Celebrating a century of Bengali cinema, Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) has announced the 4th Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop India 2018 (FPRWI) in Kolkata. After partnering with the FHF for the past three years, supporting the workshops in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai, the objective of FPRWI 2018 is to create awareness on the urgent need to preserve the moving image heritage in the Bengali film industry thereby, making it accessible to global audiences.
Speaking about the Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO and Managing Director Designate, Viacom18, said, “India is a country of epic tales that weave through every aspect of our life. Our cinema has been one of the foremost tools of bringing these stories to form our nation’s collective consciousness, across regions and languages. For close to two-and-a-half decades, starting circa 1950, Bengali cinema moulded this collective conscious as it saw a galaxy of talented directors, actors and musicians shape not only the region’s cinema but also setting the narrative for progressive Indian cinema.
“Personalities like Satyajit Ray, Ritwick Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Uttam Kumar, Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore et al not only were revered throughout the world as film personalities but also shaped the discourse of socio-political culture both within and outside of India. Their works define our times and as such it is imperative that we preserve and restore them so that the generations to come appreciate our rich cultural heritage. It is this single philosophy that prompted us to partner Film Heritage Foundation through the last three years and after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, bring the Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop to the Bengali film industry.”
FPRWI will focus on the need to skill and train a resource of archivists to take on the challenge of preserving and archiving film heritage. The workshop will take place in Kolkata from November 15-22, 2018 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre and will have participation from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Malaysia. In addition to the workshop, restored classics will be screened daily at Nandan and Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata.
Commenting on bringing the workshop to Kolkata this year, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Founder, Film Heritage Foundation, said, “When we conducted the first film preservation and restoration workshop in Mumbai in 2015, people were not aware that films needed to be preserved. I am proud to say that after having conducted these workshops in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai over the last three years in partnership with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), we are already seeing the impact. Selecting Kolkata as a venue for our fourth workshop was a foregone conclusion with Bengal being the jewel in the crown of India’s film heritage. Unfortunately, very little survives of this precious legacy. ‘Jamai Babu’ (1931) is only one Bengali film of the silent era that survives. We hope to change this scenario by creating awareness and building capability. What is truly incredible about this workshop is that 30 students will get to do the course absolutely free of cost. If urgent steps are not taken, these films will be just faint memories from another time and the generations to come will forget the existence of the great artists who came before and from whom we learned so much.”
The 2018 edition of the workshop will introduce a fresh format wherein the selected participants will be given an opportunity to choose an area of specialisation from broad categories, including Film Handling and Repair, Digital Preservation and Restoration, Cataloguing and Paper, and Photographic Conservation. The workshop will also have a practical session with the latest and world class ARRISCAN XT, giving participants hands-on training on film scanning.
FPRWI 2018 is supported by globally renowned industry bodies like The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, L’Immagine Ritrovata, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, British Film Institute, The Criterion Collection, the Irish Film Institute, the Austrian Film Museum, Eye Filmmuseum, Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archives), the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, Centre for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, ARRI and Media Inventions.
FPRWI 2018 will be conducted by a faculty of international experts from leading institutions around the world including:
*David Walsh, FIAF – Film and digital technology and preservation strategies
*Camille Blot-Wellens, FIAF – Film identification
*Thelma Ross, FIAF – Documentation and Cataloguing
*Kieron Webb, British Film Institute – Film selection
*Marianna de Sanctis, L’Immagine Ritrovata – Film Repair
*Benjamin Tucker – Film handling
*Mick Newnham – Film in bad condition
*Dawn Jaros – Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences, Paper conservation
*Dana Hemmenway, Centre for Creative Photography, University of Arizona – Photograph conservation
*Jeroen de Mol, Eye Filmmuseum – Digital preservation
*Dave Rice – Practical digital technology
*Thilo Gottschling, ARRI – film scanning
*Giles Sherwood, The Criterion Collection – Colour Grading
*Cara Shatzman, The Criterion Collection – Digital Restoration
*Oliver Danner, Bundesarchiv – Soundtrack preservation
*Davide Pozzi, L’Immagine Ritrovata – Restoration ethics and practice
*Cecilia Cenciarelli, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna – Restoration case study
*Lee Kline, The Criterion Collection – Restoration case study
*Jakub Stadnik, Media Innovations – Soundtrack preservation
*Kasandra O’Connell – Archive management policies and business plans
*Jurij Meden – Running a digitization project
*Andy Uhrich – Access presentation and programming
Applications for the workshop are currently available at http://filmheritagefoundation.co.in/film-preservation-restoration-workshop-india-2018/