Films to aid Learning. Learning to make Films.
‘Cinevidya’ aims to redefine the present Learning Ecosystem for Children in India by using tools of Films effectively. Under this initiative of Amitabha Singh, country-wide Film Making Workshops and Festivals are being organised in multiple Cities so that more and more Children receive hands-on training in Film Making using the latest in technology and equipment.
Cinevidya is a path breaking Social Enterprise bringing direct benefit to Children, imparting knowledge and skills of a highly accomplished and renowned team of film makers at their door steps.
O P Srivastava
Amitabha SinghCinematographer and Producer
Amitabha Singh is a cinematographer and producer in the Indian film industry who is known for Khosla Ka Ghosla, National Award winning Chillar Party, etc. He started his career as a cinematographer in 1994. The Good Road a 2013 Indian (Gujarati) film produced for NFDC by Amitabha Singh fetched numerous accolades and was screened at various international film festivals.
It has also been nominated as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Academy Awards. He was also the Director of Photography for the film. The film won the award for Best Gujarati film at the 60th National Film Awards. The film is the first Gujarati film ever selected to represent India at the Oscars.
Gyan CorreaFilm Director and Writer
Gyan Correa is a Mumbai based scriptwriter, director and producer. He has written and directed THE GOOD ROAD, (GUJ, 2013). The film won the National Award (first Gujarati film to have done so in over 30 years), and was nominated to be India’s Oscar submission for 2013.
He has directed and Produced TVCs for major brands across South Asia and the Middle East, spanning categories like FMCG, financial services, consumer durables, auto, etc. Also, written, Directed and Produced documentaries for INTACH, UGC, UNICEF, etc, produced Multi episode TV serials with Kalpana Lajmi, Sandip Ray, directed the Paris location TV episodes for Star TV’s Tere Sheher Mein. Written, Directed and Produced the JPGL adventure series for Asia, shot on location in Spain and Greece.
Munjal ShroffDirector & COO, Graphiti Studio, Co-Chair, FICCI – Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics Forum
Munjal has over twenty years of rich and diverse experience in the media industry that goes beyond kids media . A computer engineer with specialization in Image Processing, Munjal is the co-founder of Graphiti. He has vast experience in the Media sector includes directing and producing TV Commercials, short films, animated feature films, visual effects for movies and TV shows, creating brand mascots, creating interactive apps and designing rich media audio-visual user experiences. He has also been an evangelist of Original Content in Indian Animation Industry.
In 2008 he was recognized as the Toon Titan of Asia by Animation Magazine, USA. Set up in 1995, Graphiti has gone on to build a niche for itself as a world class production house and animation studio. His Studio Graphiti’s vision is to Engage, Excite and Entertain audiences of all ages.It has a stellar track record in servicing clients across different segments – advertising commercials, co-produced serials for channels – domestic and international, works for international bodies like UNICEF, special effects for Bollywood, short films, feature length films etc.
Munjal has produced and co-created the beautiful animated movies series Krish, Trish and Baltiboy currently airing on Cartoon Network and Pogo and is watched by millions of kids in India. He is also the creator of the animated series YOM which is airing on Disney Channel.
He is the Co-Chair of Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics Sector of FICCI. He has been on the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting's Expert Committee on Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics and continues to help mould policies to bring rapid growth in the Animation,VFX, Gaming and Comics sector. He is also a Governing Council member of the Media and Entertainment Skill Council National Skills Development Committee set up by FICCI and National Skills Development Council, Government of India.
Batul MukhtiarFilm Director
Batul Mukhtiar studied Film Direction at FTII, Pune. Her spectacular children’s feature film KAPHAL for CFSI in 2013 won the National Award for Best Children’s Film and the Golden Elephant for Best Director at the International Children’s Film Festival of India. It has screened all over the world at festivals and television channels.
Her directorial work includes a docu-feature 150 SECONDS AGO and a children’s feature, LILKEE for the CFSI. Both films have travelled extensively and continue to be shown at festivals and classrooms. She has also worked as an associate producer/fixer on international documentary projects for 15 years.
Batul blogs regularly about books, films, and life at http://batulm.wordpress.com/
Apart from her own professional pursuits, she is actively involved in mentoring young filmmakers and students in making documentaries since the last 3 years.
Supavitra BabulFilm Maker
Supavitra Babul is a Mumbai based versatile film maker having devoted 25 years in media - acting, cinematography, direction, creative direction, Creative producing & mentoring have been the core of Babul's professional journey. He is also a trained Past life regression therapist, he integrates his learning in Kundalini energy & simple meditation into the workshop modules & exercises!
His imaginative 'Babul ki workshop' is aimed at introducing the participants to themselves. A workshop that emphasizes on 'doing', active living as against passive & virtual living. An intense workshop that helps build personalities & makes the participants look at the brighter side of life. It motivates & prepares them to take up any challenge that may come in their lives. While acting for screen is a large part of the workshop module, however, each participant understands the power of living in awareness - an alignment of mind-body & soul or simply put 'dhakkan khol workshop'.
