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Filmmaker Gurvinder Singh has been quite vocal about the steps that the Government has taken regarding Film and Television Institute Of India (FTII) in the last two years. He criticised Gajendra Singh’s appointment, and also refused the National Award last year in protest against the choices made by the jury. Now, there is another controversy regarding a diploma film which was being shot. Click here to read about it.

On his FB page, Gurvinder has clarified his stand on the controversy.

Some stills from ‘Sea of Lost Time’, the diploma film for acting students of FTII which I was directing but stopped midway due to exceeding the ‘shooting ratio’!

The real reasons though lie elsewhere. ‘Shooting ratio’ is a relic from the age of shooting on film stock. One student was rusticated just before the shoot started. He filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court challenging his rustication and pleading he be allowed to act in the film. I gave a statement stating if the court allows he can join the shoot. Which is what the court did. That made the FTII administration, and specially the Head of Department of Acting, Tom Alter, see red. And dutifully the axe fell on the shoot.

The reason: I had exceeded the shooting ratio! Yes, I did. But the norm was thrown at me after the shoot started. I even offered to delete the excessive footage and comply with the norm for rest of the shoot if the norm was so vital to the shooting of the film. But no. All pleas fell on deaf ears. I was given a letter asking to proceed with editing the half-shot film! The entire class and the crew of the film are being penalised for supporting the rusticated student. I wonder if the film will be completed ever.

But we shall fight! The work of the students and all of us who have worked hard on the film deserves to be seen. But the film under production is of no concern to the administration of the Institute. All they care for is ‘norms’ and ‘rules’, which helps them in their vendetta. Tom Alter, backed by the Director and the Chairman of the Institute, and I suppose with full backing of the I&B ministry, have all ganged up to stop this shoot. This is what happens when you appoint mediocre people who have no eligibility to head such institutes.

Vengeance is all that they are there for.

He also shared some stills from the shoot. Click on any still to start the slide show.

(PS – And if you are philistine like this current Government or Gajendra Chauhan, bit on Gurvinder here – An alumni of FTII, Gurvinder Singh is one of the most promising and fearless young filmmaking talent in the current generation. Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction) premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2015. His debut feature film, Anhe Ghorey De Daan, was selected to premiere at Venice International Film Festival. And it bagged 3 National Film Awards – For Direction, Cinematography, and for Best Punjabi Film)

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With students of Film and Television Institute Of India in no mood to compromise, the strike is still on. And looking at what the Government’s various mouthpieces (people, sites, channels) are shouting, this seems to be a clear cut strategy.

First, they can’t contest the fact that Gajendra Chauhan is not really a credential face for the FTII.

SO —> Second, since that’s not working and we can’t take control of the institute, let’s shut it down.

WHY? —-> Third, FTII is the heaven for drugs and debauchery. There is no focus on studies and the course. Anonymous posts are being circulated.

HOW? —> Fourth, so the Government is wasting “YOUR” tax money in a film institute where “naxalites and anti-government” people are having fun. It just doesn’t make any sense, right? Remember the stress on “your”. Yes, “your” tax money should be spent on MP/MLAs subsidised canteens and big statues.

Aha, what coincidence. And this is coming out from every mouthpiece. A pied piper says so, everyone repeats it.

At its core is a stupid mindset that still thinks “engineering” is the only reason that mankind exists. So Government should spend money on IITs only. And 100 other universities where nobody smokes or drinks or have never even heard of any kind smoking stuff. And yes, we must spend money on big big statues that will save us from every disaster.

Since art (and especially films which have the widest reach) is one of the strongest voice of dissent, why spend money on people who will raise their voice against us? Why feed them? And what is the use of a camera anyway, other than clicking a selfie, right? For that you don’t need to run a film institute.

Aha, myopia at its worst.

