French Film Festival 31st March, 2007
Orissa Computer Application Centre (OCAC) and The French Association, Kolkata organized a French Film Festival in Bhubaneswar on 31st March, 2007 at IDCOL Auditorium. The film festival was inaugurated by Sri Surjya Narayan Patro, Hon’ble Minister, IT, Energy and Culture, Orissa in the presence of Mr. Phillippe MARTINET, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of France in India and Mr. Nicholas BLASQUEZ, Director, The French Association, Kolkata, Mr. S N Tripathi, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, IT, Mr. Vishal Dev, IAS, CEO, OCAC & Director IT and Mr. A K Panda, Course Director (Foreign Languages), OCAC were also present. Mr. Thatagata Satapathy, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Editor of leading Oriya daily “Dharitri” which extended media support to the festival, also graced the occasion.
Mr. BLASQUEZ announced that Mr. P K Panda, French Language Instructor at OCAC has been selected to undergo one month Training Programme in “French Language for Foreigners” in France on latest teaching methodologies. All expenses in this regard shall be borne by The French Association. Hon’ble Minister distributed prizes to the winners of the French language speech competition held on 30th March 2007 at OCAC.
Two popular French Films namely TRAVAUX ON SAIT QUAND CA COMMENCE (Work is known when it starts) directed by Brigitte ROUAN and LE DERNIER METRO (The Last Metro) directed by Francois TRUFFAUT were screened on the occasion. People from all walks of life, including a large number of students, enthusiastically participated in the film festival.
Hon’ble Minister Mr. S N Patro and Mr. MARTINET addressed a press conference immediately after the inaugural session. Mr. MARTINET evinced keen interest in the Oriya culture and traditions. He expressed a desire for better cultural ties between France and Orissa and promised to support all initiatives on this count. He appreciated the endeavor of OCAC in successfully imparting French language courses and its contribution in taking forward the great relationship between France and Indian states like Orissa by organizing the film festival in Bhubaneswar.
It may be noted that earlier in May 2006, OCAC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The French Association (Kolkata), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France for imparting French language courses at OCAC. The MOU envisages creation of awareness among corporates, IT Companies, selected technical institutes, schools and colleges for French language courses. The French Association extends support in training of trainers, courseware, evaluation and certification. So far, more than 60 trainees from different sectors including IT professionals from Infosys Technologies, Bhubaneswar and officers from Tourism Department of the State Government have undergone training in the Language.
Venue : IDCOL Auditorium