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10 – 13 SEPTEMBER
INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, NEW DELHI

Participation at the Workshops and Masterclasses will be with prior registration only.

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP I | MONDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER

THE LONG AND SHORT OF MAKING A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

 

THE WORKSHOP

How do we stop treating the short documentary as the poor imitation of the long documentary and start seeing it as a sparkling, vibrant form in its own right? This Workshop will go back to the roots of documentary form and cinematic language to discuss various approaches – conceptual, aesthetic and practical – to imagining and realising a short documentary. There will be examples of short documentaries to draw on and discuss and participants will co-create a list of fundamental questions that become a guide to thinking about one’s own short documentary.

ABOUT THE TRAINER

Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer and devoted antakshari player whose work focuses on feminism, desire, urban life and popular culture. She is the director of several documentaries including Unlimited Girls, Q2P and Morality TV and the Loving Jehad: A Thrilling Tale as well as the TV series Connected Hum Tum. In 2013, Time Out listed her as one of ten people who have changed the way we look at film in India. She is the writer of the feature film Khamosh Pani/ Silent Waters as well as several documentaries and the comic Priya’s Mirror. Her fiction and non-fiction writing have been widely published and she writes the popular weekly column Paronormal Activity in Sunday Mid-Day. She is the founder of Agents of Ishq, a website about sex, love and desire in India.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The Workshop is aimed at starting-out filmmakers, who have either already made films or are in the process of making their first/ second films. We also welcome early and mid-career filmmakers.

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Registration for this Workshop will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Registration Fee is Rs 1000/-. It can be paid through NEFT/ demand draft/ cash, within a week of hearing from us in confirmation of a seat.
  • Participants from outside Delhi will need to make their own travel, board and lodging arrangements.
  • Those interested in attending, must send an email to workshops@psbt.org, with the following information:
    1. Brief paragraph about themselves, including professional experience and profile of work done.
    2. Professional training in filmmaking.
    3. Expectations from the Workshop, bearing in mind the Workshop Brief.
    4. Complete contact details.

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP II | TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 11-12 SEPTEMBER

CRAFTING THE DOCUMENTARY

 

THE WORKSHOP

The Workshop aims to assist participants in thinking through the conceptual, practical and creative aspects of the craft of documentary filmmaking. Working through film ideas proposed by the participants, it will focus on concept development; research and scripting and exploring narrative possibilities in their work. Apart from visualisation, the Workshop will also look at sound design in documentary.

ABOUT THE TRAINER

Deepa Dhanraj is a filmmaker, writer, director and producer whose extensive filmography spans issues of gender, labour, education and women’s position in Indian society. Over the last few years, she has participated in workshops, seminars and discussion groups on various issues related to women’s status – political participation, health and education. She has taught video to women activists from South-East Asia and delivered lectures on media and filmmaking across the country. She has produced and directed numerous award-winning documentaries such as Invoking Justice (Jan Vrijman Foundation), Something Like a War (Channel 4); The Legacy of Malthus (BBC 2), Sudesha (Faust Film/ARD), Nari Adalat/Women’s Courts and What has Happened to this City?. Her films have been screened on ARTE, CBC and SBS and invited to festivals such as IDFA, Berlinale, Leipzig, Oberhausen, Filmes de Femmes, Creteil France, Tampere, Vancouver and Chicago, among others.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The Workshop is aimed at starting-out filmmakers, who have either already made films or are in the process of making their first/ second films. We also welcome early and mid-career filmmakers.

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Participants will be selected upon the review of their applications.
  • Selected Participants will be required to attend all the modules of the Workshop and cannot register for/ attend select sessions.
  • We can accommodate close to 20 participants only.
  • The Registration Fee, to be submitted upon acceptance, is Rs 4000/-. It can be paid through NEFT/ demand draft/ cash, within a week of hearing about selection.
  • Participants from outside Delhi will need to make their own travel, board and lodging arrangements.
  • Lunch will be served at the Workshop.
  • Those interested in attending, must send an email to workshops@psbt.org, with the following information:
    1. Brief paragraph about themselves, including professional experience and profile of work done.
    2. Professional training in filmmaking.
    3. A 100-word note on a film idea they are currently developing or working on.
    4. Expectations from the Workshop, bearing in mind the Workshop Brief.
    5. Complete contact details.

