FTII’s ‘Cinema Appreciation Course’ for ST youth culminates

The five-day Film Appreciation Course, organized by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), in collaboration with the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) ended on Friday.

This was the fourth training provided by FTII in collaboration with IPR, the nodal department for films in Nagaland.

This free initiative aimed to raise awareness among young people in Nagaland about film education; and rekindle their interest through all aspects of cinema, from its technical aspects to the minutes of aesthetic nuances.

Addressing the gathering, Deputy Public Relations Officer (APRO) and Course Coordinator – Wepre Kronu affirmed that Nagaland is fortunate to have a prestigious institution like FTII which provides various trainings, free of charge, with resource persons renowned.

He also expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the participants.

Meanwhile, Joint Director of IPR – Asangla Imsong thanked the participants for the successful completion of the training.

She said the trainees should consider themselves lucky to have had the opportunity to attend the training provided by FTII.

Resource persons for the course included national award-winning filmmakers – Avinash Roy and Jasmine Kaur Roy.

Avinash, filmmaker and visual artist is an alumnus of FTII. Roy’s love for documenting reality also extends to street photography and he is the founder and curator of The Street Photography Hub on Instagram.

Jasmine Kaur Roy, also a former student of FTII, is twice winner of a national award. With extensive experience as an independent filmmaker, Jasmine has served on the juries of the International Indian Film Festival as well as the National Film Awards.

The two have collaborated under the banner, Wanderlust Films, and produced and directed short films and documentaries for various national and international organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Women South. Asia and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Their documentary film, Amoli, won Best Investigative Film at the 66th National Films Awards.

This film appreciation course taught participants about the content and form of film. It allowed them to demystify the language of films and to study its evolution.

In addition, participants also learned about the creative and technical aspects of films. Short films and clips were viewed and relevant aspects were discussed. Sessions on cinematic grammar, script, scenes, cinematography, documentary filmmaking, editing, etc. were also covered during the course.

Commemorating the nationwide celebrations under “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, FTII decided to further the cause of film education by hosting free, online short courses for Scheduled Tribe (ST) participants residing in the northeastern state.

He has now successfully organized training in Smartphone Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Directing and Film Appreciation for the State of Nagaland.

It should be noted that the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was established by the Indian government in 1960, at the premises of the former Prabhat Studios in Pune.

The first institution committed to teaching various skills associated with film and television is now recognized as a global “centre of excellence” in audiovisual media; and one of the best film institutes in India.

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