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2021 Archive

Best Archive Restoration & Preservation Project

The FOCAL International Restoration and Preservation Project Award endeavour to recognise the archives and / or technical facilities that have restored and preserved archival moving image content across a project (multiple connected titles), originating on film or video.

2021 Winner

The Brilliant Biograph

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Involved Partners:
Cineric, New York and Portugal Haghefilm Digital, Amsterdam The work done at these laboratories was continuously supervised by Eye Filmmuseum's restorers. This project was in cooperation with BFI and European Commission (grant).


The Brilliant Biograph showcases some of the highlights of the Mutoscope & Biograph’s European productions dating back to the end of the 19th century, shot with great detail on 68mm film. The compilation is divided into five thematically arranged chapters, connected by images of train rides, that take viewers on a tour across Europe (both in space and time).

The selection is not based on historical or geographical accuracy. Instead, the films are put together in an abstract collage to evoke various prominent aspects of turn-of-the-century life, such as urbanization, recreation, tourism, technological innovation, and vaudeville theatre and performances. This 52 min film is accompanied by a special piano score, composed and recorded by Daan van den Hurk, holding the compilation together.

Archival highlights

The Mutoscope and Biograph films, in their original 68mm format, represent a number of challenges for practical use; the obsolete format doesn't allow easy projection, and the extremely short duration of the films and lack of narration makes the content difficult to decipher for today's audiences. This restoration and resulting compilation film The Brilliant Biograph overcomes those technical hurdles by transferring the images in crisp and stunning detail to digital domain, compatible with current cinema standards. The compilation provides context and structure and is accompanied by specially composed music for an enjoyable journey. Audiences have been delighted to rediscover places and events from 120 years ago, in surprisingly exquisite detail.



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Involved Partners:
Restoration promoted by Gaumont. Film scan at George Eastman House. Digital restoration, Color correction and finalizations at L'Immagine Rtitrovata.


The titles are typical cinema's 'views' of daily life in the 1910's.
February in Provence
Flower Studies
The Great Flower Fete at Nice, Sunday February 2nd 1913
Harbour Scenes - Harbor and Plantation Scenes
In the Isle of Majorca
King Alphonso XIII During his Visit in France
The Late King of Greece Arrival of the Royal Remains at Athens
Nice Carnival
Paris Fashion - Latest Spring Hats
Picturesque Greece, The District Area Around Megare and Corinth Part I
Picturesque Greece, The District Area Around Megare and Corinth Part II
Reproduction of a Bouquet with Ordinary Cinematography - Same Bouquet by Chronochrome
Venetian Glass-Ware
Venice, Queen of the Adriatic
View of Enghein Bains
Wedding Celebrations of Princess Victoria Louise & Prince August Cumberland

Archival highlights

The importance of the restoration of the treasures of Trichromie rely mostly in the possibility to be able, thanks to the latest digital technologies, to preserve and present again all marvelous images from this particular color technique and be shared on all media. Audience is still enchanted by the simple triumph of color of Flowers or the delicate nuances of the sea and the faces from more than one century ago.

Fellini Project

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Involved Partners:
L'Immagine Ritrovata, Cineteca di Bologna, Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale


The 2020 marks what is perhaps the most important and international anniversary of Italian cinema: the centenary of the birth of Federico Fellini.

Archival highlights

Maestro Fellini's global relevance could not just be the object of ritual celebrations. Federico Fellini represents Cinecittà, he was the conductor of some of our country's best actresses and actors, a master who generated geniuses in all professions and techinques of cinema. In the history of world culture, Federico Fellini is worth the Colosseum. He is the best expression of our imagination.