Auroville Film Institute

Areas of Work: Mentoring and Critical appreciation of conscious movies, Conscious film making

Auroville Film Institute is the manifestation of the long-standing dream of the Mother (Mirra Alfassa – the founder of Auroville) of having a “cinema studio, a cinema school…” in Auroville. Dedicated to the cinema of awakening, the Auroville Film Institute has the following guiding principles.

  • Unending education and constant progress
  • Technical training for mastery over art and craft of Filmmaking
  • Time travel
  • Courageous flights between dreams, realities and alternatives
  • Critical appreciation, mentoring, and production of conscious Cinema, also of innovative experimental multimedia artforms.
  • Human Unity

Auroville Film Institute offers a series of film appreciation and film-making courses in collaboration with India’s premier film institutes, including Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (ftii.ac.in). They also hold film study groups, individualized mentorship, and student exchange programs.

Accepting Volunteers: Yes
Website: https://filminstitute.auroville.org/
Email: filminstitute@auroville.org.in
Phone: (+91) 9969879319 / (+91) 9995714909

Courses

Film-Making

Hands On – Documentary Filmmaking Workshop in Ladakh

Aug 21, 2021 . 5 Weeks

COURSE OVERVIEW: This documentary filmmaking workshop is anchored in the principles of deep ecology, an environmental philosophy that understands self as deeply connected with and as part of nature, not disassociated with it. Deep ecology critiques anthropocentrism and posits a biocentric worldview, whereby human entity is not above or below any other natural entity, it is inherently equal to every other entity. This perspective is interesting for documentary filmmaking particularly of ethnographic nature as it concurs with the worldview of most aboriginal cultures and close-knit indigenous communities – like in case of Phyang, Leh-Ladakh – the field area of our workshop. Drawing inspiration from a biocentric worldview, the workshop is designed in the exploration of 3S : Self -Surrounding-Story, wherein we begin with introspection; and we look around in response to inner curiosities and concerns. We are looking forward to building up narratives that spring from an authentic interaction of the self with the surrounding. The emerging stories we hope will have personal touch and social value. We will put on the table challenging questions like the purpose of filmmaking or the position of the filmmaker, for instance, being an insider or an outsider. The perks of the position, the point of entry or the line of enquiry, the field of access, the sensitivity or the dynamism while approaching the subject. The workshop will take a philosophical approach, while working out and demonstrating practical processes of filmmaking. Cinematographically, the light and the landscape of Ladakh will be explored. The landscape itself is extraordinary, and it transforms with the light. Moonlight will be explored in Lamayuru mountains, nicknamed the ‘moonland’. In terms of sound, there is great scope of recording ambience in villages / roads / marketplaces / monasteries etc. Additionally recording of folktales and folk songs will be encouraged for those who are interested in sound specifically. An intensive or a specialised editing or sound mixing input may be difficult in the given framework, however basic orientation and mentorship enough for the team to be able to finalize their films’ edit will be given. Basically, workshop participants will be divided in groups, and the groups will be mentored to make their own films – through a guided plan – starting from self awareness, interaction, exploration of the land and observation of daily life patterns of the local people – to arrive at ideas for films. The groups will have to pitch their proposal through pitching sessions. Production plans for all films will be drawn with the supervisors. Participants will then have to shoot and edit their own films. This is a production oriented workshop and the films produced as a part of the workshop will have public screening at the end of the workshop followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. The 40 day workshop will be conducted broadly in 7 sections: 1 . 6 days – Introduction – Introspection and Exploration. 2. 3 days – Academic conference – understanding Ladakh. 3. 5 days – Basic film orientation and character study. 4. 6 days – Basic orientation of the landscape (landscape tour). 5. 5 days – Pre-production and Pitching Sessions 6. 5 days – Production 7. 10 days – Post-Production Plus, 1 day of public screening of all films and other media objects produced during the workshop, sharing circle & closing ceremony. Accommodation will be made available 3 days before the workshop starts so as to allow room for settling in and acclimatizing to the high altitude weather; also upto 2 days after the workshop finishes as a buffer to cover up any pending exercises or workshop deliverable. Thus in total the workshop promises 45 days of experiential learning programme – with films as the main tangible deliverable, along with other media objects and an archive of footage. A detailed curriculum and day-wise schedule of the workshop can be provided upon request. WHO IS IT FOR: For aspiring, early career or mid career filmmakers, film technicians, artists, social scientists, anthropologists, ethnographers, journalists, media professionals, photographers, travel and tourism professionals, architects, ecologists, conservationists interested in the medium of film, creative writers, storytellers and explorers of all kinds. It is an intermediate level workshop – open for participants from all over India and abroad. Number of participants: Upto 20. 