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FTII to host week-long workshops at IFFI Goa 2016


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We’ve got some exciting news for all you budding actors out there! The Film and Television Institute of India [FTII] will be conducting a week long acting course from the 21st to 27th of November, at IFFI Goa.

The course will be led by Tom Alter, a veteran Indian actor, who has worked with the likes of noted filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, in Shatranj Ke Khilari. Tom himself, has featured as a British officer in Kranti, for which he is known for.

He has also played multiple characters in various Indian television series such as Junoon and starred in a Hollywood movie, One Night with the King.

An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Tom was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2008.

Siddharth Shasta, another FTII alumnus, will be the Director of this week-long course. Siddharth has worked on numerous documentaries, short films and feature films, the most notable being Aadmi ki Aurat, which won several awards, including the “Jury Appreciation Award” at the Venice International Film Festival, in 2009.

After working on numerous projects, Siddharth found his calling in teaching the art and craft of acting. He’s spent the last 8 years molding the next generation of acting students and artists across India and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Acting at FTII.

The course will be coordinated by Regin Rose, an alumnus of the prestigious National School of Drama in New Delhi.

Some of the important subjects covered in the course will be:

  • Role of an Actor in Film Making
  • Difference between Acting for Films and Theater
  • Understanding “Method Acting”
  • Body Movement
  • Improvisation
  • Lip Syncing

And now, for the icing on the cake, we’ve got word that legendary actor Shatrughan Sinha might join the course for an interactive session! How amazing is that?

All you budding actors out there, make sure you don’t miss out on this one!

Film Appreciation Course

The film appreciation course is going to be a comprehensive introduction to cinema as an art medium and communication medium.

The course will be conducted by Professor Anil Zankar and Professor Samar Nakhate from FTII.

Anil Zankar who will be the Course director is a present working professor of Screen studies and Research at FTII. A freelance filmmaker, writer, teacher and Media consultant with 35 years of experience. He is a recipient of 2 national awards, Feature Film Script Competition Award (NFDC) and National Award for the best book on Cinema. He has made 21 short films on social issues and institutions, bio-pics and corporate themes.
He has also presented papers at International conferences in Poland (2006) and Japan (2014)
His recent Publications are Mughal-e-Azam, HarperCollins and a chapter in script writing in Routledge Handbook of India along with contributions in the Encyclopedia of Hindi cinema.

Samar Nakhate who will be subject expert He has been a member of Pune’s Theatre Academy and has worked as director and lighting designer for many well-known plays such as Ghashiram Kotwal, Mahanirvan, Teen Paishacha, Tamasha and other. He is instrumental in designing syllabi and academic content for various film and television courses including Direction, Production and Scriptwriting  for FTII, Pune as well as Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.
He also contributes regularly to the extension programmes of National Film Archive of India.He has been the Creative Director of Pune International Film Festival for many years as well as the trustee of Pune Film Foundation.  

Some of the important topics covered during the course:

– Specificity of Cinema as a communication medium and as an art form.
– Language of cinema: the basic technical and aesthetic concepts. Mise en scene.
– Early history and evolution of cinema: the silent era and sound era.
– The expressive range of cinema – short/feature, live action/animation, fiction/non-fiction.
– Close analysis of a short film. The methodology of analyzing a film.
–  Film and Reality. -Fiction and Nonfiction as two modes of reconstructing reality..
– Social and economic nature of the film-medium.
–  Scope of Film studies
– Specific discussion on feature films shown in the afternoons.

This course has been planned as an interactive one. Points made in the classroom will be illustrated by means of films and film-clips all the time. The basic presentation done by the teacher will serve as starting points for various discussions.

Screenplay Writing

Screenplay Writing Workshop at IFFI is designed to give the participants an insight into the process of screenplay writing, while also introducing them to the tools of the trade.

The course will be conducted by Ketki Pandit and Anjum Rajabali

Ketki Pandit who will be the course director is an Associate Professor and HOD at Screenplay Writing Department of FTII, Pune. A poet, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Ketki holds a PG Certificate in Screenplay Writing from FTII and MFA in Film-making from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked extensively on short films and in theater, while  making 7 short films of her own. She has been teaching in the screenplay writing department of FTII since 2009, where she introduced the writing exercises. Her creative writing workshops in Pune as well as Jersey city have been greatly appreciated by the participants. Her most recent work, a solo play Manshaa Ki Shaadi,is currently performing and winning accolades in theater festivals around the country.

Anjum Rajabali who will be the subject expert is one of India’s best known screenwriters, with over ten feature film credits including Aarakshan, Raajneeti, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Ghulam. He wrote his first film Drohkaal in 1992, in collaboration with director Govind Nihalani. He’s mentored writers at many international script labs and has also been a script doctor and consultant to several well-known films. In 2004, he designed the Course in Screenplay Writing at FTII and in 2006 he set up the Screenwriting department at Whistling Woods, Mumbai. Anjum holds a Masters’ Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune.

Some of the important topics covered during the course:

  • Character
  • Story
  • Structure
  • Scene Design
  • Dialogue

The course will also outline the difference between a short film and a feature, and discuss essentials of narrative storytelling. Participants will be encouraged to bring their ideas for discussion in class, and given writing exercises that would aid them in developing their own stories. The course will end with a word about working as a screenplay writer in India.

The week long courses will provide insights into Acting, Screenplay Writing and Film Appreciation courses for all cinema lovers and will be conducted by eminent personalities from FTII. Call for all budding actors, writers to come join us and learn!

For registrations, email sonika.lotlikar@iffigoa.org.