TIFF gains cache of 1,460 film prints

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Toronto International Film Fes­ti­val has ac­quired a cache of film prints, ev­ery­thing from Al­fred Hitch­cock’s Rear Win­dow to a 1931 ver­sion of Drac­ula to Cana­dian classic Whale Mu­sic, with an eye to their preser­va­tion

The 1,460 prints, in both 16-mil­lime­tre and 35-mil­lime­tre for­mats, have been gifted to the fes­ti­val by NBC Univer­sal, Mon­grel Me­dia, eOne/Les Films Séville and Cana­dian film­maker Peter Mettler.

TIFF launched a cam­paign Tues­day called Save This Mo­ment to raise funds for the stor­age, re­vi­sion and main­te­nance of all do­nated prints. The first $15,000 raised will be matched by an anony­mous donor with start-up sup­port from the On­tario Arts Foun­da­tion. The cam­paign (tiff.net/savethis­mo­ment) runs till Dec. 31.

Other do­nated prints in­clude Michelan­gelo An­to­nioni’s The Pas­sen­ger (1975), Ab­bas Kiarostami’s Cer­ti­fied Copy (2011), Cana­dian film Black Robe (1991), and Mettler’s Top of His Head (1989) and Pic­ture of Light (1994).

Mettler has also do­nated cor­re­spon­dence, re­search ma­te­ri­als, scripts, pro­duc­tion doc­u­ments, pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als and news clip­pings for sev­eral of his films.

“This won­der­ful do­na­tion will help us con­tinue pro­tect­ing and pro­ject­ing film so cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can en­joy the unique and hyp­notic beauty of a film pro­jected on film on the big screen,” TIFF CEO Piers Han­dling said in a news re­lease.

TIFF is hold­ing a panel Friday at 11 a.m., Reel Her­itage: Project and Pro­tect, about film and pro­jec­tor han­dling. The event is open to the public. De­bra Yeo

Grace Kelly and James Ste­wart in Al­fred Hitch­cock’s Rear Win­dow. A print of the film was given to TIFF by NBC Univer­sal.

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