Approaches to cinematic construction – An appreciation of film editing

with Debkamal Ganguly 

5th to 8th August 2021; 14:30 to 18:30 IST_Online

While in the beginning of the history of cinema, the possibility of editing shots together created the possibility of existence of cinema itself, presently film editing is mostly seen as a mere craft. There has been a systematic devaluation of editing in cinema as a mode of formal and philosophical engagement in recent times. This course would provide insights from important markers from the history of cinema with adequate analysis to suggest the crucial role of editing, not only to understand the possibilities of cinematic forms and cinematic becoming, but also would help appreciate creative intentions / imaginations / experiences and existences of being alive.



An alumnus from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, DebKamal Ganguly is an independent filmmaker, researcher and teacher of cinematic arts. He has taught for 08 years (2012-2020) and designed curriculum in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune,  in the departments of Film Editing, Film Direction and Screen Studies; and as a guest faculty in National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Flame University, Pune, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Ganguly’s works have been published under special curator-ship from Lowave, Paris; his video art featured in the exhibition ‘Indian Highway’ and showcased in galleries of various cities of Europe and Asia. His films done in the capacity of editor, script-writer and sound designer have been shown in competitive sections of various international festivals and received recognition, including ‘Tiger Award for Shorts’ in Rotterdam (IFFR 2007). Ganguly has presented papers in various international and national seminars and conferences on various themes related to cinema, Deleuze studies, visual art, interfaces of art practices, translation studies, collective memory, Bengal studies, Media studies, pedagogy of cinema, film editing as a discipline, immersive sound etc including CARA-CIECT conference in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (2018), CILECT conference in VGIK, Moscow (2019), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2019). He is a participant of an international project for artistic research involving BRICS countries, being the coordinator for India (2018).


INR 1500 For Ex Participants of Dabkamal Ganguly’s earlier session with AVFI

INR 2000 For Ex Participants of Auroville Film Institute from other courses

INR 3000 For Indian Nationals

USD 25 For participants from SAARC nations

USD 40 For international participants outside of SAARC.

Voluntary contribution for Aurovilians and Newcomers.


Certificate of participation will be issued by Auroville Film Institute. 


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Please note: This session is a part of a month long analysis and filmmaking workshop with Kamal Swaroop.

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