THE FILM and Television Institute of India (FTII) is planning three weeklong workshops during the 47th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa between November 20 and 28. The workshops will be held by faculty members of the institute and will deal with subjects like acting, screenwriting, and film appreciation. The short courses will be in addition to the workshops already lined up at IFFI, which include a master class by Crotian film director and producer Rajko Grli on screenwriting, a workshop on film publicity by Lina Dhingra, Namit Malhotra’s workshop on animation and visual effects and Paul Alexander’s workshop on celebrity photography.
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“The directorate of the Film Festival got in touch with us and suggested that we conduct such week-long courses. After discussions with the faculty, we proposed three short-duration courses each in acting, screenwriting and film appreciation,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director of FTII, adding that they are waiting for the directorate’s response for a final confirmation.
A senior official with the directorate of the Film Festival said they were about to finalise the programme of short-duration courses which, he said, was part of efforts to make IFFI “a learning experience rather than just a viewing exercise.” “In the film festivals that are considered the best in the world, several film labs are organised which train people in the art of cinema. We at IFFI have been successfully running the Film Bazaar for many years now. Starting such courses will also add more to the festival,” said the official, who did not want to be named.
Beginning with Guwahati, FTII has started several short-term courses away from its campus in Pune to introduce aspiring film-makers to the essentials of cinema. The institute has planned such courses in half-a-dozen centres including Vizag, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Dehradun.