Not surprising that the few voices which are supporting the idea that FTII should be privatised are the ones who run their own private institutes who charge such exorbitant fees that most can’t even afford. In such a scenario, FTII/SRFTII is the only hope for many who want to get into arts. In terms of quality, almuni and the credential, those private institutes are light years behind FTII. It’s not only a premiere institute in the country, but is easily among the best in the world. It would be a really sad scenario if just for selfish political mileage the institute will be harmed in anyway.

Also, those who are claiming that since bollywood makes so much money, why should Governement run it. Well, FTII is NOT bollywood. Indian Cinema is NOT just bollywood. Get up from your troll account, google, learn what it is about.

As far as the claims about FTII gone to dogs in last 10 years, so it should be shut down, well, we have tried to compile the list of those “dogs” who have got some kind of national/international claim in the last few years. We are sure this is not a complete list, and we must be missing many here. Do keep adding the names in the comments section. And remember, this is just last 10 year list.

It takes years to build an institute of such repute. It takes one bad decision to kill it all.

2004
Nice Girls – by Nimisha Pandey Best Documentary Film Award – 0110 Digital Film Festival, New Delhi, 2004
Ek Aakash – by Sudhakar Reddy Special Mention Award – 3rd International Film Festival, Argentina,

Special Jury Award, 51st National Film Award 2003

Baba Pagla – by Ramesh Birajdar Best Audiography, 51st National Film Award 2003
Mangali – by Shilpi Das Gupta Special Mention for Innovative Direction, 51st National Film Award 2003
2005
Girni – by Umesh Kulkarni

Cinematography by Manoj Lobo

Best Short Film Award, Govt. of Maharashtra, 2005

Best Non-Feature Film, 52nd National Film Awards 2004

Best Cinematography Award, 52nd National Film Awards 2004

Dwijaa – by Pankaj Purandare Best Film on Social Issues, 52nd National Film Awards 2004
Kshya Tra Ghya – by Amit Dutta

Audiography by Vivek

Special Jury Mention, 52nd National Film Awards 2004

Best Audiography Award, 52nd National Film Awards 2004

Cradle Song – by Nimisha Pandey 1) Best Short Fiction Film, 52nd National Film Awards 2004
Saanjh – by Jasmine Kaur 1) Best Film on Family Welfare, 52nd National Film Awards 2004
Sukravarsh Aakash – by Emmanuel Palo 1) First Prize of EADS AIRAET, Germany, 2005
Amachi Kasauti – by Rrihu Laha 1) Best TV Documentary, IBDA          Awards, Dubai

2) Best Student Film, INR 10,000

2006
Closer – by Anmol Bhave ‘Rajat Kamal’ Award for Best Audiography, 53rd National Film Awards, 2005
Voices Across The Ocean – by Ganesh Gaikwad ‘Swarna Kamal’ Award for Best Direction, 53rd National Film Awards, 2005
Parsiwada Tarapore Present Day – by Paramvir Singh ‘Rajat Kamal’ Award for Best Cinematography, 53rd National Film Awards, 2005
Chabiwali Pocket Watch – by Vibhu Puri

Anay Goswamy

Best Feature at IBDA Awards, Dubai 2005

Special Kodak Award for the director at the 13th International Film School Festival, Poland

Special Jury Award for the director Vibhu Puri, 53rd National Film Awards, 2006

Winner, Asia Pacific Kodak Filmschool Competition, 2006

Best Cinematography award in the ‘Emerging Filmmakers’ section, Cannes Film Festival:

2007
Kramasha – by Amit Dutta

2009

Kramasha – by Savita Singh

Kramasha – by Ajit Singh Rathore

2007

“GOLD MIKELDI FOR FICTION” by the International Jury of the 49th edition of the Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Spain

2008

Golden Conch, MIFF, 2008

2009

Rajat Kamal and cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- for Best Cinematography in 55th National Awards

Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-  for Best Audiography in 55th National Awards

Bhanga Ghara, Nilanjan Datta Silver Lotus, Best film on Environment, 55th National Film Awards (Awarded in 2009)
2008
Chasing Angelina Jolie – by Saurav Dey Best Student Documentary (Golden Trophy), Indian Documentary Producers Association, Mumbai
Udedh Bun – by Siddhartha Sinha Silver Bear, 58th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, 2008

Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000/- to the Director for Best Short Fiction in 55th National Awards

Haravalele Indradhanushya – by Dhiraj Meshram 1) Silver Conch, MIFF, 2008

2) Best Short Fiction Film (Golden Trophy) and Best Screenplay (Silver Trophy), Indian Documentary Producers Association, Mumbai.

