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The No Time to Wait Conference

Národní filmový archiv shall host the seventh No Time to Wait conference at Kino NFA Ponrepo in Prague. No Time to Wait is a FREE three-day conference focused on open media, open standards, and digital audiovisual preservation managed by No Time to Wait has always been a conference that blends in-person and online participation and this year we shall work to emphasize online participation in response to the social, travel, and financial restrictions related to the pandemic.

November 8-10, 2023


If you'd like to participate in No Time to Wait 7, please complete our registration form. Note that our onsite registration is now a waiting list and online registration is available. Registration is free, however for those with institutional support or abundant generosity we're offering optional registration fees that help make No Time to Wait sustainable.

Our Program

Here is our conference program. Thanks so much to all those that proposed and participated.


The No Time To Wait conference features presentations and discussion on topics such as:

  • developing collaborative initiatives to preserve media
  • efforts to extend capabilities and opportunities within archives
  • active open media standardization projects
  • seeking consensus in audiovisual preservation strategy
  • examination of open media use in film and video digitization
  • integration of open source tools into archival workflow
  • examples of cross-community collaboration and skill-sharing
  • developments in open media
  • and more

Follow @nttwconf for news and updates about No Time to Wait. Our recommended hashtag is #nttw7.

The conference will be livestreaming on the MediaArea YouTube channel available here.


Národní filmový archiv at Kino NFA Ponrepo in Prague: Bartolomějská 291/11, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia.

interior image of Národní filmový archiv

Travel Grants

Our travel grant funding has been exhausted and this application is now closed. Congrats to those we were able to fund. For background on our approach to offering variable travel grant funding, see

Members of the DPC (Digital Preservation Coalition) are encouraged to review the No Time to Wait travel grant offer from the DPC's Career Development Fund. There's more information about this opportunity at the DPC website.

For those based in the United States and employed as library, archive, museum or cultural heritage professionals, we encourage you to apply for the funding opportunities of the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network's Professional Development Funding program, which is able to fund travel-related costs to participate in No Time to Wait. Please see to apply.

Thanks in particular to AV Preservation by, FIAF, Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA), MEMORIAV, and No Time to Wait attendees for sponsoring these travel grants.


The organizers of No Time to Wait strive to sustain this conference as a free registration event through efficient and transparent budgeting and via the generosity of our hosts and sponsors. The sponsors of No Time to Wait help make the discussions, presentations, and momentum of the No Time to Wait event possible and enable the event to maintain a high level of accessibility and involvement. Sponsors shall be acknowledged via the conference's website, printed programs, and presence at the conference. Sponsors may indicate that their contribution is allocated to a specific need, such as funding travel stipends, hosting a reception, or supporting live streaming. To discuss or inquire regarding sponsorship opportunities please please contact us.

Thanks to the following organizations for generously supporting No Time to Wait.

You can also support the No Time to Wait conference by becoming a MediaArea member.

What's the Word About No Time To Wait

It was such a pleasure to welcome the NTTW community in The Hague (and online) last year. It is such a vibrant network, always at the forefront of the latest development in the field of digital audiovisual preservation. Cannot wait to see everyone in Prague and continue the discussion we started last year.
-- Johan Oomen, Head of Research at the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision

No Time To Wait 4 at Blinken OSA brought together a super curious, enthusiastic crowd of moving image, sound and photo archivists; code writers/developers; and digital preservation experts in the open source universe, from freelancers to small and large institutions.
The healthily mixed group presented and discussed finished projects, bringing forward knowledge and skillsets, and best practices, to facilitate sharing of ideas. NTTW is about exchange and open debate. The most popular part of conference was the "solve the puzzle": glitches, asynchronous moving image were played, and through comments from the crowd, the technical errors were named, and solutions were suggested.
NTTW is the most open, inspiring, and motivating A/V event, with its lack of pretention and truly inclusive spirit. After NTTW4 many of us is to look at their own A/V projects with renewed energy, ideas for solutions and dedication to our wonderful cultural heritage-related work.

-- Zsuzsanna Zadori, Senior Audio-visual Archivist, Blinken Open Society Archives

No Time to Wait 3 was an inspiring event, bringing together a dynamic community of a/v archivists, developers and digital preservationists in a friendly atmosphere to facilitate open collaboration, information exchange, debate and consensus-forming. Attendees left with an invaluable network of supportive contacts as well as heads and laptops bursting with new ideas, resources and approaches to the challenges of moving image preservation. More than any similar event I’ve attended, the NTTW series operates like a vitamin injection of enthusiasm, energy and inspiration to face the work ahead!
-- Stephen McConnachie | Head of Data and Digital Preservation | British Film Institute

No Time to Wait 2 was a strong statement in regard to the increased and enormously productive collaboration between film and media archivists and developers. It opened up a perspective for digital film preservation pathways and practices that are based on open standards, open source software, and business models which balance openness and the avoidance of vendor lock-in with plannability and adequate financial reward for developers.
-- Michael Loebenstein, Österreichisches Filmmuseum | Austrian Film Museum

Want to Host No Time to Wait?

If you're interested being considered as a host for an upcoming No Time to Wait. Please complete this interest form and a member of our organizing committee will be in touch with you soon.

Code of Conduct

No Time to Wait is governed by the Contributor Covenant version 2.1. All coordinators, contributors, and participants agree to abide by its terms. To report violations, send an email to or contact a conference coordinator.

Conference Planning

NTTW Organizing Committee

  • Dave Rice, Conference Manager
  • Valeria Dávila
  • Alessandra Luciano
  • Jérôme Martinez

NTTW Host Committee, Národní filmový archiv

  • Adela Kudlova


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