Filmmakers Lab..!! A less exposure word till now in India cause India has infrastructure but no great initiative to do an international level lab. Mainly this kind of lab is very essential to learn film related various things on the supervision of best experts from the movie Industry & a great place for interaction with other international film personalities. Kyoto film lab is one of the oldest & internationally acclaimed lab where film related persons are selected on the basis of their tough criteria. Every year 40 people are selected worldwide to join this workshop.
This year from India, Diganta Dey, Bengali director (Now residing in Hyderabad) is selected in this lab to attend. Dey is an well-known filmmaker & critic. Till now did 5 shorts & Doc and travelled various film festivals worldwide & working on his first feature length documentary ‘Mental Manifesto’. He is a regular contributor as a film critic in prestigious FIPRESCI INDIA Cine Journal & a Bengali Sunday Magazine.
Last year he was selected in ‘Platform Busan’ program of Busan International Film Festival 2019 in South Korea. Dey is selected in ‘Masters Session’ segment of Kyoto Filmmakers Lab 2020 & surprisingly this year Kyoto Lab organizer reduces the international participants in the number of 20 only. For COVID, this year’s program will be held virtually from 3-8th November though every year they cover the airline cost of all participants to attend this lab physically in Kyoto city in Japan.
The best part is all selected film personalities are going to be trained by the ‘Biennale College Cinema’ (A segment of world famous Venice Film Festival) along with master classes from Tokyo International Film Festival & Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee led by Kyoto Prefectural Government, The Museum of Kyoto, Toei Company, Ltd., Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd., Toei Kyoto Studio Co., Ltd., Iwamoto Metal Co., Ltd., Directors’ Univ Co., Ltd., Ritsumeikan University etc.
There are two segments ‘Masters Session’ & ‘Hands on JIDAIGEKI’ .The second one is a Samurai film workshop where the selected participants have to make a Samurai movie after the workshop. But for COVID, this year organisers have restricted international participation in this segment.
Last but not the least, last year from 110 countries 1733 applications were submitted but selected only 40 from them. There is a high cut off of selection criteria. But the question is India is the largest film producing country in the world but till now no proper Lab facility is established. So Dey said, “we have to look for a few countries who are doing this. These labs are essential to polish yourself, learn more new things about cinema & also to recognize our culture to the world for the participants who mostly come from various nations. Indian organizations should think about it.”