Pune: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has entered into an agreement with Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune, bringing short-term film courses within reach of students hailing from Maharashtra’s backward districts of Gadchiroli, Gondia, Bhandara and Chandrapur.
Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII, and Kailas Kanse, Director General, BARTI, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Pune on Tuesday.Under the agreement, 20-day courses in Screen Acting, Digital Cinematography, Screenplay Writing and Writing for TV Fiction will be conducted in FTII’s campus. A 10-day course in Smartphone Film Making, recently launched by FTII, will be covered under the agreement.
Kanse said that the courses will give artistes in the remote parts of the State good opportunities in the field of film making. “There are many artistes even in those parts of Maharashtra. Jhadipatti, the traditional art movement originating in the said area, is so rich and flourishing. The courses in FTII will boost the talent of these young artistes with training and certification. They will also provide them with good contacts and experience,” he added.
“The agreement with BARTI is special, as it formally opens opportunities in the world of cinema and television to learners from disadvantaged areas and underprivileged social groups. FTII and BARTI will jointly select the course participants, nearly half of whom would be from the SC community, residing in Gondia, Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Chandrapur. Staying in the creative and state-of-the-art ecosystem of FTII campus can catalyse their creative talent, and in the years to come see more film makers, actors and screen writers emerge from the region,” said Kainthola.
All courses will be conducted under FTII’s film education outreach initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television), which has seen more than 85 short courses in nearly 25 cities, covering approximately 4,000 students in 15 months.