International Film & Television Club | 12th Global Film Festival 2019


Students of Filmmaking from AAFT School of Cinema participated in the recently concluded Udaan Youth Fest 2018 (3rd Season) which was organized in and association with Delhi University. This was the first time that the festival organized a 48-hour filmmaking competition where the theme was given on the spot to the students on Feb 7th, 2018 at 10:30 AM. Topics were given to different teams in sealed envelopes. The students had to write the script, shoot the film, and edit it in less than 48 hours.

All the teams got different topics. While one team got a Music Video on Delhi, the other one was busy making a documentary on Yamuna river, while various other teams created crisp fiction shorts.

First and Second year students from B.Sc Cinema and from M.Sc Cinema Final Year used the festival as a platform to project their creative vision & out-of-the-box ideas. Mohit Arora, a final year MSc student along with his team comprising of Saloni Thakral, Rahim Malik, Prashant Verma, Saurabh Dubey, Jasleen Gill, Smriti Lata Sinha and Mayank (All students from School of Cinema) made a docu-fiction titled “HOW MANY PLANTS WILL MAKE DELHI GREEN”. This team won awards in all five categories that of Best Film, Best Director (Mohit Arora), Best Cinematographer (Prashant Verma), Best Editing (Saurabh Dubey) and 2nd best award for Scriptwriting.

Another film that won the accolades was a Music Video titled ‘COLORS’ on the theme ‘Festival’. This team comprised of Manvir Singh Brar, Subodh Kant, Tanya, Kunal Lamba, Prathamesh Kumbhare, Shivam Chaurasia, Dhruv Sethi, Ninad Sawant and Megha Goel (All students of Cinema). As soon as this team got the topic, they rushed to Surajkund Fair 2018 with full enthusiasm and shot their video. This team won the 2nd Prize for Best Editor (Shivam Chaurasia), 3rd Prize for Best Scriptwriter (Manvir, Subodh and Tanya) and the team also won Special Mention for Cinematography (Dhruv Sethi, Prathamesh Kumbhare and Megha Goel). This video showcases a girl who just found her eyesight and how the world around her is suddenly full of colors.

Another film that did well was ‘RANG’ based on topic- ‘Color of Thoughts’. This team comprised of Kathan Shah, Aarsh Upadhyay, Gaurish Kushwaha, Nitish Thakur, Rajnish Kumar Jef, Rhythm Chaddha, Harsh Sinha, Ajit Yadav, Abhinav Duggal and Vibhuti Bahal (All Cinema students). The film, based on secularism, bagged First prize for Best Script (Gaurish and Nitish), and Prize for Best Film, Best Direction (Kathan & Aarsh) & Best Cinematography (Rajnish).

To bring forward the alarming state of river Yamuna, a team of students made a Documentary on Yamuna titled as ‘YAMUNA- Dying Pride’. This team comprised of Himanshu Ranjan (Director), Uzma Manzoor, Hitesh Dhatwalia, Kumar Sahil, Deepak Sharma, Vibhuti Bahal, Kashif Qureshi, Aadesh Kale, Omi and Karan Singh Bora. This film won the Prizes in Cinematography (Aadesh Kale & Karan Singh Bora) and Script (Deepak Sharma and Omi).

There were some other films which unfortunately didn’t get any Award but won hearts of the Jury members and other students who were present during the screening. The festival provided a much-needed creative boost to all the students.

Sabit Subasic Now Patron to Indo Bosnia Cultural Forum

Noida: “It is my pleasure to accept the Chair of Indo Bosnia Cultural Forum but the forum needs guidance by the most appropriate person and that person is H.E. Sabit Subasic Ambassador of Bosnia And Herzegovina. We request him to be the Patron of the forum,” said Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Studios at 6th Global Festival of Journalism.

“I am keen in developing relations between two countries and culture diplomacy is the best way to proceed,” said Sabit Subasic to the large audience at the launching of forum.

Ambassador Sabit Subasic officially became the Bosnian Ambassador to India in 3rd March 2014. Before coming to India he was a diplomat in Turkey for several years, where he witnessed some of the crucial phases of unique democratic development of the nation.

Earlier he was the Minister/Advisor of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Australia. Prior to this he has also held several other positions including Editor of the Municipality Paper of Ilidza, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Minister/Counselor/Head of Department of the Department for Planning and Analysis, Head of Department for human rights and acting Head of Department of Planning and Information among others.

Sandeep Marwah Nominated Chair for Indo Bosnia Forum

Noida: The 6th Global Festival of Journalism 2018 brought another title to renowned media personality Sandeep Marwah from Bosnia And Herzegovina as the Chairperson of Indo Bosnia Cultural Forum.

