Paolo Cherchi Usai, *1957, is co-founder of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum and of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, and former Director of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (2004–2008). He directed Passio (2007), a film adaptation of The Death of Cinema (BFI Publishing, 2001). His latest book is Silent Cinema. A Guide to Study, Research and Curatorship (Bloomsbury, 2019). He is currently Director of the School of Film Preservation at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Italy.
David Francis OBE, *1935, was for 16 years Curator of the British National Film Archive, where he established the J. Paul Getty Jnr. Conservation Centre (Berkhamsted), and from 1991 until 2001 was Chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress, where he was responsible for the planning and design of the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center’s state-of-the-art Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia. His many publications include the groundbreaking study Chaplin: Genesis of a Clown (Quartet, 1977), written with Raoul Sobel. He is the founder (with Prof. Joss Marsh) of the Kent Museum of the Moving Image in Deal (United Kingdom), a not-for-profit museum that explores the deep history of the moving image.
Alexander Horwath, *1964 in Vienna, is an internationally acclaimed film curator and critic, former Director of the Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival (1992–1997), and former Director of the Austrian Film Museum (2002–2017). He is the author and (co-)editor of publications on American cinema of the 1960s and 70s, Austrian avant-garde film, and film-makers such as Josef von Sternberg, Michael Haneke, and Ruth Beckermann.
Michael Loebenstein, *1974 in Vienna, has worked as a freelance writer and critic, film programmer, and DVD author, and in 2004 joined the Austrian Film Museum as a curator and researcher. From 2011 to 2017 he was Director of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Since fall 2017 he is Director of the Austrian Film Museum. He currently serves as Secretary-General of FIAF – the International Federation of Film Archives.