About the conference  

This year in Iluzjon Cinema the first international conference will take place, about the digital restoration of sound and image named "Central European Archives – Image and Sound Restoration Practices” as a part of Silent Movie Festival. The event is organized by The Polish National Film Archive and The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.   

Neighbourhood experience exchange 

The conference will be held in English. The speakers from Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary will share their experiences and problems connected with a broad spectrum of digital restoration of sound and image. The framework of the conference also includes two discussion panels with invited experts.  

Aim of meeting   

National Film Archive is responsible for the preservation of film heritage of all ages, reconstruction of recorded image and sound in every format regardless of the time of its creation. This broad mission of the forthcoming conference includes sessions and discussions that will interest archivists, post-production service providers and researchers. 


To take part in the "Central European Archives - Image and Sound Restoration Practices” conference, you must register under the address: The message should contain the number of interested guests and the date of the chosen day. Participation in the conference is free.  

Conference Committee

  • Anna Sienkiewicz-Rogowska
    Director of the National Film Archive
  • Małgorzata Lewandowska
    Dean of Sound Engineering Department, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
  • Miloslav Novák

    Department of Photography Restoration

  • Jakub Stadnik
    Sound Engineering Department, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
  • Elżbieta Wysocka
    Head of Film Restoration and Digital Repository, National Film Archive
  • Monika Supruniuk
    Chief Conservator of Film Collections, National Film Archive
  • Katarzyna Mikstal – conference coordinator
    Chief Specialist for Digitization Projects, National Film Archive



Iluzjon cinema

Narbutta 50A




Welcome speech: Anna Sienkiewicz-Rogowska, Director of the National Film Archive

Halka”, dir. K. Meglicki, Poland, 1929 – challenges in the restoration of sound

  1. „Halka” – The history of sound production.

Michał Pieńkowski, Filmographer, National Film Archive, Warsaw

  1. Digital restoration of soundtrack. “Halka” as a case study

Jakub Stadnik, Sound Engineer,The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw


Coffee break



Discussion Digital restoration of experience: archival sound

moderator: Elżbieta Wysocka

Head of Film Restoration and Digital Repository , National Film Archive, Warsaw

Jakub Stadnik

Sound Engineer, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw

Tomasz Dukszta

Sound designer, CEO, Co-Founder at Soundplace

Günter A. Buchwald

Conductor and composer



Lunch break



Preservation, digitization and restoration of image

  1. Digitisation and restoration of first integral tripack colour film Kodachrome original reversal historical records.

Miloslav Novák, Director and Editor, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

  1. The sound restoration of Károly Makk’s Love (1971) – a case study.

Márton Moldován, Digital Restorer, Hungarian National Film Archive, Budapest.

  1. Digital restoration of Finlay colour negatives from Matson Photographic Collection at the Library of Congress.

Jan Hubička, Co-founder and Director of Šechtl Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photography in Tábor.

  1. Restoration and preservation of colour photography.

Petra Šemíková, Restorer, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague; Institute of Art History,

Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague


Coffee break



Discussion Preservation and restoration in Central European Archives

moderator: Elżbieta Wysocka, Head of Film Restoration and Digital Repository, National Film Archive, Warsaw

Monika Supruniuk, Chief Conservator of Film Collections, National Film Archive, Academy of fine Arts, Warsaw

Márton Moldován, Digital Restorer, Hungarian National Film Archive, Budapest

Miloslav Novák, Director and Editor Academy of Performing Arts in Prague                                                                        






Silent Film Festival

Opening and projection

„Laila” dir. George Schnéevoigt, 165’ Norway, 1929

Live accompaniment by Günter A. Buchwald

Visits to Archives

in English


National Film Archive

Chełmska 21


Introduction to visit


Touring: Monika Supruniuk

Chief Conservator of Film Collections

National Film Archive



Lunch break


National Audiovisual Institute

Wałbrzyska 3/5


Touring: Łukasz Janik

Head of Digitization Department

National Audiovisual Institute


Iluzjon cinema

Narbutta 50A



„Halka” dir. Konstanty Meglicki, 88' Poland, 1929

Iluzjon cinema

Narbutta 50A




„Call of the Sea”, dir. H. Szaro, Poland, 1927, DCP



„Condemned to oblivion. Polish actress on emigration.” Conversation with the author Grzegorz Rogowski and Michał Pieńkowski. Conducted in Polish by Andrzej Rossa.