Undertakers – by Emmanuel Palo Silver Conch, MIFF, 2008
Three of Us – by Umesh Kulkarni

Shariqua Badar Khan Cameraperson

2008:

Grand Prix Grimstad , 2500 Euro,Norwegian Short Film Festival

Best Documentary and Trophy, 16th Curtas Vila Do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal.

Best Documentary Award, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival – Curta Cinema 2008

Grand jury prize, signe de nuit, France

PATTON award for Best Indian Film, 6th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata.

2009:

6th Competitive We Care Filmfest  2009, New Delhi  First Prize (Mentally Challenged Category)

2010:

Best Direction – SWARNA Kamal and Rs 1,00,000/- to the Director, 56th National Awards 2008

Best Cinematography – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and Adlabs Mumbai, 56th National Awards 2008

Narmeen – by Dipti Gogna HBO Short Film Competition Jury Award and cash prize of $2,500, 5th South Asian International Film Festival 2008, New York.

Best Director Award of a cash prize – $1,000, Whistling Woods International Students Film Competition Live Action

(Short Film) During 7th Pune International Film Festival, Pune.

Jury Award for Best Short Film at the 7th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

2009:

Gold Award for ‘Excellence in Short Fiction’ (Professional category) in Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA)

Best Short Film Award at ‘Bollywood and beyond’ Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart, Germany 09

Jury Special Mention Award for Section – “Children World” in 7th edition of the International Short Festival ‘Salento Finibus Terraein’, Italy.

Gold Award for ‘Excellence in Sound Design’ (Fiction) in Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) – Manik Batra

2010

Best Music Direction Award – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-, 56th National Awards 2008 – Vipin Mishra

PATTON AWARD for the Best Indian entry 8th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata – November 1 to 5, 2010

2009
Dhin Tak Dha – Saikat Ray 1) Gold Award for ‘Excellence in Editing’ (Fiction) in Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA).
Swayambhu Sen Foresees his End – by  Debashish Medhekar 1) Certificate for Merit for Best Short Fiction’ (under 30 minute) in Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA).
In Transit – by Arunima Sharma 1) ‘Silver Award’ for ‘Best Documentary’ (30 min.) in Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA)
Who Thought of the Little Boy  – Devendra Golatkar 1) Gold Award for ‘Excellence in Cinematography’ in Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA)
Take Off – by Collin D’Cunha Koenig Ludwig Trophy for Best Beer Advertisement, Munich 2009
Echoes of Silence –  by Zubin Garg – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- for Best Music Direction Award in 55th National Awards
Aadmi ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan (The Man’s Woman and Other Stories) – by  Amit Dutta 1) Special Mention in the competition section of Horizon (Orizzonti Section) – 66th Venice International Film Festival held from 2nd to 12th September, 2009
Turbulence – Cinematography by Rangoli Agarwal Best Film / TV Feature – Ibda’a Awards, Dubai, 2009
Gaarud – Umesh Kulkarni

Deepu S. Unni, Cameraman

Lipika Singh Darai Sound

PATTON award for Best Indian Film, 7th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata.

Sharing Best Film : Short Fiction (Under 30)- Gold, Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) 2009, Mumbai

2010

Golden Conch (cash award of Rs. 3 Lakh/-, MIFF, 2010)

Sharing Best Film : Short Fiction (Under 30)- Gold, Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) 2009, Mumbai

Best Cinematography – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and Adlabs, Mumbai – 57th National Awards 2009.

