film restoration

"Lalka" or an illusion of love


 "Lalka" (“The Doll”, 1968), directed by Wojciech Has, is a lavish screen adaptation of Bolesław Prus’ novel of the same title. "Lalka" is the story of affluent merchant Stanisław Wokulski’s unrequited love for Izabela Łęcka, a beautiful but cold aristocrat from an impoverished noble family. Blinded by love, Wokulski imagines Łęcka as the embodiment of his dreams and ideals, and resolves to devote all his energies to winning her heart.

Fixafilm had the pleasure of digitally restoring, colour-correcting and remastering the film.

The restoration of "Lalka" was commissioned by Studio Filmowe TOR as part of the project “Digital restoration and digitisation of Polish feature, documentary and animated films in order to ensure access via all platforms (cinema, television, Internet, mobile devices) and preserve Polish film heritage for future generations”, and was co-funded through the Operational Programme “Digital Poland for 2014–2020”, priority axis II: “E-government and open government”, specific objective 2.3: “Digital availability and usefulness of public sector information”, sub-measure 2.3.2: “Digital availability of cultural heritage sources”.


"Oszołomienie" – freshly restored


 Jerzy Sztwiertnia’s 1988 film "Oszołomienie" (Bewilderment) is set in Warsaw under occupation during the Second World War. The film tells the story of a married couple, Władysław and Jadzia Czerkanski – an actor and a dancer. The leading man finds himself in a quandary: should he give up professional acting, or agree to collaborate with the Nazi occupiers? The choice seems obvious until it becomes increasingly difficult for him to maintain his house and drug-addicted wife. Meanwhile, driven by withdrawal symptoms, Jadzia suffers no such dilemma, which leads to tragedy for the couple.

Fixafilm’s team had the pleasure of digitally restoring "Oszołomienie", and also colour-corrected and mastered the footage.

The restoration of "Oszołomienie" was commissioned by Zebra Film Studio as part of the project “Digital restoration and digitisation of Polish feature, documentary and animated films in order to ensure access via all platforms (cinema, television, Internet, mobile devices) and preserve Polish film heritage for future generations”, and was co-funded through the Operational Programme “Digital Poland for 2014–2020”, priority axis II: “E-government and open government”, specific objective 2.3: “Digital availability and usefulness of public sector information”, sub-measure 2.3.2: “Digital availability of cultural heritage sources”. 


Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates on GAIFF


 Between July 8 - 12 you can experience Temple of Cinema #1: Sayat Nova outtakes - a unique installation featuring over three hours of restored outtakes from Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates (1969).

The project is a collaboration between the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Fixafilm.

The installation, which was first presented as part of the Art Directions strand of the 2019 edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR), appears here as part of the programme of the Golden Apricot International Film Festival (GAIFF) in Yerevan, Armenia.

The installation is situated in the foyer of Yerevan's Ararat Cinema, which has been closed to the public for almost 30 years.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the remarkable legacy of both Armenia cinema and architecture. 


Hitch-hiking across the world, or trip for one smile


 The journey from Kraków to Hel can be a great adventure, as is the case for two teenage boys, Duduś and Poldek, who set off on an escapade together from southern Poland to the Baltic Sea in Stanisław Jędryka’s film Trip For One Smile (1972).

This apparently simple task soon balloons into a major adventure as they lose their train-ticket money and are forced to find an alternative way to travel. Duduś and Poldek opt to hitch-hike the 500 kilometres that separate them from their mothers, making lots of new friends and getting into some incredible exploits along the way.

We had the pleasure of digitally restoring Trip For One Smile, as well as colour-correcting and mastering the footage.

The restoration of Trip For One Smile was commissioned by Kadr Film Studio as part of the project “Digital restoration and digitisation of Polish feature, documentary and animated films in order to ensure access via all platforms (cinema, television, Internet, mobile devices) and preserve Polish film heritage for future generations”, and was co-funded through the Operational Programme “Digital Poland for 2014–2020”, priority axis II: “E-government and open government”, specific objective 2.3: “Digital availability and usefulness of public sector information”, sub-measure 2.3.2: “Digital availability of cultural heritage sources”.  


Parajanov’s Hakob Hovnatanyan on the big screen!


On March 22, the National Portrait Gallery in London will be screening Sergei Parajanov’s film Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967), restored by Fixafilm’s specialists in cooperation with the Armenian National Cinema Centre and the Kino Klassika Foundation. There are also plans to restore other films by the director as part of the joint Hamo Bek-Nazarov Project

The film explores the work of the 19th-century portrait painter, Hakob Hovnatanyan. Parajanov, renowned for his extravagant style, only partially shows us Hovnatanyan’s works, concentrating instead on details of the paintings. In the second half of the documentary, Parajanov presents the historical centre of Tbilisi, where Hovnatanyan used to live and the director himself grew up. 

It is worth mentioning that Hakob Hovnatanyan was made shortly before Parajanov’s most famous film, The Colour of Pomegranates, which showcases the director’s individual style, so esteemed among cinephiles. 

