"More many years after Decree-Law which created the Portuguese Cinematheque as a service of the Secretary of State for Culture, giving it autonomy in relation to the Portuguese Cinema Institute, it became necessary to reconsider the structure of this service, which, during this time, had been new missions, greatly exceeding those given it a the beginning.
We must remember: amongst these missions, the responsibility of the ANIM Project - National Archives of Moving Pictures (Arquivo Nacional das Imagens em Movimento) - stands out, aimed at saving the Portuguese film, or existing in Portugal, patrimony, as well as all the cinematographic patrimony of the same origin and the same localization, whatever the support in which it may have been registered. Hence The Archives should be of «moving pictures», a comprehensible expression and which includes all this patrimony and diversity of materials. Archives of this type, necessary due to the confluence between the cinema, video and other new supports, implies some equally fundamental aspects... (...)"
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