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Rizwan Ahamd is an Administrator, Educationist and Media professional with over 18 years of rich exposure to various media related functions, handling a comprehensive range of responsibilities in Film, Television, New Media, Academics, Policy planning, Programming, Production, Writing, Directing, Trainings, e-Learning, Distance Education and Administration.
A postgraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication with several TV programs, Short Films, Events, Live shows, Documentaries, Educational Programmes and on-air promotions to his credits also holds MSc degree in Zoology, prestigious Film Appreciation Course certificate and Worldwide On-line course in FILM/TV editing Certificate from country’s premiere institutions like Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and CEC, UGC, New Delhi. Rizwan Ahamd currently works as Director, Instructional Media Centre, MANUU (A Central University under MHRD, Govt of India), Hyderabad and leads a huge team of Film, Television,Radio professionals. As Director of the centre, he took several pathbreaking digital initiatives in the field of e-learning, Media and Education. Under his leadership several of IMC’s films have been selected in National and International Film Festivals.
He started his career with a short stunt at Delhi Doordarshan and The Hindustan Times, New Delhi and later joined Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, the biggest film studio complex in the world. In the year 2011, Rizwan qualified UPSC and joined Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, as Deputy Director and later designated as Head of Office where he formulated several film policies and was actively involved in programming, administration and technical infrastructure of National Film Awards, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, International Film Festival of India, Goa and several other film events. Spending over half a decade in Ministry of I & B, he has worked in various capacities as an administrator, programmer, technical consultant for film-projection audio-video infrastructure upgradation and has been instrumental in developing and implementing of several of Govt of India Policies on Film and Media in collaboration with State Govts and foreign nations.
He has widely travelled in India, Asia, Europe etc and possesses a vast network of professional contacts and enjoys a lot of good will within the Indian Film/TV Industry as well as Cinema Industries abroad. He also implemented several of Govt of India’s prestigious Cultural Exchange Programmes in collaboration with Indian Embassies abroad and Foreign Embassies in India. Due to his vast experience in Audio-Visual Production, Cinema, Film Programming and Academics he has served as member/member secretary of several high profile Academic, Technical and Media Committees of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India, and Academic Institutes to implement the important Academic, Digital, Technical and Film policies. He has also delivered talks/workshops on various aspects of Cinema, Social Media, e-learning, Television, digital way of education to Students, Media Professionals and Academics during National and International Film Festivals, Universities, Institutes and has participated in various Media and Academic Events at National and International level.
In the year 2011, he was instrumental in successfully launching the Digital cinema projection at International Film Festival of India, Goa, first ever at any film festival in India and also designed and successfully implemented the technical upgradation project of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He technically supported and curated several editions of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. His Star-studded Gala Screenings of Film Premieres, Masterclasses, Workshops, Co-Production Sessions, Technical Presentations and grand Open-Air Screenings were widely appreciated by film fraternity in India and abroad. Rizwan introduced and created a history at IFFI Goa with the Exclusive Masterclasses with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Oscar Academy Hollywood.
During his tenure as Film Selection and programming Head of IFFI Goa he initiated the co-production seminars in collaboration with foreign countries, technical workshops with media industry leaders etc. As programming head, he was instrumental in bringing ICFT UNESCO, Paris on board and introduced the ICFT UNESCO award to promote the ideals of peace and love. He has credit of coordinating the huge delegations of top officials and film industry professionals from several countries to India and has also been part of high level delegations of Hon’ble Minister, film industry professionals to attend prestigious film festivals abroad.