PUNE: In the first-of-its-kind initiative, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has announced a seven-day basic course in curating films for film festivals.
The course will teach participants how to curate films for film festivals, both national and international. It will also help them understand film festivals in terms of theme-based packages and programming for different festival sections.
The course will be held in FTII Campus from April 4 to 10. The last date to apply for the course is February 28. Course details are available on www.ftii.ac.in.
“This is the first such course anywhere in India. Curating for film festivals involves thoughtfully creating a meaningful programme that will be appreciated by film lovers, and the public in India and abroad,” said FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola.
The course will be conducted by Meenakshi Shedde, one of India’s leading independent film curators, with over 20 years of domain experience.
Giving details of the course, Shedde said, “This customised course will follow a 360-degree approach, covering feature films, documentary, short and students films. It will teach the participants how to come up with ideas or concepts for curating film packages - genre-based, issue-based and country-based. Participants will understand what are the requirements of curating films for festivals, how to build resources and partnerships, and invent curating opportunities.”
Shedde is an India and South Asia delegate to the Berlin Film Festival, who has been pre-selecting films since 1998. A winner of the National Film Award for Best Film Critic, she has been on the jury of 20 international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. She has been Curator-Consultant for India-Asia region to Berlin, Locarno, Busan, British Film Institute, London, and IFFI Goa among others.