Nicola Mazzanti (Bologna, 1963) has been active in film archiving and restoration for more than 30 years. He was first film archivist at the Cineteca di Bologna, then co-founder of the Film Festival “Cinema Ritrovato”, and of the restoration centre Immagine Ritrovata, for which he restored hundred of films.
He has an extensive list of publications on topics related to film history and theory and practice of film archiving and restoration. On the same topics he lectured at many Universities (Frankfurt, Braunschweig, Udine, UCLA¸Bologna…) and currently in the master programme in Lille.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and of the European digital library (Europeana). He was also involved in Digital Cinema standardisation within SMPTE (society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers). He was President of ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) and serves currently on its Executive Committee.
An independent consultant in Europe and in the US on major projects involving the transition of traditional Film Archives to Digital, Nicola Mazzanti has collaborated with many archives (Los Angeles, Madrid, Bologna, Brussels, among others). He designed or coordinated several European research projects, and in 2011 he coordinated the group of experts who produced the report “Digital Agenda for the European Film Heritage”, which he edited.
He is currently Director of the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique.

― Nicola Mazzanti