EYE International Conference

Once a year, EYE is the venue for an international conference attended by film scholars, archivists, curators and restorers. The conferences are organized in collaboration with national and international partners from both the academic world and the field of film heritage.

In 2014, EYE partnered with New York University and the University of Amsterdam to organize the first Orphan Film Symposium to be held in Europe. This biennale was devoted to so-called orphan works. Over 200 international guests from thirty countries came to EYE for the event. In 2015, in collaboration with the UvA and the universities of Bristol and St. Andrews, EYE presented the conference The Colour Fantastic: Chromatic Worlds of Silent Cinema. It examined the use of colour in the era of silent film. Besides presentations by international specialists from various disciplines, the programme included screenings of restored and/or rarely seen films. 

In 2016, due to moving to the new Collection Centre, EYE organized a smaller though well-attended international symposium, Exposing the Film Apparatus.

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Steering Committee

EYE International Conference

  • Giovanna Fossati (President)
  • Gerdien Smit (Secretary)
  • Frank Roumen (EYE Collection Day)
  • Compilatie door Jonathon Rosen (in: Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema, 2015)

  • La peine du talion (FR, 1906)

In 2017 the conference has devoted two days to the latest and most innovative restoration projects with a special European version of the successful symposium The Reel Thing. The event was a collaboration with the founders of The Reel Thing, Grover Crisp and Michael Friend (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and the Association of Moving Picture Archivists (AMIA). 

The 2018 edition will celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Preservation & Presentation of the Moving Image. This master’s programme now has around 150 alumni who are active in museums, archives and universities all over the world. The conference theme is Activating the Archive. Audio-Visual Collections and Civic Engagement, Political Dissent and Societal Change. The EYE International Conference 2018 is scheduled to take place from 27-29 May 2018, and will be preceded, on Saturday 26 May, by the annual EYE Collection Day. For more information click here