Traineeship Film Restoration

Call for applications: Eye Filmmuseum & Haghefilm Digitaal Traineeship Film Restoration

Eye Filmmuseum and Haghefilm Digitaal are pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the second year of their unique trainee programme for film restorers. In recent years, Eye and Haghefilm have completed several restoration projects together and this programme is another aspect of close collaboration between lab and archive. With this traineeship, Eye and Haghefilm aim to build a bridge between (theoretical) academic training and daily practices, going one step further than already existing efforts such as internship and workshop programmes. The traineeship is designed to educate a new generation of film restorers, and seeks to facilitate their transition into the labour market.

duration and location

The traineeship programme will have a duration of seven months and starts in March 2019. The trainee will work on two locations: in the photochemical and digital film lab of Haghefilm, and the Eye Collection Centre, Eye’s expert centre for collection development, preservation, restoration, digitization and research – with facilities such as film vaults, film and sound restoration ateliers, a scanning department, and a research centre. Both organisations are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

traineeship programme

The traineeship will provide a part time on-the-job training (four days a week) under the guidance of experienced curators, restorers, scanning operators, digital film specialists and other skilled professionals. During the first four months, the candidate will rotate among various departments and acquire a broad, all-around knowledge of the work in analogue and digital film restoration in both organizations. The curriculum will address aspects of analogue and digital film processes, such as: film identification, film construction, film repair, grading, film printing, scanning, film developing, quality control, sound restoration, digital image restoration and metadata.

In the last three months of the programme, the trainee will specialize according to a field of interest. Throughout the programme, the trainee will work with material from the Eye collection and in the final phase he/she will be assigned a specific project. The final results will be presented publicly.


To be eligible, candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Film Heritage Studies, such as the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P) programme at the University of Amsterdam or equivalent. The traineeship is aimed at technically minded candidates who can show their strong desire to work in a film archive and laboratory, mastering technical conservation and restoration skills. Work experience in an archive/laboratory is desirable. The programme is open to applicants from 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 7 months, the trainee will receive a training grant of 1479,20 euro gross per month (on the basis of a 4 day work week; 28,8 hours per week) to cover the costs of living. If applicable by Dutch law, general income taxes, social insurances, premiums and pension contributions will be deducted.

Please note that the trainee is responsible for housing arrangements while in Amsterdam. The traineeship programme is financially supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.

application process

Candidates can apply by sending a motivation letter (maximum one page) and a curriculum vitae to by Monday January 21 before 09:00 AM (CET). Interviews for the selected candidates will take place in the second week of February in Amsterdam.

contact information

For further questions about the traineeship you can reach out to Eleni Tzialli, Assistant to the Chief Curator at Eye: