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July 02, 2016

Women turn filmmakers in five-day workshop

Nagpur: Smiles and applause filled the atmosphere as thought-provoking short films made by women were screened in the Arpan Hall at Mor Bhavan on Saturday.

The short films were outcome of a five-day filmmaking workshop organized by Lakshmi Anuban Maheshwari Mahila Sanghatana, along with Pune-based 'My First Film'. Twelve women participants made three short films on subjects like child labour, child marriage, and poverty. Each film was of 3-minute duration and presented a social message.

"The highlight of the movie making process was that it involved simple equipment like cell phones and digital cameras. We had set a budget and the films were completed within five-days of workshop. We used each other's homes as sets, spare bottles as tripods and mobile phones as cameras. We not only learnt various aspects of film making but also its application in daily life" said Sonal Chandak, who is a lawyer.

"I was happy to see so much enthusiasm among women. They learned like a kid. They came up with interesting topics and were willing to participate in the process," said director of My First Film Ritesh Taksande, who conducted the workshop.

The workshop also had students from different age groups. "I joined this workshop out of interest. We learnt scripting, video- making, editing, pre- production, post production, direction, photography etc. Initially, I was hesitant on being the only man in the group but I enjoyed a lot", said polytechnic student Ketan Mundhada.

Swati Maheshwari, an entrepreneur, said, "I am in my 50s. I felt like doing something for myself. I like writing and therefore I joined this workshop. It was an enriching course."

"The amount of coordination and patience with which we were taught, we felt empowered. There was equal participation by all. We learned there is so much a woman can do, "said lecturer Rashmi Rathi.

"We were eager to attend the workshop each day. It was lots of fun. We had the opportunity to identify our hidden talent" said Shruti Randhe, director, Wizkid Abacus.

Businesswoman Rupa Chandak said, "It was difficult to manage time yet we did it. We have now become tech-savy moms. It was a knowledgeable course."

Prafulata Rode, president of ISB group, was the chief guest.

November 15, 2014

National Children’s Film Festival

The National Children's Film Festival (NCFF) was established by the Children's Film Society, India (CFSI), in a bid to expand the market for Children’s film and encourage talent in the country. The Children’s Film Society announced the launch of the first National children’s film festival on the heels of the Prime MinisterNarendra Modi's cleanliness drive announcement and, in keeping with the Minister's vision, the central theme of the festival will be based upon the 'Swachhta Abhiyaan'.[1]

Entitled as National Children’s Film Festival (NCFF), the event will focus on Children’s films which are either made or shot in India or the makers are Indian. The festival is a three-day event, which will kick-start at the capital New Delhi in Siri fort Auditorium from 14 November, Children’s Day and conclude on 16 November 2014.NCFF will be organized by CFSI every alternate year.

A film making workshop for children conducted by “My First Film”. This workshop helped children to learn shooting and editing their own short film through easy and fun induced sessions. Presenters were Anand Pandey on fundamentals of film making. Sapan Narula on shot composition and taking stunning videos . Ritesh Taksande took session on Editing and Visual Effects. After completing the workshop the kids were able to make a short film on their own even using camcorders and cell phones.

The festival will screen a score of unreleased films with CFSI’s production and latest offering, Pappu Ki Pugdandi leading the pack. Other fresh content that will be put up in the festival are Shortcut Safari which will be premiered for the first time, Kaphal, GGBB, Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo, Summer with the Ghost, - are yet another CFSI production, Krish Trish and Baltiboy- 3, Hawa Hawaii, The Boot Cake are few curated movies amongst others. The films are carefully handpicked to create an opportunity for children to experience qualitative content made exclusively for them. Some of these films have won several awards, globally.

NCFF has garnered eyeballs from the country’s celebrated Bollywood personalities such as Amitabh BachchanAjay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha, who have culled out time from their busy schedule to wish CFSI and NCFF through video bytes. Sania Mirza is the Guest of honor and celebrities such as Jimmy Shergill and Shiamak Davar team will participate in cultural programmes and workshops.

