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Open Forum discusses the quality of education imparted by Film Institutes

Goa:26/11/19:The open forum held at IFFI 2019 today brought to fore the urgent need for monitoring the quality of education being imparted by various film institutes in the country. Present were panelists – Filmmaker, Cinematographer and Script writer A K Bir, Filmmaker M K Shankar, Filmmaker Ajay Bedi and Head of department, SRM School of Film Technology, R D Balaji. The panellists also raised concern about the mushrooming of film institutes and the affect that it has in reality on students.

The session was moderated by Shashwat Gupta Ray, Resident Editor of  Gomantak Times who opined that there are more than 100 film institutes, almost 1400 mass communication institutes that claim to teach the art of filmmaking. “There is a huge population of people studying filmmaking; we need to think where they will get accommodated.” he said

All the panellists agreed that the skill set is important when it comes to film making and that more oftenthan not  the students who come out of film institutes are half baked and not with enough knowledge.

National Award winning director, cinematographer and scriptwriter A K Bir said the process of taking and imparting knowledge is very important part of development of a student. It is very important that in a creative field like filmmaking, a student should be allowed to have his or her imagination. Mr. Bir also emphasized on the need of grooming for youngsters. “When a young filmmaker comes, he or she has to spend some time in the field learning things. Also spent time with visiting faculty in order to get groomed.”

Renowned film maker M K Shankar opined that most of the film institutes are owned by politicians and that there is fad for acting. “The technical knowledge, no one wants. They come with pre-conceived notions and they are not open to absorb knowledge.” he said.

R D Balaji, Head of Department, SRM School of Film Technology spoke about the importance of setting clear goals among students. “Most students don’t know the difference between visual communication, mass communication and filmmaking. They must know what is what first. Mass communication and filmmaking are two different things”.

Director of “ The Secret Life of the Frogs” Ajay Bedi highlighted the need for a coach on filmmaking, “ It is very important to have coach to understand one’s strength and weaknesses and to be guided where to go, what to do” he said.

The Open Forum has been a regular edition at the International Film Festival of India for the past 31 years.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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