Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop India 2017

Chennai, India

7-14 October 2017

FPRWI 2017 is a seven-day training programme which took place in Chennai from 7 to 14 October 2017. The third of its kind, it is an initiative of Film Heritage Foundation and 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 and Kodak.

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 included practical sessions on film scanning. The course was certified by FIAF.

The goal of the programme is 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.

More than 100 applications were received and the final selection of 52 students was made. As many as 39 of them received a scholarship - including three from FIAF. 42 of the selected students are from India, 8 from Sri Lanka and one each from Bangladesh and Nepal. The full list of selected participants is available HERE. The official brochure of the workshop is available HERE.

Watch the great Indian actor Kamal Haasan and Indian film director Shyam Benegal talk about the forthcoming workshop in India.

Check some of the articles in the Indian press about official announcement of the Workshop in Chennai on 26 July 2017:

Course details:

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

For information about future workshops in India, contact contact@filmheritagefoundation.co.in or the FIAF Secretariat.