The Second International Conference, Colour in Film

(27-29 March 2017)


Colour in Film is aimed at everyone interested in colour in cinema, colour in cultural heritage, colour reproduction and restoration, and colour perception, whether a film restorer, archivist, historian, enthusiast, or a colour scientist.

The event is co-organised by the Colour Group GB  and HTW – University of Applied Sciences Berlin, in cooperation with ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors (University of Zurich) The British Film Institute (BFI), and Eastman Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85 (University of Bristol).

On Wednesday 29th March, The Eastman Revolution and British Cinema 1955-85 research project are welcoming  Dr Heather Heckman (University of South Carolina, Director of Moving Image Research Collections) to give a keynote speech on Early Implementations of Eastman Color in US Film Laboratorie, along with talks from Dr Laura Mayne (University of York, Post-doctoral Researcher), Dr Richard Farmer (UEA, Post-doctoral Researcher) and Kirsty Sinclair Dootson (PhD Student, Yale University, USA).

There will be also be a roundtable discussion on the Wednesday led by led by Massimo  Moretti (Studio Canal) Archival specialist, and Kieron Webb, Film Conservation Manager, (BFI National Archive)

The 2017 Colour in Film Conference will cover the entire breadth of colour in moving images, from early (pre)cinema’s chromolithographic printing through the applied colours of tinting, toning and their Desmetcolor rendition, from chromogenic Agfacolor and Eastmancolor through the video- and film-based look of the golden age of British colour television and up to modern, current grading in the digital domain.

The conference will begin with an afternoon of screenings in the beautiful NFT3 theatre at BFI Southbank on March 27, followed by a full day of symposium sessions in Friends House, Euston Road, London, where we will conclude on March 29 with Sarah Street’s project workshop on the Eastmancolor revolution.

For further information, please contact Dr. Elza Tantcheva-Burdge, Vice Chair of the Colour Group (, or Dr. Ulrich Ruedel, Professor for Conservation and Restoration of Modern Media at HTW Berlin (

Further information and booking can be found at

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