Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Luca Antoniazzi

Research and Teaching Assistant

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BA (Bologna), Msc (Venice)

Luca Antoniazzi has been awarded a PhD on ‘The Sustainability of Film Heritage: Cultural Policy, Digitalisation and Value’. The dissertation analysed the consequences of the digitalisation of the film industry for European film heritage institutions (FHIs). While recognising the opportunities for FHIs afforded by digitalisation, Luca’s research stresses the sustainability challenges of such technological change for FHIs and discusses possible responses and ways forward. It examines shifting cultural policy paradigms, and connects debates within FHIs with debates in the cultural sector as a whole.

The research was supervised by Simon Popple and Professor David Hesmondhalgh. The thesis was examined by Professor Kate Oakley and Dr Luke McKernan. Before and during his time at the University of Leeds, Luca has worked in the field of film heritage, including internships at the Haghefilm Foundation (Amsterdam) and the Royal Belgian Film Archive, and work with the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and the Film Restoration and Archiving Department at ARRI Film & TV (Munich) in 2012, plus an an exchange programme at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam). Dr Luca Antoniazzi is currently working as a teaching and research assistant in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.

Research Interests

Audiovisual Preservation

Arts and Cultural Management


COMM2125 Visual Communications with Dr. Katy Parry

COMM1830 Introduction to Cinema with Dr. Leo Enticknap 


Member of the Organising Committee, “Capitalism, Culture and the Media” International Conference, Leeds, 7-8 September 2015

Organiser, Audiovisual Heritage Meeting (2013 and 2014)

Organiser, Louis le Prince Screenings (2013 and 2014)

Panel Organiser, The Sustainability of Film Heritage within the Digital Economy,  AMIA Conference 2014 

Panel Organiser, LARM Conference 2013 – Conference Title: “Digital Archives, Audiovisual Media and Cultural Memory” – Panel Title: “Infrastructural Sustainability and Curatorial Practices of the Digital Archive

Co-Organiser, 7th ICS PhD Conference (2012), The Non-Financial Crisis: Politics, Media and Culture in the Present Economic Context – Keynotes: prof. Colin Sparks and prof. Kate Oakley

Research Projects & Grants

Leonardo da Vinci Scholarship 2012 (Leonardo Lifelong Learning Program)

School of Media and Communication Full PhD Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2012-2015

Ignite Small Grant – June 2014

Research Centres & Groups

Cultural Production, Policy and Place Reading Group

Cultural Production and Media Policy Research Group



External Appointments

Member of Editorial Board, The South Bank Show Audiovisual Archive, Leeds University Library

Preservation Committee Member, Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA)

Visiting Researcher, Cultural Economics Research Group, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2013)


PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Simon Popple (Film History and Archiving)
Prof. David Hesmondhalgh (Cultural Industries and Media Policy)

PhD Thesis

A New Economy for Film Heritage? Digital Risks, Infrastructural Sustainability and Governance

Professional Practice

Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique

Haghefilm Foundation (now Haghefilm Digitaal)

ARRI Group Film&TV Services –  Archive and Restoration Department

Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone Silent Film Festival)



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