3 Seats are reserved for participants from HIAL and 3 seats are reserved for participants from Auroville and the bioregion. Preference will be given to Aurovilian youth on the strength of application / statement of purpose. COURSE FEE: For Indians: ₹49900 For Foreigners: $1500 *Fee includes on-campus accommodation and meals (for 41 days of workshop + 2 days before + 2 days after = total 45 days) LIMITED SEATS! SELECTION PROCESS: Please fill the application form and write the statement of purpose thoughtfully. Selection will be on strength of application i.e on the basis of merit and motivation to join the workshop. We shall contact you after we receive your application. EQUIPMENT DETAILS : We believe the equipment you have is the best equipment to make your film with. As you are familiar with your own equipment and you can learn to utilize it better for your own film. However, it is not mandatory to have your own equipment to participate in this workshop. In case you do have any piece, like a camera or a tripod or any grips or an editing laptop or any recorders, we encourage you to bring it along. Participants will be making films in groups, so your equipment will be utilized for your own group. We hope the groups to be self-sufficient in terms of basic equipment like a camera, a tripod and a recorder. From our side we will try to provide for what is missing in each group. FACULTY PROFILE: Richa Hushing & Rrivu Laha are documentary filmmakers, both alumni of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Richa specialized in TV Direction (2005) while Rrivu’s specialization was Cinematography (2007). Their films are often character portraits; and portraits of indigenous communities in liminal states. ‘Nicobar, a long way…’ a documentary observing Nicobarese identity and resilience in wake of Tsunami – is one of their latest works, winning Special Mention at the Millennium Film Festival, Belgium in 2017, among other laurels in anthropological, environmental and human rights’ film festivals such as – Pêcheurs du monde, Lorient, France, 2018; Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2017; Viscult – The festival of Visual Culture, Joensuu, Finland, 2017; World Film Festival, Tartu, Estonia, 2017; Royal Anthropological Film Festival, Bristol, 2017; Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, 2017; Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia, 2017 and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2016. Their previous works have also won international accolades like – Rrivu’s debut film ‘Amchi Kasauti (2005) won the best documentary at Jeevika film festival of livelihoods; best documentary at IBDA Dubai; selected in Mumbai International film festival; Tehran International Film Festival. His film Vasudev -the singing minstrels of Maharashtra won special jury mention at Youth New Wave Film Festival, Sri Lanka, 2008. Richa’s debut film, ‘Love Song…’ (2008) was selected at the International documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Bangalore Queer Film Festival; Her 2013 film ‘Devrai’ on the sacred groves of Maharashtra won the best documentary award at the Maharastra State Film Awards. Rrivu’s short documentary ‘Dhananjay Kulkarni ‘Chandragupt’ (2009) and Richa’s ‘Director Painter Shri Baburao Laad’ both were selected to be a part of Retrospective of Indian Documentaries at Iran International Film Festival in 2013, among other selections. After a decade-long practice based in Mumbai, in 2017 Richa and Rrivu moved to Auroville, an universal township dedicated to the ideals of human unity, free progress and transformation of consciousness. In Auroville, they began with the Auroville Timelines, a media pedagogy and video arts unit, curating recorded memories of Auroville. This work has evolved into an Auroville Archives’ project of developing a participatory community archive. In 2019, Richa and Rrivu co-founded the ‘Auroville Film Institute’ dedicated to the ideal of cinema education, integrating world cinema and world citizenship, experimenting with a new pedagogy. Richa and Rrivu work as co-directors and curriculum designers – offering short term filmmaking courses and production oriented Masterclasses. Since lockdown in March 2020, they began with their online filmmaking workshops, mentoring over 400 participants online, many of them debut filmmakers. 4 films produced through their filmmaking workshops were selected in a film festival in Switzerland affiliated with the University of Lausanne in November 2020. Richa and Rrivu have been course directors at Film and Television Institute of India’s online basic film orientation and documentary filmmaking courses. Currently, they are preparing to extend institutional collaborations, develop student exchange programmes and long-term cinema-centric learning journeys. They continue to work independently as filmmakers and producers of educational media. SPECIAL LECTURERS: Gitanjali J B, Social Entrepreneur & Educationist; Dean, HIAL; Sonam Wangchuk, Engineer, Innovator and Education Reformist; Mipham Otsal, Theatre Activist and Performance Artist; Morup Namgyal, Folk Musician; Stanzin Dorjai, Filmmaker; Chewang Norphel, Ice Stupa Pioneer Disket, Environmental Activist and Advocate and others. CERTIFICATE : Certificate of participation will be issued jointly by Auroville Film Institute and Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh. 90% attendance is compulsory to get a certificate. SPECIAL NOTE : The workshop is part of the Auroville-Ladakh bi-annual student exchange programme, facilitating cinema centric learning journeys that can emerge from and lead to a more comprehensive cultural confluence and knowledge sharing. The corresponding Auroville Phase of the exchange programme titled “Auroville Praxis – experimental art, imagination and innovation” workshop will be open in January 2022 in Auroville. QUERIES: For further details and queries if any, contact: Richa Hushing @ +91 9969879319 / filminstitute@auroville.org.in Varada Kulkarni @ +91 9769285936 / varadaa.kulkarni@hial.edu.in *ALL COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ADHERED TO DURING THE WORKSHOP. *Please note that fees once paid will not be refunded – unless the workshop itself has to be cancelled due to COVID related emergencies and lockdown. In case the workshop is cancelled, a refund will be organized.