Sergei Parajanov was a Soviet director of Armenian descent, regarded as one of the 20th century’s most outstanding filmmakers. He endured many years of political persecution and was imprisoned for his outspoken opinions and artistic independence. 


Fixafilm invents its own method for eliminating the Dufaycolor effect


Fixafilm’s team of experts had the pleasure of digitally restoring, colour-correcting and mastering the film Calling Mr. Smith, one of the few colour films made during the war. 

Its colour effect was achieved through the Dufaycolor process, a technique which involved coating the film with a filter mosaic lattice of red, green and blue lines. The footage was then processed to produce a colour film crisscrossed with lines.

 This technique is a headache when attempting to project such films on modern digital devices, which clearly display the thin, vertical moiré lines. The Dufaycolor process used on this film was rather a challenge for Fixafilm, since the usual restoration procedures could not be applied. Specifically for this complex footage, Fixafilm’s specialists came up with their own method to remove the effect, thus allowing the film to be restored.

 Calling Mr. Smith, by Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, is a propaganda documentary from 1943, commissioned by the Film Office of the Ministry of Information and Documentation of the Polish Government-in-Exile in London. The film aimed to raise British awareness of the Nazis’ crimes against the nations they had conquered. Calling Mr. Smith highlights in particular how culture was being eradicated in the occupied countries. 

The film merges animation with live-action wartime footage. The animated sequences were shot on a specially designed stand using handmade slides, and the soundtrack contains classical music by ChopinBach and Szymanowski


Hear My Cry at the International Film Festival Rotterdam


 During this year’s IFFR, running from January 23 to February 3, there will be two screenings of Maciej Drygas’ documentary Hear My Cry (1991), which was remastered, colour-corrected and mastered by Fixafilm.

The film describes the events of September 8, 1968, when Ryszard Siwiec set himself alight during a harvest festival at Warsaw’s Tenth Anniversary Stadium, in protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops, including Polish units. Unfortunately, Polish and world media remained silent about the incident for a long time, and Poland’s communist authorities did everything possible to cover up the affair.

Only many years later did it become possible to publicise this episode and the message left by Siwiec: “People who may still harbour a spark of humanity and human feelings inside them – come to your senses! Hear my cry, the cry of a ordinary, grey man, a son of a nation that loved its own and others’ freedom above all else, above its own life – come to your senses! It is still not too late!”

In 1991, director Maciej Drygas decided to share Ryszard Siwiec’s untold story with the world, and made the documentary Hear My Cry. It includes a seven-second recording of Siwiec on fire, which had been stored in the Polish Film Chronicle newsreel archives.

We should mention that Ryszard Siwiec was posthumously awarded some of the highest Polish, Czech and Slovak honours, and streets in Warsaw and Prague have been named after him. 


Who Will Write Our History in cinemas all over the world!


 To mark this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, January 27, there will be worldwide screenings of Roberta Grossman’s dramatised documentary Who Will Write Our History. The film will be presented in 49 countries and eight languages, and Polish audiences will have a chance to see it too (for a full list of cinemas and show times, see ).

Who Will Write Our History is a unique film about the clandestine activities of the Oyneg Shabes organisation that documented the lives (and eventual extermination) of the Jewish community in the Warsaw Ghetto. Hundreds of thousands of letters, photographs, reports and recollections buried deep underground in metal boxes – such was the legacy they left behind in the hope that the world would not forget about them and the crimes that had been committed. The Oyneg Shabes Archive became one of the most valuable sources of information on the lives of the ghetto’s residents. Today, still only around two-thirds of the hidden documents have ever been found.

Who Will Write Our History contains a scripted section (which adapts the eponymous book), plus interviews with historians, and archive footage restored by the Fixafilm team. Fixafilm also did some highly complex colour-correction for this project, requiring additional procedures to age the image and ensure the best possible experience and compositing of several dozen greenscreen shots.

The whole venture was executive-produced by Nancy Spielberg, and includes the voices of three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. Who Will Write Our History is a Polish–US co-production, involving Katahdin Productions in America and Match&Spark in Poland. 

For more information, see:


Works by Sergei Parajanov at IFFR 2019


 Sergei Parajanov’s Kyiv FrescoesHakob HovnatanyanArabesques on the Theme of Pirosmani, and outtakes from The Colour of Pomegranates will be screened during the International Film Festival Rotterdam, which will take place from January 23 to February 3. 

Destruction of old film stock to salvage the silver crystals was common in the USSR, but twelve hours of footage shot for Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates (1968) were saved nevertheless. None of it was used in the final cut or prepared for editing and restoration. A three-hour selection of this footage is the basis for an exhibition at the Arminius Church in Rotterdam. Individual excerpts will be shown on 24 screens of various sizes, which the curators of the Temple of Cinema #1: Sayat Nova Outtakes exhibition feel is the best possible way to showcase Parajanov’s artistic vision. 