Best Audiography for Re-recordist (final mixed track) – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-. – 57th National Awards 2009

Thread – Lilium Leonard Best Short Film Rs. 25,000/- 8th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai
2010
The Watch Clinic / Ghadyalancha Dawakhana – by Vikrant Pawar Best Film Award of a cash prize – $2,000, at Whistling Woods International Students Film Competition Live Action (Short Film) during 8th Pune International Film Festival, Pune – 7th to 14th Jan. 2010

2011

Best Film for 1st Pune Shot Film Festival 2011

Certificate – Special Mention for 17th International Children’s Film Festival – Golden Elephant, Mumbai 2011

Trip – by Emmanuel Palo Best Scientific Film – Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000/- each to the Producer and Director, 56th National Awards 2008
Stations – by Emmanuel Palo

Manoj Kannoth, Editor

Short Fiction Film – Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000/- each to the Producer and Director, 56th National Awards 2008

Best Editing – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-, 56th National Awards 2008

When This Man Dies – Jayakrishna Gummadi, Cameraman Best Cinematography – Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- and Filmlab, Mumbai, 56th National Awards 2008
Ekti Kaktaliyo Golpo – Tathagata Singha Sharing Best Debut Non-feature Film of a director – Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize of Rs. 37,500/- each to the Producer and Director. – 57th National Awards 2009.
Vaishnav Jan Toh…. – Kaushal Oza Sharing Best Debut Non-feature Film of a director – Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize of Rs. 37,500/- each to the Producer and Director. – 57th National Awards 2009.

Best Student Film : Short Fiction – Gold – Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) 2009, Mumbai

Vilay – Umesh Kulkarni

Nitika Bhagat, Cameraman

Best film award in the 14th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Thailand held on August 2010.

Special Mention – Certificate only – 57th National Awards 2009.

Reflections – Swati Khatri Special mention of the Jury – 8th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata – November 1 to 5, 2010
The Light and her Shadows – Avinash Arun Best Cinematography – Short Fiction – Gold, Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) 2009, Mumbai
Chaatak (Waiting for Rain) – Reema Borah Best Film : Short Fiction (Over 30) – Special Mention – Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) 2009, Mumbai
2011
Come and See (playback) – Tathagata Singha Indo Canada Student Innovation Award 2011 (ICSIA), Mumbai
Shyam Raat Seher – Arunima Sharma

Murli G., Cameraman

Best Direction award with Swarna Kamal and cash prize of ` 1,50,000/- 58th National Film Awards

Best Cinematography award with Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- each to the processing laboratory – Film Lab, Mumbai – 58th National Film Awards 2010.

Kal 15 August Dukan Band Rahegi – Pratik Vats Best Short Fiction award with Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize of Rs. 50,000/- each to the Producer and Director – 58th National Film Awards 2010
Urnanaabh – Zalina Gamat

Jigmet Wangchuk, Cameraman

Silver Trophy for ‘Excellence in Short Fiction’ (Student category) – IDPA Awards 2010

Kodak Film School Cinematography National Competition 2011

Airawat – Renu Savant Special Jury Mention in 4th International Short and Documentary Film Festival of Kerala 11.

Special Mention Certificate only for 59th National Awards in 2011

Blue Palace – Mahavir Sabannavar, Audiographer Best Sound Design Award – NO LIMITS FILM FESTIVAL, Sheffield, UK
Memories – Ms. Gayatri Joshi Silver Trophy for ‘Excellence in Animation’ (Student) – IDPA Awards 2010
Utsav – Animation Student group project Special Jury Mention – IDPA Awards 2010
1, 2 – Prantik Basu

Gautam Nair, Audiographer

PATTON award for Best Indian Film, 9th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata

Technical Awards in Camera Gold and Sound Silver 4th Cut.In Students’ Video Festival, Mumbai 2011

2012

Indian Jury Award i.e. Cash Award of Rs. 2,50,000/- in the Indian Competition in the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation Films (MIFF -2012)

Best Audiography for with Rajat Kamal and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/- for 59th National Awards in 2011

