FINA Commences Operations
The merger was dictated—according to official Ministry of Culture and National Heritage statements—by:
The necessity of improving the effectiveness of efforts to preserve and popularize the nation’s audiovisual heritage, with particular emphasis on the collections of the National Film Archive and the intellectual and technological potential of the National Audiovisual Institute.
The National Film Archive was a national cultural institution established in 1955 and dissolved in 2017. Its statutory duties included the preservation of national cinematographic heritage (the collection and archiving of film-related resources—reels, screenplays, scripts, books on cinema and cinematography, posters, set photos) and promoting broadly defined film culture. The collection that the NFA presides over—comprising numerous film reels and archival items—is one of the largest in the whole of Europe.
The National Audiovisual Institute (NInA) was established in 2005 as the Polish Audiovisual Publishers and it is under that name that it began to publish still-running musical and film series (including the DVD series Polish School of Documentary). In 2009, by decree of the Minister of Culture, the PAP was renamed the National Audiovisual Institute. The NInA’s statutory responsibilities included the preservation, archiving, and promoting the most valuable instances of Polish film, music, and theater culture.
The responsibilities of the newly-formed institution will include the collection, cataloguing, digital restoration, and dissemination of collections and documentary materials pertaining to national and international audiovisual heritage, as well as efforts to produce, record, and promote new cultural works with high artistic value for the purpose of broadcasting them in public and private media. The FINA will also conduct a broad range of educational, cultural, and publishing efforts as well as employ a plethora of new technologies (including the Internet) to pursue endeavors aimed at promoting audiovisual culture.
The Minister of Culture, Professor Piotr Gliński, appointed Katarzyna Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz, PhD, the Acting Director of the FINA. Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz served as the Deputy Director of the NInA from 2011 to 2017.
Katarzyna Chałubińska-Jentkiewicz has a PhD in law and specializes in audiovisual media law. A long-time employee of Polish Television, she has co-organized a plethora of media projects. She also teaches intellectual property protection at the War Studies University in Warsaw. She specializes in threats posed by digitization and convergence of media (public service in a new, digital environment).
The newly-formed institution will continue the prior efforts of both merged entities.