IFFK at 20: Three-day workshop with industry mentors starts tomorrow

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 30: A team of top-notch specialists from film industries in India and around the world will from tomorrow(Tuesday, Dec 1) conduct a workshop in cinema techniques, under the aegis of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).

The ‘IFFK Screen Lab’, a three-day workshop exclusively for technicians in the Malayalam film industry, will run until Thursday, December 3, at the Revathy Kalamandir Film Academy in Kazhakootam. The workshop is a first-of-its-kind for the IFFK – a special addition to mark the 20th edition of the festival.

Besides expounding on the fundamentals, skills and techniques crucial to contemporary film productions – direction, production designing, cinematography, script-pitching and make-up, among others – will be imparted.

Three sessions of the workshop will be inaugurated at a special function in the hotel SP Grand Days at 9 am tomorrow. Honourable Minister for Forest, Transport, Sports, Environment and Cinema Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will declare open the art direction and production designing session, while celebrated auteurs Shyam Benegal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan will launch the cinematography and script-pitching components.

Around 113 leading lights from the Malayalam film industry will also be present. 

The workshop will be mentored by Pulitzer Prize-nominated dramatist Martin Sherman, art director Anne Seibel who was nominated for an Oscar in production design for Hollywood icon Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011), film editor Andrew Bird and film maker Nathalie David.

Claire Dobbin, chairperson of the Melbourne International Film Festival, will helm the sessions that will also feature such Indian industry stalwarts as National award-winning cinematographer Anil Mehta, renowned make-up artists Nahush Pise and Ramesh Mohanty, among others.

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