THE PHENOMENAL RISE OF INDIAN FILM & TELEVISION DIRECTORS’ ASSOCIATION
It was the year 1959 when Cinema was preparing to move from black and white to the era of colours; the craze for films had gripped the audience, the passion of filmmakers had turned into a healthy competition. It was with the aim of providing welfare and keeping dignity and honour of the Master Craftsmen, the Assistant Directors founded IFDA (Indian Film Directors’ Association) as a trade union.
With the advent of mushrooming of TV Channels, a large number of directors became bonafide members of the association. Simultaneously, new problems surfaced, which could hurt the dignity of IFDA. On 23rd Dec. 2007 IFDA was rechristened as IFTDA (Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association) with the aim of keeping the dignity of members in any crisis and their welfare.
Today IFTDA stands strong with its 10,000 members pan India. Mr.Ashoke Pandit is the current president of IFTDA.