Film-Making

Hands On – Documentary Filmmaking Workshop in Ladakh

Aug 21, 2021 . 5 Weeks

COURSE OVERVIEW: This documentary filmmaking workshop is anchored in the principles of deep ecology, an environmental philosophy that understands self as deeply connected with and as part of nature, not disassociated with it. Deep ecology critiques anthropocentrism and posits a biocentric worldview, whereby human entity is not above or below any other natural entity, it is inherently equal to every other entity. This perspective is interesting for documentary filmmaking particularly of ethnographic nature as it concurs with the worldview of most aboriginal cultures and close-knit indigenous communities – like in case of Phyang, Leh-Ladakh – the field area of our workshop. Drawing inspiration from a biocentric worldview, the workshop is designed in the exploration of 3S : Self -Surrounding-Story, wherein we begin with introspection; and we look around in response to inner curiosities and concerns. We are looking forward to building up narratives that spring from an authentic interaction of the self with the surrounding. The emerging stories we hope will have personal touch and social value. We will put on the table challenging questions like the purpose of filmmaking or the position of the filmmaker, for instance, being an insider or an outsider. The perks of the position, the point of entry or the line of enquiry, the field of access, the sensitivity or the dynamism while approaching the subject. The workshop will take a philosophical approach, while working out and demonstrating practical processes of filmmaking. Cinematographically, the light and the landscape of Ladakh will be explored. The landscape itself is extraordinary, and it transforms with the light. Moonlight will be explored in Lamayuru mountains, nicknamed the ‘moonland’. In terms of sound, there is great scope of recording ambience in villages / roads / marketplaces / monasteries etc. Additionally recording of folktales and folk songs will be encouraged for those who are interested in sound specifically. An intensive or a specialised editing or sound mixing input may be difficult in the given framework, however basic orientation and mentorship enough for the team to be able to finalize their films’ edit will be given. Basically, workshop participants will be divided in groups, and the groups will be mentored to make their own films – through a guided plan – starting from self awareness, interaction, exploration of the land and observation of daily life patterns of the local people – to arrive at ideas for films. The groups will have to pitch their proposal through pitching sessions. Production plans for all films will be drawn with the supervisors. Participants will then have to shoot and edit their own films. This is a production oriented workshop and the films produced as a part of the workshop will have public screening at the end of the workshop followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. The 40 day workshop will be conducted broadly in 7 sections: 1 . 6 days – Introduction – Introspection and Exploration. 2. 3 days – Academic conference – understanding Ladakh. 3. 5 days – Basic film orientation and character study. 4. 6 days – Basic orientation of the landscape (landscape tour). 5. 5 days – Pre-production and Pitching Sessions 6. 5 days – Production 7. 10 days – Post-Production Plus, 1 day of public screening of all films and other media objects produced during the workshop, sharing circle & closing ceremony. Accommodation will be made available 3 days before the workshop starts so as to allow room for settling in and acclimatizing to the high altitude weather; also upto 2 days after the workshop finishes as a buffer to cover up any pending exercises or workshop deliverable. Thus in total the workshop promises 45 days of experiential learning programme – with films as the main tangible deliverable, along with other media objects and an archive of footage. A detailed curriculum and day-wise schedule of the workshop can be provided upon request. WHO IS IT FOR: For aspiring, early career or mid career filmmakers, film technicians, artists, social scientists, anthropologists, ethnographers, journalists, media professionals, photographers, travel and tourism professionals, architects, ecologists, conservationists interested in the medium of film, creative writers, storytellers and explorers of all kinds. It is an intermediate level workshop – open for participants from all over India and abroad. Number of participants: Upto 20. 3 Seats are reserved for participants from HIAL and 3 seats are reserved for participants from Auroville and the bioregion. Preference will be given to Aurovilian youth on the strength of application / statement of purpose. COURSE FEE: For Indians: ₹49900 For Foreigners: $1500 *Fee includes on-campus accommodation and meals (for 41 days of workshop + 2 days before + 2 days after = total 45 days) LIMITED SEATS! SELECTION PROCESS: Please fill the application form and write the statement of purpose thoughtfully. Selection will be on strength of application i.e on the basis of merit and motivation to join the workshop. We shall contact you after we receive your application. EQUIPMENT DETAILS : We believe the equipment you have is the best equipment to make your film with. As you are familiar with your own equipment and you can learn to utilize it better for your own film. However, it is not mandatory to have your own equipment to participate in this workshop. In case you do have any piece, like a camera or a tripod or any grips or an editing laptop or any recorders, we encourage you to bring it along. Participants will be making films in groups, so your equipment will be utilized for your own group. We hope the groups to be self-sufficient in terms of basic equipment like a camera, a tripod and a recorder. From our side we will try to provide for what is missing in each group. FACULTY PROFILE: Richa Hushing & Rrivu Laha are documentary filmmakers, both alumni of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Richa specialized in TV Direction (2005) while Rrivu’s specialization was Cinematography (2007). Their films are often character portraits; and portraits of indigenous communities in liminal states. ‘Nicobar, a long way…’ a documentary observing Nicobarese identity and resilience in wake of Tsunami – is one of their latest works, winning Special Mention at the Millennium Film Festival, Belgium in 2017, among other laurels in anthropological, environmental and human rights’ film festivals such as – Pêcheurs du monde, Lorient, France, 2018; Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2017; Viscult – The festival of Visual Culture, Joensuu, Finland, 2017; World Film Festival, Tartu, Estonia, 2017; Royal Anthropological Film Festival, Bristol, 2017; Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, 2017; Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia, 2017 and International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2016. Their previous works have also won international accolades like – Rrivu’s debut film ‘Amchi Kasauti (2005) won the best documentary at Jeevika film festival of livelihoods; best documentary at IBDA Dubai; selected in Mumbai International film festival; Tehran International Film Festival. His film Vasudev -the singing minstrels of Maharashtra won special jury mention at Youth New Wave Film Festival, Sri Lanka, 2008. Richa’s debut film, ‘Love Song…’ (2008) was selected at the International documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Bangalore Queer Film Festival; Her 2013 film ‘Devrai’ on the sacred groves of Maharashtra won the best documentary award at the Maharastra State Film Awards. Rrivu’s short documentary ‘Dhananjay Kulkarni ‘Chandragupt’ (2009) and Richa’s ‘Director Painter Shri Baburao Laad’ both were selected to be a part of Retrospective of Indian Documentaries at Iran International Film Festival in 2013, among other selections. After a decade-long practice based in Mumbai, in 2017 Richa and Rrivu moved to Auroville, an universal township dedicated to the ideals of human unity, free progress and transformation of consciousness. In Auroville, they began with the Auroville Timelines, a media pedagogy and video arts unit, curating recorded memories of Auroville. This work has evolved into an Auroville Archives’ project of developing a participatory community archive. In 2019, Richa and Rrivu co-founded the ‘Auroville Film Institute’ dedicated to the ideal of cinema education, integrating world cinema and world citizenship, experimenting with a new pedagogy. Richa and Rrivu work as co-directors and curriculum designers – offering short term filmmaking courses and production oriented Masterclasses. Since lockdown in March 2020, they began with their online filmmaking workshops, mentoring over 400 participants online, many of them debut filmmakers. 4 films produced through their filmmaking workshops were selected in a film festival in Switzerland affiliated with the University of Lausanne in November 2020. Richa and Rrivu have been course directors at Film and Television Institute of India’s online basic film orientation and documentary filmmaking courses. Currently, they are preparing to extend institutional collaborations, develop student exchange programmes and long-term cinema-centric learning journeys. They continue to work independently as filmmakers and producers of educational media. SPECIAL LECTURERS: Gitanjali J B, Social Entrepreneur & Educationist; Dean, HIAL; Sonam Wangchuk, Engineer, Innovator and Education Reformist; Mipham Otsal, Theatre Activist and Performance Artist; Morup Namgyal, Folk Musician; Stanzin Dorjai, Filmmaker; Chewang Norphel, Ice Stupa Pioneer Disket, Environmental Activist and Advocate and others. CERTIFICATE : Certificate of participation will be issued jointly by Auroville Film Institute and Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh. 90% attendance is compulsory to get a certificate. SPECIAL NOTE : The workshop is part of the Auroville-Ladakh bi-annual student exchange programme, facilitating cinema centric learning journeys that can emerge from and lead to a more comprehensive cultural confluence and knowledge sharing. The corresponding Auroville Phase of the exchange programme titled “Auroville Praxis – experimental art, imagination and innovation” workshop will be open in January 2022 in Auroville. QUERIES: For further details and queries if any, contact: Richa Hushing @ +91 9969879319 / filminstitute@auroville.org.in Varada Kulkarni @ +91 9769285936 / varadaa.kulkarni@hial.edu.in *ALL COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS WILL BE ADHERED TO DURING THE WORKSHOP. *Please note that fees once paid will not be refunded – unless the workshop itself has to be cancelled due to COVID related emergencies and lockdown. In case the workshop is cancelled, a refund will be organized.