Worth seeing 

Three restored short films by the director are also on the bill at IFFR 2019: Kyiv Frescoes (1965), Hakob Hovnatanyan (1967) and Arabesques on the Theme of Pirosmani (1985). In consultation with the governments and various institutions in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, the original film stock was brought to Poland for scanning, restoration, colour-correction and remastering at Fixafilm.

Preserving films for posterity 

Not only will the Parajanov screenings at IFFR provide recognition for the director’s work and bring his films to a wider audience, they will also draw attention to the need for action to create a repository to preserve the film legacy of the former USSR. The screenings will be accompanied by a symposium involving Daniel Bird – who initiated the Parajanov restorations, Valerie Pozner – a French specialist in Soviet and Russian film, James Steffen – an American cinema historian, author of The Cinema of Parajanov, Zaven Sargsyan – founder of the Parajanov Museum, and Levon Abrahamyan – an ethnographer and former Parajanov actor. 

In the world of Parajanov 

The Colour of Pomegranates – outtakes from which can be seen during IFFR – documents the life of the poet Sayat Nova, who entered a monastery following the death of his beloved. The film unfolds in a series of picturesque shots interwoven with the poet’s verse, and brims with lyrical allegory and symbolism. By blending elements of religious architecture, Armenian culture and art, Parajanov strives to bring the viewer closer to Armenia’s spiritual heritage. The audience observes each stage in the hero’s life in short scenes taken almost always from the same viewpoint, which evokes a feeling of watching events through a keyhole.

 Sergei Parajanov was a Soviet director of Armenian descent, regarded as one of the 20th century’s most outstanding filmmakers. He endured many years of political persecution and was imprisoned for his outspoken opinions and artistic independence. 


Requiem – Magical realism in Polish style


We are glad to announce that we had the pleasure of digitally restoring Witold Leszczynski’s film Requiemfrom 2001. Fixafilm’s experts also did the colour correction and mastering. Requiem is a poetic film that depicts the Polish countryside in fairytale shots captured by the director of photography, Zbigniew Wichlacz.

The film’s hero, Bartlomiej, delivers eulogies at local  funerals, profoundly touching the hearts and memories of the congregation. When Bartlomiej senses his life is coming to an end, he decides to find himself a worthy successor for the job. In Requiem, reality is interwoven with magical elements, and life intermingled with death. Although this is a story of how death is inescapable, it still gives us hope. After all, if we lived our lives well, we would not require eulogies to pass through the Pearly Gates.

The director gave the best possible synopsis himself: “This is a film about the beauty of the world, about love and death, about tenderness and brutality”. We invite you all to watch this new digitally restored version.

The restoration of Requiem was commissioned by Zebra Film Studio as part of the project “Digital restoration and digitisation of Polish feature, documentary and animated films in order to ensure access via all platforms (cinema, television, Internet, mobile devices) and preserve Polish film heritage for future generations”, and was co-funded through the Operational Programme “Digital Poland for 2014–2020”, priority axisII: “E-government and open government”, specific objective 2.3: “Digital availability and usefulness of public sector information”, sub-measure 2.3.2: “Digital availability of cultural heritage sources”. 


Barrier, or how to break out of the mould


 Should I give up my life as a student, with all its inherent ideals, to opt for an affluent lifestyle, beautiful women and expensive, fast cars? This was the hero’s decision in Jerzy Skolimowski’s 1966 film Barrier. “When I was receiving student grants, I sold myself to the state. Now I can sell myself to whoever I wish!”

The hero decides to achieve his dream, but acquiring a car becomes a symbolic barrier to him – in those days, cars were a luxury reserved for the elite. “Once, I was asked: what’s your biggest dream? And I wrote that my dream was a record – at least an Opel Record!”

Moreover, in the film, owning or not owning a car assumes the proportions of a symbolic generation gap between the older generation – with their impressive CVs and wealth of experience, including in wartime – and the younger generation with no ideology. The hero is determined to break through the hermetic barriers of age, money, conventions and hierarchies that separate him from the “better” life. On the way, however, he meets a woman with a completely different outlook, and her influence forces him to rethink his views.

Skolimowski’s Barrier is brimming with allegory, symbolism, context, and references to the director’s other films. It is a psychological drama that perfectly illustrates the complexes of the post-war generation. Incidentally, Skolimowski’s film won the Grand Prix at the 1966 Bergamo Film Meeting.

Fixafilm’s team of experts had the honour of restoring, colour-correcting and mastering the film. 

The restoration of Barrier was commissioned by Tor Film Studio as part of the project “Digital restoration and digitisation of Polish feature, documentary and animated films in order to ensure access via all platforms (cinema, television, Internet, mobile devices) and preserve Polish film heritage for future generations”, and was co-funded through the Operational Programme “Digital Poland for 2014–2020”, priority axis II: “E-government and open government”, specific objective 2.3: “Digital availability and usefulness of public sector information”, sub-measure 2.3.2: “Digital availability of cultural heritage sources”. 


