Post Date: 31 Jul, 2019

Film Appreciation Course (08 days) in Auroville (near Puducherry), Tamil Nadu

FTII under its Skilling India in Film & Television (SKIFT) initiative in association with Auroville Timelines and Auroville Film Institute, Auroville will conduct 08 days Film Appreciation Course in Auroville (near Puducherry), Tamil Nadu.
Details of the course are as stated below:
1. Course Title: Film Appreciation

2. Course Objective: The course will create a historical perspective on Cinema explaining its many internal movements and aesthetic decisions that intersect with social ideas, politics, ethics and other arts using the five main elements: Narrative, Space, Time, Sound, Colour and Non-fiction. These five elements create a grid through which we look at the history of the medium and understand it’s pulls.

3. Course Duration: 8 Days

4. Dates & Timings: 30th September to 7th October 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm except on Sunday i.e 6th October where it will be from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be film screenings at 8 pm everyday which the participants may attend optionally. (The 8 pm screenings are not a part of the course, but a regular Auroville feature open to participants)

5. Venue: Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall, Auroville, Tamil Nadu - 605101.

6. Course Fees: Rs 6,425/- per participant (inclusive of all taxes)

7. Mode of payment: Demand Draft - to be drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, Film & TV Institute of  India, Pune”, must be payable at Pune.

8. How to apply: Download application form from FTII website and Fill in all details; attach required Demand Draft and send it by speed post/ courier or deliver it in person to :

Auroville Timelines,
C/o Aurofilm,
Tamil Nadu
PIN – 605 101
Phone: 0413 2622037 / 09969879319

On envelope of application at top left, write “Application for Film Appreciation Course in Auroville". Incomplete applications, applications without required Demand Draft, applications received after due date & time etc will be rejected.

9. Last date to apply: 28th Aug 2019 by 4 pm

10. Medium of Instruction: English

11. Faculty: Prof. Sudipto Acharyya
Faculty Profile: Sudipto Acharyya has studied cinema at FTII, Pune, with specialization in Direction and Screenplay Writing; and Masters in Film Studies from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sudipto has a long engagement with teaching Cinema in various institutions like Film and Television Institute Of India – Pune, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute – Kolkata, Roop Kala Kendro, Kolkata Film & Television Institute and Centre for Film & Television - Allahabad University. He is currently a Senior Faculty at Whistling Woods International – Mumbai. He has presented academic papers on cinema at film schools like Lithuania Music and Theatre Academy – Vilnius, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts – Chapman University, Witwatersrand University – Johannesburg and Bilgi University – Istanbul. He is part of an Artistic Research project involving BRICS nation that looks at social interstices with the help of cinematic practices. He has directed several short films & one feature length film for television and other institutions. His film 'Harbour Line' and 'Weekend Chill' has travelled widely to national and international festivals.

12. Course Curriculum: Introduction & Content: 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.

Day 1&2: 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 3: Space: Space as spectacle—Anthropomorphic Space—Space denied—Unhindered Space—Autonomous Space—Space as memory.

Day 4: Time: Frozen Time--Action Time--Manipulated Time--Indexical Time--Imprinted Time

Day 5: Sound: Silent Cinema and the introduction of Sound—Sound In Classical Cinema—The Acousmetre (Michel Chion)—Autonomy of Sound and Reversal in Hierarchies

Day 6: Colour: Introduction to Colour Theory--Modernism and Abstraction Through Colour—Colour And/As Monochrome—Dialectics of Colour: Red/Yellow/Blue/Green

Day 7: Non-fiction: Claims & Ethics- Reality as Spectacle- Documentary as Pedagogy- Ethnographic Documentary- Cinema Verite & Direct Cinema- Poetic Documentary

Day 8: Film Analysis: Viewing of short films and analysing various key concepts, understanding film craft and learning to articulate cohesively about pace, rhythm, structure, characterization, mise-en-scene, visual design and sound design.

13. Total No. of Seats: 115, Upto 70 seats will be open for all.
Upto 35 Seats will be reserved for:
(i)    Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers and Guests at Auroville.
(ii)    Citizens of Pondicherry & Villupuram District of Tamil Nadu.

Upto 10 Seats to be reserved for fee waivers. Fee waivers will be considered for:
(i)     Nominated film aspirants from Auroville Outreach Schools;
(ii)    Nominated film aspirants from Auroville Schools;
(iii)   Nominated Aurovilians, Newcomers and volunteers of Auroville ;
(iv)   Nominated film aspirants from Pondicherry and Villupuram District;
(v)    Nominated Indians

Course may be cancelled if we do not reach a minimum of 40 registrations.

14. Participant Profile:
(i) Age: 18+ years as on 01st Sept 2019
(ii) Qualities: Interested in exploring and appreciating cinema - Its history, various genres, cinematic elements & languages.
(iii) Interested in Arts and Aesthetics, Anthropology
(iv) Nationality: Indians,  Foreign Nationals who are Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers & Registered Guests at Auroville.

15. Selection Criteria: First – Come – First – Served basis. Selected candidates will be communicated by email. Course fees of the selected candidates will be non – refundable. Demand Drafts of non–selected candidates will be returned within 07 days.

16. Certificates: All participants will be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

17. Accommodation: Outstation participants may book accommodation on their own via & Commute within Auroville:

Auroville Guest Service.
Refer to for guest house bookings.

Based on proximity to venue we recommend: Mitra Youth hostel for youth in Basic Budget Range; Arka Guest House in Standard Budget Range;

For any further guidance/assistance for booking, the participants may contact AUROVILLE TIMELINES at / +919969879319.

There are several private guest house available around the periphery of Auroville, which also the participants may consider.

Most guesthouses in Auroville offer basic breakfast. For lunch, dinner and snacks there are multitude of options to choose from. Additionally, we recommend renting bicycles/ mopeds/ 2-wheelers for commuting within Auroville periphery. The Guesthouse may facilitate booking of cycles/ mopeds. Standard Rentals are anywhere between Rs. 50 to 200/ day depending on kind of 2 wheeler one rents.

Please visit for orientation and additional information on Auroville.

17. Queries: For queries, if any, please write to: Prof. Sandeep Shahare on Mrs. Richa Hushing on