6 Times School students bag German film projects

6 Times School students bag German film projects
Bence Mate discussing the nuances of documentary film-making with the students of Times School of Media during the Zoom workshop held on September 12.
By Arnab Hota

Media Frontline E.V., a German film making group, has selected six documentary ideas pitched by the Times School of Media students, to produce six films on environment.

The documentaries will be produced as part of the Project Green You, an environment project funded by the German Foreign Ministry under the mentorship of the German filmmakers. The selected students will be paid 1500 Euros each towards the cost of making the film.

Filmmakers Bence Mate and Felix Kriegshiem of Media Frontline E.V. selected the six documentary ideas from the ten pitches that were made by the students.

The students who were selected are: Sanidhya Sharda on e-transportation problems, Ada Kohli on mothers demanding clean air for their children, Satwik Narayan Verma on water stagnation issues in Andhra cities, Abhay Sharma on Clean Ganga project in Varanasi, Karan Beniwal on building eco cities and Dhruv Dhankar on destruction of the Thar eco-system.

Expressing his happiness with the ideas put forward by the students, filmmaker Bence Mate commented: “The students grasped the tasks immediately and provided fantastic ideas for short films. They were perfectly prepared, concentrated and disciplined during our zoom session. I very much look forward to seeing how their films take shape.”

The documentaries made by the students will be showcased on the public broadcast network in Germany and other foreign networks in Europe, Mate said.

As part of the selection process, a two-day workshop on film making was held, during which students were given valuable tips on making good documentaries and the art of storytelling.

They were also shown three documentaries made by the filmmakers during their previous projects.

The selected students will be mentored by the two German filmmakers along with faculty members of the Times School of Media led by Shajan Kumar. The two Faculty members who will support Shajan Kumar are Vidya Deshpande and Nithin Kalorth.

The students see the project as a great opportunity to showcase their talent internationally. “The workshop has opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about making a documentary and am really excited to work on my film,” said Sanidhya Sharada, a third year BAJMC student, who will be focusing on e-transportation in his film.

The selected six teams and themes on which the documentaries will be made are:

1. Warrior Moms | Ada Kohli
Kartik Pande
Sahil Murshid
Saloni Singh

2. Stagnant Water Problem | N. Satwik Narayana Varma
N Deena Dayal
Arnab Hota
Sharon Varghese

3. Thar Desert Farming | Dhruv Dhankar
Vendansh Jain
Siddhartha Dayani
Tejaswini Mittal

4. Ecocities | Karan Beniwal
Satvik Iyengar
Yash Mishra
Anushka Sharma

5. E-Transport | Sanidhya Sharda
Nishant Jha
Jathin Nair
Rupanshi Chitransh

6. Varanasi Ghats | Abhay Sharma
Shubhrali Ben
Stuti Agnihotri
Arnav Lahiri
Brishti Ganguli

(The report has been written by Arnab Hota, a Third-Year student of BA (Journalism and Mass Communication) of Bennett University.)

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