November 13, 2016

Children’s Film Festival Brings the Magic of Indian Cinema to ‘Pink City’, Kids Excited to Meet Popular Bollywood Faces

CSFI Chairperson and veteran actor Mukhesh Khanna, who has charmed the entire 90’s generation in his ‘Shaktiman’ avatar expressed his sorrow over availability of limited options for kids in Indian cinema. After producing biggies like ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Baahubali’, ‘Makdee’ and ‘Stanley ka Dabba’, Bollywood seems to have lost its lustre to daily soaps, reality television and aggressive cartoon characters. It’s sad that today’s children do not have quality content on TVs and big screens. To expose children to good, value-based entertainment, CFSI (Children’s Film Society of India) will organize the second round of 3-day NCFF (National Children’s Film Festival) at ‘Pink City’ Jaipur, on the occasion of Children’s Day today.

Based on ‘Make in India’ theme, the fest aims to use cinema, as a powerful medium to nurture creativity and awareness in young minds. Jaipur, being a colourful cultural city will attract the tiny tots with its beautiful handicrafts, vibrant costumes, striking panorama, amusing puppets, perky dance moves and good music, as per Khanna.

Programme List & Inauguration Details

The globally acclaimed film fiesta was inaugurated at Birla Auditorium, with a special screening of Ram Choyal’s ‘Gauru’- a traditional movie portraying Rajasthan’s rural background. Celebrities like Rajvardhan Singh Rathode, Anil Kapoor and Irfan Khan are expected to celebrate Children’s Day with little ones. The 3-day lively fest will showcase special workshops on theatre, dance, script-writing and filmmaking for little directors.

Around 40 entertaining movies like Sunday, Heda Hoda, Laadli, Mahek Mirza, Windstrom, Karamati Coat and Kauwboy will be screened at 10 theatres across the city.

Gauru Bhago Bhoot Pinti Ka Sabun Bring Home a Home
Pasanga Diya Shaanu Feeding Diversity
Dad I am watching You Swatch Bharat Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo Drum Roles
Naughty Krishna THE GOLDEN FROG NONO-The Zig Zag Kid Looking for Answers
Bravo Biju Identity FOUR “S Off the streets
Half Ticket Anaya Under the Sky Hope
Budhia Singh-Born to Run Saturday Shore Sound of Joy The Silent Heroes
Chutkan Ki Mahabharat Tea Boy BEYOND THE SKIES Goopi Gawaiiya Bagha Bajaiiya
Kima’s Lode Mizo The Adventure of Palchingiri Begins The Speaking tree Happy Mother’s Day
Ek Tha Bhujang Krish Trish Baltiboy I & II SLATE Harun Arun

Workshops & Open Forums for Exchange of Ideas

Aspiring actors and filmmakers can take first-hand experience of:

Script writing at Ritesh Taksande’s workshop (14 Nov)
Animation at Dhvani Desai’s workshop (15 Nov)
Film making at Ashok Kaul’s workshop (16 Nov)

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November 04, 2016


A three-day workshop on Science Film Making is organised by Vigyan Prasar and Film Society of Surat at Delhi Public School Surat from 22 October to 24 October 2016 by leading science film makers. The main objective of this workshop is to teach participants the power of visual communication for science and technology. The participants will learn every aspect of film making; from script to screen. This includes camera handling, editing, titling, adding elements to films like cartoons, graphics and presentation of short films made by the participants.

To highlight the communication of science through motion pictures, a special screening of the biography of Indian mathematician, Ramanujan, is going to be held at 7:00 pm at Valentine on 22 October 2016.

The workshop is open to all the budding young film enthusiasts and students from various schools of Surat who are interested in communicating science through visual medium.

Dr. R. Gopichandran, Director of Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Mr. Nimesh Kapoor, Scientist and Head of Science Films division, Vigyan Prasar, all the members of Film Society of Surat, Mr. Sivakumar, Director DPS Surat and Tapi & Mr. P. Vamshi Krishna, Principal, Delhi Public School Surat have graced the occasion with their presence. Dr C. M. Nautiyal-Chairman of Young Scientists Schemes, Mr Ritesh Taksande-Director of My First Film Organisation, Mr. Naresh Kapadia-Chief Faculty in College of Performing Arts, Surat were the resource persons of this workshop.

This joint initiative taken by Vigyan Prasar, FSS & DPS Surat will greatly influence and encourage the upcoming talents.

February 01, 2016

Beginning Of Films – Ritesh Teaches Right Path !

Ritesh Taksande – The Man who Took Challenge to Teach Movie Making to Kids !

With his venture MyfirstFilm.Org he became the First Indian Guy to start workshops for kids that encourages creative expression, develops leadership skills and creates a collaborative work environment. Ritesh believes, the talent should be rightly nurtured in Childhood…Any skill that has to grow professionally and personally should be encouraged in Childhood..

Ritesh has successfully crafted many events and workshops where participants are taught all the fundamentals of basic film production. Emphasising creativity and team work… the My First Film  workshops are delivered in four formats: Weekend Workshops, Evening Workshops, For Schools After School Classes, In-School Classes,  and School Holiday Programs. All films made at My First Film! are screened at the end of the year at a

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August 14, 2017

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Port Blair

20 Aug 2017

Recreation of a famous song from the 1971 Jaya Bachchan starrer-movie, Guddi, by students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in Panchwati in Middle Andaman is taking the social media by storm. Still sung in school during prayers, Gulzar’s lyrics in the outstanding song, ‘Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena’, the video created by JNV students though simple has a strong message. The video was shot during the Film Orientation Course conducted in the school by the Film and Television Institute of India recently, according to information.
According to information, the song was posted on YouTube on  August 15, India’s 71st Independence Day and is sung by Class 7, 8 and 9 students of the institute. The entire video was produced by the school and students worked on the shooting, editing and sang under the guidance of their course director, Ritesh Taksande. In one part of the video, a young boy is seen scribbling story on a chit of paper and passes it on to his friend, who sat on the other  row. Upon reading it, his friend responds with a shy smile. The video has been received over 200 views on YouTube so far.
When contacted, the Principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya informed that the Deputy Commissioner of North and Middle Andaman and the Director of Tourism in the month of July communicated that the Film and Television Institute of India proposes to conduct a film orientation course at JNV. Accordingly, a theme was passed on to the students, who worked tirelessly for 4-5 days to create the video under their course director. The entire video has been shot and edited by students using cameras and equipment available in the school itself. The FTII has plans to conduct similar workshops in future too promote students pursue careers in acting, dance, script writing, film orientation, film appreciation, informed the Principal adding that the students of his school are likely to present the creation during the coming Island Tourism Festival at Port Blair.

August 14, 2017

On I-Day, This Andaman School Recreates ‘Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena’

Bhed bhaav apne dil se saaf kar sakein, doston se bhool ho to maaf kar sakein... sach ka dum bharein, jhoot se bache rahein... doosron ki jai se pehle khud ko jai karein.

Gulzar’s lyrics in the outstanding song, ‘Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena’continue to motivate every listener to be more tolerant and accepting. Still sung in schools, this song from the Jaya Bachchan 1971 starrer-movie, Guddi, has been recreated by school kids from Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya from Panchwati in Andaman.

The song has had many versions throughout the years.

The video is shot very similarly to what happens in the movie. Both videos have similar set ups of school children singing the song with the teacher playing the piano. The tight-framed and static shots are also similar.

In the same genre as ‘Ae Merey Vatan Kay Logo’, this song has simple lines with a strong message.

In the lines, ‘Jhoot se bache rahain, dus ka dam bhare, doosro ki jai se pehle,’ a young boy is seen scribbing sorry on a chit of paper. He passes it on to his friend, who he upset on the other row. Upon reading this his friend responds with a shy smile.


This song was published on 15 August 2017, on India’s 71st Independence Day and is sung by Class 7, 8 and 9 students. This was their first video under the Film Orientation Course that is being promoted by the Film and Television Institute of India.

The school produced the entire video themselves. They worked on the shooting, editing and sang under the guidance of their course director, Ritesh Taksande.

To see the original song, you can click here.

Aishwarya S Iyer

Updated: 15 August, 2017 9:48 PM IST

First published: 15 August, 2017 9:48 PM IST

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