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Kautik International Student Film Festival

Artistic director Shalini Shah with ministers, university councillors, et al.
FTII director Bhupendra Kainthola offers valuable tips to the student organisers.
Kamaljeet Negi offers cinematography tips to the student organisers.

Kautik International Student Film Festival is a 10-day competitive international student film festival,[1][2][3][4]organised by CEFM-the Hermitage, Kumaun University, Nainital, Uttarakhand, in association with the Himalayan Society for Art, Culture, Education, Environment and Film Development (HIMACEEF) promoted by filmmakers/academicians Rajesh Shah (the Festival Director; FTII—Cinematography batch of 1992) and National Award winning docu filmmaker Shalini Shah (the Artistic Director). The duo are film faculty members at the University. In addition to students and film buffs from all over India, the festival is attended by the who's who of this scenic hill station: theatre artistes, cinematographers, filmmakers, and state and union ministers.

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Advisory BoardEdit

History of the FestivalEdit

Kamaun University in the year 2016 initiated a few unconventional courses; filmmaking was one among them. The film faculty comprised Rajesh Shah, a Mumbai-based cinematographer who had returned to his home in the hills to dedicate his time to teaching, along with his wife, National Film Award-winning documentary filmmaker Shalini Shah. Before the end of the year, the duo along with their first batch of 14 students decided to host a tiny student film festival. It was organised by CEFM–The Hermitage, Kumaun University, in association with HIMACEEF.

The inaugural edition was a success and the second edition,[5][6][7][8] [9][10][11][12][13] was immensely scaled up: it ran for 10 days in all, included a 5-day FTII film appreciation camp[14][15][16][17], was international and competitive, and featured a Film Critics Circle of India citation.

Expanding further, the next edition is planned to be in association with major Indian short & docu film festivals, and film societies; and to include Audience Choice Awards, a hands-on film workshop, and a Docu & Short Fiction Film Market. Speaking on the occasion, Ministers pledged to urge the government to fund future editions of the festival.[18][19]

Aimed at Creating a Film CultureEdit

At the first edition, in April 2017,[20][21][22][23] in addition to the film screenings, open forum sessions and informal masterclasses were conducted by film industry members, including cinematographer Kamaljeet Negi; actor Lalit Mohan Tiwari; Rajeev Katiyar, director of Films Division; film critic/essayist Dalton L, representing the Film Critics Circle of India; and Bhupendra Kainthola, director of FTII-Pune.

At the second edition, in April 2018, FTII conducted an intense 5-day film appreciation camp that was attended by 91 participants—ranging in age from 15-year-old school students to a 72-year-old retired professor—hailing from 10 states, namely, Uttarakhand (Nainital, Dehradun, Haldwani, Khatima, Almora, Kathgodam, Ramnagar and Rudrapur), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow, Bareilly, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Bijnore, Mathura and Bahedi), Rajasthan (Jaipur, Alwar and Bhilwara), Punjab (Hoshiarpur), Kerala (Kannur), West Bengal (Kolkata), Gujarat (Ahmedabad), Maharashtra (Nagpur), Delhi, and Haryana (Faridabad). The Finance Minister—Govt of Uttarakhand, Shri Prakash Pant, presided over the Valedictory function. Also present were Prof. Sandeep Shahare, National Coordinator, SKIFT (Skilling India in Film and Television) FTII; Course Directors Subhamoy Sengupta and Bela Negi; and FTII director Bhupendra Kaintola, who officially announced that the Institute plans to commence short-term film courses at Kumaun University.[24][25][26]

Awards ConferredEdit

  • FCCI Award for Best Indian Short Fiction Film at Kautik International Student Film Festival-2018: Orukkam (20:47 mins) | Sankar G, LV Prasad Film & TV Academy–Chennai, India. "For its subtle, sensitive handling of the dual theme of the plight of senior citizens, and of mercy killing." Jury members: Deepa Gahlot, Utpal Datta, and Ratnottama Sengupta
  • Kautik Award for the Best Foreign Film: Day 39 (14.43 min) | Jesse Gustafson, Film Division–Columbia University School of the Arts, USA
  • Kautik Award for the Best Film: Day 39 (14.43 min) | Jesse Gustafson, Film Division–Columbia University School of the Arts, USA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US, UK, Germany, South Africa, Nepal ki filmein bhi chahyi" [Films from the US, UK, Germany, South Africa and Nepal takes over the festival]. Rashtriya Sahara (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 10, 2018. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Filmon se samajik buraiyon par chot" [Societal evils targeted through films]. Hindustan (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "For the love of filmmaking". The Times of India. Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Arthpoorn filmon ne darshakon ko kiya prabhavit" [Meaningful films influence the audience]. Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kautik International Student Film Festival shuru" [Kautik International Student Film Festival begins]. Aaj (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sarovar nagari mein film festival shuru" [Film festival begins at the lake city]. Uttar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Vishwavidyalaya mein antarashtriya film festival shuru" [International film festival begins at the university]. Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Nainital mein international student film festival ka aaghaz" [International student film festival commences at Nainital]. Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Film festival mein dikhayi 20 se zyada filmein" [Film festival screens more than 20 films]. Aaj (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "International fest mein dusre din dikhayi 25 filmein" [25 films screened on the second day of the international festival]. Hindustan (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Film nirmar: madhyam aur budget ab badha nahi" [Film making: medium and budget not an obstacle anymore]. Rashtriya Sahara (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Vidyarthiyon ki banayi film ka pradarshan" [Screening of films made by students]. Utar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "International film fest: 60 movies from 12 countries to be showcased". The Times of India. Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Chatron ne jaane TV, web, film nirman ke gur" [Knowledge of TV, web and filmmaking imparted to participants]. Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Kalakaron ko batayi film banana ki barikiyan" [Subtleties of filmmaking taught to artists]. Utar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 12, 2018. p. 5.
  16. ^ "Nainital mein yuvaon ko diye film nirman ke tips" [Participants offered filmmaking tips]. Hindustan (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 12, 2018. p. 6.
  17. ^ "Chatra se buzurg tak sabne seekhi film banana ki barikiyan" [Nuances of filmmaking taught to youngsters and senior citizens]. Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Rajya sarkar uthayegi film festival ka kharch: Rawat" [State government will raise funds for the next edition of the festival: Rawat]. Amar Ujala (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 10, 2018. p. 9.
  19. ^ "Film festival ka kharch vahan karegi sarkar" [The expenditure of the next edition of the festival will be taken care of by the government]. Aaj (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 10, 2018. p. 2."Film nirmar: madhyam aur budget ab badha nahi" [Film making: medium and budget not an obstacle anymore]. Rashtriya Sahara (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 9, 2018.
  20. ^ "Launch of three-day 'Kautik Student Film Festival' at Kumaun University, Nainital". uttaranchaltoday.com.
  21. ^ "Three days film festival started at Hermitage". newsraftaar.com.
  22. ^ "Student Film Festival Start at Nainital". jagran.com.
  23. ^ "Uttarakhand is known by beauty of nainital: Yashpal Arya, transport minister of Uttarakhand government at Kautik Student Film Festival". newstodaynetwork.com.
  24. ^ "Vivi mein khulenge short term course" [Short term courses will start at Kumaon University]. Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 10, 2018. p. 6.
  25. ^ "Filmmaking course se aagey badhengi pratibhayein" [Filmmaking course will promote talent]. Hindustan (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 10, 2018. p. 6.
  26. ^ "Short term course ko umar ka bandhan nahi" [No age limit for short term course]. Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Nainital, Uttarakhand, India. April 12, 2018. p. 8.

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