Pune: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) will be conducting Foundation-level film courses in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir. The short courses, which will be held in Leh in October, in Digital Cinematography and Acting, form part of a string of courses conducted by FTII across the country under its new and increasingly popular outreach initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television).
The programme comes close on the heels of the courses recently conducted by FTII in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The decision to conduct 3-week Foundation courses in Digital Cinematography and Acting emerged after a meeting on August 25, in Leh between Bhupendra Kainthola, Director FTII Pune, Sonam Dawa, Chief Executive Councillor (CEC), Ladakh Area Hill Development Council (LAHDC) and Prasanna Ramaswamy, Deputy Commissioner, Leh, read an official statement.
FTII and LAHDC also discussed the possibility of conducting short courses in Editing, Screenplay Writing and other specialisations for the Ladakhi film fraternity in Pune campus during winters when freezing temperatures slow down most activities in the Ladakh Himalayas.
A 15-member delegation of Ladakhi film makers, technicians and actors led by Dechen Chamgha, President, Ladakh Film Industry and Isering Sonam Sopari, President, Ladakh Film Society also met Director FTII and Prof. Sandeep Shahare, National Coordinator, SKIFT, and discussed long-term engagement with FTII. After conducting an immensely successful first-ever 5-day Film Appreciation course in Srinagar in July, this is the second time that FTII is holding short courses in Jammu & Kashmir.
“For want of exposure and opportunities, much of the talent outside of metros and cities lies untapped. When learners can’t come to FTII, then FTII will go to them. We intend to infuse film education in Ladakh so that, over a period of time, FTII becomes richer with the presence of Ladakhi students in the campus,” said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII, in a statement, after announcing the courses in Ladakh.
FTII’s new outreach initiative SKIFT, with a mission to democratise film education by conducting short courses across the country, has seen courses in Film Appreciation, Digital Cinematography, Screenplay Writing, Acting, Basic Acting Workshop for Children and Film Orientation for Children being conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, Srinagar, Jaipur, Hardwar and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Short courses are also on the anvil in other places including Guwahati (Assam).