Antonella Bonfanti

Antonella Bonfanti is the Director of the Canyon Cinema Foundation in San Francisco, CA. Committed to building community around film, she has organized screenings and events across North America.

A classically trained in film preservationist, she has held positions at the George Eastman House and Prelinger Archives. Bonfanti specializes in the history and conservation of early safety film stocks, small gauge formats, home movies, and independent artist-made films. She received an MA from the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation at the University of Rochester and George Eastman House in 2008, and graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Cinema Studies in 2003. Antonella has worked as a technical manager and projectionist for southern Ontario’s premier independent cinemas and film festivals, including Cinematheque Ontario, Images Festival, Media City and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths program. Since 2014 she has served on the board of directors of the Center for Home Movies, and has co-organized and participated in Home Movie Day events in San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, and Rochester. She is an active member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and co-organizes the annual AMIA Archival Screening Night. Antonella has been with the Canyon Cinema Foundation since 2013, where she was instrumental in organizing the Canyon Cinema Pop-Up held at the Kadist Arts Foundation, as well as programming for the on-going Canyon Cinema Salon series.