Pune: While short courses being conducted by Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) since last year have received a special appreciation from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola said that the courses have succeeded in reaching the unreachable to a great extent and are inspiring many youngsters to join the institute.
Kainthola gave Mufti an overview of the courses being conducted across the country under FTII’s outreach initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television) recently and said that the recent courses in digital film production, digital cinematography, still photography and screenplay writing have the potential to spur filmmaking activity in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The bouquet of courses that we conduct in the rest of the country will be conducted in J&K as well and Mufti has promised us all the required support. Within a span of last two months, we have organised three big courses in the State. The government there is very positive,” Kainthola added.
Mufti appreciated FTII’s efforts and said that J&K government will continue to provide all support to conduct more filmmaking courses.
Kainthola expressed the desire to conduct filmmaking and screen acting courses for school children in the State, to which Mufti has given a green signal.
“This is now reflecting in the admissions for FTII regular courses as well. We conducted admission seminars at many locations including Srinagar this year and also conducted film appreciation course at the University of Kashmir.
This year, a Kashmiri boy made it to the Joint Entrance Test (JET) and also came to Pune for an interview. During the courses in Kashmir, I have met at least five to six participants who wish to appear for JET next year,” Kainthola asserted.
Reaching remote areas
Speaking about reaching out to the remote areas with the short courses, Kainthola said, “We haven’t penetrated North-East yet, as we have had just one course in Assam till now. However, we are looking forward to organising more courses there. We have also held courses in Andaman and Nicobar which is another isolated area.”
He also mentioned that FTII, in a year, has connected to more than 3,500 people in 19 locations.