Cinema Reborn is presented by a community of cinema enthusiasts who work on this annual project on an entirely voluntary basis. The group comprises experienced programmers, filmmakers, screen historians and critics.
Cinema Reborn’s focus is on screen heritage and preservation, following best practice in the presentation of archival or screen heritage titles, and reflecting the originally intended experience of their creators. Cinema Reborn is intended to shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives.
All screenings are accompanied by critical introductions and are frequently followed by panel discussion devoted to issues of interest to cinephiles, professionals, audio-visual archivists, film historians and the media.
Cinema Reborn is the only organisation in Sydney devoted to actively presenting the world’s cinema classics in their best condition for an appreciative audience of professional film-makers and historians, critics and cinema enthusiasts. In its short history it has built a network of international renown and established a reputation for immaculate presentation and scholarly discussion. Its audience increased by over thirty per cent in its second year and is expected to continue to grow significantly over time. It has attracted support from donors who wish to see this activity flourish and are interested in assisting with meeting the cost burden associated with international acquisition and the production of supporting scholarly and critical material.
The costs of presenting Cinema Reborn are high and far beyond normal cinema presentation costs, notwithstanding the huge amount of voluntary labour and the free provision of services such as publicity, marketing and media management. In order to meet the additional cost burden Cinema Reborn seeks donations from supporters, individual and institutional in order to meet the expenses of the season. Additional expenses beyond the norm include the production of a catalogue provided at low cost to those attending and expensive international freight charges for archival material on 35mm film. Donors represent a lifeblood enabling these additional charges to be met and ticket sales to be kept at regular cinema prices.