Yes indeed, you read that correctly. Ferrania, one of the oldest names in film production has risen from the ashes and is going back into production of a number of new films. Come and find out more
I first heard a short while ago that there was a rumour spreading that a film company was going to go back into business. Well of course I needed to find out if this was true, or merely someones flight of fancy. So, using all of the JCH detective skills (google) I managed to find out a bit more. It was true, A company that some may not heave heard of was going to make film again. I managed to track down Nicola Baldini, one of the people behind Ferrania and I managed to get a few words on what is going on and a bit about Ferrania.
Hi Nicola, welcome to JCH, please tell us a little bit about Ferrania and the films.
The name of “Ferrania” is still well known: it’s the name of a famous Italian company that can boast very deep roots and a long industrial history of excellence, in spite of the troubled corporate events of recent years. The story of Ferrania as the protagonist in the Italian film production begins soon after the First World War when the company that manufactured explosives SIPE was converted for the production of celluloid for the cinema (in those days the chemistry of the film base was very similar to that of explosives) and took the name of FILM Ferrania. In the early years of his career, Ferrania soon consolidated its leading position in the domestic market and in 1932 acquired the famous Cappelli firm of Milan.
The post-war years were the most successful for Ferrania,that introduced the color film, the famous “Ferraniacolor”, beside the already famous black and white, the star of many of the masterpieces of the Italian cinema of the time (Pasolini, De Sica). In 1964 the ownership of Ferrania was transferred to the multinational 3M Ferrania; while it opened up new markets, on the other hand it also marked the gradual abandonment by the company of the cinema industry in order to focus solely on consumer photographic industry.
In 1996, Ferrania fell under the control of the company Imation, specially created by 3M and specialized in graphic arts and medical technologies. In 1999 Ferrania was sold to Schroeder Ventures and finally it went back into Italian hands (the Messina Group of Genoa) with the name of Ferrania Technologies. After a series of disposals of property and equipments in conjunction with the crisis of the traditional photographic film, now choked by digital technology, here we are today with the new company FILM Ferrania, that – after the name of the origins – took over the section of Photocolor Ferrania Technologies, aiming to revive the historic brand of Ferrania in the field of analog film.