Film-Making

Approaches to cinematic construction – An appreciation of film editing

Aug 05, 2021 . 4 Days . Remote

with Debkamal Ganguly 5th to 8th August 2021; 14:30 to 18:30 IST_Online While in the beginning of the history of cinema, the possibility of editing shots together created the possibility of existence of cinema itself, presently film editing is mostly seen as a mere craft. There has been a systematic devaluation of editing in cinema as a mode of formal and philosophical engagement in recent times. This course would provide insights from important markers from the history of cinema with adequate analysis to suggest the crucial role of editing, not only to understand the possibilities of cinematic forms and cinematic becoming, but also would help appreciate creative intentions / imaginations / experiences and existences of being alive. FACULTY PROFILE: DEBKAMAL GANGULY: An alumnus from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, DebKamal Ganguly is an independent filmmaker, researcher and teacher of cinematic arts. He has taught for 08 years (2012-2020) and designed curriculum in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, in the departments of Film Editing, Film Direction and Screen Studies; and as a guest faculty in National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Flame University, Pune, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Ganguly’s works have been published under special curator-ship from Lowave, Paris; his video art featured in the exhibition ‘Indian Highway’ and showcased in galleries of various cities of Europe and Asia. His films done in the capacity of editor, script-writer and sound designer have been shown in competitive sections of various international festivals and received recognition, including ‘Tiger Award for Shorts’ in Rotterdam (IFFR 2007). Ganguly has presented papers in various international and national seminars and conferences on various themes related to cinema, Deleuze studies, visual art, interfaces of art practices, translation studies, collective memory, Bengal studies, Media studies, pedagogy of cinema, film editing as a discipline, immersive sound etc including CARA-CIECT conference in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (2018), CILECT conference in VGIK, Moscow (2019), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2019). He is a participant of an international project for artistic research involving BRICS countries, being the coordinator for India (2018). FEES FOR THIS 4 DAYS UNIT – INR 1500 For Ex Participants of Dabkamal Ganguly’s earlier session with AVFI INR 2000 For Ex Participants of Auroville Film Institute from other courses INR 3000 For Indian Nationals USD 25 For participants from SAARC nations USD 40 For international participants outside of SAARC. Voluntary contribution for Aurovilians and Newcomers. CERTIFICATE: Certificate of participation will be issued by Auroville Film Institute.

