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Mar 23, 2017
Students of ZIMA, Mumbai students interact with Zafar Anjum, prolific filmmaker and founder of

Singapore-based writer and filmmaker Zafar Anjum visited the ZIMA campus in Mumbai to introduce his new venture, to the students. He also interacted with the students and shared with them the opportunities that his collaborative filmmaking platform offers.

Mr. Anjum has been a full-time journalist for more than 19 years and has also authored more than half a dozen books including titles such as 'The Resurgence of Satyam', 'Startup Capitals', and 'Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician', all published by Penguin Random House. He quit his full-time job in 2015 to build, the world's first AI-based global collaborative filmmaking platform.

Mr. Mukesh Mathur, Head-ZIMA felicitated Mr. Anjum and presented him with the highly motivational autobiography written by Hon'ble Chairman of Essel Group, Dr. Subhash Chandra titled 'The Z Factor - My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time'.

Addressing the students, Mr. Mukesh Mathur said that it is indeed a very great moment for ZIMA to have Mr. Zafar Anjum, who founded in late 2015 in Singapore. The platform's beta version, which is now in operation has more than 20 top Bollywood producers, directors and performers, from Film, TV, Radio and Digital Media who are already supporting the platform as advisors and mentors. Filmwalas' top advisors from the film and TV world include Prakash Jha, Nagesh Kukunoor, Ashish Vidyarthi, and Saeed Akhtar among others. Mr. Mathur asked ZIMA Students to get inspiration from Mr. Anjum for out of the box tasks and to eat, drink and sleep with their dreams, till they turn into reality.

Along with the students, senior members of ZIMA Fraternity were present including Mr. Harshit Raichura, Mr. Rajan Kambli, Vidya Rajgopal, Mr. Mangesh Lotikar, Mr. Santosh Ghanekar and Mr. Sachin during this highly motivational event

According to Anjum, Filmwallas started with the idea of democratizing filmmaking, connecting filmmakers with talent, corporates and the funding community. Using social discovery and crowdsourcing principles, Filmwallas brings together and converges the entire eco-system of filmmaking with the underlying objective of empowering the 'filmmaker', whether an amateur or a professional, with the right resources. It is an end-to-end platform that encompasses development of an idea for a short film or a documentary or feature film into a full-fledged product. The platform enables the content creators to find talent (both cast and crew) for their projects automatically leveraging AI/machine learning technologies.

Describing his interaction, Mr. Zafar Anjum said: "I found the students of ZIMA highly inspired and motivated. Their intelligent questions betrayed their passion for filmmaking. I congratulate the Institute's Head and Faculty members for having nurtured such a fine team of filmmaking students."

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