is a film restorer specialising in early cinema and films of the silent era. He holds a MA in Preservation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam, is a graduate of the FIAF Film Restoration Summer School, and was the 2011 recipient of the Haghefilm Foundation Fellowship. To date, he has led the restoration work of more than twenty silent era feature films, and also a number of short films. In 2018 the publication of his restored BEHIND THE DOOR (1919) was recognized as a 2018 Best Single DVD Release at the II Cinema Ritrovato DVD Awards. He has regularly had articles published in the FIAF Journal of Film Preservation and AMIA’s The Moving Image periodical, and also in countless film festival catalogues. Byrne is President of the Board of Directors at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about silent film as an art form and as a culturally valuable historical record. Now in its 24th year, SFSFF produces events that showcase important titles from the silent era, often in restored or preserved prints, with live musical accompaniment by some of the world's finest practitioners of the art of putting music to film.