FFSI to bring out book on 50-yr history of film society movement

NEW DELHI: An all-India film society meet is scheduled to be held at Kolkata, the birthplace of the film society movement. This will take stock of the movement which is completing 50 years in December.

Noted filmmaker and Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI) president Shyam Benegal, in a central executive committee meeting held recently in Mumbai, reviewed the programmes planned in all the four regions for the year-long golden jubilee celebrations. He emphasised that the campaign for campus film societies in universities and colleges must be undertaken vigorously to bring youngsters into the fold of the movement.

The doyen of Indian cinema Satyajit Ray was the founder-president of the FFSI, which was first established in Kolkata to coordinate the functioning of different film societies all over the country and help the movement bring about a better future for Indian cinema.

The central office has decided to bring out a book on the 50-year history of Film Society Movement, hold international seminars, and produce a 30-minute digital film on the Film Society Movement in India. Kiran Shantaram, VP of western region and chairman of Asian Film Foundation, Mumbai said that the foundation would sponsor the book.

The FFSI central council will meet in August at Bangalore to decide the final programme of celebrations. The Suchitra Film Society is hosting the Bangalore meeting.

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