Restoration of the series Tygrysy Europy complete!


 Tygrysy Europy (The Tigers of Europe), directed by Jerzy Gruza, is an 11-part series about the boom of Polish capitalism. The director gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the world of the nouveau riche, humorously revealing their complexes, arrogance, blunders and snobbery. Apart from making gigantic fortunes, this community also produced a cultural model of their own that was marked by primitivism and intellectual poverty. Without all their privileges and often ill-gotten gains, they would have been nobodies.

Tygrysy Europy was the latest project commissioned by Polish Television, and the Fixafilm team provided full image restoration, colour correction and mastering.


God’s Lining – a freshly restored family saga!


  God’s Lining, directed by Izabella Cywińska, tells the serialised story of a Polish family in the Vilnius area back in the early 20th century. The backdrop for the Jurewicz family saga reveals the way things were during that period. God’s Lining transports us into a world of impoverished noblemen, dilapidated manor houses, philosophers and charlatans, as well as the bourgeois realities of the times. The fifteen-episode series follows the life of its heroine, Maryska, and her constant struggle with rejection by her family and entourage, who refuse to accept her.

Interestingly, the series was based on Teresa Lubkiewicz-Urbanowicz’s eponymous novel, a fictionalised account of the author’s reminiscences about her mother.

In cooperation with Polish Television, Fixafilm’s team of experts had the pleasure of working to digitally restore, colour-correct and master all fifteen episodes of God’s Lining.


Armenian–Polish cooperation to restore the film Hakob Hovnatanyan


  We are pleased to announce that Fixafilm had the privilege of cooperating with the Armenian National Cinema Centre in Yerevan and Kino Klassika in London on a project to restore the documentary Hakob Hovnatanyan, directed by Sergei Parajanov. This was also the first film to be restored as part of the joint Hamo Bek-Nazarov project, involving Fixafilm and the Armenian National Cinema Centre.

The film explores the work of the 19th-century portrait painter, Hakob HovnatanyanParajanov, renowned for his extravagant style, only partially shows us Hovnatanyan’s works, concentrating instead on details of the paintings. In the second half of the documentary, Parajanov presents the historical centre of Tbilisi, where Hovnatanyan used to live and the director himself grew up.

It is worth mentioning that Parajanov made this film about Hovnatanyan shortly before The Colour of Pomegranates, which maintained the same original artistic approach he had applied in the documentary.

The Fixafilm team expertly handled the scanning, digital restoration, colour-correction and mastering.


Fixafilm at Arri Archive Workshop


 Two of the Fixafilm team – Lukasz Ceranka and Piotr Jedruszczak – represented us during this year’s Arri Archive Workshop in Munich – one of the largest European events for digital restoration specialists.

At Arri, Lukasz Ceranka, head of Fixafilm’s restoration department, had the pleasure of giving a lecture on how precise film restoration should be, considering the costs entailed and the capabilities of the human eye. His speech went down very well and the audience’s questions were endless.

Apart from lectures and presentations of the latest software and equipment for restoration, the workshop participants also had the opportunity to examine some more complex examples of restoration. There was also time for discussions, exchanging experience, and establishing international cooperation.


Classic Italian horror back on the big screen


On August 2, a restored version of Dario Argento’s cult film Suspiria had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Fixafilm was responsible for its digital restoration.

Suspiria exposes its audience to a new experience, where emotions triumph over logic. The film’s expressive photography, supersaturated colours, violence, and exceptional soundtrack all shock the viewer and drill into their subconscious.

Suspiria tells the tale of Suzy Bannion, a young American who arrives in Vienna to attend the city’s most famous ballet school. Directly after her arrival, she finds that strange, appalling things are happening there. Young girls are dying one by one in terrifying circumstances, while the dance instructor, staff and headmistress seem unaware of the danger. Immersed in a surreal, nightmarish world of magic, fear and blood, Suzy tries to discover what secrets the place holds.




This year’s 73rd FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Congress was held in Los Angeles from April 28–May 3. It was hosted by the Academy Film Archive and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The overall theme was Latin American archive films, with a few screenings devoted to jewels of Hollywood cinema.

We appeared at the congress as vendors for the third time (already a tradition), and would like to thank our hosts for their warm welcome and professional organisation of the event.


Seattle Polish Film Festival


 Our colorist Gosia has been interviewed by the Seattle Polish Film Festival. The main topic was Fixafilm's restoration of Andrzej Żulawski's cult movie "On the Silver Globe".


Andrzej Żuławski: “Pure Classics – In Memoriam”


 Andrzej Żuławski, one of Poland’s most illustrious and world-acclaimed filmmakers, died on February 17, 2016. The 41st Gdynia Film Festival commemorated On the Silver Globe’s director with special screenings of his films, plus workshops involving some of their co-creators.

