Asian Film Archive X Eye Filmmuseum: In Reciprocity

  • July 12, 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Wednesday
  • Oldham Theatre
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The Asian Film Archive presents for the first time, an internationally focused edition of RECIPROCAL, in collaboration with the Eye Filmmuseum of the Netherlands.

Join Anne Gant (Head of Film Conservation and Digital Access), Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi (Curator of Silent Film) from the Eye Filmmuseum and Asian Film Archive’s Senior Archivist, Chew Tee Pao, in an online discussion where they will reflect upon and exchange thoughts on the preservation issues and challenges confronting both archives. The conversation will delve into the collaborative and curatorial processes involved in the film selections for RECIPROCAL. The discussion will be moderated by Martino Cipriani, an associate lecturer in digital film and video at RMIT University Vietnam and a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam.

This discussion will stream live online via AFA’s Facebook page on Wednesday, 12 July 2023 at 7pm (GMT+8).

About the Speakers

Anne Gant is Head of Film Conservation and Digital Access at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. She heads the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Technical Commission and is a contributor to the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Preservation Committee. She has a master’s degree from the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image program at the University of Amsterdam. She previously worked in New York City for various digital and cultural institutions, including Women Make Movies. Her current personal research focus is on global solutions for low-resource and vulnerable archives.

Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi is the Curator of Silent film at Eye Filmmuseum. Having been at Eye since 1999, she has worked on the discovery, restoration, and presentation of many presumed lost films, that starred forgotten or neglected actresses such as Rosa Porten, Little Chrysia, Valeria Creti, Constance Talmadge, and more. She works with film festivals and events dedicated to silent cinema, like Il Cinema Ritrovato and Le Giornate del Cinema Muto. She is one of the three curators of ‘Cinema’s First Nasty Women’; a DVD-box with 99 films, released worldwide in December 2022.

Chew Tee Pao has been with the Asian Film Archive (AFA) since 2009. As Senior Archivist, Tee Pao plans AFA’s preservation strategies and oversees the development of film collections, and curates film programmes to showcase these collections. He selects and oversees AFA’s film restorations. His publications on film preservation include an article in NANG magazine (Issue 8, Oct 2020) and a co-written chapter on “Independent Digital Filmmaking and its Impact on Film Archiving in Singapore” for the book Singapore Cinema: New Perspectives (2017).

Martino Cipriani
is an associate lecturer in digital film and video at RMIT University Vietnam and a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests regard film heritage, media archaeology, and cultural conservation. Parallel to his academic activity, he works as a DI colourist and post-production consultant across Asia.


Screenings part of Reciprocal 2023 in collaboration with the Eye Filmmuseum run from 30 June to 30 July 2023 at Oldham Theatre. Learn more and get tickets.