Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu
Disability and Film &TV Industries
This week I got the opportunity to participate in the workshop organised by Evolution Film, which was established for the purpose of Examining and Addressing Inequality in the Film and Television industries. The project forms part of the British Academy Innovation Fellowship (http://www.evolutionfilm.org).
Topic of the workshop was "Disability and British Film Industry" and the speaker was Justin Edgar, Director, BAFTA winner and founder of 104 films- UK's pioneer film company on disability. Listening to his experiences was a great learning experience for me.
During Q&A session, I informed about our baby steps for the access to entertainment Industry for persons with disabilities i.e. arranging courses in screen acting (https://www.ywtc.org/upcoming), efforts to make short films ( https://youtu.be/ftEXzxhOjM4) and I requested them for a guidance note for us as they had already gone through this stage. Immediately Speaker Justin, organisers and co-participants shared a lot of useful links in this regard. Thanks a ton to all of them.
They are not only encouraging PwDs in different fields of the film industry but mainly encouraging them in film making.
We need to do a lot in this area in India.
Rabeehashmi Sayyid Sir (Registrar FTII), I sincerely hope in partnership with Film and Television Institute of India, interested production houses, OTT platforms and TV Channels, together we can also make our film and TV industry more inclusive in the years to come.