Open Café v2.5 – Naveen Padmanabhan

Sylvester Fonseca, Cinematographer

Gold Award in Documentary category and for Sound Gold and Camera Silver in Technical Awards in 4th Cut In Students’ Video Festival, Mumbai 2011

Best Cinematography for Whistling Woods International Student Film Competition (a section of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), 2012

2012
Shankarnama – Nikhil Mullay Best Sound for Whistling Woods International Student Film Competition (a section of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), 2012
Rizwan – Deepti Khurana

Cinematographer – Akash Agrawal

Special Jury Mention at 5th International Short and Documentary Film Festival of Kerala held from 8th to 12th June 2012

Cinematography award in the Diploma Section in Fujifilm – Indradhanush Film School Competition 2012

Prabhat Nagari Film 1 – Aman Wadhan

Cinematographer – Srijit Basu

Special mention in Student Non fiction category for Prabhat Nagari in 11th IDPA award in Mumbai (2015)

Cinematography award in the Fujifilm – Indradhanush Film School Competition 2012

Kaun Kamleshwar – Camera: – Rangoli Agrawal

Dir: Anurag Goswami

specially acknowledged films by the jury members in the Fujifilm – Indradhanush Film School Competition 2012

Satyajit Ray Foundation’s short film award, held in conjunction with London Indian Film Festival, 2013.

Moon Stars Lovers –

Cinematographer: G. Balakrishna Sharma

specially acknowledged films by the jury members in the Fujifilm – Indradhanush Film School Competition 2012
Afterglow – Kaushal Oza Patton Award for the Best Indian Film at 10th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, Kolkata held from November 1 to 5, 2012.

BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES award with RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- each to the Director and Producer – 60th National Film Awards

Chumbak – Gaurav Shimpi Special Jury Award in the Kyoto International Student Film and Video Festival scheduled from 17th to 23rd November 2012.
The Elephant, From the Bridge (Dir Abhilash Vijayan) 2nd Best Documentary film, 3rd Best Director and 2nd Best Editor award in 1st Smita Patil Short Documentary Competition, 2012.
11 Minutes (Dir Karma Takapa) Best Director award in 1st Smita Patil Short Documentary Competition, 2012.
2013
Allah is Great – Dir. Andrea Lannetta Special Jury Mention – Coming Stars Panorama in 5th Jaipur International Film Festival 2013

SPECIAL MENTION – 60th National Film Awards

2nd Best Film in Dubai International Film Festival (Shorts Section) with a prize money of AED 25,000.

Kaatal – Dir. Vikrant Pawar

Abhimanyu Dange, Cameraman

Kaatal – Dilip Kumar Ahirwar, Sound

BEST SHORT FICTION award comprising RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- cash each to both Director and Producer (FTII) – 60th National Film Awards

Best Student Film Award in International Film Festival of Fiji 2013.

BEST DIRECTION with SWARNA KAMAL and Rs.1,50,000/-  cash – 60th National Film Awards

Best Direction in Fiction in 1st NSFA & SFFI, 2013.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award with RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- cash each to cameraman and laboratory (Cash Component to be shared between films)

2014:

Best Short Fiction film with Golden Conch trophy and Rs. 500,000 cash prize (Rs 300,000 for the Director and Rs 200,000 for the producer – FTII) in 13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films (MIFF) 3rd to 9th February 2014.

Best Sound Recordist with Rs. 1,00,000/- and certificate in 13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films (MIFF) 3rd to 9th February 2014.

After Glow – Dir. Kaushal Oza BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES award with RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- each to the Director and Producer – 60th National Film Awards
Man from Maldeo – Dir. Ruchir Arun Special Jury Award in Non-Fiction in 1st NSFA & SFFI, 2013.
The Donkey Fair – Dir. Rakesh Shukla Best Documentary award in 3rd Smita Patil International Film Festival 2014 organized by Arogya Sena Co-organizer SYS.with prize rs10,000/- and certificate

Best Cinematography in Non-Fiction in 1st NSFA & SFFI, 2013

2015:

Best Documentary award in 3rd Smita Patil International Film Festival 2014 organized by Arogya Sena Co-organizer SYS.with prize rs10,000/- and certificate.

