Viacom18 Partners with Film Heritage Foundation for the 3rd Consecutive Year

Chennai, 28th July, 2017: With sustained efforts to preserve India’s cinematic heritage, Viacom18, India’s fastest growing media & entertainment network, today announced its support to the Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) for the annual Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2017. The workshop will be held from October 7th to 14th in Chennai. The partnership was flagged off for the third consecutive year at an event held today in the city and was attended by Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18, legendary actor & producer Kamal Haasan, renowned film-maker Mani Ratnam and celebrated film-maker, archivist and Founder Director of FHF Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.

The FilmPreservation & Restoration Workshop India 2017 aims to train an indigenouspool of film archivists and restorers as well as to create awareness about theurgent need to save India’s cinematic heritage. With previous editions beingheld in Mumbai and Pune, this year the workshop hopes to not just awaken theSouth Indian film industry to this urgent issue but to build on the movementthat has been created all over India as well as in our neighboring countries.

“At theheart of it, civilization is a chronicle of stories across generations. AsIndia’s foremost storytellers we connect deeply with this ethos and our supportto Film Heritage Foundation is a confluence of this shared belief. India’sculture and heritage is captured creatively and reflected through our films andthese, therefore, become historical artefacts representative of the times they werecreated in. It is pertinent that this content is preserved for reference aswell as archived for perusal by future generations”, saidSudhanshu Vats,Group CEO, Viacom18.

FounderDirector of Film Heritage Foundation, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur said, “Film HeritageFoundation is committed to preserve the film heritage of India across variousgenres and languages. Bringing the workshop to Chennai this year, our aim is tocreate awareness about the urgent need to preserve India’s film heritageincluding the rich regional film heritage of the South Indian film industry.The program this year is further strengthened with support of Viacom18 andenriched by partnering with The International Federation of Film Archives(FIAF), The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, L’Immagine Ritrovata, TheAcademy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Prasad Corp., LaCinémathèque française, Imperial War Museums, Fondazione Cineteca diBologna, the Finnish Film Archive and the Czech National Film Archive and TheCriterion Collection.”

Open toapplicants from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, the FilmPreservation & Restoration Workshop India 2017 will extensively focus onrepairing damaged and decayed celluloid film, restore and preserve filmposters, lobby cards, song booklets and photographs, techniques of digitalpreservation and restoration, etc. There are several scholarships available fordeserving candidates along with job opportunities at FHF on successfulcompletion of the course.

Speakingabout the workshop, legendary film actor and producer Kamal Haasan said, “Iam very happy and proud to know that the Film Heritage Foundation has decidedto come to Chennai to run a workshop on film archiving. I’ve seen them do itonce in Pune. There were about 50 students and I was moved really. The filmindustry should come forward to conserve, save and keep our film heritageintact. And this very important workshop is going to teach future archivistshow to go about preserving film. It’s a very important workshop forthose interested in cinema itself, cinema not only of today but of yesterday.”

Eminentexperts from across the globe such as David Walsh FIAF’s Head of Training andOutreach, Camille Blot-Wellens from FIAF, Tina Kelly from Imperial War Museum,Dawn Jaros from The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences, EmilieCauquy from La Cinémathèque française and Marianna De Sanctis from L’ImmagineRitrovata, Bologna amongst others will comprise the faculty of the workshop.

Applicationsare open for The Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2017on Theworkshop will take place from October 7th-14th, 2017 inChennai.

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