Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019

Film Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019 (FPRWI 2019) held in Hyderabad from December 8 – 15, 2019. Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) has earlier conducted workshops in Mumbai in 2015, in Pune in 2016, in Chennai in 2017 and in Kolkata in 2018.

Hyderabad was an ideal choice for the 5th iteration of the workshop being the home of the Telugu film industry that has a rich film legacy that traces its roots to many pioneers and luminaries of Indian cinema including Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu, H.M. Reddy, B.N. Reddy, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, L.V. Prasad, D. Ramanaidu, Ramoji Rao and N.T. Rama Rao to name just a few. This is an industry that produced some of the landmark films of Indian cinema like “Bhakta Prahlada” (1932), “Pathala Bhairavi” (1951), “Malliswari” (1951), “Devadasu” (1953), “Missamma” (1955), and “Mayabazar” (1957). 

However, despite its impressive film history and much of their film legacy has disappeared. FPRWI 2019 had breaking new ground in Hyderabad in creating awareness of the urgent need to save our film heritage as well as bringing training in film preservation to a new part of the country.


FPRWI 2019 was an initiative of Film Heritage Foundation and the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) in collaboration with Annapurna Studios and in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archives), Cinemateca Portuguesa, Institut National de L’Audiovisuel (INA), San Francisco Silent Film Festival, FIAT/IFTA, Haghefilm Digitaal, A.V. Preservation by Reto, Media Inventions s.c., The Criterion Collection, Annapurna College of Film & Media, Prasad Digital Film Lab and ARRI.

Covering every aspect of film preservation, the workshop is considered the most comprehensive of its kind in the world and has become the model for FIAF’s international training programs.

The intensive week-long workshop, certified by FIAF, covers both lectures and practical classes in the best practices of the preservation and restoration of both films and film-related paper and photographic material and is taught by a faculty of international experts from leading institutions around the world. Classes will be followed by daily screenings of restored classics from around the world.

This initiative was supported by Tata Trusts, Adobe Inc., Viacom18, The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, Annapurna Studios, K. Raheja Corp, IndusInd Bank, GAIL (India) Ltd., PVR Ltd. and Prime Focus Limited.


The aim of FPRWI 2019 is to create awareness about the urgent need to preserve our moving image heritage and to skill and train a resource of archivists to take on this monumental challenge.


Date: December 8 -15, 2019


Annapurna Studios

Road 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500 034

Daily screenings of restored classics at:

Prasad Film Lab Laboratories

L. V. Prasad Marg, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500 034



  • This year for the first time we had offered Basic and Advanced levels at the workshop.
  • The basic course was for first-time participants and/or those who have interest or some experience in the field of conservation and film preservation who would like to explore the option of working in film preservation.
  • The advanced course was targeted at but not limited to the alumni of our earlier workshops as well as curators and conservators working in museums, archives and government institutions, film historians and academics, technicians from film studios, labs and post-production, filmmakers and cinematographers.


Note: All lectures and practical sessions were compulsory for selected participants in Level 1.

Participants were broken up into smaller groups for the practical sessions.


  • Keynote
  • Archive management
  • Access and programming
  • Introduction to film technology
  • TV & video technology and digitization
  • Film and AV conservation strategies
  • Restoration ethics and practice
  • Restoration case studies
  • Colour correction

  • Cataloguing
  • Photograph conservation
  • Paper conservation
  • Film digitization
  • Digital technology fundamentals
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Digital preservation
  • Open source tools
  • Disaster management exercise


  • Running a digitization project
  • Film handling, repair and preparation
  • Film identification and selection
  • Film scanning

  • Digital restoration
  • Photo and paper conservation
  • Cataloguing



  1. Level 2 had seven streams of specialization.
  2. Lectures and the group sessions in two streams: Archive Strategy and Access, Exhibition and Programming are compulsory for all selected participants.
  3. Please note that participants have to rank in order of preference their choice from “1” to “5” amongst the remaining five streams of specialization: Film, Digitization, Data Processing and Management, Photographic Conservation and Cataloguing, Number 1 signifying the first preference and Number 5 the last preference while filling the application form.
  4. Selected participants were assigned to their preferred streams exactly in accordance with their preferences, subject to availability, as there are a limited number of seats in each stream.

LECTURES (Compulsory for all Participants):

  • Keynote
  • Access, exhibition and programming
  • Conservation strategies
  • Disaster management exercise
  • Colour correction
  • Film technology

  • Sound technology
  • Film digitization
  • Metadata
  • Born digital
  • Restoration case studies


Note: Participants were broken up into smaller groups for the practical sessions.

