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Amitabh Bachchan, Martin Scorsese announce 7th edition of Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop

Archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, ace filmmaker Martin Scorsese and megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday introduced the 2022 version of Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop.

Organised by Dungarpur-led non-profit organisation Film Heritage Foundation in partnership with Scorsese’s The Film Foundation (TFF) and the International Federation Of Film Archives (FIAF), the seventh version of the workshop shall be held from December 4 to 10 on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS Museum) right here.

Since its inception in 2015, the coaching programme has travelled efficiently to cities resembling Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata and attracted endorsements from movie luminaries like Shyam Benegal, Naseeruddin Shah, Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, SS Rajamouli, Nagarjuna, Chiranjeevi, Prosenjit Chatterjee and Goutam Ghose.

Designed by David Walsh, coaching and outreach coordinator at FIAF, the workshop will embody idea and sensible group classes concerning the preservation and restoration of celluloid and digital movies and film-related materials like paper, images, and 3D objects.

Besides, there shall be day by day screenings of restored classics from around the globe at Regal Cinema, Mumbai. These embody 2021’s Behula, a uncommon Indian silent movie starring Patience Cooper, one of many earliest superstars of silent cinema in India. The line-up additionally options titles resembling A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Raging Bull (1980), In The Mood For Love (2000), Il Conformista (1970) and Thamp (1978).

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur stated he’s glad the workshop is returning after a niche of three years. “It’s been a monumental activity to place the workshop collectively this yr with very restricted assets and climbing prices. But we knew we needed to make up for the misplaced time and the misplaced momentum that we constructed up over six years travelling across the nation and coaching over 300 individuals in India and the neighbouring nations.

“The world stopped during the pandemic, but time didn’t stop for the countless films that continue to be in danger of being lost,” the archivist stated in a press release. He added that the Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop has had an incredible affect and are essential for build up a pool of archivists to save lots of the nation’s movie heritage.

Amitabh Bachchan, who has been a staunch supporter of FHF, stated the coaching programme has sparked a motion for movie preservation not simply in India however within the neighbouring nations as properly. “We wish to thank FIAF and Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project for his or her unfailing help since our first workshop. Special because of our very good college from main movie archives and museums around the globe who take the time to return to India and share their information and experience with our individuals.

“Today, Film Heritage Foundation is known around the world not just for this unique training initiative, but for our sterling work including the archiving and conservation of films and film-related memorabilia, film restoration, curation of festivals, our oral history programme and our publications,” the 80-year-old actor stated.

Bachchan additional stated he hopes the initiative will encourage the movie fraternity and people who worth the nation’s movie heritage to return ahead and help Film Heritage Foundation.

Martin Scorsese stated The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has been a proud accomplice of the Film Heritage Foundation’s movie preservation and restoration workshops in India since they started in 2015. Till date, the workshops have given over 300 individuals the talents essential to protect and restore movement photos, he added.

“It’s tremendously gratifying to see how instrumental this initiative has been in generating the strong interest in film preservation that we’re currently witnessing in India and its neighbouring countries. Local archivists trained at the workshops are now working to safeguard cinema history at archives in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. This year, applications will also be open to residents of Middle Eastern countries, and with faculty from the US, Italy, Portugal, France, the UK, Switzerland and Germany, this is truly a global effort,” Scorsese, 79, stated.



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