Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2017

FPRWI 2017 – Chennai!

Film Heritage Foundation announced the third edition of the Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2017 (FPRWI 2017) on May 1, 2017 at the FIAF Congress in Los Angeles.

FPRWI 2017 was a 7-day workshop from October 7 – 14, 2017 that was an initiative of Film Heritage Foundation and The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, L’Immagine Ritrovata, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Prasad Corp., La Cinémathèque française, Imperial War Museums, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, The National Audiovisual Institute of Finland (KAVI), Národní Filmový Archiv (NFA) Czech Republic and The Criterion Collection to provide training in the best practices of film preservation and restoration required to safeguard India’s cinematic heritage.

After conducting two successful workshops in Mumbai and Pune in 2015 and 2016 respectively, FHF was back with a superb line-up of international faculty and new partners like the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences, La Cinémathèque française,The National Audiovisual Institute of Finland (KAVI), Národní Filmový Archiv (NFA) Czech Republic.

The intensive workshop that took place at the historic Prasad Film Laboratories in Chennai covered both theory and practical classes in the best practices of the preservation and restoration of both filmic and non-filmic material and daily screenings of restored classics from around the world. For the first time, the course had included practical sessions on film scanning. The course was certified by FIAF.

The goal of the programme was to take our campaign to save India’s cinematic heritage to the South Indian film industry that has an incredible film history besides contributing to over 60% of India’s film production output currently.

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The Workshop Catalogue:


Theory Classes

  •  History of film technology
  •  Film and audiovisual object conservation
  •  Archive strategies, access and presentation
  •  Photograph and paper conservation
  •  Digital technology, scanning and digitization
  •  Television and video preservation
  •  Documentation and cataloguing
  •  Restoration ethics and workflow
  •  Film comparison and selection
  •  Sound technology and capture
  •  Digital infrastructure, mastering and workflow

Practical Classes

  •  Film identification
  •  Film handling, repair and preparation
  •  Film in serious condition
  •  Photograph conservation
  •  Paper conservation
  •  Film scanning
  •  Sound restoration
  •  Digital restoration
  •  Colour correction
  •  Visit to the last surviving black and white film processing lab in India – AVM Cine Lab


Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop India 2017 is internationally recognized under the patronage of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives). At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate endorsed by FIAF.

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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.



Created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation (TFF) is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore over 750 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. TFF’s World Cinema Project has restored 28 films from 20 different countries, representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people about film language and history.




L’Immagine Ritrovata 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, Sergei Leone, and Ritwik Ghatak. L’Immagine Ritrovata has two branches abroad, in Hong Kong (L’Immagine Ritrovata Asia) and Paris (L’Image Retrouvée). The two branches enable L’Immagine Ritrovata to respond more effectively to the ever-growing demand from foreign archives, film libraries and researchers.



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars®, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles. Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, documentation, exhibition and study of motion pictures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 and began acquiring film material in 1929. The Academy Film Archive, established in 1991, holds over 190,000 items, including all of the Academy Award®-winning films in the Best Picture category, all the Oscar®-winning documentaries and many Oscar-nominated films in all categories.

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Prasad Corp’s technology and service expertise in Digitization and Restoration span more than 8 decades. Film Archives around the World rely on Prasad’s high-end technologies, Scanity, Scanity HDR and Sondor to digitize images and sound from celluloid film. More than 400 Hollywood Classics including Academy Award winners have been restored by Prasad to their pristine glory. Pioneers in providing services for film and digital content, Prasad has consistently introduced new technologies, processes and services which have been benchmarks for the industry. With manufacturing and service facilities worldwide, Prasad is at the forefront of the Global Film Restoration movement.

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In 1936, Henri Langlois, cinephile and visionary, created La Cinémathèque française in order to save films, costumes, sets, posters and other treasures of the cinema from their destruction. He was one of the first to consider cinema as an art to preserve, restore and show. Eight decades later, La Cinémathèque française unveils the cinema in a unique way thanks to exhibitions in the screening room and the museum, and one of the most important collections of cinema in the world. By its originality, its singularity and its size, this collection constitutes an inexhaustible resource for the study of art and film industry. Almost all countries are represented, from French, Italian, Soviet silent art, to Hollywood classics, to experimental and contemporary cinema. It is a unique collection, fragile, with extremely varied supports and delicate preservation, which is regularly enriched with exceptional pieces.

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IWM is the leading authority on conflict and its impact on people’s lives from 1914 to the present day. Founded during the First World War to ensure that future generations would never forget what it is like to live in a world torn apart by conflict, IWM has spent almost a century collecting objects and recording stories that give an insight into why we go to war and how conflict has shaped the world we live in today.

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Fondazione Cineteca Di Bologna with a mission that embraces the past and is open to the future, is a multifaceted place for archival conservation and restoration, film and audiovisual promotion and dissemination, training, research, and publishing.

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The National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) is subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Culture. KAVI preserves films and film-related materials as well as radio and television programming. KAVI also restores and digitizes Finnish film heritage, and disseminates knowledge about audiovisual culture.

KAVI promotes media education, children’s media skills and the development of safe media environment for children in cooperation with other organizations in the sector. KAVI supervises compliance with the Act on Audiovisual Programmes: defines the film, TV and digital games classification criteria, trains the classifiers and supervises providers of audiovisual media.



Since 1984, The Criterion Collection, an important series of classic and contemporary films, has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Criterion’s library of director-approved DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs and Laser Discs are the most significant archive of contemporary film-making available to the home viewer.