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Fotographia- GD Goenka University's Ist International Film and Photography Festival kicks off on 10 November 2017

BY Sneh Gupta | 09-Nov-2017
School of Communication, GD Goenka University is organizing the first edition of the festival Fotographia with the theme “Celebrating Life”. More than 200 media colleges from across the globe are expected to participate in the upcoming festival. #filmfestival #school #University #cinema #photography
Gurugram, India (8th November, 2017) Fotographia is the 1st International Student Film and Photography Festival under the hallmarks of GD Geonka University, Sohna, Gurugram in collaboration with Institut Français and Ambassade De France En Inde. The festival will raise curtains on 10 November 2017 with a day long schedule from 1000-1700IST.The prize distribution ceremony will follow the screenings till 1600hrs.

The theme for this year is “Celebrating Life”, rooted in its belief that life must be a celebration of human spirit, Fotographia promises budding photographers and filmmakers to speak their mind and portray their perceptions spreading happiness and joy through their lenses.

A roster of 30 plus films from across the globe will be screened at the festival. An overwhelming 100 plus film entries have been received from universities across India, UK, Austria, South Africa, Uganda, and Pakistan. The entries from Kampala Film School and Westminster University have received huge accolades from the internal jury. The films have touched upon diverse socio-economic and cultural issues. Photography entries have also come from more than 70 schools across the nation.

In its first edition the Fotographia is set to become a platform dedicated to discovering emerging and unknown talents at high school and university levels from around the world. With a view to provide meaningful encouragement and inspiration to the participants, the fest will include a Photography competition for high school level across the nation, followed by work of films and documentaries invited from students from various national and international colleges and universities.

Prof. (Dr.) Ritu Sood, the Dean of School of Communication, G D Goenka University said “Fotographia is about celebrating creative and unique visions. It will be a cutting edge event - an intimate and carefully curated festival showcasing an eclectic mix of the best of independent features, documentaries, short and long films from India and around the world. “

Eminent filmmakers and industry stalwarts will be joining us on the day to make it a great start to the first chapter of Fotographia. To name a few Arunaraje- Renowned Film Director, Reena Mohan- Renowned Film Maker, Sanjeev Sood- Renowned Film Maker, Himanshu Malhothra- Renowned Film Maker, Dr. Sabina Kidwai- Associate Professor AJK MCRC, and Gautam Pandey- Documentary Filmmaker and Wildlife Photographer

On being the Chief Guest for the event Ms Arunaraje Patil said, “Student film festivals act as a springboard for students to showcase their imagination and creativity. There is diversity in ethnicity, culture, language and the arts as well, I congratulate team Fotographia for organizing a fora and bringing together renowned filmmaker, film schools, and student community to celebrate this diversity spanning worldwide.”

Post the screenings in addition to Q&A sessions, the filmmakers will share their valuable experiences. With such a stellar programme, Fotographia 2017 promises to provide a unique and captivating cinematic experience against the backdrop of the beautiful Aravalli Range at the GD Goenka University campus.

About Fotographia: The festival is an initiative and a part of the series of activities organized by the School of Communication (SoC), GD Goenka University to equip students with hands-on experience of the prevailing trends & practices in Media and Mass Communication. This is the inaugural event but the forum aspires to hold it annually. Every year a theme will be provided to participants to center their performance. This year the theme is “Celebrating Life”. Fotographia offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our country and beyond, recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family.

About School of Communication (SoC), G D Goenka University: School of Communication, offers specialised curriculum in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication that features a strong foundation of hallmark learning outcomes for a new generation of media enthusiasts. Core competencies of the School are scientific approaches on all aspects of communication and media science. The bouquet of flexible degree programs offered by the School, range from undergraduate to doctorate level. SoC provides a highly versatile learning environment that presents students with real-world challenges, support from a dedicated faculty and an influential network of partner agencies in the media landscape. NDTV Worldwide is the official knowledge partner with the School of Communication.

About G D Goenka University: G.D. Goenka University (GDGU), Sohna Road, Gurgaon, is constituted by the Government of Haryana under the Haryana Private Universities (Amendment) Act, 2013, notified in HARYANA GOVT. GAZ. (EXTRA).MAY 3, 2013 (VYSK.13,1935 SAKA) and the Degrees awarded by the university are recognized by the UGC. The mission of G. D. Goenka University is to prepare globally competent graduates through Interdisciplinary project based learning with focus on innovation and research that improve employability and association with top ranked institutions and leading industries that facilitate exchange of scholars and joint research.

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