There are various organizations working for enrichment and conserving the valuable culture of India. One such entity working for the same is INTACH; Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. In 1984, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) was registered as a society and founded with the vision to create a membership organization to stimulate and spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India. Today INTACH is recognized as one of the world’s largest heritage organizations, with over 180 Chapters across the Country. (www.intach.org)
FILMIT is an internet-video system that helps children document and share their ongoing project work. It helps them to communicate with each other, to see the experiences of children in other Open Futures schools and, most importantly, to share their own via the filmit website. (http://openfutures.com/filmit)
Filmit India is a partnership between Open Futures schools in the UK and 22 schools in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. Working with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Filmit India sees children in the two countries creating short films about their lives, their schools and their culture. By uploading them to the Open Futures filmit website schools across the country and the world can watch and comment on the films. The exchange has provided a means for communication between different cultures and not only helped children learn about each other’s cultures but it also engages them in new ways of seeing and understanding their own.
The Heritage Club team of The Palace School comprising of Harsh Goyal, Mishthi Agrawal,Yashshwi Nathawat,Prithvi Ramrakhani,,Shreshth Agarwal,Sivant Bindal,Vaibhav Golani,Shruti Mehta,Aditya Kothari,Hameer Singh Rathore,Irtiqa Khan and Siddarth Kothari , was fortunate enough to be the part of this national level campaign .A workshop was held in the month of August in which we were well taught about the peculiarities of making a film which involves various tasks like shooting, direction, scripting, editing etc. We were trained by professional coaches from UK and INTACH.
To create awareness about the local culture and heritage amongst us all, the idea of making films based on the same was put forward to one and all in the workshop[. There were varying themes based on which we were asked to make various two minute short films on national and local cultures.
Extending our journey with INTACH and FilmIt INDIA, we started putting our best efforts in this pan India motion. Easier said than done, shooting at various locations like Tonk, The City Palace, heritage walks, local markets of Jaipur involved a great endeavor though the learning experience was worth the sweat. From an elementary stage to the final coup, our teams put their enthusiasm and energy to manoeuvre this idea into a great success. After strenuous hustle and bustle, we were primed for the big day, FilmIt India festival, summoned at MGD school, Jaipur.
The occasion was a delight and treat for our eventful journey organized solely by Intach.The day was graced by Ms Rani Vidya Devi and Ms Dharmendra Kawar from INTACH as chief guests.
Intach with its wide parameters and broad aims witnessed fabulous response with around 2000 short documentaries as entries from all over the schools in India. Out of which, five schools of Jaipur managed a good proportion.
Just after the warm welcome at the FilmIt festival, student representatives from respective schools presented poems, mime and limerick sharing their experiences while making films. Movies were showcased and we all held our breaths, waiting for the nominations and award winning ceremony to commence.
There were various categories like best film, best direction, best story, best cinematography etc.
The Palace School team discovered a magical moment when we won the title for best cinematography and best original story for two of our movies based on the kite bazaar and a mansion of gold aka ‘Sunehri Kothi’ in Tonk respectively.
The claps, cheers and smiles made the felicitation one of the finest and most proud moment for the Palace school family.
We thank INTACH, FilmIt and The Palace School for providing us the influential opportunity and hold a badge of fame in the success stories of The Palace School.