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Call for Applications Eye Traineeship programme “Film Restoration” and “Film Collection” 2021/2022

Eye Filmmuseum is pleased to announce that the application for its traineeship programme “Film Restoration” and “Film Collection” is now open. With these two traineeships, Eye aims to build a bridge between academic training and hands-on daily practices, going one step further than already existing efforts such as internship or workshop programmes. The traineeships are designed to educate a new generation of film restorers and film collection specialists, and seek to facilitate their transition into the labour market.

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Traineeship “Film Restoration”

This traineeship will provide a part-time (4 days a week) on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced curators, restorers, scanning operators, digital film specialists and other skilled professionals. It is aimed at technically minded candidates who are able to demonstrate a strong desire to work in a film archive or laboratory, mastering skills concerning technical preservation and restoration.

Traineeship “Film Collection”

This traineeship will provide a part-time (4 days a week) on-the-job training under the guidance of experienced curators and collection specialists who deal with the management and preservation of both analogue and digital collections. It is aimed at candidates who are able to demonstrate a strong desire to work in a film archive, mastering skills concerning preservation, collection management and curation.

Throughout the programme, the trainees will follow different but parallel curricula, working with material from the Eye collection, and each following a project from start to finish. The trajectory will conclude with a final report and a public presentation.

Duration and location

Both traineeships will have a duration of 10 months and will start in September 2021. The trainees will be working in the Eye Collection Centre in Amsterdam-North: Eye’s expert centre for collection development, preservation, restoration, digitization and research – with facilities such as film and sound restoration ateliers, a scanning department, film vaults, and a research centre.


Eligible candidates hold a relevant and recent degree in audio-visual archiving, film history or digital heritage, completed no later than the 15th of September 2021. Candidates who have not yet completed their degree may apply only if they provide a signed letter from their supervisor stating that they will graduate before the 15th of September 2021. Work experience in an archive or laboratory is not a prerequisite. The programme is open to applicants of all nationalities with a valid work permit in Europe for the duration of the traineeship. A good command of English is essential; knowledge of Dutch would be a plus.

Traineeship grant

For the duration of 10 months, the trainee will receive a training grant on the basis of 28,8 hours per week to cover living costs. Please note that the trainee is responsible for any housing arrangements whilst residing in Amsterdam.

The application process

Candidates can apply by sending a motivation letter (maximum one page) and a curriculum vitae to eyeacademic@eyefilm.nl by 15 June 2021 before 09:00 AM (CET).
Interviews for the selected candidates are scheduled on the 29th of June and the 1st of July in Amsterdam or via Zoom.

The Call for this edition of the traineeship programme has now closed. Still interested in one of our traineeships? Please keep an eye out for the next Open Call, which will be announced early 2022.

Contact information

For further questions about the traineeship programme, please contact Kiki Ho (Eye Academic): eyeacademic@eyefilm.nl

This traineeship programme is financially supported by: