The Texas Film Commission announced that the Texas Archive of the Moving Image is offering a statewide Texas Film Round-Up mail-in event for the entire month of October. Individuals, businesses, and institutions are invited to submit their Texas-related films and videotapes to TAMI for free digitization in exchange for contributing a digital copy of their materials for possible inclusion in TAMI’s online archive.
The award-winning Texas Film Round-Up discovers, preserves, and shares the stories of Texans by digitizing and providing access to their obsolete media. The program has resulted in the digitization of more than 50,000 films and videotapes dating as far back as 1910 and spanning through the decades of media technology.
“We are so proud of our longstanding partnership with TAMI and the Texas Film Round-Up,” said TFC Director Stephanie Whallon. “We look forward to seeing the contributions from Texans and continuing the preservation of Texas’ rich history for both education and entertainment.”
A curated collection of more than 5,000 videos is available at texasarchive.org. This online video-sharing platform welcomes the public to watch, explore, and learn about Texas history and culture. It also includes free lesson plans to assist educators in using the videos as primary and secondary source materials for teaching Texas and U.S. history.
To participate in this year’s month-long free digitization event, contributors are asked to register on TAMI’s website, then mail their Texas-related films and videotapes, including home movies, industrial films, educational films, advertisements, local television and promotional films, directly to TAMI’s office.
To qualify for free digitization, the films and videotapes must be Texas related, and participants must be willing to donate a digital copy of their materials to the program. The materials must be sent to TAMI during the month of October, will be digitized in Austin, then returned by mail to the owners, along with a digital copy. More information about the program and its requirements is available at texasarchive.org/round-up.