Audio engineer, academic teacher at Sound Engineering Department of The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where he is currently preparing his doctoral thesis on audio restoration. He supports National Film Archive in the area of audio digitisation and restoration. Since 2011 he has restored audio for 15 polish pre-war feature films as a part of “Nitro” project led by National Film Archives. He cooperates with National Broadcasting Council as an expert in R128 loudness implementation and works as a sound engineer in audio post-production as well as an audio specialist in designing, integration and configuration of digital audio networks and consoles for broadcasting applications.

Head of Film Restoration and Digital Repository at the National Film Archive in Warsaw, Poland. Wysocka has been responsible for overseeing the National Film Archive digital collection and supervision of digitization and restoration of film materials. She was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in traditional methods of restoration and preservation, but accomplished her master thesis on video preservation (2006). Since working in National Film Archive she has completed her doctorate in the field of theory and practice of audiovisual art restoration in the era of digital media at the Intermedia Department. She participated in research projects on film, video, performance and net art preservation. She is the winner of the National Centre for Culture competition for the best doctoral thesis in the field of cultural sciences - published by NCK in 2013: Wirtualne ciało sztuki. Ochrona i udostępnianie dzieł audiowizualnych /The Virtual Body of Art. The Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Art.

For the last eight years he has been working for the National Film Archive (Filmoteka Narodowa) in Warsaw, where he is in charge of research and documentation of the pre-war film heritage. He takes part in the project of digitization and restoration of Polish pre-war feature film. He gives numerous lectures, meetings and speeches on the history of cinema.

He also conducts research on the Polish phonography and participates in research programs carried out by the Polish Librarians Association and Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger.

Graduated from Film Academy of Miroslav Ondríček in Písek and continued his studies of film studies at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. He received his M.A. in 2008 in Documentary Filmmaking at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) after graduating from there Editing Department in 2002.  His films were theatrically distributed and awarded at various international film festivals (Best Czech film Ill-Fated Child at the IDFF in Jihlava, Grand Prix for the Czech-Italian feature Peace with Seals at the biggest Chinese IDFF in Guangzhou or Best Czech Science Documentary Descartes' Mistake at the Academia Film Olomouc IFF).

From 2010, he has been passionate about film restoration and digitization and therefore studied film restoration abroad at the FIAF summer schoool in L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna and at the Institut national de l’audiovisuel in Paris. Since 2011, he has been teaching audiovisual technology, restoration and filmmaking at the Faculty of Philosophy and Science of the Silesian University in Opava and in FAMU where he is completing his Ph.D. study now.

Born in 1982. Works as digital restorer, self-taught in such various fields as scanning, colour grading, audio & image restoration, at Hungarian National Film Archive since 2012.

Oversaw the full digital restoration of such films as Miklós Jancsó's The Round-up (1965), or Károly Makk's Love (1971), both screened at Cannes Classics.

At the on-premises studio, his scope ranges from 1930’s fictional documentaries (Georg Höllering: Hortobágy, 1936), through 1950’s newsreels and 1960’s full-length features (István Gaál: Current, 1963) to 1980’s animations (Ferenc Rófusz: The Fly, 1980).

Currently working on The Gemstones of Hungarian Animation vol. 2: the 70’s, and overseeing the full restoration of such titles as Merry-go-round (Zoltán Fábri, 1955) and Somewhere in Europe (Géza Radványi, 1947).

Researcher at the Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University, software developer at SUSE Č.R, s.r.o and co-founder and director of a small private Šechtl and Voseček Museum of Photography in Tábor. His great-great-grandfather, Ignác Šechtl, was an early photographer. Ignác started his business in 1865 and in 1896  also obtained the first license in Bohemia for showing moving pictures. The photographic tradition survived in the family for three generations resulting in a photographic archive consisting of over hundred thousand photographs taken using a wide variety of techniques. In 2004 the Šechtl and Voseček Museum of photography was founded with the intent to digitize the whole archive. So far, over 33,000 photographs has been scanned and made available, in preview quality, online. Jan Hubička is interested in questions related to quality digitization and presentation of photographic originals, in particular of the early colour photographs.

On this topic he has co-organized several workshops.

Currently, studying master’s program “Restoration of photography” at The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts. Graduate from a bachelor’s program “Technology of restoration of monuments” at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. As my bachelor’s final work I was recreating the process of making daguerreotypes in laboratory conditions. Nowadays, I`m working in a restoration atelier in the department of History of Arts of Czech Academy of Science in Prague where I`m conserving the private photographic collection of a famous Czech sculptor, Stanislav Sucharda.

When and Where

2022 April 2017

Iluzjon Cinema, National Film Archive

ul. Narbutta 50a

02-541 Warsaw