Advanced 16mm Projection Workshop in Chicago: Sep. 21st & 22nd, 2019

This workshop is offered as a collaboration between Chicago Film Society, L’Abominable, Process Reversal, and Chicago Film Archives, under the banner of

Intended for people with at least some experience handling and projecting 16mm prints, the Advanced 16mm Projection Workshop is open to anyone working in a microcinema, film archive, arthouse, running an experimental film series, or making or collecting 16mm films. The workshop will focus on improving projection skills and sharing knowledge and experience between projectionists and film handlers with different backgrounds.

Topics covered in this two day intensive workshop will include: film inspection; projector maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting; optics and lenses; optical soundhead alignment; and xenon lamphouse alignment.

First and foremost, the workshop will focus on avoiding film damage and presenting 16mm film prints with the best possible image and sound.

The workshop will be preceded by a public film screening at Cinema Borealis on Friday, September 20, and a public discussion about the perspectives and issues of photochemical film projection. (Details to come)

To apply for the Advanced 16mm Projection Workshop, please fill out this brief questionnaire. Registration is limited to 12 qualified participants on a first come first served basis.

In order to cover our costs, a fee of $150 will be charged to individual participants. If you are currently employed by an institution and your employer is paying for you to participate in this workshop, the fee will be $250. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Both workshop days will begin at 9AM and will run until 10PM. Saturday will take place entirely at Chicago Film Archives (329 W 18th St, Suite #610), and Sunday will take place at Chicago Film Archives during the day and Cinema Borealis (1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 4th floor) in the evening.