Film-Making

Approaches to cinematic construction – An appreciation of film editing

Aug 05, 2021 . 4 Days . Remote

with Debkamal Ganguly 5th to 8th August 2021; 14:30 to 18:30 IST_Online While in the beginning of the history of cinema, the possibility of editing shots together created the possibility of existence of cinema itself, presently film editing is mostly seen as a mere craft. There has been a systematic devaluation of editing in cinema as a mode of formal and philosophical engagement in recent times. This course would provide insights from important markers from the history of cinema with adequate analysis to suggest the crucial role of editing, not only to understand the possibilities of cinematic forms and cinematic becoming, but also would help appreciate creative intentions / imaginations / experiences and existences of being alive. FACULTY PROFILE: DEBKAMAL GANGULY: An alumnus from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, DebKamal Ganguly is an independent filmmaker, researcher and teacher of cinematic arts. He has taught for 08 years (2012-2020) and designed curriculum in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, in the departments of Film Editing, Film Direction and Screen Studies; and as a guest faculty in National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Flame University, Pune, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Ganguly’s works have been published under special curator-ship from Lowave, Paris; his video art featured in the exhibition ‘Indian Highway’ and showcased in galleries of various cities of Europe and Asia. His films done in the capacity of editor, script-writer and sound designer have been shown in competitive sections of various international festivals and received recognition, including ‘Tiger Award for Shorts’ in Rotterdam (IFFR 2007). Ganguly has presented papers in various international and national seminars and conferences on various themes related to cinema, Deleuze studies, visual art, interfaces of art practices, translation studies, collective memory, Bengal studies, Media studies, pedagogy of cinema, film editing as a discipline, immersive sound etc including CARA-CIECT conference in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (2018), CILECT conference in VGIK, Moscow (2019), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2019). He is a participant of an international project for artistic research involving BRICS countries, being the coordinator for India (2018). FEES FOR THIS 4 DAYS UNIT – INR 1500 For Ex Participants of Dabkamal Ganguly’s earlier session with AVFI INR 2000 For Ex Participants of Auroville Film Institute from other courses INR 3000 For Indian Nationals USD 25 For participants from SAARC nations USD 40 For international participants outside of SAARC. Voluntary contribution for Aurovilians and Newcomers. CERTIFICATE: Certificate of participation will be issued by Auroville Film Institute.

