Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute(SRFTI) in collaboration with VigyanPrasar is organizing 5th International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) from 6 – 8 November 2019 at SRFTI campus. ISFFI seeks to promote science popularization among citizens and aims at attracting talented young filmmakers and science enthusiasts. The film festival offers an opportunity for students and other participants to get involved with the process and improve their understanding of various feats in science and technology.
Internationally acclaimed and award winning foreign and Indian films on science health and environment will be screened during the festival. A competition for Indian independent and student filmmakers will be organized on the theme ‘Research, Innovation & Science Empowering Nation’. Filmmakers will be facilitated with IISF Science Film Awards. Two feature films, ‘Mission Mangal’ and ‘Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran’ will be screened. There will be special screening of films on 1st Indian Scientific South Pole Expedition at 2009 followed by discussion with scientists. A day long Symposium titled ‘Packaging of Science for Public Interest’ and panel discussion on various aspects of cinema and science communication will also be the part of the festival.
Several eminent personalities like BuddhadebDasgupta, R. Balki, A. K. Bir, KaushikGanguly, Piere Oliver Francois, Abhishek Sharma, parthaGhose, Rama Marinov Cohen, BikashSinha, Kornetzky Brigitte Ute, Andreas Van De Lar, Kartik Sharma, Chris Godwin, Li-Yu-Fu, Lovita J R Morang will be present during the festival
The festival is internationally partnered with High Commission of Canada, Millennium Institute of Oceanography Chile, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Israel, Science Foundation Ireland, Media Service Nepal, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Sweden and different organization from Switzerland, Germany, UK, USA and Taiwan.
Theatre and Film has a long standing association in view of their creative and aesthetic appeal. For the first time in eastern India, SRFTI is going to organize a 3-day Workshop on ‘Theatre on Screen’ to be held at the Main Theatre from August 09 to 11, 2019 between 2.00 and 7.00 p.m. The workshop will highlight the history and evolution of the academics of Theatre in Bengali and its portrayal on screen. The festival will feature screenings of many major productions that have been recorded for broadcast or as part of a film.
The screenings will be accompanied by discussions with eminent practitioners from the world of theatre who will help contextualize the productions in respect of the history and evolution of Bengali Theatre, and the relationship between the stage and the screen.
Theatre on Screen is envisioned as a platform for practitioners, academics and journalists to meet and reflect on the interface between the craft of theatre and that of audio visual production. Registrations can be done downloading the Form from: www.srfti.ac.in and payment of Rs 300 per participant (for all 3 days) can be paid in cash or NEFT. Last Date for Registration is : August 08, 2019
Meghalaya’s Dominic Sangma, Darjeeling lad Saurav Rai (maker of the 2016 Cannes entry Gudh) and cinematographer Modhura Palit will be in the festival this year to participate in three different official segments.
Sangma, whose debut film, the Garo-language Ma’Ama (Moan), premiered in the Mumbai Film Festival last year, will explore co-production tie-ups for his sophomore effort, Rapture. The under-production film is one of ten projects in La Fabrique des Cinema du Monde, a programme hosted by Institut Francais.
Saurav Rai will pitch his debut work-in-progress narrative feature, Nimtoh (Invitation), in the HAF (Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum) Goes to Cannes programme in the festival’s Marche du Film (Film Market).
Kolkata cinematographer Modhura Palit will travel to Cannes to be part of the 7th edition of the Angenieux Excel Lens in Cinematography ceremony. She will receive the Angenieux Special Encouragement, which is given to a young professional.