During a meeting entitled “Visionary and Stuntman”, Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz talked about his work with Andrzej Żuławski. He focused mainly on the film On the Silver Globe, since it was their most visually complex collaboration, enhanced by incredible costumes and set designs.

Also taking part in the meeting were composer Andrzej Korzyński, actor Andrzej Seweryn, and Andrzej Lucjanek, who spoke about technical aspects of restoring the film.

“These screenings of digitally restored versions of Andrzej Żuławski’s films are a major event because, from numerous interviews with Polish audiences, I understood that most Poles had still never heard of his films”, added Michał Oleszczyk, the festival’s artistic director. “Since they were rarely shown on television, with limited availability on DVD, this world-famous artist has remained relatively unknown in his home country. A few years ago, while writing programme notes on all of Żuławski’s films for the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, I realised just how much Żuławski was admired by film buffs the world over. Our retrospective is simply a tribute to one of the greatest artists ever to grace the history of Polish cinema”.


An epic Lithuanian film remastered


 Every country has its own favourite historical epics that are given regular television screenings and have legions of faithful fans. In Poland, that canon includes Knights of the Teutonic Order and Colonel Wolodyjowski. One such Lithuanian film is Northern Crusades (Herkus Mantas), an epic costume drama telling the story of the most famous Prussian leader who fought against the Teutonic Order. Running for over two hours, this epic transports us back to a time of mediaeval battles, heroic deeds and true friendship. Made in 1972, the film was a huge success in Soviet-occupied Lithuania, where Herkus and his heroic struggles with the Teutonic Knights came to symbolise the fight against the Communist regime.

The Lithuanian Film Centre commissioned us to do image remastering, colour correction and mastering work on this incredible film, and we thank them for trusting us!


"On the silver globe" once again in NYC!


 The New York re-premiere of On the Silver Globe, restored by Fixafilm – which took place this February, thanks to the Film Society of Lincoln Center – met with a great response! The winter screening had huge numbers of fans queuing at the box-office, as well as plenty of media publicity – all of which led to daily showings of On the Silver Globe at the Center’s cinema last week. We are doubly glad, because this is not some light-hearted film to be watched between shopping and the gym. Quite the reverse: it requires concentration, contemplation and time which, in one sense, have become “luxuries” in our world today.

The series of screenings has just come to an end, garnering excellent reviews from many prestigious magazines. Tickets were sold out weeks in advance. Audiences left the cinema thrilled and bewildered by the world Żuławski had created.

News like this really gives us a boost, as we sit honing images to perfection for weeks on end!

Here are some reviews:


“Digital restoration of works of Polish cinematography” at the 9th Polish Film Institute awards


 We are proud to announce that we were nominated for the 9th Polish Film Institute Awards in the “digital restoration of works of Polish cinematography” category, for the “Digital restoration of The story of sin directed by Walerian Borowczyk” project. This was our fourth nomination in that category!

Our thanks go to the jury for this wonderful honour! 


FIAF 2016


This year’s 72nd FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Congress was held in Bologna from June 23–28. The main themes discussed were digital restoration, deep archiving, and related topics.

For the second time in its history, FIAF overlapped with the Il Cinema Ritrovato rare film festival, so we had an excellent opportunity to discuss not only restoration issues of interest to us as a company, but also to watch films from all over the world.

We are rather proud to mention that the festival programme included two films restored by Fixafilm! The restored Mexican film El puño de hierro from 1927, commissioned by the Filmoteca de la UNAM, was given its gala premiere, and the children’s section presented some stop motion animated shorts made by the Se-Ma-For Studio in the sixties and seventies.

Our week in Bologna wasn’t all premieres, though. We also appeared as vendors for the second time! As usual, we made numerous interesting contacts, which we hope will lead to more screenings at next year’s FIAF.

Once again, we would like to thank our hosts for their hospitality and professionalism. It was a real pleasure to have taken part in the conference.


Director’s screening of Andrzej Wajda’s Danton


The restoration of Danton, a Polish-French co-production directed by Andrzej Wajda, was a perfect occasion for the filmmakers to visit Fixafilm. We received Andrzej Wajda and his wife, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, along with the director of photography, Igor Luther, known for his work with Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum, Coup de Grâce, The Circle of Deceit).

Danton is a costume drama set during the French Revolution, starring Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak, and recounts the last days of its hero, accused of treason and ultimately sent to the guillotine.


"Scrubbers" - remastering


Once again, we were invited to cooperate with Watch Works Ltd. Our previous collaboration was during the remastering of three films for the Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas project, which officially opened the American SXSW Festival in 2015. This time, we were asked to remaster the feature film Scrubbers from 1982. It tells the story of a British borstal and its female residents, who are often stripped of their parental rights and fall into drug and alcohol abuse. The film also touches on the commonly overlooked issue of violence among underage girls.

Our work involved digital cleanup, image stabilisation, grain management and colour correction – all in the shortest possible timeframe. The remastering was a part of the BFI’s UHF programme, which aims to offer British citizens easier access to legal culture. 


