Movies

FTII gearing up to face the digital challenge

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan will telecast live the closing ceremony of the Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and animation films ending tomorrow.


The telecast on the national channel will be from 5 pm, from the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai.


Meanwhile, Film and Television Institute of India (Pune) Director D J Narain said today that the Institute was gearing itself for the digital challenge in film making.


"A fortnight ago, Kodak has filed for bankruptcy and the writing is on the wall. Digital technology is the future and FTII is seized of the developments and restructuring accordingly", he said in a press conference in MIFF 2012.


Narain said a Group of Experts constituted by the Governing Council of FTII has prepared a Detailed Project Report for the Institute, laying down the path to be followed. As part of modernisation plan, FTII proposes to have additional facilities in terms of introduction of new technologies, screening theatres, studio floors, classrooms and hostels for the existing and proposed new courses.


At the same time, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is also working on getting the FTII declared a ‘Centre of Excellence‘ through an Act of Parliament.


Narain said the FTII‘s courses are being restructured and all one-year courses are being converted into full fledged three-year courses, consisting of one-year foundation training and two years of specialisation. While new courses will be introduced keeping pace with changes in film-making, the grammar would continue to remain same.


"Digital technology is capable of breaking the stranglehold of heavy capital investment, but creativity needs to be nurtured in an institutional framework", Narain said.


He admitted that while Government control ensures equity, some of the rules and regulations act as constraints in attracting the best talent for the teaching faculty. As a result, FTII has to depend heavily on visiting guest faculty from Mumbai.


Narain said, "while FTII alumni are part of who‘s who of the film industry, the present crop is no less talented". He said three films - Khara Karodpati by Piyush Thakur, One Two by Prantik Basu and Light Animation by the Animation batch - are in Competition section of the Festival.


The FTII has also sent 15 other films in the Retrospective made by legends like Kumar Shahani, Girish Kasarvalli, and Rajan Khosa among others.


Meanwhile, more than 10 films from the Public Service Broadcasting Trust - which is partly funded by Prasar Bharati - are being screened in various categories of the Festival dealing with diverse subjects. They include Sumit Khanna‘sAll Rise for Your Honour, Bit of Both - the Disappearing Horizon, Umesh Agarwal‘s Brokering News (on the menace of paid news), Eer.. Stories in Stone by Shri Prakash on tribal art, Journey to Nagaland (an animation film by Aditi Chitre), Arun Chaddha‘s Mindscapes of Love and Longing (exploring the sexuality of people with disabilities), Shabani Hassanwalia and Samreen Farooqi‘s Online and Available (on social networking sites), Sab Leela Hai by Nirmal Chander, So Heddan So Hoddan by Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar, and Lalit Vachani‘sTales from Napa which is the remarkable story of a little village that resisted the forces of Hindu fundamentalism during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/05/kahaani-2-800x800_0.jpg?itok=2rm8IB0e
A silver lining among damp squibs

Kahaani 2, a sequel to Kahaani (2012), turned out to be only an attempt to cash in on the earlier film. The film has nothing to do with the previous film and, even the character of the protagonist, Vidya Balan, is quite contrary to the original where she was a gutsy fighter on a mission while here...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/fax-800x800.jpg?itok=jTkCFrnA
Sony Le Plex HD to premiere Foxcatcher in India

“A coach is a father. Coach is a mentor. Coach has great power on an athlete’s life,” says John Du Pont, the coach of team Foxcatcher.

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/kahaani-2-800x800_0.jpg?itok=vi8AEWx6
Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh......Predictable story

Sequel is a misnomer for films using a similar or the same title as an older film including, surprisingly, not always successful ones. The use of an old title and, if possible, the protagonist from the earlier film seem to suffice. In Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh, the common factor as in Kahaani (...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/02/dashing.jpg?itok=0yAM4SrU
Zee Classic to air Dharmendra movies from 5-9 December

MUMBAI: The he-man's fans are in for a sweet surprise next week.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/01/Transformers.jpg?itok=PLJ3sgAf
&pictures to premiere 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' on 2 December

MUMBAI: Enviable structures, remarkable visual effects and electrifying action sequences- The iconic Transformers series has never failed to flabbergast the viewers. To flavor up your weekend, &pictures, Naye India Ka Blockbuster Movie Channel is all set to premiere the blockbuster film...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/11/30/rajkumar-800x800.jpg?itok=UiPHalmO
CineAsia to honour Akella; feature Shyamalan's 'Split'

The Motion Picture Association Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award will be bestowed on comScore India managing director, theatrical, Rajkumar Akella, at CineAsia in Hong Kong. comScore which is an American media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to many of...

Movies Hollywood
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/11/29/Dear%20Zindagi.jpg?itok=t5N1hFIl
Star power fades away, collections crumble

*Writer-director Gauri Shinde followed her success of English Vinglish with Dear Zindagi. To her advantage, she had the reigning star, Shah Rukh Khan, along with an emerging star, Alia Bhatt, to boast of in the cast.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/11/28/robot-800x800.jpg?itok=ajjH6ifG
Leading Korean filmmaker impressed by Rajini 'Robot'; keen to co-produce with India

Critically-acclaimed Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon, whose action thriller 'The Age of Shadows’ is the Closing Film for the International Film Festival of India, said it would “surely be great” to incorporate elements of cinema from both countries into each other’s films.

Movies Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/11/26/SonyMax.jpg?itok=yeelQmkG
Sony Max brings 'No Talkies Nautanki Returns' for media agencies

MUMBAI: Sony Max gave Bollywood enthusiasts a reason to rejoice as it kick-started the third season of its flagship event, No Talkies Nataunki Returns. Organised exclusively for media agencies, this property is an absolute treat for movie buffs as it provides them an opportunity to participate in...

Movies Hindi

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories