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Indo-Russian film institute to be set up

S. Aishwarya

Courses include digital filmmaking, animation, script-writing and art direction

CHENNAI: An Indo-Russian film institute with state-of-art filmmaking technology from Russia will be set up next year at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in the city.

According to P. Thangappan, secretary, Indo-Russian Film Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the film institute would introduce courses on digital filmmaking, animation, and script-writing, apart from a string of other programmes. The institute would have student-exchange programmes, facilitating Russian students to get enrolled in these courses. Indian students would take up short-term courses in Russia to get a better perspective about the technological advancements in filmmaking. Film editing, audio, cinematography and art direction are some of the other courses to be offered.

The institute would sign an MoU with Mosfilm Studios and Sovexportfilm, Russia, to source in guest lecturers and offer hands-on training for the students. Part-time and evening courses would also be made available and discussions with veteran film personalities would be part of the programme.

Jointly set up by Russian Centre for Science and Culture and Indo-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the institute is part of the series of measures taken by the Chamber to bridge Indian and Russian film industries.

An Indo-Russian film institute was the first step towards strengthening cultural ties between the two countries, said Russian Centre of Science and Culture Director Vladimir V. Mariy.

“It was the Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor who was instrumental in introducing Indian films to Russians. There has been a lot of cultural exchange between the countries since then. Russian films such as ‘Battleship Potemkin' directed by Sergei Eisenstein, is still part of syllabi in many film institutes in India, he added.

“Russian film industry is one of the best in terms of animation and digital technology. Russians have been the forerunners in animation and their technical expertise is sought after across the world,” Mr. Thangappan said.

The film institute would be named after Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, who is considered a pioneer of world cinema.

It will get its resource materials from Russia and reputed Russian filmmakers would visit the institute to handle classes, said the Chamber Founder-Chairman V.M. Lakshminarayanan.

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