One of the most influential art forms, films has been the staple food of very many people in very many countries! Films not only entertain people but also inform and educate people as its impact on the minds of the people is something phenomenal! Film Festivals held time again across the length and breadth of the globe bring in people from the various corners of the world creating an atmosphere of togetherness and harmony! Since films were made since the start of the century and the process being continued successfully, maintaining the prints of those old ones and preserving them is indeed a herculean task!
Ever since 1938, FIAF that expends as The International Federation of Film Archives has been dedicating itself towards the cause of preserving films and its heritage! FIAF has about 155 film archives in about 75 countries under its wings. The banner functions with the objective of rescuing, collecting preserving, screening as well as promoting films that are valued both as works of art and culture and also as historical documents.
Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop India 2017 was recently held at Chennai which was initiated by Film Heritage Foundation and FIAF, partnered by Viacom 18 and it is for the 3rd consecutive time, the cause is being championed to save India’s Cinematic Heritage.
This year’s workshop scheduled to be held from the 7th to the 14th of October at Chennai will introduce restoration of film posters, lobby cards, song booklets and photographs besides daily screenings of restored classics from around the world.
With its sustained efforts to preserve India’s cinematic heritage, Viacom 18, India’s fastest growing media and entertainment network has extended its full fledged support to the Film Heritage Foundation for this annual Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop that was flagged off by a bunch of celebrities that included Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom 18, Kamal Hassan, Manirathnam and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, filmmaker, archivist, Founder Director of Film Heritage Foundation.
It is worth noting that the previous editions of this workshop were held at Mumbai and Pune. The objective behind holding the workshop her this year is not only to awaken the South Indian Film industry but also to build on the movement that has been created wide across the country as well as in the neighboring countries!
Further, this year’s Workshop aims at training an indigenous pool of film archivists and restorers as well as to create awareness regarding the pressing need to save the country’s cinematic heritage.
Says Sudhanshu Vats, ‘India’s culture and heritage is captured creatively and reflected through our films. Many of them are classics that have become historical arte facts, representing the times they were created in! Hence it is pertinent that these contents are preserved for reference as well archived for perusal for future generations!’
In his address, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur said, ‘Our banner is committed to preserve the film heritage of our country across various genres and languages.’
Kamal Hassan spoke thus-‘I am really very happy that this year’s Workshop is being held at Chennai as I have seen them conduct one at Pune. I feel that the film industry should come forward to conserve, save and keep our film heritage intact. This Workshop will teach the future archivists how to go about preserving the film. It is a very important workshop for those interested in cinema itself, cinema not only of today but of yesterday too!’
This year’s Workshop is further strengthened by the associations with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Prasad Corp. and many others.