Se-Ma-For’s archival animations given a new lease of life


  A few months ago, we received the wonderful news that we had won a bid to remaster eight short stopmotion animations made by the Se-Ma-For Studio in the 1960s and 70s. They also included puppet animation, often combined with live action, as well as experimental cut-out and scratchboard techniques. Since we are very keen on animation here at Fixafilm, it was truly a pleasure to work on this material!

The rights to this collection belong to the National Film Archive, with whom we worked previously  when remastering five pre-war nitrate films. 

The animations were given a painstaking digital cleanup with colour correction, and we also revitalised their soundtracks, including the beautiful music to accompany the images.


Another Juliusz Machulski film restored


 We have completed work to restore cult director Juliusz Machulski’s film "V.I.P". The director himself recalled how he had wanted to make a thriller as a change from the comedy genre. After "KingSize", this was our second contact with his work, supervised by the original director of photography, Janusz Gauer. Unusually for Polish cinema of the time, all the set designs and costumes conformed to one colour palette, matching the autumnal exterior shots of Masuria and Warsaw.

Our involvement included restoring the image in 2.5K resolution, colour correction, and preparing the release masters.


Wlodzimierz Puchalski


Włodzimierz Puchalski (born March 6, 1909; died January 19, 1979) was one of the first Polish wildlife film-makers. He coined the term “bloodless hunting” to describe wildlife photography, and also organised the first nature photography exhibition in Poland. Most of his films were made in black and white, one reason being because he was colour-blind. Birds were the love of his life, as well as the most common subject in his work.

We had the pleasure of remastering four of his films, including the unique Swan Lake, in colour.


On the Silver Globe re-premiere at the Lincoln Center, NY


 Our encounter with Andrzej Żuławski’s accomplishments at the Lincoln Center may be considered to be over… We spent six-and-a-half hours with his unearthly, frenetic and violent films. We met many faithful fans who had flown in from the other side of the USA just to experience his works on the big screen with the quality and splendour they deserved. There were plenty of emotions, tears, reminiscences and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, as well as lots of laughter!

None of this could have been achieved without the assistance of Daniel Bird, who organised this superb event, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, who offered priceless advice during the restoration process, and Andrzej Korzyński, who took care of the sound for the films.

We have just one regret – that the director could not be there with us… Fortunately, we had managed to show Andrzej Żuławski the final version of On the Silver Globe at his home two weeks previously. He was delighted at the results and the fact that his most original, epic work finally looked and sounded the way he had imagined it 40 years ago.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone involved for the incredible adventure we had while restoring On the Silver Globe.


Work to remaster the 1968 film "Jausmai" complete


We have completed our remastering work on the Lithuanian film Jausmai, directed by the duo of Algirdas Dausa and Almantas Grikevičius in 1968. This was our second restoration commissioned by the Lithuanian Film Centre and supervised by Vidas Grigoraitis, chief specialist from the Department of Film Promotion, Information and Heritage. 


“Digital restoration of works of Polish cinematography” at the 8th Polish Film Institute awards


 We are proud to announce that we were nominated for the 8th Polish Film Institute Awards in the “digital restoration of works of Polish cinematography” category, for the “Digitising Classic Documentaries” project. This was our third nomination in that category, and our first together with the Polish National Film Archive and Dubb Film Studio.

Our thanks go to the jury for this wonderful honour!


Finished remastering of Lithuanian movie "Gražuolė"


We have finished remastering and color grading "Gražuolė", a Lithuanian feature directed by Arunas Zebriunas in 1969. The restoration was commissioned by the Lithuanian Film Center and supervised by Vidas Grigoraitis, the chief expert in the Department of Film Promotion, Information and Heritage.

Thank you for your trust and we are looking forward to future collaboration!


FIAF 2015 - Sydney and Canberra


The 71st FIAF Congress was held from 12th to 18th April 2015 in Sydney and Canberra. The main symposium topic was intellectual property, content regulation and film archiving.

This year, Fixafilm delegates have visited the event not only as participants, but also as exhibitors. Our team was joined by our representative for Asia and Pacific region - Peter Richards. During the congress we established many interesting contacts, and are currently undertaking restoration work for some of the attendees. We promoted the Polish model of restoration, which was very well received and we gained a lot of attention from international film archives.

We would like express our sincere thanks to Michael Loebenstein, the CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, for inviting us to attend.


Fixafilm in Texas!


In March, SXSW took place in Austin. We had the pleasure of restoring 3 films in the "Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas" section that opened one of the largest music, film, and interactive arts festivals in the world.

Johathan Demme ("Silence of the Lambs", "Philadelphia", "Manchurian Candidate") and Richard Linklater ("Boyhood", "A Scanner Darkly", "Dazed and Confused", "School of Rock") were present at the repremiere of films, some of which have been presented for the first time in 30 years. Gosia Grzyb, Łukasz Ceranka and Wojtek Janio represented Fixafilm. Everyone was happy to receive much deserved applause for their hard work in restoring some of the classic films audiences have grown to love.