The Drowning Song – Dir. Sandhya Daisy Sundaram Best Music Video in 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala.
Black O’ Whyte – Dir. Jithindas C.H. and Sibin Anto M. Best Animation Film in 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala

Best Director for animation award in 2nd National Students Film Awards at SRFTI, Kolkata .27th feb to 3rd march 2014.

Kaun Kamleshwar – Dir. Anurag Goswami Satyajit Ray Foundation’s short film award, held in conjunction with London Indian Film Festival, 2013.
Dwand – Dir Abhilash Vijayan

Sahil Bhardwaj, Camera

Best Short Film in Ladakh International Film Festival 2013.

Best Cinematography Award in 13th International Student Film Festival Písek 2013, Czech Republic.

Firdous – Dir. Tushar More Best Cinematography Award in Kodak India Film School Competition 2013.

2015:

Special mention in Student fiction category for Firdous in 11th IDPA award in Mumbai

Best Direction Category in Samyak Short Film Festival, Pune.

That Elephant from the Bridge – Dir. Abhilash Vijayan) Documentary Gold at Cut.In National Student Film Festival 2013 at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Best Documentary Award at Kolhapur International Film festival, 2013.

2014
Chidiya Udh – Dir. Pranjal Dua

Gautam Nair Audiographer

BEST DIRECTION award with SWARNA KAMAL and Rs.1,50,000/- cash – 61st National Film Awards 2013

BEST AUDIOGRAPHY award with RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- cash – 61st National Film Awards 2013

Mandrake! Mandrake! – Dir. Ruchir Arun

Kavin Jagtiani, Cameraman

Special Mention Fiction (10 to 30 min) in 2nd National Students Film Awards at SRFTI, Kolkata 27th feb to 3rd march 2014

BEST SHORT FICTION award comprising RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- cash each to both Director and Producer (Director, FTII) – 61st National Film Awards 2013

2015:

Silver medal in Student Fiction category for Mandrake Mandrake in 11th IDPA award in Mumbai

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award with RAJAT KAMAL and Rs. 50,000/- cash each to cameraman and laboratory

Things Missing – Karan Singh, Editor (TV course film, dir : Samar Ali Warsi) Best Editing Non-fiction (shared) in 2nd National Students Film Awards at SRFTI, Kolkata .27th feb to 3rd march 2014.
Makara – Susmit Bob Nath, Sound (dir. Prantik Narayan Basu) Best Sound Design Fiction (10 to 30 min) in 2nd National Students Film Awards at SRFTI, Kolkata 27th feb to 3rd march 2014
Sonyacha Amba – Dir. Govind Raju Specail Award for IDPA Award for the best student film with IDPA Trophy and Rs. 1,00,000/-in 13th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation Films (MIFF) 3rd to 9th February 2014.
Makhi – Dir. Umesh Kulkarni Best Short Film – Fiction in SIGNS 2014 – John Abraham National Awards 28th May to 1st June 2014
Aisa Nahin Hua Tha Tahira –
Dir. Rajula Shah
Cinema Experimenta – Fiction in SIGNS 2014 – John Abraham National Awards 28th May to 1st June 2014
Thutse Kyume – Dir. Takapa Karma Jury Special Mention – Fiction in SIGNS 2014 – John Abraham National Awards 28th May to 1st June 2014
A Dream Animal – Dir. Sanyukta Sharma

Pinak Agte

Susmit Bobnath

Jury Special Mention – Fiction in SIGNS 2014 – John Abraham National Awards 28th May to 1st June 2014

2015:

Best Director for A dream Animal in 3rd NSFA pune

Best Audiography for A dream Animal in 3rd NSFA Pune

Best Sound Design for A dream Animal in 3rd NSFA, Pune

Mukhabir – Manoj Nitharwal Best Student Film Award in International Film Festival of Fiji 18th to 28th July 2014.
Roots -Antara Anand, Film ‘Roots’ – 2nd Prize (Shared) – Non Fiction

Prize consists of – A cheque of Rs. 15000/-, Certificate & a Memento.