Stream 1 – Archive Strategy (Compulsory for all participants)

Stream 2 – Access, Exhibition and Programming (Compulsory for all participants)

Stream 3 – Film

  • Film identification and selection
  • Film repair
  • Film in poor condition

Stream 4 – Cataloguing

Stream 5 – Photograph conservation

Stream 6 – Digitization

  • Film scanning
  • Colour correction
  • Reformatting and restoring soundtracks

Stream 7 – Data Processing and Management

  • Digital infrastructure and data wrangling
  • Digital restoration
  • Open source tools and resources


  • David Walsh – FIAF – Film and digital technology and preservation strategies
  • Dr. Ray Edmondson – Archive strategy, management and business plans
  • Dr. Nora Kennedy – Metropolitan Museum of Art – Photograph conservation
  • Dr. Adelheid Heftberger – Bundesarchiv – Cataloguing
  • Davide Pozzi – L’Immagine Ritrovata – Restoration ethics and practice
  • Rob Byrne – San Francisco Silent Film Festival – Digital restoration
  • Reto Kromer – AV Preservation by – Digital technology fundamentals and digitization
  • Brecht Declerq – International Federation of Television Archives – Running a digitization project
  • Etienne Marchand – Institut National de L’Audiovisual – Digital infrastructure and born digital
  • Mick Newnham – Disaster planning
  • Dawn Jaros – Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences – Paper conservation
  • Marianna de Sanctis – L’Immagine Ritrovata – Film repair
  • Benjamin Tucker – American Cinematheque – Film handling
  • Maura Pischedda – L’Immagine Ritrovata – Chemical treatment of film in serious condition
  • Tiago Ganhão- Cinemateca Portuguesa- Film identification and selection
  • Guy Borlee –- Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna – Access, presentation and programming
  • Thilo Gottschling – ARRI – Scanning archival film
  • Dr. Jakub Stadnik – FINA and Media Inventions – Reformatting and restoring soundtracks
  • Gerard de Haan – Haghefilm Digitaal – Colour correction
  • Lee Kline – The Criterion Collection – Restoration Case Study
  • Trevor Murray – The Criterion Collection – Restoration Case Study


Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop India 2019 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.

Basic Course

Advanced Course



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Our cause ambassador Shri Amitabh Bachchan launching poster of our workshop FPRWI 2019


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Megastar Shri Chiranjeevi launching poster of our workshop FPRWI 2019



Date and venue: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Annapurna Studios (7 Acres), Hyderabad




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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 800 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 33 films from 22 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.


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.


L’Immagine Ritrovata is a highly specialized film restoration laboratory created and developed in Bologna (Italy) thanks to Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. A solid film knowledge, a long experience in the field – always supported by careful preliminary philological and technical research – the most up-to-date equipment covering all workflows, from photochemical to 4K technology, as well as a vast and diverse range of projects, make L’Immagine Ritrovata a leading laboratory in the field.


Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna is an internationally recognized FIAF film archive with a multi-faceted mission ranging from film preservation and dissemination, training, research and publishing. In 2007 Cineteca organised the first FIAF Restoration School in Bologna, where it has regularly taken place every other year since then with participants from over 70 countries. Its annual festival Il Cinema Ritrovato is one of the most awaited venues for film historians, scholars and cinephiles all over the world. Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata have worked in partnership with entities and organizations world-wide, and completed over 800 restorations.


The Federal Archives have the legal mandate to secure the archives of the federal government in the long term and to make them available for use. The Federal Archives decide whether these documents are worthy of archival preservation, that is, whether they have lasting value for the research and understanding of history and the present, for the protection of legitimate interests of citizens or for legislation, administration and jurisdiction. By the end of 2017, the Federal Archives kept around 1, 15 million film reels of approximately 154.000 film titles.


The Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema is the national film museum of Portugal, a state institution devoted to the preservation and screening of the Portuguese and the world’s moving images heritage. It was founded in the early 1950s by cinémathèque pioneer Manuel Félix Ribeiro, and became an autonomous institution in 1980. In 1996, the Cinemateca opened a modern conservation centre in the outskirts of Lisbon, which is now the base to all preservation, technical research and access activities, including the use of new technologies.


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A.V. Preservation by is a small, highly skilled moving image conservation and restoration facility based in Switzerland that provides worldwide comprehensive services that encompass the whole range of audio-visual preservation.


Since its inception by Willy Mullens in 1899, Haghefilm Digitaal has never failed to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of the moving picture industry. Today this experience of more than a century, combined with the advanced possibilities Haghefilm Digitaal can offer in the fields of analog and digital image and sound processing, forms the basis for the lab’s excellent reputation among audio-visual heritage preservation institutions. Haghefilm Digitaal can offer all photochemical processes, as well as digitization and digital restoration of film materials at the highest possible level.


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