Chandigarh: A 5-day Film Appreciation course, the first-ever by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Chandigarh, began at Panjab University today with participants from as many as 8 states registering.
Renowned film academicians Pankaj Saxena and Munish Bhardwaj, who have conducted Film Appreciation courses across the country, will be mentoring this Course.
Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII Pune in his opening remarks said, "This Film Appreciation course marks the debut of FTII's short courses in 'City Beautiful' Chandigarh, and the joining of hands with Panjab University to introduce film lovers to cinema as an academic discipline, to spread film literacy and to promote a better and more respectful understanding of cinema.
Being organised in collaboration with Dept of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, 75 participants (45 men,30 women) of age range 18-65 are attending the Course.
Their educational qualifications are Ph D, M.Tech, MS, PGDM, Post Graduate, Graduate and some are even Undergraduate.
Their professions are Assistant Director, University Professor, Consultant, Content Manager, Corporate Trainer, Editor, Engineer, Govt. Servant, Graphic Designer, Journalist, Photographer, Research Scholar, Self Employed, Social Worker, Student, Theater Artist and Theater Director.
The Film Appreciation course is a part of FTII's nation-wide film education outreach initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television) under which 122 short courses have been conducted in 27 cities across the country in the last 21 months benefiting close to 6000 film enthusiasts.