Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT), after carving a brand in Asia, has decided to move to the Western hemisphere. This niche school is known for blending entertainment with the corporate. Having trained and educated 9,000-plus students in the last 20 years, the institution will be making a foray into Hollywood.
The overwhelming response of Indian students and film connoisseurs to world cinema at the recently concluded 3rd Global Film Festival, Noida 2010, has germinated the idea of active interaction among the pedagogues of different countries.
With noted film academic Joan Ponces de Carvalho coming on board as Dean, International for AAFT and ASMS (Asian School of Media Studies), the institution will now concentrate on global cinema studies both in form and content, theory and practice.
AAFT is not new to Western cinema. Being honored at the 33rd Cairo Film Festival for being the first film school of India and producer of the largest short films in the world (1806 films), this pioneering school has already attracted students from more than 75 countries across the globe including the US, the UK, Greece, Sweden, Mexico, Peru and France. It has also hosted renowned actors like Michel J Fox, Samuel Jackson and Salma Hayek.
With the advent of globalisation, the world has realised the prophesy of Marshal McLuhan’s global village. Cultural distances have shrunk and creative spaces are proliferating. This has opened new opportunities. Students and faculty will be exchanged between East and West, and the course curricula will be restructured to absorb cultural diversities.
Member of the Academic Council of AAFT, Prof Karl Bardosh from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, says, “I am proud to be associated with AAFT, which is a truly world-class institution in all aspects infrastructure, alumni and syllabus.”