Presently he is setting up an activity club in Mumbai & is happily practicing the theory of 'pass it on'!
Naresh SharmaDoP, Editor & Publisher.
After graduating from FTII, Pune in 1993, Naresh worked as a Cinematographer for 12 years in Mumbai. His well-known work includes Music video “Nishani” of pop artist Jassi and two feature film ”Ladli”, funded by Children’s Film Society Of India, and “Sonam” about the Monapa language shot in Aruranachal pradesh. He has travel extensively in Europe while shooting ”Vivere” and underwater shoot on 40 islands in Bahamas and Caribbean.
Naresh has curated a retrospective of FTII diploma package to Potsdam film school in Germany ,Tampere international short Film Festival in Finland and Indian film festival "Bollywood and beyond" in Stuttgart Germany in 2004 , 2005 , 2006. He specialized in scripting short PSA films including well known series “each one teach one” for NLM and founded annual event PSA-CSR. He has directed 4-documnetry films 3-for PSBT, All Time Blues- about brass band music culture in India, Rotigraphers of India- about local photographic community and show must not go on about- Cruelty against animals & one for MEA featuring Kathak dancer Shovana Narayan and 5-international dancers. Currently he is Managing director of CRFAT film school and editor and publisher of quarterly magazine "Cinematography Art" and in pre production of Hindi film "Aapka Bunty" based on the famous novel of Ms. Mannu Bhandari .
Rajesh BajajScriptwriter, Director and Producer.
Rajesh Bajaj is a scriptwriter, director and producer in the Indian and Canadian film Industry know for writing and directing children's film Hari Puttar, original story of national award wining kids film 'Chillar Party' and film workshop series 'Theatre for Children' for Save The Children, India .
With 150 media projects to his credits including 'Human Rights Music Festival' for British Council, 'International Film Festival on Tribal Arts & Culture' , and socially relevant documentaries for UNICEF, DCA and World Vision he's currently working on a children and women themed feature film ' I'm Rising ' that includes an education series and digital content about emotional fitness, school bullying and children and women's safety in homes, schools and on streets.
O P SrivastavaInvestment Banker.
I have spent 30 plus years as an Investment banker , my last assignement being Director (Operations) for a Real Esate Fund.
In 2005, I made an independent fiction film titled – Missed Call, which has won many awards besides representing India at Cinemas Du Monde, Cannes in 2007. In 2013, I directed and produced a short film titled –“a few days MORE”, which has been shown at various Film Festivals including Ladakh Film Festival and MAMI 2013.
In 2015, I completed my first feature non-ficition film based on the life and films of filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli ( Life in Metaphors : A Portrait of Girish Kasarvalli), which received the National Award for the Best Biographical Film for 2015. In 2016 I directed and produced a film on the life of Yakshagana performers-YKT Mumbai.
Riddhi SharmaFounder ThoughtInaDot, Co-founder CADiaries, Consulting Editor at CIOL
From the first board-book with colorful animal pictures that a mother gets for her infant to his/her first cartoon-film, the world of imagination foregrounds everything a child learns in his/her nascent years.
Cinevidya is an attempt to help children rediscover their hidden talents of imagination and creativity for an effective learning experience.
While children can be easily influenced, they can also prove to be powerful influencers with their energy and honesty. And with Cinevidya we aim for just that.
Writing will always be my first love. From DUBeat to my latest venture ThougtInadot, juggling with words is both my profession and hobby.
As a part of the digital world for past ---- years, words have their own visual fascination for me. Every thought brings with itself myriads of pictures, hues and ‘special effects’ that helps me to put things in perspective. It is this fascination for the pictorial world and a special bonding with children that drew me to Cinevidya. I started off as a content strategist, slowly making inroads into the marketing world. Teaching and social causes are close to my heart and I make sure I take some time out to get involved in such projects.
I am a busy networking soul. While meeting people is work, I enjoy creating stories about my impressions and experiences. Cine Vidya is one such story I am glad to be part of. It is an experience for us and for the one who are going to part of this learning process. Cine Vidya is an on going process and we wish to explorer it with cinema as a medium for this learning.
Rohit SharmaMusic Director.
Rohit Sharma hails from the national capital New Delhi. With a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Delhi College Of Engineering, he is a trained musician in Hindustani Classical Flute from Pt. Harshwardhan and Western Classical Piano from Delhi School of Music. His film scoring career began during the early 2010s with the critically acclaimed film Ship Of Theseus and later Buddha in a Traffic Jam, which was released in 2016. He is also the founding member of Swaang, a group of actors, writers, directors and academics all involved in the film industry in various ways. Swaang burst on to the online space in December 2012 after the New Delhi gang rape when they composed 'Maa Nee Meri', a moving letter from a daughter to a mother. His latest release "Anaarkali Of Aarah" written and directed by Avinash Das, got exceptional applaud and rave reviews from film and music critics, all across.