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2024 UCLA Festival of Preservation

A person in a feathered costume and dramatic eye makeup.
April 5, 2024 -
April 7, 2024

Download the festival catalog (PDF).

“It’s one of the great events on the Los Angeles movie calendar and, even in its 21st biennial edition, still as exciting and groundbreaking as ever [...] It’s not just gorgeous new versions of films you’ve never seen or seen only in diminished condition. The UCLA event inevitably includes remarkable movies you never even knew existed, films that expand our knowledge of the extent of the vast cinematic universe.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Now in its 21st edition, the biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation showcases the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s latest preservation and restoration projects on the big screen. From the silent film era to the Golden Age of Television to 1990s independent filmmaking, the diverse festival lineup features beloved classics and rarely seen titles ripe for rediscovery, along with special guests for introductions and conversations. The festival’s 10 feature films, four television programs and over a dozen shorts and newsreels reflect the breadth of moving image history in the Archive’s collections, which are the second largest in the U.S. after the Library of Congress.

The opening night will celebrate the 80th birthday of renowned writer-director Charles Burnett, who will be joined in conversation by film critic Elvis Mitchell before the West Coast restoration premiere of The Annihilation of Fish (1999). Following this unsung film will be the groundbreaking The Richard Pryor Special? (1977), featuring a dramatic soliloquy by poet and activist Maya Angelou.

"I am thrilled to present this year's festival, highlighting treasures of the past that bring an exciting mix of documentary, animation, music, comedy, and drama to the Wilder, including The Lighter Side of Hearst Newsreels: Innovations and Inventions (1932-1967) collection, and the provocative horror-tinged dramas presented in the Atomic Television program,” said May Hong HaDuong, director of the Archive. “It's a pleasure to host an event where audiences can come together to experience the enduring impact of film and television through the Archive's dedication to preserving and making accessible the history of moving images."

Among our collaborators that have made this festival possible are esteemed FIAF archives and funding partners, including the Academy Film Archive, ASIFA-Hollywood, The Film Foundation, Film Noir Foundation, Golden Globe Foundation, GRAMMY Foundation, Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, John H. Mitchell Preservation Endowment, Library of Congress, The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, National Film Preservation Foundation, The Packard Humanities Institute, David Stenn and Sundance Institute. We are also grateful to Tony Thomas Productions for generously supporting the festival.

All of the Archive’s public programs, including the UCLA Festival of Preservation, are free through June 2024, thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor.

Watch the festival trailer:

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
A man standing outside the LAX Theme Building.


Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 8:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Wages of Sin

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 5:40 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A group of men talking to each other.

Westinghouse Studio One: “Walk Down the Hill”

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 4:20 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Women working at sewing machines.

Chicana / Requiem-29

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 2:35 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Norma Shearer looking shocked.

Man and Wife

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 1:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actors Roland Young, Constance Bennett and Asta the dog sitting around a table.

Topper Takes a Trip

Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 11:00 am Billy Wilder Theater
A woman looking at her reflection in a mirror.

Never Open That Door

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 9:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Two people talking in a room plastered with posters.


Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A boy and man holding hands and running among trees.

Time of the Heathen

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 4:15 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Anthony Quinn

Atomic Television

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 2:45 pm Billy Wilder Theater
A person in a feathered costume and dramatic eye makeup.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 1:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 11:00 am Billy Wilder Theater

Restored Animation Classics

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 10:00 am Billy Wilder Theater
Richard Pryor

The Richard Pryor Special?

Friday, April 5, 2024 - 10:25 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Actors Lynn Redgrave and James Earl Jones.

The Annihilation of Fish

Friday, April 5, 2024 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater