Various Aspects of Cinema Discussed Threadbare at Workshop

Delegates at the film festival got an opportunity to interact with film personalities from
across the nation, at a workshop conducted as part of the 22 nd edition of the
International Film Festival of Kerala, on Tuesday. The workshop organized at the Hotel
Appolo Dimora here witnessed discussions on a slew of topics, ranging from screenplay
writing to funding initiatives for film making.
Renowned film maker ArunaRaje Patil’s new book ‘Freedom My Story’ was released by
festival director Kamal at the workshop by handing over the first copy to renowned
film critic Uma Da Cunha. Famed film personalities Urumi Juvekar, Judy Gladstone,
Apoorva Agarwal and Sanjay Ram led a series of sessions.
“It’s good that women of cinema these days are speaking up on things, unlike what had
been seen in the olden days, said ArunaRaje. “There is a kind of intolerance prevailing
in our society. Nobody wants to hear or listen to things what others say,” she added.
Leading film maker Urmi Javekar led a class on Scripting-Packaging and Pitching.
Pointing out that film making is after all a business, she said, “You take money and you
are supposed to payback. You should start making films keeping this in mind,” she said.
Judy Gladstone, Executive Director of the National Board of the Documentary
Organization of Canada (DOC), and Apoorva Agarwal, Business head, Wishberry, led a
session on ‘Funds for Scripting’.
The first day of the two-day workshop concluded with a session on “Funding Initiatives
and the Digital Space,” by Sanjay Ram, Film Critic, followed by an open forum
discussion.

The second day of the workshop will have sessions handled by prominent film
personalities including Geethu Mohandas, Anup Singh, Vidhu Vincent, Amit
Masurkar,AlessandreSpeciale, Cary Sawhney, Rima Das, and Daria Gai.

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