Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
The founder director Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is a filmmaker, archivist and restorer who passionately believes in the cause of film preservation and restoration and is uniquely qualified to head the foundation.
He has made an award-winning documentary ‘Celluloid Man’ that pays tribute to India’s legendary archivist P.K. Nair while celebrating the history of Indian cinema and making a fervent plea for its preservation and restoration.
He has collaborated on two world-class restoration projects with Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation: Uday Shankar’s classic film ‘Kalpana’ and eminent Sri Lankan filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peries film ‘Nidhanaya’ that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and Venice Film Festival 2013 respectively.
He was a donor for the restoration of Hitchcock’s silent film ‘The Lodger’ that was done by the British Film Institute.
Shivendra travels the world to meet and extensively interview great masters of cinema for his personal archive. He has had the privilege of meeting and interviewing on camera Manoel de Oliveira in Porto, Jiří Menzel, Juraj Herz, Jan Němec and Vera Chytilová in Prague, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Witold Sobocinski and Jerzy Wójcik in Warsaw, István Szabó and Miklós Jancsó in Budapest, and Raoul Coutard in Bayonne. He is currently working on a documentary on Jiri Menzel and the Czech New Wave that should be completed by the end of 2014.
He is an avid collector and archivist of films and film-related memorabilia. Over the years he has acquired a unique collection that includes a vault of about a hundred films (both 35mm and 16mm) comprising titles such as Pather Panchali, Shree 420, Rashomon and Battleship Potemkin and an archive of rare songbooks, scripts, lobby cards, film posters, photographs, cameras and projectors dating from the beginning of cinema.
He has also directed and produced over 450 commercials, short films and documentaries under the banner of ‘Dungarpur Films’ one of the most reputed production houses in the country.