‘Colour in Film’ was launched by Dr. Elza Tantcheva-Burdge, Colour Group of Great Britain, and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ruedel, HTW (University of Applied Sciences), Berlin, as an initiative aimed at fostering and stimulating the interaction between the two vibrant, but separate, colour film restoration and colour science communities.

The conference originated in a half-day symposium organised by the Colour Group (GB), which took place at City University of London in February 2015. It was entitled ‘Colour in Film with the British Film Institute’ and focused on the work of curators and restorers at the British Film Institute (BFI) in restoring early colour film and included a presentation on the practical measurement of colour by Prof Mike Pointer, Colour Group (GB).

Colour in Film’ became an international conference the following year, being held in March 2016. It was organised by the Colour Group (GB) in collaboration with the British Film Institute and HTW, Berlin. The main organizers of the conference were Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ruedel, HTW, Berlin and Dr. Elza Tantcheva-Burdge, Colour Group (GB).

The second international conference followed in 2017 and was co-organised by the Colour Group (GB) and HTW, Berlin, in cooperation with ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors project (Prof. Dr. Barbara Flueckiger, University of Zurich), the BFI British Film Institute and The Eastmancolor Revolution Project (Prof. Sarah Street, Universities of Bristol and East Anglia).

The Third International Conference Colour in Film was organised by the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin and the University of Zürich, in cooperation with the BFI, and featured a special workshop by University of Zurich’s projects ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors and SNF Film Colors. Technologies, Cultures, Institutions (led by Prof. Dr. Barbara Flueckiger).

The Fourth International Conference, Colour in Film, organised by the Colour Group (GB), HTW Berlin and the University of Zürich, in cooperation with the BFI, will take place from February 25-27, 2019, in the BFI Southbank’s NFT2.