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FOCAL International Restoration / Preservation Conference supported by BFI

2 May 2013

BFI Southbank

supported by the BFI

2 May 2013, BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

'What is restoration?'
• a one day conference to celebrate, discuss and analyse the range of work being carried out to preserve the world’s film and video heritage
• issues covered: ethics, techniques, commercial pressures, principles, presentation, formats, the canon, audiences
• case studies of work done by archives, film laboratories, facility houses and other specialist digital operations, as submitted to the FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive
• key skills and technical achievements will be commended during the informal lunch
• followed by the FOCAL International Awards Gala ceremony in the evening to present major awards including Best Restoration / Preservation Project and Best Title plus an Award to be presented to Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures EVP (below), for Outstanding achievement in the field of film restoration and preservation.


09.30 Registration and coffee

09.45 Introduction - Sue Malden Chair of FOCAL International

09.50 Welcome from Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive

10.00 Grover Crisp, Executive Vice President Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures EntertainmentWinner of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Film Restoration and Preservation

What is film restoration? - "The state of the art" and the future of film restoration.

10.50 Cecilia Cenciarelli, Restoration and Archival Manager, Cineteca di Bologna/World Cinema Foundation

What is restoration? - The technical challenge of saving the world's film heritage.

11.20 Charles Fairall, Head of Conservation, BFI National Archive and Steve Bryant, Senior Curator of Television, BFI National Archive

What is restoration? - What video preservation and restoration entails; the difficulties of migration and long-term viability.

12.00 Frank Gray, Director, Screen Archive South East

What is restoration? - What restoration means for smaller archives and the cultural and economic issues it raises.


13.45 Zuzana Zabkova, Film Restoration & Archive Services, Cinepost Production, Munich

What is restoration? - A case history of the issues encountered in the restoration of Glueckskinder.

14.15 Panel Discussion:
Chair: Clyde Jeavons, former Curator BFI National Archive
Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Davide Pozzi, Director, L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna
Elif Kaynakci, Curator of Silent Film, EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam
James White, Film Restoration and Remastering Consultant
Bryony Dixon, Curator, Silent Film, BFI National Archive
Adrian Wood, Archival Film Consultant

What is restoration? - A panel discussion on the aesthetic, cultural, ethical and commercial implications of film restoration at the present time.

15.30 Closing Comments

16.00 Close




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