Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) have been partnering for four years now, to create awareness for the pressing need to preserve and restore both: films and film-related photographic and paper materials, to future-proof our cinematic heritage. Intensive training is conducted through the annual week-long film preservation and restoration workshops. Over the last four years, the partnership has enabled these workshops to be conducted annually around the country. Viacom18 and Film Heritage Foundation have announced the 5th Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop India 2019 (FPRWI), in Hyderabad. Esteemed actors, Nagarjuna and Amala, were present to announce the workshop along with the founder of FHF, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur; Sudhanshu Vats, group CEO and MD, Viacom18; and Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, Government of Telangana.
Vats said, “Cinema is an integral part of our country’s cultural DNA and we owe it to our future generations to pass it on. This time we have extended our partnership to bring our message of preservation and training in the specialised field to the Telugu Film industry, which has been an integral part of Indian cinema and has given the industry a galaxy of talented directors, actors and musicians – not only on a regional level but also for the Indian film industry at large.” Dungarpur added, “Film is an art form. It is history in motion and a reflection of the times we live in. That is why films must be saved.”