There has never been a more exciting time for filmmakers and audiences alike. Storytelling has been dominated by the big studios; however, as new avenues of distribution for fresh and experimental content emerge, a new wave of filmmakers from around the world are embracing new techniques and creating new ways to reach their audiences.
Arts for India promotes higher education in the various fields of visual and performing arts at the International Institute of Fine Arts (IIFA), India (www.iifaindia.org). Through Arts for India, IIFA will soon be launching a Film and Television Institute, further widening the creative canvas of the School.
IIFA is partnered with the Royal Drawing School, UK, who regularly send teachers and students on teaching assignments to IIFA every year.
IIFA also has an MoU with the largest arts university in Switzerland, the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). The present Animation Department at IIFA is being expanded into the Institute of New Media Design, in association with the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland. This will be a landmark institute offering a range of disciplines in New Media Design.
IIFA is also pleased to be developing a collaboration with the Columbia University School of the Arts. Columbia University will be sending faculty to IIFA to teach television and screen writing.
Arts for India also recognizes contributions to the world of theatre and films by presenting the annual Dayawati Modi Awards to eminent people for their achievements in these fields. Some of the recipients of this prestigious award include the famous Indian actor, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, the renowned musician, Pandit Ravi Shankar, the noted Hollywood actress, Ms. Goldie Hawn, the British screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for Slumdog Millionnaire, Mr. Simon Beaufoy and the Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts, USA, Prof. Carol Becker.