IIT Madras Screenwriting Workshop 7th to 14th June 2014

Imaging Cinema
Imaging Cinema

IIT Madras has become a well-known centre for highly popular film workshops.  In May 2009 the institute hosted the Chennai International Screenwriting Workshop which was organized under the auspices of Padma Bhushan, Dr Kamal Haasan’s Rajkamal Studio.

This 5 days Workshop included sessions by Shri K Balachander, Shekhar Kapoor,  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Sriram Raghavan, Atul Tiwari, and Anjum Rajabali. This was followed by a spate of successful events including a 6 days screenwriting cum filmmaking conclave in 2010, which had Dibakar Banerjee, K Balachander,  R Balki, Santosh Sivan, PC Sreeram,  Jaideep Sahni, Shimit Amin, Nagesh Kukunoor, Saurabh Shukla, editor Sreekar Prasad, and Tamil film directors Vishnuvardhan and CS Amudhan. In 2012, a 10 days filmmaking workshop was organized where faculty members from FTII, Pune  and LV Prasad Institute, Chennai conducted sessions on various aspects of filmmaking such as screenwriting,  direction, cinematography, editing, sound and set designing. Participants produced a 3- 5 minutes feature at the end of the workshop. Celebrity speakers included Rohan Sippy, Anurag Kashyap, Sriram & Sridhar Raghavan, Habib Faisel, Ravi K Chandran, Tamil directors Vetrimaaran and Kumarrajan Thiagarajan and writers Subha and Bala.

This time also IIT Madras is presenting Imaging Cinema 2014, a Screenwriting-cum-Filmmaking Workshop from 7th to 14th June. The workshop will be held on IITM campus. The focus is on various aspects of screenwriting. Sessions on screenwriting will be conducted by experienced resource persons. Special sessions on aspects of direction and screenwriting will be conducted by established names from Mumbai and South Indian cine industries (including directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and actors).  The course outline will soon be available on their website. The Workshop is organized by Dr Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, Associate Professor, Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Madras.

Those interested in participating can fill in the completed application form available at  www.imagingcinema.com. Last date of applying is 12th May 2014.  Accommodation on campus is available for outstation candidates only through first come first serve basis.

The Fees of the workshop is Rs 7000/- for all participants, Rs 6000/- for former participants (those who attended our previous events) and students, who are still pursuing their degree; and Rs 8000/- for NRIs & Foreign Nationals.  At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to produce a screenplay under the guidance of the mentors. They will be awarded with an IIT Madras certificate of participation. PVR Cinema, Little Brander, Little Shows, Behind Woods.com are the media partner of this workshop.


Abhijit Roy

Student of Film Editing at RGFTI. Co-founder of Creativica.

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