Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Archive Valley?
  2. What kind of footage do you have in your collection?
  3. Where can I find a list of your footage providers?
  4. How much does it cost to license footage on Archive Valley?
  5. How does Archive Valley work?
  6. I’ve never researched or licensed archive footage before.
  7. What should my footage request include?
  8. What happens after I make a footage request?
  9. Can you recommend an archive researcher in another country to help me find material for my project?
  10. How do I join?
  11. How much does Archive Valley cost?
  12. What should I do if I forget my username and password?
  13. I need help navigating the platform or have questions for Archive Valley. Who do I contact?
  14. Where are you based?
  15. Where can I meet Archive Valley?

 

What is Archive Valley?

Archive Valley is an innovative platform that connects documentary filmmakers and content creators with archive footage sources and top archive researchers worldwide to source footage for their project.

Our aim is to simplify the process of sourcing and licensing archive footage, so you can focus on the creative process of your film, television or media projects.

What kind of footage do you have in your collection?

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.

 

Where can I find a list of your footage providers?

We do not provide a public listing of our providers. You will be connected directly with providers who are able to fullfil your requests with preview material or shot lists, at which point you can view their profiles.

Our providers range from TV broadcasters and public institutions to boutique archives and  private footage collections in over 50 countries.

 

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… Each source will provide details about any fees they charge when responding to your footage request.

 

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 request footage in a few clicks.

Click here for more info.

 

I’ve never researched or licensed archive footage before.

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 replies from archive providers, you will be guided through each step of the transaction and will be in direct contact with an expert at each archive through the Archive Valley platform.

 

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: 

Example 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 may receive a message from our creative team with useful info on how to locate the material you’re looking for or a recommendation for a researcher who can help.

You can view all your footage requests and replies in your dashboard and in a dedicated conversation page with each source – from which you can view and share preview material, request quotes, order and download masters, and exchange contracts and invoices. 

 

Can you recommend an archive researcher in another country to help me find material for my project?

On Archive Valley you can connect with local experts that can help you in your research or even visit local archives to inspect material if necessary. The Archive Valley community covers over 50 countries. If no one is available in the country you need help in, please notify us at hello@archivevalley.com and we will do our best to recommend someone.

 

How do I join?

If you’re a content creator or archive researcher, create your free login by clicking here. If you’re a professional archive researcher or archive producer, make sure to check the box saying “BOX” when you sign up. Once you’ve completed your profile, we’ll give you access to our archive researcher community and will be able to showcase your profile to producers around the world.

If you’re a footage provider interested in featuring your collection and receiving requests from new clients, email us at hello@archivevalley.com directly and we’ll contact you directly.

 

How much does Archive Valley cost?

Access to Archive Valley is free for content creators and archive researchers during our beta phase! We’ll keep you updated on new services and offers as they launch.

 

What should I do if I forget my username and password?

If you have only forgotten your password, can click here to recover it. If you forget your username and password you can shoot us an email at hello@archivevalley.com.

 

I need help navigating the platform or have questions for Archive Valley. Who do I contact?

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 hello@archivevalley.com.

 

Where are you based?

We’re proudly based in the City of Lights, Paris. This makes us ideally situated as a meeting point able service and connect 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 travellers, and our team can often be spotted and 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.