DOCUMENTARY MASTERCLASSES |THURSDAY - WEDNESDAY, 12-13 SEPTEMBER

THE MASTERCLASSES

SESSION I – YOU TALKING TO ME? THE DOCUMENTARY AS A FORM OF CONVERSATION
PAROMITA VOHRA
10:00 am – 01:00 pm, 12 September 2018

The interview has been one of Paromita Vohra’s central engagements in working with the documentary form. She finds the idea of talking to someone without making clear who they are talking to, both uncomfortable and problematic. Her practice, therefore, is a constant solving of that puzzle and making explicit that a frame is created by both the interviewee and the interviewer, the subject and the filmmaker. How does one do this without falling into stock conventions of self-reflexivity and pompous virtue-signalling? What is the relationship between how feminism sees oral histories and creating an artistic documentary practice? And can this practice then step out of the conventional definition of documentary into other worlds – of fiction, of digital forms, of un-named forms? These are important artistic and political questions for Paromita, which she will address in her lecture, citing examples from her work.

Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer and devoted antakshari player whose work focuses on feminism, desire, urban life and popular culture. She is the director of several documentaries including Unlimited Girls, Q2P and Morality TV and the Loving Jehad: A Thrilling Tale as well as the TV series Connected Hum Tum. In 2013, Time Out listed her as one of ten people who have changed the way we look at film in India. She is the writer of the feature film Khamosh Pani/ Silent Waters as well as several documentaries and the comic Priya’s Mirror. Her fiction and non-fiction writing have been widely published and she writes the popular weekly column Paronormal Activity in Sunday Mid-Day. She is the founder of Agents of Ishq, a website about sex, love and desire in India.

SESSION II – THE GREAT AND SMALL EXPECTATIONS
AVIJIT MUKUL KISHORE
02:00 pm – 05:00 pm, 12 September 2018

This illustrated lecture will critically examine key moments in cinema – mainstream fiction, documentary and ‘alternative’ films, which have become significant interventions in Indian film history in the last four decades. These films have pushed the boundaries of the medium beyond their expected brief and broken new ground in their use, as a record of the moment, an expression of political opinion and the sharing of deep personal thought. These functions are not mutually exclusive. The Speaker will reflect on these moments as also his own practice as a cinematographer and filmmaker.

Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer, who works in different genres of filmmaking with special interest in the documentary and interdisciplinary moving-image practice. He is actively involved in cinema pedagogy and works as a curator of film programmes. His films as director include Nostalgia for the Future, Vertical City, Electric Shadows, Certified Universal and Snapshots from a Family Album. His films as cinematographer include Kumar Talkies, Kali Salwaar, John and Jane, Seven Islands and a Metro, Bidesia in Bambai, I am Micro and An Old Dog’s Diary.

SESSION III – SUBJECTIVE REAL
RV RAMANI
10:00 am – 01:00 pm, 13 September 2018

Subjectivity and the aspect of personal expression has been the hallmark of Ramani’s filmmaking. One of his important positions is that the only issue is the need to express and reach an expression. Ramani prefers to call his films self-reflective in all aspects. Though he works with non-fiction, he believes his films offer an experience of fiction. For him, experience is more important than information. In his session, Ramani will reflect on the approaches, ideas and fundamentals that are significant and seminal to his journey in cinema as cinematographer and filmmaker.

RV Ramani graduated from the Film and TV Institute of India, Pune, with a specialisation in Motion Picture Photography. With over 25 independent films to his credit, he is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in India, with a unique impressionistic style of filmmaking. Retrospectives of his films have been presented at many fora. Ramani regularly conducts filmmaking workshops and is Visiting Professor at Ambedkar University.

SESSION IV
VIPIN VIJAY
02:00 pm – 05:00 pm, 13 September 2018

What calls on us to think? Thinking is not devoid of time. Modern filmmaking creates a direct image of time. We interact with the world through discourse. Discourse is understood as the domain of words but we can extend that through a mode of interaction with reality and life. When you start giving agencies (texts, words, etc.) to things, then they do not just remain material. They go beyond one’s idea of subjectivity and become a substratum of sensory exchange with the world. This direct sensory experience has perhaps made filmmaking the greatest art, creating a deep mental terrain.

Vipin Vijay’s works are made under independent codes and defy any categorization, merging film, documentary, essay and fiction, all into one. His works have won international and national recognition having been showcased at festivals like Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, Oberhausen, and art museums including Serpentine Gallery, London; Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. The prestigious Oberhausen Festival, Germany, honored him with a Profile, in 2015. He is currently working on his third fiction feature film.

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Registration for the Masterclasses will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Participants can choose to attend any number of lectures.
  • Registration Fee for four Masterclasses is Rs 3000/-, for three classes Rs 2500/-, for two classes Rs 2000/- and for one class Rs 1000/-. It can be paid through NEFT/ demand draft/ cash, within a week of hearing from us in confirmation of a seat.
  • Participants from outside Delhi will need to make their own travel, board and lodging arrangements.
    Those interested in attending, must send an email to anjuli@psbt.org, with the details of the Masterclasses they wish to register for.