Film-Making

Separation – Analysis and Filmmaking Workshop

Jul 15, 2021 . 6 Weeks . Remote

OVERVIEW : पृथक्करण, पार्थक्य, विभाजन, विच्छेद, वियोग, विरह, विभक्ति, वियुक्ति, विप्रलंभ, भंजन… अलगाना, बिलगाव, जुदाई… Distance, Departure… Disassociation, Disjunction, Disconnection, Disunion… Demobilization, Demolition, Disintegration, Detachment, Death… Discard. Divorce. Division, Partition. Segregation, Severance, Secession… Break. Fracture, Fragmentation… Crack, Split, Smash, Splatter, Splinter! Separate. SEPARATION as a state of being; an interpersonal or an existential crisis; a thought process; a felt-sense, a collage of memories; touch of a time; sights, sounds and smells; sorting the self out through overwhelming emotions… to understand better – who am I? The workshop will be conducted in 2 Phases. Phase 1 – Thematic Orientation and Phase 2 – Production Mentorship. Participants will be systematically guided to make their own short film – under the mentorship of Kamal Swaroop and other associated facilitators. CURRICULAR DETAILS : In Phase 1 that is Thematic Orientation, we shall analyze Separation as a theme. We shall enquire into the psyche that bears separation and explore its cinematic construction – while referring to some of the masterpieces in cinema, alongside painting, photography, poetry and prose. Phase 1 will be conducted in 3 units: Phase 1 Unit 1: SHOT BY SHOT Analysing of Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘A Separation‘, an 2012 Oscar winning Iranian masterpiece – superbly crafted, emotionally astute, raising ethical and philosophical questions. (Film will be analysed shot-by-shot, scene-by-scene alongside its original script). Phase 1 Unit 2: Analysing excerpts from masterpieces of Cinema, Literature, Painting and Photography. Various scenarios of separation and their cinematic construction, visual appeal will be studied in this unit. Participants will be asked to share personally poignant images of separation. Phase 1 Unit 3: Understanding the nature of music and sound and the role it can play to build up the mood and heighten emotions in films. Taking examples, analysing and appreciating sound design. In Phase 2 participants will be ushered to embark upon their own short film productions. The production mentorship will begin with an exploration of self-surrounding-stories; followed by technical inputs for production / post-production, reviews, feedback and final film presentations. Phase 2 will be conducted in 6 units: Phase 2 Unit 1: Basic Introductions and sharing of ideas on ‘Self-Surrounding and Stories’; Reflecting on the inner compositions – prompting introspection, observation, articulation. Phase 2 Unit 2: Developing ideas for film while understanding Idea-Concept-Plot-Story-Screenplay; Analyzing a short film and examining possibilities of short film structure. Developing synopsis for films to be made during the workshop and beginning to prepare working scripts. Phase 2 Unit 3: Appreciation of film editing while exploring approaches of cinematic construction. Overviewing the history of cinema through the discipline of editing. Analyzing how certain cinematic pieces were constructed, how the form evolved, can potentially evolve with creative choices of editing. Phase 2 Unit 4: Drafting of Scripts and Designing Production Plan. With the inputs received so far, ideating the film further in terms of a working script. Planning a production that is practically feasible. Phase 2 Unit 5: Production : Shooting the films as per production plan. Participants are expected to shoot their own films in locations and characters/actors accessible to them – within 4 shooting days – as per the production plan discussed earlier. Phase 2 Unit 6: Post- production: Editing to arrive at final film. Participants are expected to edit their own films on systems/softwares accessible to them. Those who do not have sophisticated editing systems, will be guided to edit their films on smartphones or laptops. Their production can be designed accordingly, keeping in mind a post-production workflow that is manageable. Rough cuts will be reviewed and inputs will be given for final cuts. For detailed schedule of the workshop click here. At a glance: ONLINE INPUT DAYS: (14:30 to 18:30 IST) 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 July; 05, 06, 07, 08, 15 August (Total 19 days) REVIEW DAYS: (30-45 min online slot in each review session can be chosen) 28, 29, 30 July; 02, 03, 04, 12, 13, 14, 24, 25, 26 August (Total 12 days) OFFLINE HOMEWORK DAYS: (For preparation, production and post-production) 19 July; 01, 09, 10, 11, 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 August (Total 17 days) FINAL PRESENTATION OF FILMS_OPEN DAY_ONLINE 31 August (1 day) PARTICIPANT PROFILE : Those practicing or intending to practice filmmaking, analytical psychology, philosophy, photography, poetry, painting and other artforms, those on an identity quest, self-expression enthusiasts, lovers of all kinds – please apply ! MODE OF TEACHING: Online via Google Meet. Details will be shared with selected participants in time. MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: English & Hindi FULL WORKSHOP FEES: INR 11000 : For Ex-Participants of Auroville Film Institute INR 13500 : For Indian nationals USD 175 : For SAARC nationals USD 500 : For international applicants outside of SAARC. Voluntary Contribution for Aurovilians / Newcomers NOTE: Following Units can be subscribed separately: –Shot-by-shot analysis of Asghar Farhadi’s film “A Separation” with Kamal Swaroop : 15-18 July 2021 (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun) –Understanding the nature of music and sound, its role in cinema with Ustad Bahauddin Dagar and Madhu Apsara : 24-25 July 2021 (Sat-Sun) –Appreciation of Film Editing as approaches to cinematic construction with DebKamal Ganguly : 5-8 August 2021 (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun)

