Film Heritage Foundation to host BAVASS in Delhi – Times of India


The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) has announced the third edition of the Biennial Audio-Visual Archival Summer School (BAVASS) in collaboration with Film Heritage Foundation. BAVASS, a global film preservation training workshop, will be conducted at the India International Centre in New Delhi from October 10–19.
I want to commend FIAF and FHF for their continued dedication: Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese states, “The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has been a supporter of Film Heritage Foundation’s annual Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India since the initiative began in 2015, and we’ve seen the positive impact this program has had on film preservation in India as well as in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. With the program now open to applicants worldwide, it has the potential to generate awareness and resources for film preservation in every corner of the globe.”
He adds, “The World Cinema Project is committed to locating, preserving, and distributing films from all over the world. A program like BAVASS benefits this mission enormously by educating future film preservationists who can share their knowledge and join an international community of people dedicated to saving the world’s film heritage. I want to commend FIAF and Film Heritage Foundation for their continued dedication to expanding the global network of archivists trained to preserve and protect their cinematic patrimonies for future generations.”
“We believe these training programs are of great value to those undertaking the difficult task to save film: Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan states, “I was filled with a sense of great pride when I heard that the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) had approached Film Heritage Foundation to partner with them to host the 3rd edition of the Biennial Audiovisual Archival Summer School (BAVASS) in New Delhi in October this year, which will be open to applicants from all over the world. This seemed a natural progression after a very successful collaboration between Film Heritage Foundation and FIAF to conduct seven editions of the Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India over the last eight years that has, remarkably, built a resource of over three hundred film archivists in our part of the world.”
“Bavass coming to India is an affirmation of the quality of the curriculum that we have developed in association with FIAF and the great impact our training programs have had over the years. Having faced innumerable challenges, beginning with the dearth of archivists, lack of training programs, infrastructure, and funding, we believe these training programs are of great value to those undertaking the difficult task to save film patrimonies around the world as it is only through sharing knowledge, experience, and resources that we will build a community of film archivists across the globe to work together to save our world film heritage.”
Almost every year we received applications from Africa, Latin America, and countries: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director, Film Heritage Foundation, says, “Film Heritage Foundation in association with the International Federation of Film Archives has been conducting annual film preservation and restoration training workshops around the country which have been open to our neighboring countries. Yet almost every year we received applications from Africa, Latin America, and countries that were in the same boat as us with no degrees or diploma course in film preservation and a thirst for knowledge on how to save their films, but we had to turn them down. So when FIAF approached us to host the 3rd edition of the Biennial Audio-Visual Archival Summer School (BAVASS) in Delhi, we were more than ready to join them in opening it up to the world and especially to applicants from Africa and Latin America that we know will benefit the most.”
What’s the program about?
This 10-day program will cover a comprehensive range of topics pertaining to the field of audio-visual preservation. Applicants will be taught by an international faculty from premier institutions around the world, including the British Film Institute, Deutsches (German) Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Cinémathèque de Toulouse, Bundesarchiv (German Federal Archives). The itinerary includes both lectures and hands-on training sessions on film, video, audio, and digital preservation, film conservation and restoration, digitization, disaster recovery, cataloging, copyright, and programming.
Highlights of the workshop:
  • For the first time, applications from all over the world were invited for the third edition of BAVASS.
  • Film Heritage Foundation will host 50 participants selected from 125 applications from regions such as Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, South and North America.
  • Eminent film programmer, writer, and casting director Uma Da Cunha and renowned film critic and scholar Aruna Vasudev will be felicitated with the Film Heritage Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for Champions of Cinema for their role in promoting Indian independent and regional cinema as well as Asian cinema across the world.

Aruna Vasudev

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