“It is a great pleasure and honor to nominate Sandeep Marwah as the Chairperson of Indo Bosnia Cultural Forum. His experience and networking all over the World will bring more lime light to this relationship,” said H.E. Dr. Sabit Subasic Ambassador of Bosnia And Herzegovina to India while honoring & handing over the chairmanship to Sandeep Marwah.

“I am feeling elevated and charged with my new role of Chairman of Indo Bosnia Cultural Forum. I assure you and to the Government of Bosnia And Herzegovina that I will do justice to this designation,” said Sandeep Marwah while receiving the memento from Ambassador in a jam packed hall full of film, television and media persons from all over India and abroad.

Sandeep Marwah is six times World Record holder in media. He is the founder of Noida Film City, renowned Marwah Studios and Asian Academy of Film And Television. Marwah is the recipient of more than 500 national and international awards. He is an international Media Guru and has trained more than 12000 media professionals from 120 countries of the World.

The event was witnessed by H.E. Michael Aaron N. N. Oquaye Esq (Jnr) High Commissioner of Ghana to India., Veteran Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik, Dr.Xiaoxian Zhu from Teesside University UK, Kumar Mohan Editor Complete Cinema from Mumbai and renowned PR Consultant Himanshu Zhunzhunwala.

Grand Opening of 6th Global Festival of Journalism 2018

Noida: The sixth edition of the most exclusive journalism festival of the World opened at Noida Film City with great pomp and show. Large number of national and foreign delegates made the journalism festival colorful and vibrant on the first day of the event designed for 12th to 14thFebruary, 2018.

“Seven years back we announced 12th February as the International Day of Journalism, as there was no day marked earlier for the oldest profession on earth. To mark respect to the day we started Global Festival of Journalism every year,” said Sandeep Marwah President of International Journalism Centre and the festival.

“We are thrilled to be the part of the 6th edition of first ever festival of this kind in the World. Bosnia and Herzegovina and India friendship has taken a new shape today. Media can boost our relationship to bigger platforms,” said H.E. Dr.Sabit Subasic Ambassador of Bosnia And Herzegovina while lighting the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the festival.

“Marwah studios is the Mecca and Medina of film and media activities. Last time I was here for launching of Indo Ghana Film And Cultural Forum. Global Festival of Journalism has brought India and Ghana once again close to each other. I invite Marwah to Ghana as a state guest to further enhance our ties,” said H.E. Michael Aaron N. N. Oquaye Esq (Jnr) High Commissioner of Ghana to India.

Sandeep Marwah is a popular name in United Kingdom, his involvement has added more by joining hands with Teesside University. Asian Education Group and our University will soon tie up for joint gains,” added Dr.Xiaoxian Zhu Teesside University United Kingdom.

The reaches of 12th February as International Day of Journalism and Global Festival of Journalism have induced many organizations in the World to celebrate this day. I am ready to go to any extend to promote good journalism,” added Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidic veteran journalist of India.

Kumar Mohan Veteran Journalist from Mumbai representing the Indian film industry congratulated all the journalists from all over the World on International Journalism Day. ”International Journalism Centre has created the day and history in the books of journalism,” said Kumar Mohan.

The festival organized workshops, seminars, interactions, talks, exhibitions, screening of documentaries, release of posters etc. on the first day along with launching of Indo Bosnia Film And Cultural Forum by the Ambassador of Bosnia.

Later Sandeep Marwah honored the dignities with the life membership of International Journalism Centre of Marwah Studios.

ASMS is Proud of Alumnus Ashok Yadav

Noida: AAFT-Asian Academy of Film And Television and ASMS- Asian School of Media Studies have special welcoming cell for the alumni. Every pass out of the institution is the part of the facilities available in the campus be it a newspaper, radio, television or news agency to high light his or her achievements.

“It is always a great pleasure to see your students growing in the industry step by step. The students of Asian School of Media Studies Department of Cinema have done a wonderful job in feature film ‘Kerry On Kutton’,” said Sandeep Marwah President of ASMS congratulating the director of the film Ashok Yadav.

“I made five films at the cost of the institute, any one missing from the unit, I used to replace my self and learned the best while studying here at Noida. Kerry On Kutton a commercial film is the result of the same,” said Ashok Yadav Director of many short films and feature film Kerry On Kutton.

There are quite some together in this film from ASMS. Sampada Malla, Yash Saini and Shashank Shekhar Singh produce the film. Shivam Chopra, Himanshu Singh, Rishab Yadav and Sunna Wehrmeiier has given music. Cinematography is by Sushan Prrajapati, Editing by Dilip Deo, Costumes by Ajnan Khare and Songs sung by Nneha Kakkar and Piyush Mishra.

Master class with Bollywood icons at School of Cinema

AAFT School of Cinema organized a master class on February 01, 2018 in the presence of actor-director Deepak Tijori, film producer Rahul Mittra and Mr. Rajiv Gupta, a leading actor.

