Post Date: 07 Jan, 2020

Film Appreciation Course (03 days) at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam, Kerala

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune under its Skilling India in Film & Television (SKIFT) initiative, in association with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (AVM), Kollam, Kerala, under its National Level Multi – Fest “VIDYUT – 2020” announces Film Appreciation Course on its Amritapuri Campus, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam, Kerala.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1)    Dates & Duration: 30th Jan. to 01st Feb. 2020

(2)    Timings: 10 am to 5.30  pm

(3)    Maximum no. of participants: 100

(4)    Age: Participants must be 18 years or above in age as on 01st Jan. 2020

(5)    Educational qualification: HSC (12th std.) pass. In exceptional cases, 10th pass may be considered

(6)    Nationality: Indian

(7)    Venue: Amrita School of Arts & Science, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam

(8)    Fees: Rs 2,124/- per participant inclusive of GST (Rs 1,800/- as base fee & Rs 324/- as GST)

(9)    Name of Faculty Member (Course Director): Mr. Sudipto Aacharya

(10)    For online registration & payment of fees: Please visit

(11)    Medium of Instructions: The medium of instruction would be English and Hindi. Participants are expected to have adequate knowledge of English and/ or Hindi as regards to reading, writing & speaking.

(12)    Selection Criteria: First – Come – First – Served basis.

(13)    Participation Certificates: Participants will be given participation certificates subject to 90% attendance. The certificates will carry logos of FTII & the University and will be jointly signed by FTII Director, Faculty Member and the University Authority..

(14)    Accommodation: For outstation participants, accommodation in college hostel can be provided at a nominal fee

(15)    Queries: For any queries contact:
(i) Dr. Aswathy Das (Asst. Prof.): 09020601010 or email to
(ii) Ms Amritha G (Research Scholar): 08547863958 or email to

(16)    Course Contents:


The history of film appreciation imagines itself to be as old as the history of film making. From the very beginning cinema’s inventors, artists, thinkers and lovers had buried themselves with the ontological question that kept changing shape. Is cinema an abstract form of expression or is it about stories? Or is it about how stories are to be told? Is it about recording spaces or storing time? What is cinema’s relationship with other art forms?

All these questions and much more attempt to explain the essence of cinema and further our understanding about humanity and self.

The three days course will create a historical perspective on Cinema explaining it’s many internal movements and aesthetic decisions that intersect with social ideas, politics, ethics and other arts using the key elements: Narrative, Space, Time and Sound. These elements create a grid through which we look at the history of the medium and understand it’s pulls.

Day 1:

A. Narrative Development
Early Cinema and the idea of spectacle (Lumiere Brothers/George Melies)-- The formation of cinematic language and it’s early pronouncements in D.W.Griffith--Advent of Studio and Film Making as industry--Experimental Films(Rene Clair/Maya Deren)--Russian Montage: Cinema, Ideology and it’s departure from psychologically motivated characters—Twisted psychologies of German Expression—Post WW2 Narratives: Italian Neo-realism/French New Wave/ Neo-realism & New Waves across the globe/New Hollywood-- Auteurs-- National Cinemas

Day 2:

B. Space
Space as spectacle—Anthropomorphic Space—Space denied—Unhindered Space—Autonomous Space—Space as memory

C. Time
Frozen Time--Action Time--Manipulated Time--Indexical Time--Imprinted Time

Day 3:

D.    Sound
Silent Cinema and the introduction of Sound—Sound In Classical Cinema—The Acousmetre(Michel Chion)—Autonomy of Sound and Reversal in Hierarchies

Above topics are indicative and may change as per requirement, etc