Gian Luca Farinelli

Gian Luca Farinelli was born in Bologna in 1963. In 1984, he started collaborating with Cineteca di Bologna. In 2000, he became its Director. In 1986, he created the Festival “Il Cinema Ritrovato”, which is an international event linking past and present. It creates a link between the early cinema and the latest and most innovative techniques of cinematographic restoration. He promoted the creation of the first Italian school of cinematographic restoration “L’Immagine Ritrovata” and the homonymous workshop. It was created in 1992 and is currently a model of excellence in the restoration on international level. He supervised more than 400 restoration projects like “Il Gattopardo” by Luchino Visconti, “La Dolce vita” by Federico Fellini and the masterpieces by Sergio Leone as “Once Upon a Time in America”. He played a significant role in creating the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes. He was one of the founders of the World Cinema Project by Martin Scorsese. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Silver Medallion from the Festival of Telluride for his commitment in the field of the preservation and promotion of the cinematographic heritage.