Day 5 of CIFFI 2021 featured a bunch of documentary review of Geeta, children’s cinema and opportunities in the visual effects and games industry
The fifth day of the world’s first international hybrid film festival organized by educational institutions from two countries, organized by DME Media School of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, India, in association with School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia, saw experts come together to discuss and deliberate on children’s cinema and opportunities in the visual effects and games industry. Do not miss the making of review of the Geeta documentary by team members on December 19.
The day was marked by a special session and two-group discussions. Eighty-six films in the short film category, Covid 19 containment logs and commercials were also screened on the official CIFFI website.
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The first panel discussion of the day was ‘Documentary Geeta – A round table’ with the film crew highlighting the hardships of acid attack survivors. Geeta is a special feature documentary that takes place in the back streets of Agra’s slums and follows the journey of a woman who fights for a better life for her three daughters who suffered an acid attack from her husband. Geeta represents Neetu’s struggle to overcome his fear and trauma of being the victim of an acid attack and being ostracized by society. The documentary is extremely courageous and an amazing reminder of the power of love to create real and lasting change.
The panel moderated by Dr Vikrant Kishore, Festival Director, CIFFI 2021 and Course Director-Film, Television and Animation, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, included Emma Macey-Storch Director / Producer, Nayana Bhandari co-producer and Neetu, activist and co-founder, Sheroes Hangout.
Introducing the discussion, Dr Ambrish Saxena, Professor and Dean, DME Media School and Festival Director, CIFFI 2021, pointed out that CIFFI 2021 is truly international as it has experts from all over the world discussing the issues that are at the forefront. of cinema and society at large.
Setting the tone for the panel discussion, Dr Vikrant Kishore, Festival Director, CIFFI 2021, said Geeta’s story is based on a sensitive topic and can be nerve-racking as well. Yet the topic is relevant in the context of advocacy and social change. “The real fight for a victim begins after the acid attack,” he added.
According to Emma Macey-Storch, director / producer of the documentary, Neetu’s experience defines the narrative of the documentary. “Neetu and his family’s struggle to overcome the trauma of an acid attack inspired me to make the film. Violence against women is a universal problem. We can have countless laws, but change has to start with the family, ”she said.
Nayana Bhandari, co-producer of documentary Geeta, said the problem of gender-based violence is not limited to India. It is a global problem. “The need of the hour is to reach out to victims of violence and discrimination,” she said.
Neetu, the activist said more and more people should watch the film. “Change can come from anywhere and anyone with inner strength can bring about a change in the mindset of people,” she said.
Dr. Susmita Bala, Professor and Head, DME Media School and Associate Director of the Festival, CIFFI 2021 concluded the session by saluting the courageous women who have fought against violence and discrimination. She urged the younger generation to make a change in society.
The panel discussion was followed by a special session on ‘Wonders of Creativity Leap (Careers in Visual Effects and Gaming) with Dr Ashish S Kulkarni, President of FICCI for Animation, Visual Effects, Games and Tapes comics and founder of Punnaryug Artvision Pvt Ltd. & Screenyug Creations Pvt Ltd and Mr. Sathish Narayanan, Co-Founder and CEO, Nectar Pixels Media and Founder-Director of Design Media and Edutainment Solutions Pvt Ltd,
Introducing the session, Dr Ambrish Saxena, Professor and Dean, DME Media School and Festival Director, CIFFI 2021, said that this session will prove to be successful for students who wish to pursue careers in visual effects and games.
Initiating the discussion, Dr Kulkarni spoke about the effect of visual effects on the OTT industry. The gaming and visual effects industries offer a plethora of opportunities for interested students. “The pandemic gave the gaming industry a boost in particular as everyone was hooked on some of the other games during the lockdown,” he maintained.
Mr. Sathish Narayanan pointed out that the basis of visual effects lies in fine arts, applied arts and performing arts. “Movie Bahubali created a trend in the visual effects industry in India and made people believe that investing in the visual effects industry was worth it, ”he said.
Discussing the kind of opportunities the industry can offer, Mr. Narayanan pointed out that students with a background in fine arts have an advantage, but those with a creative sense have an equal opportunity in the games industry and visual effects. Unique artistic skills are in high demand. “Each character begins with a paper and a pencil. Ideas are drawn on paper before they are used as animation, ”he said.
Concluding the special session, Dr Susmita Bala, professor and director of DME Media School and associate director of the festival said that today’s creativity through visual effects or games brings the characters to life at the screen. Animation is the latest trend where creativity meets technology.
The third session was a panel discussion on “Children’s films on global movements – opportunities and challenges with experts from around the world. The expert panel included Sannette Naeyé, consultant and producer, Netherlands, Sean Cisterna award-winning director from Canada, Azadeh Shakourirad animation screenwriter and Iranian director, Theodora Malliarou researcher and filmmaker from Greece, Paméla Bisson artist, producer and filmmaker of the Canada and Alexandre Juruena, director and curator of Anim! Arte, Brazil. The roundtable was moderated by the director of the Praveen Nagda festival, Kidz Cinema and Culture cinema India.
Introducing the session, Dr Ambrish Saxena, Professor and Dean, DME Media School and Festival Director, CIFFI 2021 said: “At CIFFI we try to bring a diversity of issues. Children’s cinema is an upcoming industry in India. He can do very well if he gets the right audience for it ”,
Iranian screenwriter and animation director Azadeh Shakourirad has said that cinema in Iran is controlled by the government. Yet people love to make movies.
Consultant and producer, the Netherlands spoke of meaningful cinema. “Quality content and distribution are matters of concern,” she said.
Greek researcher and filmmaker Theodora Malliarou highlighted the role of parents and the community in making children’s films.
Alexandre Juruena, director and curator of Anim! Arte, Brazil, said that children’s cinema should take into account their feelings, fantasies and dreams.
Award-winning Canadian director Sean Cisterna spoke about cross-border partnerships in cinema. “Cross-border opportunities will lead to the advent of diverse content and a larger market for local cinema,” he said.
Summarizing the session, festival director Praveen Nagda Kidz Cinema and Culture cinema India stressed that children’s cinema needs encouragement from government as well as movie lovers to become a global affair.
Concluding the panel discussion, Dr Susmita Bala, professor and director of DME Media School and associate director of the festival, said efforts should be made by the film fraternity to produce more films about children and children. should also be guided in creating rich content.
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