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First national students film awards announced

Posted on Nov 29, 10:49PM | UNI

As part of the celebration marking the centenary of Indian Cinema, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata today announced institution of the first National Students' Film Awards and the Students Film Festival of India.

Speaking to media here, D J Narain, director, FTII, said it is the first initiative of its kind in the country and added that with this initiative they hope to encourage the young minds passionate about filmmaking.

The event will be jointly organized by the FTII, along with SRFTI, and the Directorate of Film Festivals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi. These awards will be held alternatively at FTII and SRFTI each year.

Narain said the Students' Film Festival aspires to provide the much-needed platform for the young and upcoming talents of student filmmakers in the country to meet and share their work with each other. It hopes to create a meaningful space and atmosphere for the dialogue long overdue specially within the Asian Indian context amongst the students, the film fraternity and the audiences at large, he added.

Talking about the awards, Narain said the awards will be given in three categories viz, fiction, non-fiction and animation. The entries should be sent through the institutions and maximum four entries per category can be sent. All institutions can send the entries and not just film schools as long as the films are made as part of their curriculum. The last date for sending in entries is January 15, 2013, he said.

Replying to a question, Narain said all language films can be sent provided they are subtitled in English and added that they hope to organize the Festival and the Awards Function before the close of Centenary Year Indian Cinema in May 2013.