NFAI to host the International workshop on Film Preservation and Restoration

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Pune | MumbaiThe National Film Archives of India (NFAI) in association with International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) is hosting a 10 Day International workshop on Film Preservation and Restoration at NFAI campus in Pune.

The workshop starting from 26th February – 6th March 2016, would have lectures and practical sessions on various topics related to film conservation, digitization, restoration and technical aspects of film archiving.
 
The course has been specially designed by David Walsh, Head of the Technical Commission of FIAF taking into consideration Indian requirements and conditions.  “With the involvement of international institutions, NFAI intends to create the skilled manpower in this niche area. The workshop will give hands on experience with various techniques and processes involved with conservation, restoration of films, photographs and documents. The course will also cover elements of documentation, cataloguing and digital preservation”, said Prakash Magdum, Director, NFAI.
 
Shivendra Dungarpur, Director Film Heritage Foundation said, “we are delighted in partnering with NFAI and other international institutions for this workshop as Film Heritage Foundation is striving towards safeguarding Country’s filmic heritage. The International faculties from FIAF, George Eastman Museum, Museum of Modern Art and L’Immagine Ritrovata will share their knowledge which would benefit both the NFAI personnel and other students. Nearly 48 students are enrolled from all over the country and from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh”.
 
The workshop would be inaugurated noted actor Naseeruddin Shah and Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Sunil Arora. on 25thFebruary, Thursday at 6pm.The inauguration ceremony will be followed by screening of silent film “Kalia Mardan” directed by Dadasaheb Phalke with live musical accompaniment by Dr. Kshama Vaidya and her group.
 
Brief description of collaborators.
 
National Film Archive of India .
The NFAI is the largest film archive in India. It is the principal custodian of one of the most prolific and diverse film patrimonies in the world. The NFAI’s Charter includes the promotion of film scholarship and research on cinema, furthering the global outreach of Indian cinema and showcasing the wealth of India’s cinematic legacy to audiences across the country.  It is implementing the National Film Heritage Mission.
Film Heritage Foundation
Film Heritage Foundation is a not-for-profit organization set up by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur in 2014. It is dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation and restoration of the moving image and to developing interdisciplinary programs to create awareness about the language of cinema.
FIAF
The International Federation of Film Archives, Paris (also known as FIAF, its French acronym), has been dedicated to the preservation of, and access to, the world’s film heritage since 1938. It brings together the world’s leading non-profit institutions in this field. Its 155 affiliated film archives in 75 countries are committed to the rescue, collection, preservation, screening, and promotion of films, which are valued both as works of art and culture and as historical documents.
Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project
The Film Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Martin Scorsese dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history by providing annual support for preservation and restoration projects around the world. The board includes eminent filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, Peter Jackson, Alexander Payne and Paul Thomas Anderson.
George Eastman Film Museum
One of the major film museums in the United States – the only one equipped for the projection of 35 mm nitrate film as well as a digital restoration laboratory. It is also the world’s largest repository on the history of cinema technology from Edison and Lumière to the Technicolor Archives and the first Pixar prototype.
Selznick School of Film Preservation
Established in 1996, the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, Rochester, New York is a two-year graduate program held in partnership with the University of Rochester. The course is also available as a one-year certificate program with intensive training in film chemistry and conservation, curatorship and cultural management. 
L’immagine Ritrovata
L’immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, Italy is a highly specialized film restoration laboratory, born and developed thanks to Cineteca di Bologna. Thanks to its innovative methodologies, it is a leading laboratory in the field and it is designed for the restoration of film from every cinematic age. They have restored films of Charles Chaplin, Jean Renoir, Federico Fellini, Jacques Tati, Luchino Visconti, Yasujiro Ozu, Sergei Leone, Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.