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24-February-2016 12:53 IST
Ministry of I&B to organize 1st International Workshop on Film Preservation and Restoration at NFAI Pune from 26th February to 6th March, 2016

Secretary I&B along with Naseeruddin Shah to inaugurate International Workshop

International Workshop to focus on Film Preservation and Restoration


National Film Archives of India (NFAI), a media unit under the aegisof Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in association with International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF)and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) is organizinga 10-day International workshop on Film Preservation and Restoration at NFAI campus, Pune. The workshop whichcommences from 26th February – 6th March 2016 would comprise oftheoretical lectures and practical sessions on various techniques related to film conservation, digitization, restoration and film archiving.

The International Workshop is a unique and first of its kind initiative of Ministry of I&B where various aspects and techniques of film archiving would be dealt with comprehensively. NFAI being the only organization involved in films preservation and archiving in India,became the obvious choice for this year’s workshop. The International faculties from FIAF, George Eastman Museum, Museum of Modern Art and L’Immagine Ritrovata would also share their knowledge which would benefit both the NFAI personnel and other students. 48 participantsfrom India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had enrolled for the workshop. Last year a workshop on the subject was organized at Film Division, Mumbai.

The course is specially customized by David Walsh, Head of the Technical Commission of FIAF (International Federation of film Archives)taking into consideration Indian requirements and conditions and is certified by FIAF. With the involvement of international institutions, NFAI intends to create the skilled manpower in this niche area. The workshop wouldimpart hands on experience with various techniques and processes involved with conservation, restoration of films, photographs and documents. The course would also cover elements of documentation, cataloguing and digital preservation.

NFAI is in the process of implementing prestigious National Film Heritage Mission. The International workshop would be a step forward in this direction, which would ensure strengthening our in-house capabilities for the successful implementation of the mission.

The workshop would be inaugurated by Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Shri Naseeruddin Shah on 25th February, 2016 (Thursday). Shri Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom 18, one of the co-sponsors of the event, and Shri Shivendrasingh Dungarpur of Film Heritage Foundation would also be present along with Shri Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI. The inauguration ceremony would be followed by screening of silent film “Kalia Mardan” directed by Dadasaheb Phalke with live musical accompaniment by Dr. Kshama Vaidya and her group.

The international faculty would include David Walsh, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Davide Pozzi, Richard Wright, Thelma Ross, Camille Blot Wellens, Spencer Christiano, Nancy Kauffman, Taina Miller, Banjamin Tucker, Jurij Meden, Marianna De Sanctis, Silvia Spadotto, Gilles Barberis, Emanuele Vissani, Christophe Dupin and Kristen Merola.


Workshop objective: The goal of the programme is not only to augment the infrastructure and capacity of the NFAI but also to build an indigenous resource of film archivists and restorers who can work towards saving India’s cinematic heritage in the future.


·         10-day advanced intensive practical training in film archiving, preservation and restoration

·         Specialized training in film inspection, repair and cleaning

·         Conservation of posters, production stills and paper documents

·         Conservation treatment of photographic prints and negatives

·         Restoration practice and ethics

·         Digital asset management and digitization workflow

·         Documentation and cataloguing

·         Film curatorship and projection


Speakers/ Lecturers at the workshop:

David Walsh is head of technical commission of International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). After studying Chemistry at Oxford University, he worked on decomposition of cellulose nitrate films and established himself in the domain of film preservation and digitization of film & video. He teaches archiving techniques to film archivists from around the globe through FIAF training courses.

Paolo Cherchi Usai is senior curator of the Moving Image Department at the George Eastman, Rochester, New York and co-founder of Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He is Adjunct Professor of Film at Rochester University. He was knighted by French government as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to film culture, museum development and moving image conservation & preservation.

Davide Pozzi is Director of L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. Under his management the laboratory has established itself as one of the most highly specialized facilities in the field of film restoration worldwide.

Richard Wright was until December 2011 the archive preservation specialist in the BBC Research and Development department in London. He has 20 years experience of broadcast archive technology and digitization working with the One Million Hour BBC archive. He was BBC project manager on EC project Presto PRIME (digital preservation).

Thelma Ross is Moving Image Cataloguer at Department of Film at the museum of Modern Art. She also serves as Head of FIAF Cataloguing and Documentation Commission and a co-author of FIAF Moving Image cataloguing manual.  She gives talks and presentation on moving image cataloguing and metadata standards.

Camille Blot-Wellens is independent film researcher and historian. She is presently Associate Senior Lecturer at Paris 8 University in France. She collaborates with European Archives for research and restoration projects. She is a member of FIAF’s Technical Commission and author of books and articles on restoration and film identification.

Spencer Christiano is the Chief Projectionist at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. He has experience of over ten years in film handling, inspection, repair and exhibition. He is well versed with various film projector systems and 35 mm and 16 mm film gauges as well as DCPs and digital systems. He is trained in projection of nitrate films and is one of the few projectionists across the globe to handle nitrate films.

Nancy Kauffman is Archivist for Stills, Posters and Paper Collections in Moving Image Department at the George Eastman Museum. She is a faculty member at L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation where she teaches students about history, care and handling of artifacts, collection management and digitization of collections.

Taina Meller is Conservation in Charge at the Kay R. Whitmore Conservation Center at George Eastman Museum. After graduating from the EVTEK Institute of Art and Design in Vantaa, Finland, she worked as photograph conservator at institutions like Finnish Museum of Photography and the Finnish National Gallery.

Benjamin Tucker is assistant Collection manager in moving department at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. He is graduated in Film Preservation from L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. Previously he has worked as archivist at Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA.

Jurij Meden works as curator of Film Exhibitions at the George Eastman Museum since 2014. He is responsible for developing and managing film & media programming for the Dreyden Theatre and other exhibition spaces at the museum. He has also served as head of the film programming department at the Slovenska Kinoteka – a member of FIAF. He has also served on jury of many film festivals in Europe and Asia.

Marianna De Sanctis is Head of Film Repair Department at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in Bologna, Italy. She works of film materials coming from different ages and countries & addresses problems associated with physical chemical decay of films. She has been teaching Film Repair since 2007 at FIAF Film Restoration School at bologna, Italy and abroad.

Silvia Spadotto is head of Film comparison Department at Ritrovata Laboratory in Bologna, Italy. She supervises the researches on filmic and non filmic materials and the comparison of the different sources available in order to provide reconstruction projects. She has been teaching Film Comparison since 2012 at FIAF Film Restoration School at bologna, Italy and abroad.

Gilles Barberis is working at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory since 2007 overseeing every link of sound restoration chain, from digitization to optical recording. He has been teaching Sound Restoration since 2007 at FIAF Film Restoration Summer School at bologna, Italy.

Emanuele Vissani is has worked at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory since 2007in diverse department as sound restoration operator, telecine operator, colorist, system administrator and now supervisor of Mastering and Quality Control department. He has been teaching Sound Restoration since 2007 at FIAF Film Restoration Summer School at bologna, Italy.

Christophe Dupin is Senior Administrator of the FIAF and Executive Publisher of the Journal of Film Preservation. He worked for British Film Institute in London while writing his PhD thesis.

Kristen Merola is Project Manager of The Film Foundation (TFF) at Los Angeles. Earlier she was Assistant Director of Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.

The Collaborators:


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.


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.


The International Federation of Film Archives (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.


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.


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.


Established in 1996, the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation 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 is a highly specialized film restoration laboratory in Bologna, Italy.With its innovative methodologies, L’immagine Ritrovatais a leading laboratory in the domain of 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.