Film appreciation course culminates in Kohima
Dimapur, June 19 (EMN): A five-day film appreciation course organised by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), in collaboration with the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR), culminated on June 17 at the Directorate of IPR, Kohima.
The film appreciation course was the fourth training conducted by FTII, in collaboration with IPR, the nodal department for films in Nagaland, stated a DIPR report.
Speaking at the valedictory programme, the assistant public relations officer and course coordinator, Wepre Kronu, said Nagaland was fortunate to have a prestigious institution like FTII to conduct various training free of cost with renowned resource persons. He also expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the participants.
Also speaking on the occasion the joint director of IPR, Asangla Imsong, congratulated the participants on their successful completion of the training. She stated that the trainees should consider themselves lucky for the opportunity to attend the training conducted by FTII. She extended her appreciation to FTII and the resource persons.
The resource persons of the course were national award-winning filmmakers, Avinash Roy and Jasmine Kaur Roy. Avinash Roy, an alumnus of FTII, is a filmmaker and a visual artist, while Jasmine Kaur Roy, also an alumnus of FTII, is a two-time national award winner.
The two have collaborated under the banner ‘Wanderlust Films’ and produced and directed short films and documentaries for various national and international organisations like UNESCO, UNDP, UN Women South Asia, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Their documentary film ‘Amoli’ won the best investigative film at the 66th national films award ceremony.
During the course, participants were taught to understand both the content and form of cinema. It enabled them to demystify the language of films and study its evolution. The participants were also taught about the creative and technical aspects of films.
Besides screening short films and clips, sessions on film grammar, screenplay, scenes, cinematography, documentary filmmaking, editing etc. were taken up during the course.
Sophy Lasuh, a participant, stated that Avinash Roy’s metaphor of the ‘Russian Doll’ best sums up the film appreciation course, wherein a doll can be opened up to reveal smaller dolls. She added that it has helped her to understand the many layers of a film and has opened up her mind to approach making films in the same way.
Tiakumzuk, another participant, said that he was blessed for the opportunity to learn and to be mentored by the best in the industry. He also stated that the workshop has provided him with the tools to dissect and study films and also to appreciate the beauty of cinema. It mentioned that as part of the country-wide celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, FTII has decided to advance the cause of film education by conducting online short courses free of cost for scheduled tribe participants residing in the state. It has successfully conducted training in smartphone film making, screenplay writing, screen acting, and film appreciation course for the state of Nagaland.