Today on 8th March International Women’s Day, We announce the formation of Indian Women Cinematographers’ Collective, IWCC. It is a Collective, comprising of Indian women cinematographers, which will showcase, encourage, celebrate and support our work and vision.
It started as an initiative by senior cinematographer Fowzia Fathima to create a network of women cinematographers, the collective has evolved into a group of 60 members and continues to add new members everyday. Her initiative has set off an exciting time for women cinematographers in India. As we grow in numbers and in strength we intend to trigger changes in the industry.
Our website www.iwcc.in (under construction currently) will feature an extensive database of women cinematographers and showcase their diverse body of work. It’s members will brainstorm over technical and creative challenges via blogs, podcasts and discussion forums on the website.
The Collective will celebrate the work of its members through social media, online press and printed publications to shine a light on the excellence of women cinematographers in the field and encourage more girls to consider cinematography and its allied fields such as gaffing, grips and assistant cinematographers as viable professions.
We invite women cinematographers and young women from film and media schools to connect with us at www.iwcc.in and be a part of this Collective.
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, IWCC honors and celebrates Ms. B. R. Vijayalakshmi – the first Indian woman cinematographer, also the first Asian woman cinematographer. She made a niche for herself back in the ’80s, when a woman cinematographer was unheard of and carved a path for future generations of female cinematographers to come.
IWCC members are affiliated to SICA WICA and ISC and will work with these associations to create a healthy harmonious working environment for women in the industry.
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“We at GraFTII, the alumnus association of the Film & Television Institute
of India (FTII), express our concern at the increasing manifestations of
intolerance in our country. An immediate example is the brutal attack on
students of the FTII in Pune on the evening of 21st August, after a film
screening held in tribute to Dr Narendra Dabholkar, assassinated the
Intimidating tactics such as beatings and murders not only strike at the
roots of our democracy but get encoded as threats in the minds of all. Fear
places constraints on what might be said, written, read, shared, created,
shown or even funded. Creativity can only thrive if there is no fear in the
minds of those who work in the arts, sciences, social studies and all other
spheres of human endeavour.
Such acts of violence should be condemned by all who value India’s
cultural diversity and see the diminishing freedom of expression as a sign
of worse things to come. We assert that we will not be intimidated by such
tactics. Those guilty of such acts should be brought to justice and the
charges made against the FTII students be dropped immediately.”
Mumbai, the financial and film capital of India suffered the worst terrorist attack from the 26th evening to the early morning of 29th November, 2009. Some of the iconic land marks like the 100 year old heritage hotel Taj Mahal Palace and Victoria Terminus Railway Station were attacked. About 200 people, including foreign nationals, security personnel and mumbaikers died and about 400 people were injured in this heinous, vicious and sophisticated attack on this economic nerve centre of India.
While the city is limping back to normalcy, there is concern among a lot of people, including eminent film personalities around the globe about the happenings in Mumbai.
Keeping in view the concern of all our friends and supporters from around the world, MUMBAI ACADEMY OF MOVING IMAGE has decided to postpone the 11th Mumbai Film Festival to be held from the 19th to 26th of February, 2009.
We will inform you of the new dates of the Festival.
We look forward to your understanding and continued support to the International Film Festival in Mumbai.
Shyam Benegal Srinivasan Narayanan
Chairman Festival Director