winning restoration project uses dft’s Scanity

in the picture: Margaret Bodde (Film Foundation) and Simon Carter (dft) celebrate the award
June 3, 2016

As a provider of world-class archive film scanning technology, dft is privileged work alongside some of the world’s leading facilities and be associated with a number of high profile and accomplished projects.

FOCAL International’s annual awards celebrate the some of the greatest achievements made by audio-visual libraries in a diverse range of categories. This year, we were delighted to discover that several of our customers and their projects had been nominated for awards at FOCAL International’s annual ceremony. In the category ‘Best Archive and Preservation Project’, which was incidentally sponsored by Prasad Corporation, we were even more delighted, when on opening the golden envelope, it was announced that ‘The Memory of Justice’ had been chosen as the winner by the judges, all respected professionals from the international footage community.

‘The Memory of Justice’ is a 1976 film, restored by the Academy of Film Archive, in association with Paramount Pictures and The Film Foundation. The film reflects on issues raised during the Vietnam War, and using interviews and archival footage raises essential questions about the moral choices made by individuals and governments in wartime. This culturally and historically significant film has been out of circulation for nearly 40 years and it has taken 10 years to restore.

dft’s Scanity was used to produce a 2K scan of the 16mm original negative. Frame by frame clean-up of dirt and scratches was completed by Prasad, and colour-correction completed at Colorworks. ‘The Memory of Justice’ had its world restoration premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015, and has since been screened at multiple film festivals world-wide.

The Prasad Corporation, of which dft is a part, is an enthusiastic supporter of FOCAL International, and has worked alongside many of the world’s archive and restoration facilities over the past few years bringing their projects to fruition. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the awards, and thank you to FOCAL, for the support and recognition they have provided for our industry.

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