The students enthusiastically attended the workshop as these leading icons shared their experiences with them. They recalled their struggling days and explained to the students how they finally were able to get a break in the industry and make a name for themselves. The discussion was highly motivating for students as they got an opportunity to hear directly from the significant Indian film industry members and were guided on how to deal with 24×7 work mechanism of the industry.

Mr. Sandeep Marwah, President of the Asian education group, underlined the importance of hard work and discipline in order to achieve success.

After a very fruitful discussion, there was a Q&A round in which students raised their queries on different aspects of film industry and its changing trends, especially focusing on web-based film programs.

Inauguration of Exhibition of Paintings by Dipak Ghosh

New Delhi: Totally inspired by the eyes, artist Dipak Kumar Ghosh has displayed a series of attractive portraits of renowned personalities which he has expressed on canvas using pencil and charcoal at IGNCA. The exhibition has been titled “Eyes Says It All” showcases the piercing eyes of eminent personalities like Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Albert Einstein, Sri Ramakrishna, Mother Teresa, A.P.J Abdul Kalam and more.

“The exhibition was inaugurated by former President Pranab Mukherjee who was in all praise about the exhibition. “An artist should have a creative mind, they feast the mind of the living & that is their study. I wish Mr. Ghosh and associates a grand success for this exhibition,” Mukherjee said during the inauguration.

Dipak Kumar Ghosh said that “every stroke in work of art is important to the picture and the time and effort that I have invested in each and every portrait and sketch and painting of mine, they are so special to me,”

“Art and culture is the only way to bring in love, peace and unity in the World. Eyes are the best way to express non-verbal communication. Portraits of known personalities reminds of their vast contribution to the World, I congratulate Dipak for his fascinating works they are not only appealing but expressive too,” said Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Studios while inaugurating the exhibition as guest of honor.

Apna School Grown Big in Noida

Noida: A school planned by Marwah Studios for the underprivileged children 10 years ago, has grown bigger in size, quality and quantity. Now there are 15 branches with almost 1000 students studying in primary classes.

“It is the occasion to celebrate our success as we have grown from one to fifteen in numbers, students have grown from 40 to 1000 and hundreds of students after learning, have joined regular schools in Noida,” said Ritu Sinha Pricipal of the School.

“I am honored to be associated with the Team Apna School. Today we are opening a library and Shishu Sansthan for Shiv Nagari. Slums do not sound comfortable to all of us. Few years back I had to change the name to Shiv Nagari. I am sure the children in these colonies will take full advantage of Library and ladies of Shishu Sansthan,” said Sandeep Marwah President of Marwah Studios.

Many dignities from Noida were present there to participate in this holy event at Shiv Nagari. An entertainment program followed the formal inauguration by the school children.

Sandeep Marwah Honored by Fiji Government

Noida: “I am going to carry back home to Fiji the enthusiasm which Sandeep Marwah has showered today during our meet of Indo Fiji Film And Cultural Forum,” said H.E. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands & Mineral Resources Government of Fiji during his official visit to the ICMEI international Headquarters at Noida Film City.

“Sandeep Marwah deserves much appreciation for his untiring contribution towards development and promotion of relations between India and Fiji. May I request Minister to honor him with the memento as a gesture of goodwill from the Government of Fiji,” said H.E. Nilesh Roneel Kumar Charge d’ Affaires High Commission of the Republic of Fiji to India.

“I am impressed by the facilities and quantum of film, television, media, art and culture business Marwah has done in all these years. His six World records are enough to represent his works,” added Minister while handing over the award to Marwah in a grand event at Marwah Studios.

“I am touched by the gesture of the Minister and assure you that this organization will prove its point of view very soon,” thanked Marwah.

Fiji Minister Visited ICMEI Headquarters

Noida: H.E. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands & Mineral Resources Government of Fiji paid an official visit to the ICMEI international Headquarters accompanied by H.E. Nilesh Roneel Kumar Charge d’ Affaires High Commission of the Republic of Fiji to India.

H.E. Koya informed the formal gathering that Fiji was an India away from India as the ancestors of present day Fijians had migrated there from India and had kept alive their culture and traditions.

President ICMEI Mr. Sandeep Marwah nominated H.E. Koya as the Patron of the Indo-Fiji Film & Cultural Forum and announced a scholarship for a deserving student from Fiji for pursuing media education at AAFT.

H.E. Koya invited the President ICMEI to visit Fiji in order to promote Fiji as the destination for the shootings of Indian Films. President ICMEI offered co-production for the shooting of a film in Fiji to promote it as a tourist destination and announced a festival of films from Fiji, which shall soon take place under the banner of Indo-Fiji Film and Cultural Forum of ICMEI.

The visit ended with the firm determination to bring about love, peace and Unity through art and culture between the people of Fiji and India.