Master Classes
Short Bio and Subject abstracts of the Masterclasses at BIFF 2017

17th February 2017

Mr. Aseem Bajaj

Cinematographer and Producer

A sought after cinematographer in Bollywood industry. He is the man behind breath taking visual in many renowned movies in recent years. His work speaks for itself in every frame and the success story of his films are not unknown to the film fraternity. Some of his famous films are Parched, Shivaay, Chameli, Shabd and many more. He was won many awards and accolades for his cinematic works including IIFA and Filmfare Award of India

Subject: Camera Movement and modern cinematic techniques

It is a common  Cinematography is an Art. The success of the film depends as much on a cinematographer as a director. Modern times have seen the advent of modern cameras, rigs and editing softwares. How a cinematographer adapt to this changing environment and bring out scenes that leaves a imprint in your mind is the focus of this master-class.

18th February 2017

Mr. Vineet Kumar

Film & Theatre Actor

A veteran actor of both theatre and screen. He is an alumni of National School Drama and a prolific stage actor. He is active in stage plays and is a renowned film and television artist who have worked in over eighty films and television series in Hindi, English and Telegu. He has won many awards in acting and is house-hold name when it comes to playing the role of an antagonist.

Subject: Facing the Camera

It is a common misconception that acting is the same for all medium. This class will break the myth and explain in totality the difference between stage acting and camera acting. How an actor should adjust himself in front of a film and television camera to make optimum use of his acting abilities will be dealt with in this master-class.

19th February 2017

Smt. Madhavi Tangella,

Assistant Professor Direction & Screenplay Writing, SRFTI

Documentary filmmaker. She has made films for PSBT, Films Division, Majlis, VPRO Netherlands and NHK Japan. TangellaMadhavi has also taught documentary film making at Sophia Polytechnic and has been a documentary mentor for Idocs (Documentary Resource Initiative), Documentor (Imphal) and was on the selection committee for International Documentary for Mumbai International Film Festival, 2015. 

Subject: Documentary Film Making

One often thinks that documentaries need to be primarily information driven. The class will explore different forms of telling in documentaries and myriad ways in which Indian documentary filmmakers have experimented with the form. In the process, the attempt would be to understand the creative and aesthetics possibilities of this genre.

20th February 2017

Shri Nilanjan Banerjee

Assistant Professor, Producing for Film & Television, SRFTI

An SRFTI Alumnus, started his career with directing feature films and was associated with the noted film maker Late Shri Rituporno Ghosh, later opened his own production company and produced several television shows for Star India, Zee, Colors and he also worked as line producer for BBC and Bigsynergy.

Subject: Creative Producing

India is known to be the largest feature film producing country in the world. Producing doesn’t only mean arranging and providing finance for making films but something more then that. The class shall explore the role of the producer and the creativity and challenges it offers.

21st February 2017

Professor Amaresh Chakrabarti

Head of the Department, Direction, SRFTI

Professor Amaresh Chakrabarti graduated from FTII, Pune in 1985 and from 1999 onwards he has been heading the Direction & Screenplay Writing Department at SRFTI, Kolkata.

Subject: Screenplay Writing: Scene Construction.

What is a scene? How it is constructed by engaging the audience? The questions shall be explored in this session by viewing and deconstructing scenes from famous films.

Panel Discussions

17 FEB 2017 With Leena Yadav, Aseem Bajaj and Tannishtha Chatterjee
18 FEB 2017 With Tannishtha Chatterjee , Vinay Pathak and Ruchika Oberoi,Aida Gomez,Fernando Epelde
Moderated by – Rj Siddharth
19 FEB 2017 To be Decided
20 FEB 2017 With Bhaskar Hazarika, Akshay Singh, Anupama Bose
Moderated by Rj Siddharth
21 FEB 2017 To be Decided
22 FEB 2017 With Adoor Gopalakrishnan
23 FEB 2017 To be Decided

Open Air Theatre Schedule

S.No. Performance Date Time
1 Musical Night 16th February 7:30 –9:00 pm
2 Performance by Kilkari Children’s Group 17th February  7:30 –9:00 pm
3 Theatre & Dance Performance by Dostana Safar 18th February 7:30 –9:00 pm
4 Performing Art by Ibomcha and Group 19th February 7:30 –9:00 pm
5 Performance by Nawab Shah and Group 21st February 7:30 –9:00 pm