To commemorate the centenary year of Indian Cinema, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is launching the first National Student Film Award (NSFA) and Students Film Festival of India (SFFI).
The event is for the benefit of students and potential filmmakers. While the programme schedules are still being being finalised, the print unit is busy checking the quality of audio materials for projection.
The premises of FTII have been whitewashed, coloured and decorated with iconic images. The most interesting ones are the wall-sized images from films such as Mother India and of film personalities such as Dadasaheb Phalke which are painted on the walls.
The beautiful landscape of Parvati Hill offers a gorgeous view as well. And an imaginative painting reflects the characteristics of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, a must-watch projection when you visit the FTII.
DJ Narain, director of FTII said that this is a pioneering initiative. “As we got government incentive this year for the centenary of Indian Cinema, we used the money for the students. This will become a legacy in the future as it will encourage students to make good movies.
Students from 30 countries will be participating in it and 60 films will be showcased. From FTII there were 12 entries of which some will get finalised. This is done so that students get a platform to showcase their works.”
The inaugural function of the event will take place at Prabhat Studio. This studio is the one where the Prabhat classics were made during the pre-Independence era. Subsequently, the studio has witnessed performances by outstanding students like Shabana Azmi, Jaya Bhaduri, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri who later became some of the most prominent actors on the silver screen.
It has also experienced the making of many film projects by the likes of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Ketan Mehta, Adoor Gopalakrishnan as well as Umesh Kulkarni and others who were students at the FTII.
Apart from the invited delegates, the screenings of the NSFA and SFFI films will be held at the National Film Archive of India from April 20 to 23 from 10 am to 5 pm.