Glass-Naveen Padmanabha Film ‘GLASS’ – 1st Prize – Fiction

Prize consists of – A cheque of Rs. 20000/-, Certificate & a Memento.

Sahara Rider -Devendra Meher Film ‘Sahara Rider’ – 2nd Prize (Shared) – Non Fiction Prize consists of – A cheque of Rs. 15000/-, Certificate & a Memento.
2015
Renu Savant- Aaranyak

Vijay Kalmakar

Best Short Fiction Film award at Asian Film FestivalThird Eye Mumbai , 2015.

Best Film Aaranyak in 3rd NSFA Pune

Best Direction for Aaranyak in 62nd National film Award in non feature film category. . Swarna Kamal and 1.5lakh cash prize

Best Editor for Aaranyak in 3rd NSFA pune

Song we Wrote- Sandhya sundaram BEST AUDIOGRAPHY category Audiographer :- Sumit Kuhate in live action competition in 13th Pune internation Film Festival.
Tushar Kharalkar – Sadabahar Brass Band (Dir: Tushar More) Best Art and Production Design for Sadabahar Brass Band in 3rd NSFA in pune
Return to innocence – Dir: Deepanjan Laha Gold medal in Student animation category for Return to Innocence  in 11th IDPA award in Mumbai
Seek & Hide, Manoj Nitharwal Special mention with certificate in 62nd National film award in non feature film category for Seek and Hide.

New York Indian Film Festival (OUTSIDE)  Best short film

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When the Finance Minister (who also happens to be the current I&B minister) announced that FTII (Film And Television Institute Of India) will be made into an ‘Institute of National Importance’, Students hoped that concrete and substantial measures will be taken to grant more autonomy to the Institute and upgrade academic and physical infrastructure. The first step in that direction would have been to appoint a Chairman of highest artistic attitude, one whose values are in sync with the vision and ethos of the Institute. Instead, bypassing all academic and Institute requirements, the ministry has appointed Mr Gajendra Chauhan who lacks academic, administrative and artistic credentials in the field of Art and Film education. He has no significant contribution/ work to even qualify as a footnote or a passing reference in the history of Indian cinema and television.

Some of the eminent personalities who have been FTII chairman in the past includes Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan , Shyam Benegal, U.R Anantha Murty, Saeed Akthar Mirza and many more. These people have been either Alumni of FTII or have had experience in serious Film practice or other Art forms. Their experience in their chosen field of work has brought in a vision to the functioning of FTII. This decision of the Ministry to appoint Mr. Chauhan is not only undesired but also brings the whole process of appointment into question. FTII is a premier institute respected throughout the world for producing internationally reputed Film makers, Film Academicians and Independent Artists. We the students of FTII believe that such an appointment will not only undermine the relevance of the post but also set a wrong precedence for the future. We must never forget that FTII is a cultural hub that provides film education to students of different socioeconomic backgrounds from different parts of the country.

It is extremely sad that the government rather than enhancing the stature of many premiere institutes of the country has constantly tried to undermine the autonomy of these institutes by appointing partisan people with no merit. We see this decision in the light of continuing policies of the government to curb voices of all liberal and progressive art Institutions.

Unlike NFDC and CBFC where government has also meddled with the appointments, FTII is not going to take the bait. We strongly condemn the appointment of the new Chairman. We propose to the ministry to reconsider its appointment and also relook at the process of constituting the FTII society and its members.

Until further clarity surfaces from the I&B Ministry, we continue to standby our demands and mark our protest with a call for a strike.

We request all concerned citizens, artists, writers, performers, film makers, activists and alumnus of FTII to take notice and support our cause.

Harishankar Nachimuthu
President
Students’ Association, FTII
ftiistudentsbody@gmail.com,
http://ftiistudentsbody.blogspot.com

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