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What is the SOFA Archive?

The School of Film and Animation Archive is a collection of student thesis work and other projects that received special recognition by faculty. The digital assets are securely kept on campus and can be accessed through SOFAtube. This includes streaming a video showcased during the semester screenings or by downloading the digital files. Physical assets can also be requested from the Archive Room, located in the Gannett Building (Building 7) room A078, by contacting the assistant archivist (sofaarchive@rit.edu) or the lead archivist, Cathleen Ashworth (ccapph@rit.edu).

When logged in to SOFAtube with an RIT account, the Archive Output Request page, located under the "Helpful Links" tab at the top of the page, allows high quality media to be searched and downloaded, as single files or compressed folders, for purposes such as the SOFA Honors Show, the High Falls Film Festival's Women of SOFA, student demo reels, in-class viewings, and so on. This can be done by first searching for projects by title, creator, term, or category. A list of results will appear and you can add the correct results to you download queue. Once you found everything you need, you can download the queued results one at a time or in a compressed folder.

In addition, when logged in to SOFAtube with an RIT account, the Archive Dropbox, located under the "Helpful Links" tab at the top of the page, allows students to submit work required by the archive that is not shown during semester screenings to the archive as well as share it with teachers for grading. Before uploading the media to the dropbox, certain information describing the student, the project, and the purposes the media was created must be provided. If the media is needed for a class grade, the teacher's email must be provided so a notification can be sent to them.