The Winter Film Appreciation Course, conducted by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in association with National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), began today. Shri Amole Gupte, acclaimed actor, director and screenplay writer inaugurated the course.
The course duration is from 8 February 2023 to 28 February 2023. The course has 61 learners, 36 male and 25 female, from 16 states. The youngest learner is 20 years of age while the oldest is 67 years of age. The learners are from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujrat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Kerala, Assam, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu.
Those attending are from different walks of life - students, actors, film makers, video creators, researchers, teachers, engineers, photographer, theatre professional, architect, police official, chartered accountant and retired government servants. Shri Pankaj Saxena, an FTII alumnus is the Course Director.
In his address, Shri Amole Gupte said, the film appreciation course makes participants understand what goes behind making cinema. It is the basic building block for film lovers to become filmmaker to researchers in cinema. Shri Amole was a student of the Summer Film Appreciation course in 1986 that helped him learn the art and craft of filmmaking and acting. He added that cinema is the newest art form and has a mixture of almost all art forms and masters of cinema have added immensely into this art form. He lauded the efforts of FTII in keeping the legacy of film and television education through its courses.
Prof. Sandeep Shahare, Director, FTII in his address said that Winter Film Appreciation course is an annual affair for the Institute and is one of the most sought after courses. He also added that short courses under the Centre for Open Learning (CFOL) initiative of FTII has democratised film and television education. FTII has reached learners from Kargil to Andaman and Gujrat to Manipur through its short courses of open learning. He thanked NFDC for their association in the organisation of this course.
Shi Jasbeer Singh, Manager, NFDC, Dr. Milind Damle, Executive Head, CFOL and Shri Swapnil Kapure, Assistant Film Research Officer attended the online inauguration of the course.