INVITATION AND PRESS RELEASE – AUROVILLE FILM INSTITUTE


Dear Friends,

Greetings from Auroville !

With great joy we announce the development of Auroville Film Institute (AVFI)  dedicated to the ideal of cinema education – integrating world cinema and world citizenship, experimenting with a new pedagogy, encouraging new practices of conscious cinema in Auroville.

We are privileged to collaborate with India’s premier film institute, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, to conduct a series of film making and Film Appreciation Courses based in Auroville. The Hands-On Basic Film Orientation Course from 11th to 17th November 2019, being the 2nd in series – garnering an overwhelming response from all over India and abroad. This time too, like the first one, we have full participation with 45 participants coming from over 8 states of India and 4 foreign countries. The course is conducted by Shri Umesh Kulkarni, a three time National Award Recipient and FTII alumnus.

We cordially invite you for the Valedictory Function of the participants on Sunday, 17th November from 4:30 to 7:30pm @ Auroville Timelines – Temporary Station, 1st Floor of Auroville Archives, Next to Auroville Foundation, Auroville, Tamil Nadu – 605101.

17th November is The Mother’s Mahasamadhi Day. It is truly Her blessing bestowed upon us and our sincere initiative of furthering Her dream of having a cinema school, a cinema studio in Auroville. We request you to grace this joyous occasion with your presence and blessings!

You may kindly communicate your response by email to filminstitute@auroville.org.in or by call / message to +919969879319.

Please find here the press release :

“AUROVILLE FILM INSTITUTE IS BORN

8 SHORT FILMS ARE MADE OVER 7DAYS HANDS-ON FILMMAKING COURSE

Just a month ago, in October 2019, Auroville Timelines, a media pedagogy and video art unit in Auroville had conducted a successful Film Appreciation Couse in Auroville in collaboration with India’s premier film institute, Film and Television Institute of India. It had 99 participants from over 17 states. The course marked the beginning of a long arduous endeavour of developing a cinema school in Auroville.

Today, 17th November marks the closure of the 2nd course in series – Hands-On Basic Film Orientation Course. The course garnered full participation with over 45 participants coming from 8 states of India and 4 foreign countries.

Richa and Rrivu are both alumni of FTII, founding directors of ‘Auroville Timelines’ are currently developing the ‘Auroville Film Institute’ in collaboration with Aurofilm. Auroville Film Institute is launching cinema education programmes – integrating world cinema and world citizenship, experimenting with a new pedagogy, encouraging new practices of conscious cinema.

“We have had an interesting mix of participants like the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax; Officers from Indian Navy, Senior research scholars, designers, town planners, linguists etc. along with regular film aspirants/ assistants.  These two courses were conducted in association with FTII. With FTII we are looking forward to a long term collaboration” Rrivu says.

“17th November is The Mother’s Mahasamadhi Day. It was one of her wishes to have a cinema school, a cinema studio in Auroville. We feel it is truly her blessing. We are trying to make things work as best as possible. We are developing an annual plan of short and long term courses, student exchanges, mentorship programmes and cinema centric learning journeys.

The guiding principles of Auroville Film Institute are: Unending education and constant progress; Technical training for mastery over the art and craft of filmmaking; Time travel : Create narrative vehicles taking us from deepest within to farthest around in the past, present and the future; widening our consciousness, giving us ‘Darshan’ / insight. Courageous flights between dreams, realities and alternatives; Critical appreciation, mentoring and production of conscious cinema; also of innovative experimental multimedia art forms; and Human Unity.

Auroville, an intentional universal township dedicated to the ideals of human unity, free progress and transformation of consciousness. It is the first and only internationally-endorsed township with residents from over 52 countries living together as a unified, progressive community. “