Young Shutterbugs and Filmmakers Get an Opportunity to Showcase Their Talent in the Forthcoming Film and Photography Festival

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GD Goenka University is all set to host the 2nd edition of its International Students’ Film and Photography competition ‘Fotographia 2018’ Actor Director Viveck Vaswani to be the Chief Guest. 

Gurugram, India (23rd October 2018):  If the number of entries is anything to go by, young and passionate shutterbugs and filmmakers are showing a keen interest in the forthcoming 'Fotographia 2018,' the second International Students' Film and Photography festival being organised by School of Communication, GD Goenka University. The event will be held on 26th October 2018, at GD Goenka Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

The overall theme of the 2nd edition of the festival is “Beautiful Lives: Human Dignity, Human Rights” which has received over 300 photographs from school students along with over a hundred film entries in different categories of films like long films, short films, documentaries and public service advertisements across the globe including USA, UAE, Bangladesh, Germany, Hungry and Australia.

“It is a creative attempt to influence and sensitize young minds to understand critical issues related to sustainable development goals and human rights and the kind of positive transformations it can bring in our society”, says Prof. (Dr.) Ritu S. Sood, Dean, School of Communication

The shortlisted films will be screened and the finalist photographs are exhibited on the day of the event in the presence of chief guests and a panel of eminent jury. Renowned actor, director and producer, Mr Viveck Vaswani, who is associated with various film festivals and is committed to promote cinema amongst youth, will be the Chief Guest this year.

On being the Chief Guest for the event Mr Viveck Vaswani said, “It is very satisfying experience to be with young, energetic and creative pools of talent. Festivals like these help us understand the way the new generation looks at the world and perceives their creativity. I congratulate team Fotographia for providing a platform for youngsters and bringing together filmmakers, media educators and young creative minds together.”

Mr. Sitanshu Kar, Principal Director General, PIB and Mr. Hojatollah Abedi, Deputy Cultural Counsellor of Iran Culture House will also grace the occasion as Guests of Honor. In the words of Mr. Sithanshu Kar, “Quantum jump in digital technology has led to greater democratization in still and motion photography. What differentiates a professional from an amateur today is not so much the equipment as the creative mind behind a photograph.” 

Several other prominent personalities from the field of media will attend this event. The event is being held in collaboration with Iran Culture House and is also supported by GraFTII, the alumni body of FTII and In shorts, while Wetv Arabia has joined in as the media partner.  

About School of Communication, GD Goenka University:

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The School of Communication (SoC) was set up in 2014 to offer mass communication and journalism programmes that prepare students for the ever-changing needs of the media industry. The foremost learning objective of the SoC is to shape the next generation of media scholars and practitioners and to provide thought leadership.

The curriculum has been designed in collaboration with leading media professionals, academicians, media scholars, and stresses both theoretical and practical aspects of the industry. The final goal is to conduct media programmes that are sustainable, industry relevant and lead to greater employability.

The SoC strives to encourage students to become effective and ethical communicators. It also ensures to make students socially responsible and imbibe core human values, which will be beneficial to the society at large. The SoC provides degrees as well as diplomas in communication and related subjects at Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate levels.

About GD Goenka University:

GD GoenkaThe GD Goenka University has emerged as a leading university in Delhi NCR, imparting high quality professional educational programmes in fields such as Communication, Engineering, Fashion & Design, Hospitality, Architecture & Planning, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law and Management.

Located on Sohna Road, Gurugram, GD Goenka has come to be known for its world-class teaching-learning process, infrastructure and new age ideas. Its state-of-the-art laboratories, IT infrastructure, meticulously maintained grounds, excellent sports facilities and impressive buildings reflect its passion for excellence and overall growth of the students.

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