Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School

There is no way to learn the craft of a film restorer other than by apprenticeship, as no class at university level would reach this goal. As a matter of fact, held each year between 2007 and 2010, and every second year since 2012, Cineteca di Bologna – in collaboration with FIAF and ACE – has been promoting and hosting the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School, opening its highly specialized state-of-the-art laboratory, L’Immagine Ritrovata, which has been working in the film restoration industry for over 20 years.
In 2013 for the first time the Summer School project moved from Bologna to Asia at the National Museum of Singapore, and in 2015 again at the Film Heritage Foundation in Mumbai, to offer an alternative to film restoration training in another area of the world.
This year forty participants from thirty-three different countries from all over the word have been selected.The main purpose of this project is having selected participants experience hands-on the work of actual restoration professionals. They will also meet restoration experts from all over the world, as well as the laboratory and Cineteca di Bologna staff. The training is conceived for an international target group, and will be taught by an international panel of the best experts from different countries.
The FIAF Film Summer School 2016 is conceived for archivists, staff working at FIAF archives and students. The aim is to foster a shared knowledge in the field for current and future generations and world film archives. Lectures and screenings will take place at Cineteca di Bologna’s facilities, while the film restoration training will be run at the laboratory L’Immagine Ritrovata. Training will last two weeks, from 4th July through 15th July 2016.
Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival (25th June to 2th July 2016) including the Symposium of the FIAF Congress in collaboration with The Reel Thing (26th June) forms part of the course as well as a number of lectures included in the festival programme. The course started with a one-month online distance learning experience on restoration technologies with weekly updates (11th May to 15th June 2016 – each Wednesdays).

  • Film restoration online theory course: distance learning, May 11th to June 15th (on Wednesdays)
  • Theory lectures and Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival: Bologna, June 25th through July 2th
  • Restoration practice classes: Bologna, July 4th through July 15th


Coordinator: Elena Tammaccaro
Secretariat: Valeria Bigongiali and Julia Mettenleiter


FIAF Film Restoration Summer School 2016 – Program