Cinemathon 2014

15th and 16th February 2014 
5pm onwards (till midnight and beyond)
at CAMP Rooftop studio 


5th and 16th February 2014
5pm onwards - - in collaboration with the Centre for Internet and Society Bangalore, is organizing a 2-day "cinemathon" on February 15th and 16th, 2014 in Mumbai. It is an opportunity for cinema lovers to take part in the largest open digital archive project on Indian cinema. was launched a year ago to coincide with the 100 years of Indian cinema. It is a resource intended to not only recollect the heritage of Indian film, but also to reaffirm the promise of cinema as an art form as it enters its second century. seeks to provide an encyclopedic resource for film scholars and theorists, and serve as an in-depth platform for film students and enthusiasts. already indexes and makes searchable metadata for 36,384 Indian films. This metadata has been compiled, initially, from Ashish Rajadhyaksha's and Paul Willemen's "Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema", and enhanced and made up-to-date with other available sources. As per Indian copyright law, films released more than 60 years ago fall into the public domain, and we have been working hard to source pre-1954 movies, archive them responsibly, and make them available for free.
Eminent film scholars like Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Moinak Biswas, SV Srinivas and others are already working within the archive, enriching it with stills, booklets and posters, academic texts and time-based scene analysis, a unique feature of the platform. But the body of Indian cinema is vast, and the broader goal of collecting data about every Indian film ever made, and keeping this information open to the public, is going to need the help all of you film enthusiasts, cinephiles and scholars in your own right.

This 2-day event as an invitation to anyone who is interested in Indian cinema, to explore and learn how to make full use of the resources available on this online platform, as well as entice some of you to contribute your knowledge about Indian cinema back into this public forum. These evenings will familiarise you with the tools and interface, and we can then begin doing some exploratory work together. On the first day, Pune-based film scholar Gayatri Chatterjee will whet our appetites with a scene-wise analysis of PC Barua's 1935 Devdas.
Overall we plan to keep things fairly unstructured, but whether you're a filmmaker, film student, theorist, computer programmer or film enthusiast there will be something for you. If you have a laptop, please bring it. There will be free wifi and food and drinks. The event will be partially outdoors on a terrace so keep yourselves warm.
We plan to meet around 5pm on the 15th and 16th, and go on until however long people want to hang out / continue working and exploring.

CAMP Rooftop studio
Directions: has a sister project. is an annotated online archive of Indian film.

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