First National Students Film Festival of India promises an exciting mix

The first National Students' Film Awards and the Students Film Festival of India from April 19-24 promises to be a grand affair.

As part of the celebrations marking the centenary of Indian Cinema, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata will screen over 104 films made by students.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, DJ Narain, director, FTII, said, "We have selected around 60 films from over 150 entries. In addition to that, over 30 films by foreign students will be screened."

Every year, the organisers will select short films from a particular region and screen them during the festival. "This year, we have created a package of Marathi films, since the festival is being held here," said Narain. To make sure students from all other participating institutes get exposure to world-class skills in film-making, a series of "master class" lectures have also been organised and some prominent names who would feature include Academy Award-winning sound mixer (for 'Les Misrables') Simon Hayes, German film-maker and teacher Hartmut Bitomsky, and chairman of BAFTA film committee, England, Nik Powel. The event will also include classes and workshops on cutting edge techniques of film craft and production.

Narain said students from institutes across the country who will be participate will be provided with accommodation at Balewadi. Along with films being showcased as a part of the awards, a package of 20 (old and new) award-winning FTII films will also be screened. The opening ceremony on April 19 will see screening of the film 'Prabhat Nagri' by Aman Wadhan.

Awards will be given for fiction, non-fiction and animation categories, and for direction, cinematography, editing, sound engineering, screenplay, acting, production design and other aspects of film-making. A two-tier independent jury of filmmakers from across the country will judge the entries.

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