April 10, 2019 07:45 PM

Chandigarh (JS Kaler)

Breaking yet another new ground, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune has announced,for the first time, a Course in FILM CRITICISM AND THE ART OF REVIEW.

The 20-day Course would be conducted from May 28-June 19 2019 in Delhi in association with Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi.

"This course,first of its kind in the country, meets a long-standing demand of cinema critics, film reviewers, film bloggers, research scholars, film academics and just about anyone who has more than ordinary interest in cinema. It is a misconception that anyone can review a film.How can one do justice to the job without the proper tools to 'read' a film? Moreover, having the freedom to say what you want requires enormous discipline and craft of expression.", said Bhupendra Kainthola, Director, FTII announcing the Course and its context.

Course Director Rajula Shah explains the objective of the Course, "This short course is designed to provide a basic grounding in the discipline of Film Criticism. It intends to train the participant into becoming a serious viewer of Cinema by expanding her/his awareness of its history & practice and enable them to develop a critic's voice that can help the viewer choose from a vast number/ kind of films available. Through a critical appreciation of Cinema, it seeks to build a sensibility that combines perception, information and ideas in creative ways to influence public opinion.The course includes the study of significant films in the history of cinema through a critical thinking."

Rajula Shah (FTII,Film Direction,2000) is a visual artist, poet and filmmaker who studied filmmaking at FTII. Her film practice emerges from an intense dialogue with the various arts, schools of thought and philosophies through a close collaboration with people, their work and contexts. She is a Producer- Director working extensively in exploring boundaries of fiction/documentary, traditional/modern. Her special interest of study and work is in the expanding scope of the Film practice & the digital arts.

The Course is being conducted under FTII's countrywide film education outreach initiative SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television) under which over 135 short-term courses have been held in 37 cities across the country covering over 5800 learners.

The Course is open to all, with no age bar.Last date for applying is 22nd April 2019. Accommodation will be made available on request for selected participants coming from outside Delhi.Course details are available on

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