Film-Making

Separation – Analysis and Filmmaking Workshop

Jul 15, 2021 . 6 Weeks . Remote

OVERVIEW : पृथक्करण, पार्थक्य, विभाजन, विच्छेद, वियोग, विरह, विभक्ति, वियुक्ति, विप्रलंभ, भंजन… अलगाना, बिलगाव, जुदाई… Distance, Departure… Disassociation, Disjunction, Disconnection, Disunion… Demobilization, Demolition, Disintegration, Detachment, Death… Discard. Divorce. Division, Partition. Segregation, Severance, Secession… Break. Fracture, Fragmentation… Crack, Split, Smash, Splatter, Splinter! Separate. SEPARATION as a state of being; an interpersonal or an existential crisis; a thought process; a felt-sense, a collage of memories; touch of a time; sights, sounds and smells; sorting the self out through overwhelming emotions… to understand better – who am I? The workshop will be conducted in 2 Phases. Phase 1 – Thematic Orientation and Phase 2 – Production Mentorship. Participants will be systematically guided to make their own short film – under the mentorship of Kamal Swaroop and other associated facilitators. CURRICULAR DETAILS : In Phase 1 that is Thematic Orientation, we shall analyze Separation as a theme. We shall enquire into the psyche that bears separation and explore its cinematic construction – while referring to some of the masterpieces in cinema, alongside painting, photography, poetry and prose. Phase 1 will be conducted in 3 units: Phase 1 Unit 1: SHOT BY SHOT Analysing of Asghar Farhadi’s film ‘A Separation‘, an 2012 Oscar winning Iranian masterpiece – superbly crafted, emotionally astute, raising ethical and philosophical questions. (Film will be analysed shot-by-shot, scene-by-scene alongside its original script). Phase 1 Unit 2: Analysing excerpts from masterpieces of Cinema, Literature, Painting and Photography. Various scenarios of separation and their cinematic construction, visual appeal will be studied in this unit. Participants will be asked to share personally poignant images of separation. Phase 1 Unit 3: Understanding the nature of music and sound and the role it can play to build up the mood and heighten emotions in films. Taking examples, analysing and appreciating sound design. In Phase 2 participants will be ushered to embark upon their own short film productions. The production mentorship will begin with an exploration of self-surrounding-stories; followed by technical inputs for production / post-production, reviews, feedback and final film presentations. Phase 2 will be conducted in 6 units: Phase 2 Unit 1: Basic Introductions and sharing of ideas on ‘Self-Surrounding and Stories’; Reflecting on the inner compositions – prompting introspection, observation, articulation. Phase 2 Unit 2: Developing ideas for film while understanding Idea-Concept-Plot-Story-Screenplay; Analyzing a short film and examining possibilities of short film structure. Developing synopsis for films to be made during the workshop and beginning to prepare working scripts. Phase 2 Unit 3: Appreciation of film editing while exploring approaches of cinematic construction. Overviewing the history of cinema through the discipline of editing. Analyzing how certain cinematic pieces were constructed, how the form evolved, can potentially evolve with creative choices of editing. Phase 2 Unit 4: Drafting of Scripts and Designing Production Plan. With the inputs received so far, ideating the film further in terms of a working script. Planning a production that is practically feasible. Phase 2 Unit 5: Production : Shooting the films as per production plan. Participants are expected to shoot their own films in locations and characters/actors accessible to them – within 4 shooting days – as per the production plan discussed earlier. Phase 2 Unit 6: Post- production: Editing to arrive at final film. Participants are expected to edit their own films on systems/softwares accessible to them. Those who do not have sophisticated editing systems, will be guided to edit their films on smartphones or laptops. Their production can be designed accordingly, keeping in mind a post-production workflow that is manageable. Rough cuts will be reviewed and inputs will be given for final cuts. For detailed schedule of the workshop click here. At a glance: ONLINE INPUT DAYS: (14:30 to 18:30 IST) 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 July; 05, 06, 07, 08, 15 August (Total 19 days) REVIEW DAYS: (30-45 min online slot in each review session can be chosen) 28, 29, 30 July; 02, 03, 04, 12, 13, 14, 24, 25, 26 August (Total 12 days) OFFLINE HOMEWORK DAYS: (For preparation, production and post-production) 19 July; 01, 09, 10, 11, 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 August (Total 17 days) FINAL PRESENTATION OF FILMS_OPEN DAY_ONLINE 31 August (1 day) PARTICIPANT PROFILE : Those practicing or intending to practice filmmaking, analytical psychology, philosophy, photography, poetry, painting and other artforms, those on an identity quest, self-expression enthusiasts, lovers of all kinds – please apply ! MODE OF TEACHING: Online via Google Meet. Details will be shared with selected participants in time. MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: English & Hindi FULL WORKSHOP FEES: INR 11000 : For Ex-Participants of Auroville Film Institute INR 13500 : For Indian nationals USD 175 : For SAARC nationals USD 500 : For international applicants outside of SAARC. Voluntary Contribution for Aurovilians / Newcomers NOTE: Following Units can be subscribed separately: –Shot-by-shot analysis of Asghar Farhadi’s film “A Separation” with Kamal Swaroop : 15-18 July 2021 (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun) –Understanding the nature of music and sound, its role in cinema with Ustad Bahauddin Dagar and Madhu Apsara : 24-25 July 2021 (Sat-Sun) –Appreciation of Film Editing as approaches to cinematic construction with DebKamal Ganguly : 5-8 August 2021 (Thurs-Fri-Sat-Sun)

Film-Making

Mime Workshop

Jun 19, 2021 . 1 Months . Remote

AVFI presents a workshop exploring MIME, a theatrical technique of suggesting action, character or emotion nonverbally, using only gesture, expression and movement. The workshop will aid artists, actors, directors to convert Poems, Punctuations and Paradigms into full fledged Mime Acts, through various exercises like ‘Acting is Reacting’, ‘Making the Invisible Visible’, ‘Rhythm is to Run’, ‘Running into Body’ among newer practices like ‘From Near to Far’, ‘All is Stage’, ‘Movement Minus’ and so on. The silent performing art form, MIME will be used to get a grip over non-verbal adjectives. How to express oneself, moreover how to understand the other in unspoken terms? The workshop promises a novel approach to self-expression and storytelling that can be rich with character, humor and pathos; and of course with elements that are strictly physical, requiring practice and dexterity. Workshop Instructor: Drupad Gaonkar, a multi performing artist, 2 times world record holder and TedX Speaker.

Film-Making

Mime Workshop

Jun 19, 2021 . 1 Months . Remote

AVFI presents a workshop exploring MIME, a theatrical technique of suggesting action, character or emotion nonverbally, using only gesture, expression and movement. The workshop will aid artists, actors, directors to convert Poems, Punctuations and Paradigms into full fledged Mime Acts, through various exercises like ‘Acting is Reacting’, ‘Making the Invisible Visible’, ‘Rhythm is to Run’, ‘Running into Body’ among newer practices like ‘From Near to Far’, ‘All is Stage’, ‘Movement Minus’ and so on. The silent performing art form, MIME will be used to get a grip over non-verbal adjectives. How to express oneself, moreover how to understand the other in unspoken terms? The workshop promises a novel approach to self-expression and storytelling that can be rich with character, humor and pathos; and of course with elements that are strictly physical, requiring practice and dexterity. Workshop Instructor: Drupad Gaonkar, a multi performing artist, 2 times world record holder and TedX Speaker.

