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HK Film Archive to hold seminars on film conservation

     To complement the exhibition "Saving Film: Road to Film Conservation", the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will hold seminars on September 26 and October 24 at 3pm at the HKFA's Exhibition Hall. In the seminars, professional film conservators and technicians will share their knowledge and experience of various film restoration projects. Both seminars will be conducted in Cantonese and admission is free.

     Speaking at the first seminar, "Film Conservation 101: Inspecting the Film Stock", will be the Assistant Curator II of the HKFA, Mr Stephen Fung, and film technicians Mr Ng Wang-hung and Mr Ip Ka-him. They will introduce the basic techniques of film restoration and demonstrate film inspection procedures. Through basic checking restorers can discover if film stock is damaged. Possible defects include cracking, twisting, or defacement of the perforations, tearing and scratching of the film base and emulsion, as well as contamination by mould, staining and dust, which may adversely affect the film's image quality.

     The second seminar, "Conserving Film Now and Then: From Optical to Digital", will be hosted by the Assistant Curator I in charge of the Conservation Unit of the HKFA, Mr Koven Lo, and current Curator (Preservation Service) of Government Records Service, Mr Edward Tse, who is also the former Assistant Curator I of the HKFA Conservation Unit. They will share with the audience their experience and the challenges faced in restoring and preserving cultural relics on film. Since 1995, the HKFA has been actively involved in the preservation of Hong Kong cinema by acquiring films, conducting research and organising historical documents. Conservation projects involving over 50 titles were completed during the two decades, including lost treasures such as "Confucius" (1940).

     The "Saving Film: Road to Film Conservation" exhibition is currently being held at the HKFA's Exhibition Hall and runs until November 22, featuring the restoration work of the HKFA and the development of today's restoration technology. Members of the public are welcome to visit free of charge.

Ends/Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Issued at HKT 11:45


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