ve signed in, you can submit your footage requests in a few clicks. You can expect to get replies from worldwide archive providers in a matter of hours, together with video previews or shot lists. You are then invited to exchange directly with the sources on the platform in order to inquire about their pricing and negotiate the rights.
Take advantage on your 14 day-free trial in order to test our services.
What does my 14-day free trial include?
During your 14-day free trial you will be able to benefit from the following features on the platform :
– submit 2 footage requests which would allow you to connect with worldwide archive providers to find and license footage;
– submit footage requests to our pilot group of top archive researchers;
– access the “Archive Researchers Community” to find professional researchers for different types of research assignments.
Does the 14-day free trial requires any commitment or credit card information?
Plain and simple – NO.
I work on behalf of a production company, what paid plan do you recommend?
As a freelancer or an employee of a production company, you might recommend the Company Plan to the production company you’re working with in order to get invited on this plan and benefit from the large range of services it includes, from unlimited footage requests to unlimited connections with archive researchers for assignments.
This plan is the most flexible one and it perfectly suits production teams that might evolve over time. Up to 3 users (included the admin of the company account) can be associated with this plan at the same time, also allowing users can be removed or added at any time.
You may also choose to subscribe to the Individual Plan if you work as a freelancer and you wish to use Archive Valley as a personal/work tool. The Individual Plan is not available for production companies’ employees or freelancers working full-time for the same production company.
Note that Archive Valley offers different subscription plans for different archival needs, please contact us directly to enquiry about our different offers.
What should my footage request include?
To receive the most relevant responses from archive providers on Archive Valley, here is some essentials information to include:
- A title that describes the request
- Year range or specific dates
- Details of the request including what you’re looking to see, technical requirements if any, and how much footage you think you need.
- The purpose: What kind of project it is for?
- The stage of production you’re in (development, production, or post-production)
- The name of the Company producing the project
- The rights you require (duration, territory and media)
Here’s an example of a well-formulated footage request:
What happens after I make a footage request?
You can usually expect archive sources to respond with footage or shot-lists within three business days. For some requests it may take a bit longer, especially if it involves rare material or material that has not yet been digitized.
If none of our sources have material to share, you are invited to apply for sharing your footage request with a selection of top archive researchers. They might message you with useful information, which is the best way for you to identify the expert that best suit your project in the perspective of an assignment. This service is available during your 14-day free trial.
What is the AV Engine ?
Occasionally, you may receive useful resources in relation with your footage request from our AV Engine. AV Engine is a super brain we’ve created to process thousands of archive sources around the world and provide you, when available, with additional resources to move your research forward.
Where do I see all the footage requests I’ve made and the replies sent by the archive providers?
You can view all your footage requests and replies in you “Ongoing Requests” dashboard. On your left side, you will see a list of all your requests. Selecting a request will trigger your multilevel research panel with all the different available features.
Each archive provider who responded will be displayed separately and you will be able to access your conversation page with each source.
Directly from there, you can preview material, message the archive provider with feedback, request quotes, order and download masters, and exchange contracts and invoices.
Here’s how an “Ongoing Requests” dashboard typically looks like:
How much does it cost to license footage on Archive Valley?
Licensing fees and other usage fees are determined by each footage provider based on the material you want to license, and/or the rights you need for your project – for instance the term, media and territories in which you would like to use the material. Some providers charge extra fees for research, scans, restoration, master delivery, etc… Feel free to enquiry about these fees by messaging the archive providers who have replied to your footage request.
I’m looking for an archive researcher for my project.
Archive Valley has built a unique community of archive researchers, which covers over 60 countries.
If your plan includes an access to the Archive Researchers’ community, you’re then able to connect through the platform with experts for the purpose of assignments of different scale and nature. Archive researchers can help you with part or the entirety of your research or visit local archives to inspect and access material on the ground if necessary.
Now it is also possible to enter into discussion with a selection of archive researchers on the basis of your footage request and project.
Good to know: If no archive researcher is available in the country you need help in, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to expand our community accordingly.
I’m an Archive Researcher, how do I join the community and get contacted for research assignments?
If you’re a professional archive researcher or archive producer, make sure to check the proper box when you sign up.
Professional archive researchers with specific expertise and experience in research and licensing can join our community and get contacted for assignments (no plan required).
Please keep in mind that researchers’ profiles are subjected to a vetting process and once approved you will receive a notification on your email. In order you to be given access to our archive researcher community and showcase your profile to hundreds of productions around the world you need to enable “Contact me for Assignments” option from your Edit Profile page. Completing your profile with all the relevant professional information will ensure you can be easily identified by anyone looking for the same specific expertise or privileged access.
You will receive a notification on your email every time you get contacted by a production and their message will be accessible in your “Assignments” dashboard. If your communication eventually leads into an assignment please consider Archive Valley’s 20% commission fee when defining your rates.
I’m an Archive Provider, how do I join?
If you’re a footage provider interested in featuring your collection and receiving requests from new clients, email us at email@example.com directly and we’ll contact you directly. Otherwise feel free to fill the invitation form here.
What should I do if I forget my username and password?
In the bottom-right corner of the screen, you should see a blue icon : this opens a chat directly with our team, who will respond to your questions as quickly as possible. Alternatively, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are you based?
We’re proudly based in the City of Lights, Paris. This makes us ideally situated at the meeting point of the Asian, Middle Eastern, European, African and American archive footage and media production markets.
Where can I meet Archive Valley?
We’re happy to welcome you for a coffee in our Paris offices! We’re also avid travelers, and our team can often be spotted at documentary film festivals and media industry events like DocNYC, IDFA, Sunny Side of the Doc, Doc Leipzig, Real Screen, MipCom, Sheffield DocFest and more! Let us know if you’re heading to an event and if we’re also attending we’re happy to meet up.