Film Preservation and Restoration School in India

The Film Heritage Foundation,  a not-for-profit organization based in Mumbai, recognizing the urgent need to preserve India’s cinematic heritage, is dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation and restoration of the moving image and to develop interdisciplinary educational programs that will use film as an educational tool and create awareness about the language of cinema.

Our next major initiative is the Film Preservation & Restoration School India in collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata and FIAF that will take place from February 22nd – 28th, 2015 in Mumbai. This is a unique project that is being done in India for the first time.

The purpose of the school is to address current issues surrounding film preservation and restoration including practical training of current restoration and archival best practices by a faculty that includes some of the leading international experts in the field.

The week-long course itself will consist of lectures/presentations followed by interactive sessions with experts on film archiving and preservation from the foremost archives and studios around the world, screenings of restored classics and ten modules on film restoration including hands-on training in the latest techniques that will be conducted by a technical team from L’Immagine Ritrovata, a state-of-the-art film restoration lab that has restored landmark films of Chaplin, Fellini, Ozu and Ritwik Ghatak amongst others.

Application forms are available online on our website.

Selected applicants will have to start with online preparatory material that will be made available to them from January 14th – February 18th, 2015.

This will be the first step in our long-term goal to create an indigenous resource of archivists, conservation and restoration experts that will work towards protecting India’s cinematic heritage.

Please see attached the poster and the postcard for the school, Martin Scorsese’s letter of support along with some further information on the project.

Martin Scorsese’s letter of support.
Poster for the Film Preservation and Restoration School India

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