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Eye and Haghefilm Digitaal join forces in a unique trainee program for starting film restorers. With this traineeship, Eye and Haghefilm aim to build a bridge between academic (theoretical) training and daily practices, going one step further from the already existing efforts such as internship and workshop programs.

Still from La fée des roches noires (1902, director unknown).
Still from La fée des roches noires (1902, director unknown).

The traineeship is designed to educate a new generation of film restorers, seeking to facilitate their transition into the labor market. In recent years, Eye and Haghefilm have completed several restoration projects together and this program is a continuation of their close collaboration.

The paid traineeship provides a full time on-the-job training for seven months under the guidance of experienced curators, restorers, scanning operators, digital film specialists and other skilled professionals. During the first four months, the trainee will rotate among various departments in both organizations, acquiring a broad, all-round knowledge of the work in analogue and digital film restoration. The curriculum addresses aspects of analogue and digital film processes, such as: film identification, film reconstruction, film repair, grading, film printing, scanning, film developing, quality control, sound restoration, digital image restoration and metadata. In the last three months of the program, the trainee will specialize according to a field of interest. Throughout the program, the trainee will work with material from the Eye collection.

Eligible candidates should hold a Master’s degree in Film Heritage Studies, such as the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P) program at the University of Amsterdam or alike.

Still from Le charmeur (1906, Segundo de Chomón).
Still from Le charmeur (1906, Segundo de Chomón).
Still from La chenille de carotte (1911, director unknown).
Still from La chenille de carotte (1911, director unknown).


2017 - 2018

Tulta Behm

2019 - 2020

Li-Chen Kuo

Eye traineeship in film restoration and film collection

In September 2021, Eye will start a new edition of the traineeship thanks to the grants from the Gieskes-Strijbis Funds and the Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Funds. Over a period of three years (2021-2024), the Eye Traineeships in Film Restoration and Film Collection will form three young film restorers and three film collection specialists.
The call for the trainees will be published in spring 2021 on the Eye website.

Want to know more about this traineeship?

Contact Gerdien Smit from Eye Academic: Eyeacademic@eyefilm.nl