The Master Class of 6th AIFF is organized as a part of short film competition keeping in mind the aspiring filmmakers, technicians and actors. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Umesh Kulkarni who is also very well known for his excellent short films is invited to conduct the Master Class. It is really a great opportunity for the participants to learn secrets of filmmaking from the renowned filmmaker that would surely put them on the right path with clear cut vision.
About Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, an alumni of FTII has directed 8 short films, 4 feature films and produced 4 four feature. He is considered one of the most important contemporary voices in Indian cinema. Along with the huge box office success for his feature films like Valu, Deool, he has received 4 President’s gold medals for his films. His films have been screened and awarded in various national and international film festivals like Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, Busan.
He has been invited as a member of jury in well known film festivals like Cairo, Clermont Ferrand, Thai short film festival, Kerala IFF. His short fiction film titled ‘Girni’ (Grinding machine) won several International and 3 National awards for the best short film and President’s gold medal for best direction. ‘Valu’ (The wild bull) is the first Marathi film which world premiered at the prestigious ‘Rotterdam international film festival’. ‘Vihir’ (The Well) is the first Marathi film to be produced under Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s production house, AB Corp. Ltd. It also was the second Marathi film which was selected at the coveted Berlin iIFF. His third film, ‘Deool’ (Temple) won three National awards including the Golden Lotus Award for the best feature film. Umesh’s fourth and his latest film, ‘Highway’ was critically acclaimed or its representation of the cross section of society through an ensemble cast. The film was screened in the New York Indian FF. Umesh has travelled extensively to present his films and to understand the ways feature films and short films are perceived in different parts of the world.
In order to encourage young filmmakers to make quality short films of international standards, Umesh started three film clubs ( Short film club, documentary film club and children film club ) under his company Arbhaat Films. All these film clubs are running successfully for last 5 years.