With the long history of moving image collection and preservation, materials await handling are still vast, though much-needed resources for these efforts are limited. In Hong Kong we face great obstacles in collecting these materials and presenting restored works to the public, and little light is shed on the collection and preservation of moving images besides feature films. In Asia, a number of community organisations, for instance those in Japan, Taiwan and Singapore have been founded to contribute to various aspects of audio-visual heritage preservation, complementing existing efforts in this regard. Founded by practitioners of film restoration and programming in 2018, Reel to Reel Institute, a non-profit arts organisation, sets out to learn from the experience of these regional counterparts in our efforts to promote preservation of audio-visual heritage.
To cover and promote activities for the preservation of cinematic and audio-visual heritage around the world.
To support research on, and preservation, restoration and collection of local and regional moving image works, in particular shorts, experimental films, documentaries, music videos, home videos, commercials and television programmes.
To advocate the materiality of cinema and the importance of conserving and restoring the original source material of any moving image works.
To diffuse film culture and expand the audience base, with a historical, educational and artistic approach, by presenting programmes including screenings and exhibitions as well as film distribution, publications, seminars, workshops or other activities related to audio-visual heritage preservation.
To partner with different organisations ensuring that overlooked but important historical audio-visual works receive the proper treatment they deserve.
To facilitate skill development for local film practitioners in moving image collection, exhibition and preservation.