100 BAFTA Moments: EE British Academy Film Awards


 Our British partner, Watchmaker Films, has begun working with the BAFTA’s Archive and Hertiage wing to digitalize over 100 hours of footage from the past 40 years of the BAFTA Awards ceremonies. From this stagerring amount of footage, a group of archivists and film historians will chose fragments that will comprise the project, “100 BAFTA Moments”.

We are the only polish company that was invited to take part in the endeavor. We have already completed digital remastering of various footage originating from VHS and Betacam that we also color corrected and upscaled to full HD.

The footage shows Jack Nicholson, Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Kate Winslet, Juliette Binoche, Jodie Foster, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and others receiving their awards.

The clips are available on BAFTA’s official channel.

For more information about “100 BAFTA Moments” click here


Repremiere of "Medium"


 Andrzej Łucjanek was a guest on the morning show, "Questions For Breakfast", to speak about the digital reconstruction of Jacek Koprowicz's classic occult horror, "Medium". This coincided with yesterday's re-release of the film. The premiere at Kino Kultura was attended by cinematographers Wit Dąbal and Jerzy Zielinski. The film can be seen on the big screen along with its star-studded cast (Wladyslaw Kowalski, Michal Bajor, Grazyna Szapołowska, Jerzy Stuhr and Jerzy Zelnik). Jacek Koprowicz and Jerzy Zielinski will also give a masterclass about the visual style of the film at this year's Camerimage festival on November 18th, 2014. 



The industry’s most important prize goes to our restoration of “The Ashes”!


 Dreams do come true! During this year’s Polish Film Institute gala, we received the award in the “Digital Restoration of Polish Film Classics” category for our work on Andrzej Wajda’s “The Ashes”. We are honored and happy to receive this prestigious award. Our gratitude goes out to our amazing team, whose work made this possible.


Internal review of "Brzezina"


Last Thursday, Fixafilm was honored by the presence of one of Poland’s seminal film directors - Andrzej Wajda. Mr. Wajda, accompanied by Jerzy Łukaszewicz, the supervising director of photography, visited our facilities to see and approve the final copy of the restoration of the “The Birch Wood” (1970). Grzegorz Molewski, the creator of KinoRP, was also present.

“The Birch Wood” is the third Andrzej Wajda film to be restored by our team.

We would like to thank the master for his trust.


39. Film Festival in Gdynia


 The 39th edition of the Gdynia Film Festival occurring this year will feature four films on which we worked. Two of those films are debuts, mastered in 4K resolution within the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES).

The films are:

- Grzeogrz Jaroszczuk’s “Kebab & Horoscope”, which will compete in the main competition.
- “Little Crushes” by Ireneusz Grzyb and Aleksandra Gowin, which will be shown in the “Inne Spojrzenie” (Other Glances) category.

The festival will also show two films restored by our company:

- “Kingsajz” (“Kingsize”) directed by Juliusz Machulski in “Classics” section.
- “U Kresu Drogi” (“Final Destination”) directed by Michał Waszyński in the “Treasures of Pre-War Cinema” section.

We have also been nominated for the PISF Awards in the “Digital Restoration” category for our restoration of Andrzej Wajda’s “The Ashes” (1965).

See you in Gdynia! 


ARRI Archive Workshop 2014


 Fixafilm returned to the annual ARRI Archive Workshop on 2-3 June, 2014. Once again, our team, consisting of Lukasz Ceranka, Małgorzata Grzyb and Wojtek Janio, delivered a great lecture about the digital restoration of Andrzej Wajda’s 4-hour epic, “The Ashes” (1965). Our team discussed using and joining together film negatives, theatrical copies, and dailies during the film's restoration and colour grading processes.

The lecture was a great success, during which we presented a 4K anamorphic version of the trailer. The restoration was commissioned by Studio Filmowe Zebra within the KinoRP program. Additional funds and support were provided by PKN Orlen and the Polish Film Institute. 


Classics of Polish documentaries


 While working with Wytwórnia Filmów Oświatowych (the Educational Film Studio) we have remastered the classics of Polish documentaries. Twelve films were subject to digital cleaning. They included the films directed by outstanding Polish artists working with the Studio, that is: Wojciech Jerzy Has, Grzegorz Królikiewicz, Stanisław Kokesz, Piotr Szulkin, Roman Banach, Wojciech Wiszniewski, Bogdan Dziworski, Jack Bławut, Andrzej Czarnecki, Zbigniew Rybczynski, Christopher Bird, and Jacek Zygadło.

Our task was to remaster and perform colour correction, under the supervision of Creators. 


Repremiere of "The Ashes"


 The pre-release screening of the restored version of Andrzej Wajda’s 'The Ashes' took place on last Thursday. The project was extremely complicated since the original negative had been re-edited and shortened by the censorship and the cut-out parts had been destroyed. Furthermore in some places, fragments of dailies were copied out already at the original editing stage. The camera negative was probably destroyed during one of the stages of the laboratory work. The missing several dozen minutes of film have been diligently replaced with the interpositive. 

