Director FTII Pune calls on CM

SRINAGAR, MAY 15: Hailing joint initiative launched by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and the Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR), J&K to conduct skill development courses in Television Production and Filmmaking for State youth, the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today assured full support of State Government for carrying forward this novel initiative. “The State Government will provide whatever support is needed to carry forward this innovative and creative initiative,” Mehbooba told Director, FTII Pune, Bhupendra Kainthola, who called on the Chief Minister here this morning. He was accompanied by Director Information & Public Relations, Muneer-ul-Islam.
Thanking Kainthola for sending his faculty all the way from Pune every time as also for his personal attention to the initiative to impart training to State youth, the Chief Minister evinced keen interest in having a Regional Centre of FTII in J&K, given the huge interest of local youth in Filmmaking and Television production. She said that the State Government will take up the matter regarding setting up of FTII Regional Centre in J&K with the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting.
Kainthola briefed the Chief Minister about the initiatives taken by FTII Pune in collaboration with the Department of Information & Public Relations, J&K to organize a series of specialized training courses for media professionals in J&K to harness their creative talent.
Kainthola informed the Chief Minister that he and his faculty are highly impressed with the enthusiasm and appetite for artistic skills among J&K’s talented youth. He said that lack of proper training and exposure to latest technology and techniques in film and television production, is the only hindrance in harnessing full potential of State youth. “It is with this objective that FTII Pune has embarked on a mission, in collaboration with Department of Information & Public Relations, to train youth from the State in specialized filmmaking courses,” he said and added that as a part of SKIFT initiative FTII has already conducted four Certificate courses at Jammu and Srinagar including courses in Digital Filmmaking, Film Appreciation, Still Photography and Screenplay Writing.
He said that in next phase, FTII is going to organize specialized courses in Digital Cinematography, Digital Film Production, Acting, Digital Video Editing and Writing for TV Fiction.