Viacom18 partners with FHF for 5th Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019

MUMBAI: M&E company Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) have extended their partnership for the 5th Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019.

In the last four years, the two organisations have taken steps to create awareness about preserving and restoring both films and film-related photographic and paper materials to future-proof our cinematic heritage through intensive training conducted through the annual week-long film preservation and restoration workshops.

The partnership has enabled these unique workshops to be conducted annually around the country, beginning from Mumbai in 2015 and then moving to Pune in 2016, Chennai in 2017 and Kolkata in 2018.

Acknowledging the rich legacy of the Telugu Film Industry and the fact that Hyderabad is a hub for cinema from all over the country, Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) announce the 5th Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019 (FPRWI) in Hyderabad.

Esteemed actors Nagarjuna and Amala were present to announce the workshop along with Film Heritage Foundation Founder Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Viacom18 Group CEO and MD Sudhanshu Vats, and Government of Telangana Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan.

The workshop will take place in Hyderabad, India from 8th to 15th December and will have participation from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and for the first time from Afghanistan. Applications for the week-long workshop will be open from 25th August to 20th October.

Application forms can be downloaded from FPRWI 2019 will focus on the need to skill and train a resource of archivists to take on the challenge of preserving and archiving film heritage.

Speaking about the 5th edition of the Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop, Viacom18 Group CEO and MD Sudhanshu Vats said, “Cinema is an integral part of our country’s cultural DNA and we owe it to our future generations to pass it on. This is the reason why we have continued to partner with the Film Heritage Foundation. This time we have extended our partnership to bring our message of preservation and training in this specialized field to the Telugu Film industry that has been an integral part of Indian cinema and has given the industry a galaxy of talented directors, actors and musicians not only on a regional level but also for the Indian film industry at large.

“Eminent filmmakers like Raghupati Venkaiah Naidu, H.M. Reddy, B.N. Reddy, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, L.V. Prasad, D. Ramanaidu, Ramoji Rao and N.T. Rama Rao et al were not just revered across the world as film personalities but also shaped the discourse of socio-political culture both within and outside of India. At Viacom18, we understand and believe it’s imperative that we preserve and restore the work done by these great personalities.”

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