The grading of this almost 4 hours long epic was held under the watchful eye of excellent cinematographer and director - Andrzej Kostenko. He was not only the camera operator on 'The Ashes' but also a collaborator and a friend of the r.i.p. Jerzy Lipman, a legendary cinematographer of such films as: 'A Generation', 'Kanal', 'Knife in the Water' and 'Colonel Wolodyjowski'. Working on such an exquisite and visually refined film was a real pleasure for our colourist.

A fine and meticulous work of our restoration team have been appreciated by the Master himself. We are deeply grateful for entrusting us with the task of restoring another Andrzej Wajda's film. Many thanks!



"Kingsajz" is finally restored!


 On Friday, there was held an internal approval of the restoration of the film titled ‘Kingsajz’. We were honoured with the presence of the director – Juliusz Machulski, and the cinematographer – Jerzy Łukaszewicz. Soon, there will be an official premiere, during which we will be able to enjoy the amazing interiors of Szuflandia and once again hear the iconic ‘Mydłem, dobijemy go mydłem!’ in a new, better quality. 




  Soon we will be able to enjoy Drawer-Land (Szuflandia) in a new audio and visual quality! The cult comedy 'Kingsize' directed by Juliusz Machulski has just got to our company, where it will be digitally restored.


Polish Film Institute Awards


We are proud to announce that we have been nominated to this year's Polish Film Institute Awards in a "Digital restoration of Polish Films" category. It is a huge distinction for us especially that the nomination covers the first year of our activity. The ceremony of presenting the awards will take place during the 38th Gdynia Film Festival.  


The final review of "Polowanie na muchy"


 Today we had the honor of hosting Andrzej Wajda - one of the greatest Polish film directors at Fixafilm office. He took part in the final review of the reconstructed version of one of his films "Polowanie na muchy". Jerzy Łukaszewicz has supervised the color correction of the film.  


FIAF 2013


 Fixafilm representatives visited the 69th congress of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives), which was held this year in Barcelona. The theme of this year’s congress is ‘Multiversions’, which means: the phenomenon of functioning of different versions of films, remaining in the collections of film archives around the world. We participated in interesting symposia, shows and exhibitions, met new people and promoted the original digital restoration. 


ARRI Archive Workshop 2013 - "Digital Restoration Dilemmas"


Our team just got back from the 2013 ARRI Archive Workshop, which took place in Munich from the 11-12 of June. Fixafilm was the only company from Poland who had the opportunity to give a presentation. Wojtek Jano and Łukasz Ceranka gave an hour long talk entitled, "Digital Restoration Dilemmas". The talk covered many important subjects such as, how different scanners interpret film grain, optimal encoding methods for archived films, the still unresolved problem of capturing the essence of a film's original look, as well as the subject of inviting the original artists to take part in the restoration process.

The presentation was a great success. That was a week ago, and already our team has traveled to Olso to work on the feature "Fucking Swedes". On set they will be using our revolutionary new system "On set lab" and are looking after the images being created by our brand new Sony F55.

More on that later. :)


"Hear my cry" in Tokio


The remastered version of ""Hear my cry" Directed by Maciej J. Drygas will be screen in Tokyo on the 31st of May during EU Film Days.

Japanese audiences will also be able to watch another of the director's films "Violated letters", which was upscaled by our team to HD.

Working together with Professor Koichi Kuyama, a well know Japanese translator (who was responsible for translating classics of polish literature such as "Pan Tadeusz") we prepared Japanese language versions of both films. 

The official website of the festival can be found at  


"Jutro premiera" digitally restored


This great Polish comedy had its repremiere on the 11th of february in "Kultura" cinema. A new, digitally restored version, of which we were fully responsible, was shown to the enthusiastic audience. 


Remastering for WFO


After a few months of intensive work we preset a series of remastered films for WFO. Classics of Polish documentary film making from 1950-1980 underwent digital image and sound restoration, films like "Fan", "Hamadria", "Europa II", "Kostka cukru", "Sztygar na zagrodzie" and many others. All together there were 27 films with a total running length of over 500 minutes. The remastering was overseen by many of the original filmmakers such as Andrzej Papuziński, Stanisław Śliskowski, Bogdan Dziworski, Jacek Bławut and Jerzy Zieliński. The Films will be available for viewing in their new digital quality through the internet as well as on television. 


"Ewa chce spać" is digitally restored!


  After more than fifty years since the original premiere, the film directed by Tadeusz Chmielewski can once again enjoy the eye of the viewer. After several weeks of hard work of our team, we finished the process of digital restoration of this great Polish comedy.


"Iluminacja" is ready


Restoration work on Krzysztof Zanussi’s 1972 film "Iluminacja" has been completed. We are very proud of the excellent results we were able to achieve working from damaged dupe negative and 16mm prints.