Amitabh Bachchan and Martin Scorsese announce the 7th edition of the Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop
Since its launch in 2015, the training program has successfully traveled to cities such as Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata and has garnered support from film luminaries such as Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, SS Rajamouli, Nagarjuna, Chiranjeevi, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Goutam Ghose.
Conceived by David Walsh, Training and Outreach Coordinator at FIAF, the workshop will include theoretical and practical group sessions on the conservation and restoration of celluloid and digital film and film-related materials such as paper, photographs and 3D objects.
In addition, restored classics from around the world are shown daily at the Regal Cinema in Mumbai.
Dungarpur said he was glad the workshop was returning after a three-year hiatus.
“It was a monumental task to put together the workshop this year with very limited resources and climbing costs. But we knew we had to make up for the lost time and momentum we had built up over six years from touring the country and training over 300 people in India and neighboring countries.
“The world has stood still during the pandemic, but time has not stood still for the countless films that remain at risk of loss,” the archivist said in a statement.
He added that the Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop had had a tremendous impact and was crucial in building a pool of archivists to salvage the country’s film heritage.
“We would like to thank the FIAF and Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project for their tireless support since our first workshop. Special thanks to our outstanding faculty from leading film archives and museums around the world who have taken the time to come to India and share their knowledge and expertise with our participants.
“Today, the Film Heritage Foundation is known around the world not only for this unique educational initiative, but also for our outstanding work, including archiving and preserving films and film-related memorabilia, film restoration, festival curation, our oral history program and our releases,” said the 80-year-old actor.
Bachchan said he hopes the initiative will inspire the film community and those who value the country’s film heritage to come forward and support the Film Heritage Foundation.
Scorsese said the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has been a proud partner of the Film Heritage Foundation’s film preservation and restoration workshops in India since its inception in 2015.
To date, the workshops have provided over 300 participants with the skills necessary to preserve and restore moving images, he added.
“It is extremely gratifying to see how instrumental this initiative has been in generating the strong interest in film preservation that we are currently seeing in India and its neighboring countries.
“Local archivists trained in the workshops are now working to preserve film history in archives in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. This year, applications are also being accepted for residents of Middle Eastern countries and for faculty from the US, Italy, Portugal, France, the UK, Switzerland and Germany, it’s truly a global effort,” said Scorsese, 79.