Reel to Reel 2020: Showcasing Films Once Lost

Why We Recommend it

Reel to Reel 2020 offers film screenings of over 20 restored or rediscovered films from around the world, talks and more.


Organised by Reel to Reel Institute, Reel to Reel Film Heritage aims to showcase treasured moving images around the world that were once lost.

The programme consists of three sessions: Rediscover and Restructure: Lost Gems and Restored Classics from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, A Quick History of Film Technology: Motion Pictures in Colour, and Contemporary Creative Works on Celluloid, bringing audience well-preserved cinematic heritage from all over the world.

Focusing on the history, technological development, aesthetics and cultural studies of film and of place, more than 20 restored or rediscovered films from around the world will be put on screen.

Besides screenings, three public talks will be held: Dangerous Youth: Gender Politics in Taiwanese-language Cinema by Dr. Wang Chun-Chi, the Director of Taiwan Film Institute; Mind Expression of the Filmmakers’ in “Nanyang Trilogy” by Law Kar, and Restoring and Presenting Silent Colour Films and the Digital Turn in Film Archiving by Dr. Giovanna Fossati, the Chief Curator at EYE Filmmuseum (conducted over video call).

Moreover, the programme compares narratives of film histories especially for Hong Kong, Chinese-speaking and adjoining areas. It will also illustrate the differences between museum (or archival) restoration and its commercial counterpart, as well as the distinct properties of celluloid and digital formats as creative media and carriers of moving images.


When: 31 Jan 2020 - 16 Feb 2020 Where: Broadway Cinematheque – 3 Public Square Street – Yau Ma Tei