First edition of Indian School Film Festival organised at ISD
“The pain of film making is temporary, but film is forever”. To celebrate cinema and to create a vital link between film making and the student community, the Board of Directors (BoD), Indian Schools in Oman has conceived the idea of providing a platform for the students of all Indian Schools in Oman to script, act and direct short movies.
The Indian School Film Festival (ISFF) was organised on December 4 and 5 under the aegis of BoD and Indian School Darsait (ISD) hosted the first edition of it. As a part of the mega event, screening of short educational films to the students was done in all Indian schools on December 4 and a workshop on techniques of film making was conducted on
December 5 for students of participating schools at Golden Tulip Hotel, Ruwi. Renowned South Indian Cinematographer and Director, Sabu James, was the resource person of the training programme.
The valedictory function of ISFF 2019 was held at Indian School Darsait on December 5 from 6.30-9pm. The chief guest of the evening was Qasim al Suleimy, Chairman of Oman Society for Film and Theatre while
Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed al Kindi, former Chairman OSTF was the jury of the event and a special guest of the evening function. Dr J Retnakumar, Founder and Chairman of Bhavalaya, Art and Cultural
Foundation, Oman was another special guest. Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were Sabu James, resource person, Dr Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman, Sirajudheen Nhelat, Director, BoD & Director in Charge ISD, Vinoba M P, Senior Principal & Education Advisor, BoD, Jaikish Pavithran, President, SMC, Vinodkumar, Chairman, ISFF 2019, esteemed SMC members, principals of other Indian
Schools, Acting Principal, Alexander Gee Varghese.
The chief guest and other special guests declared the results of the short movie making competition and the winners were honoured with prizes and certificates. Indian School Muscat won the first prize and lifted the coveted ISFF BoD Rolling Trophy for the Best Movie - ‘Insight’, apart from winning the First Runner up position for another movie ‘Humanities - Stream Not Taken’ while Indian School Salalah secured the Second Runner up position for their movie ‘ Candle’. Indian School Wadi Kabir and Indian School Darsait collected consolation prizes for their movies ‘Unbound’ and ‘Hiraeth’ respectively.