Film-Making

Make a Film

Jun 01, 2021 . 5 Weeks

Auroville Film Institute in association with Himalayan Institute of Alternatives announces a documentary filmmaking workshop in Phyang, Leh-Ladakh - from 1st June to 4th July 2021 ! It is a production oriented workshop - where the participants in groups will be mentored to make their own short film. The workshop is anchored in the principles of deep ecology. It will include (i) academic conference to understand the socio-economics and the geo-politics of Ladakh;  (ii) landscape tour to visit the cultural / ecological hot spots and heritage sites; (iii) observational exercises to visualize the daily life patterns, people and the light of the land; (iv) filmmaking exercises for conceptual and technical clarity (v) pitching sessions (vi) and mentoring of an entire production workflow including research, reconnaissance, shoot, edit and sound mix - to finalize the film. The 34 days workshop includes an invitation to come 3 days before to acclimatize and stay 3 days after as a buffer, making it a complete 40 days experiential programme.

Film-Making

Make a Film

Jun 01, 2021 . 5 Weeks

Auroville Film Institute in association with Himalayan Institute of Alternatives announces a documentary filmmaking workshop in Phyang, Leh-Ladakh - from 1st June to 4th July 2021 ! It is a production oriented workshop - where the participants in groups will be mentored to make their own short film. The workshop is anchored in the principles of deep ecology. It will include (i) academic conference to understand the socio-economics and the geo-politics of Ladakh;  (ii) landscape tour to visit the cultural / ecological hot spots and heritage sites; (iii) observational exercises to visualize the daily life patterns, people and the light of the land; (iv) filmmaking exercises for conceptual and technical clarity (v) pitching sessions (vi) and mentoring of an entire production workflow including research, reconnaissance, shoot, edit and sound mix - to finalize the film. The 34 days workshop includes an invitation to come 3 days before to acclimatize and stay 3 days after as a buffer, making it a complete 40 days experiential programme.

Film-Making

Dark & Light : a Cinematography+Direction Masterclass followed by a Retreat

Mar 21, 2021 . 7 Days

We are thrilled to announce the 1st physical workshop after lockdown, a Cinematography+Direction Masterclass - exploring the space and the light of Auroville - from 21st to 26th March - with Ranjan Palit, an ace cinematographer and auteur filmmaker ! The 6 days Masterclass will have film screenings, discussions and sessions like: (i) Light, Shadows and Movement: Camera as an emotive device; (ii) What does it take to see through the dark : Philosophically and Cinematographically (iii) What does it take to make a film? What does a film actually need? (iv) Moonlight rendezvous. In addition, there will be on-field exercises exploring the spaces in peculiar light in Auroville. Rustic locations will be explored in natural light, low light, twilight or moonlight situations, which is the specialty of Ranjan Palit. (i) late afternoon light and twilight will be explored through forest trails, cycle paths and gardens; (ii) street light will be explored during night walks on regular roads, while (iii) moonlight will be explored through forest canopies, leading to vast fields under open skies as well as by the sea-side. Special feature will be a camera demo in a small forest studio/set-up – with practical lights and available lights - such as candle light / LED lights or regular tungsten house bulbs. Camera to be used for demonstrations : Sony AS-III and IPhone 12 Pro Max. We are also trying for the Red Gemini 5K. We shall update details on our website soon. Following 6 days Masterclass, we invite you to stay back for 2 days of RETREAT (on 27th & 28th March) - where we shall screen films made by Auroville Film Institute’s ex-participants during lockdown. Filmmaker and academician Sudipto Archarya will be a special guest for the retreat!

Film-Making

Dark & Light : a Cinematography+Direction Masterclass followed by a Retreat

Mar 21, 2021 . 7 Days

We are thrilled to announce the 1st physical workshop after lockdown, a Cinematography+Direction Masterclass - exploring the space and the light of Auroville - from 21st to 26th March - with Ranjan Palit, an ace cinematographer and auteur filmmaker ! The 6 days Masterclass will have film screenings, discussions and sessions like: (i) Light, Shadows and Movement: Camera as an emotive device; (ii) What does it take to see through the dark : Philosophically and Cinematographically (iii) What does it take to make a film? What does a film actually need? (iv) Moonlight rendezvous. In addition, there will be on-field exercises exploring the spaces in peculiar light in Auroville. Rustic locations will be explored in natural light, low light, twilight or moonlight situations, which is the specialty of Ranjan Palit. (i) late afternoon light and twilight will be explored through forest trails, cycle paths and gardens; (ii) street light will be explored during night walks on regular roads, while (iii) moonlight will be explored through forest canopies, leading to vast fields under open skies as well as by the sea-side. Special feature will be a camera demo in a small forest studio/set-up – with practical lights and available lights - such as candle light / LED lights or regular tungsten house bulbs. Camera to be used for demonstrations : Sony AS-III and IPhone 12 Pro Max. We are also trying for the Red Gemini 5K. We shall update details on our website soon. Following 6 days Masterclass, we invite you to stay back for 2 days of RETREAT (on 27th & 28th March) - where we shall screen films made by Auroville Film Institute’s ex-participants during lockdown. Filmmaker and academician Sudipto Archarya will be a special guest for the retreat!