Film archiving and restoration

with Giovanna Fossati



Giovanna Fossati is Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and has taught in the MA Program in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image since its establishment in 2003. She has a double appointment, at UvA and at the Eye Filmmuseum of Amsterdam, where she serves as Chief Curator. Her main areas of specialization and research are the digitisation of cinema and film heritage, theory and practice of film archiving, restoration and access, and color in silent cinema. She coordinates the research group "Moving Images: Preservation, Curation, Exhibition" at UvA.


Fig. 1 - With Giovanna, at the EYE Collection Center in Amsterdam in January 2019.

She is Principal Investigator of the SEMIA project (Sensory Moving Image Archives): Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research, which has received funding from the Dutch government as part of the Smart Culture - Art and Culture research program. SEMIA aims to develop a search method that will enable visual artists and researchers to search digitized heritage collections on the basis of visual features such as light and color, form, or movement.



Above: examples of film restoration on the Eye Filmmuseum Youtube channel.