Who doesn’t love a good movie? However, if you truly call yourself a movie buff and are even seriously contemplating a career in filmmaking, you will be better off being well-prepared. While there are those who are born with a natural talent, being trained to pursue a career in any discipline is an absolute must.
Like many professional courses, filmmaking too is a popular choice among students. The field is more competitive than it has ever been and the Indian film industry is more welcoming of newer ideas, fresh talent and experimental subjects than it ever was.
If you’re reading this, you are surely already interested in this career.. Got a critical opinion of almost every movie you watch? What would you give for an opportunity to give your creative ideas the shape of a feature film?
There are opportunities galore these days especially with online platforms that allow you to showcase your filmmaking talent. However, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Go the whole nine yards. Plan a proper route to achieve your dreams. Of course, we are hinting at being trained by experts before you set out on your journey to become a filmmaker of solid repute.
There are various nuances you will need to learn, which include the arts of cinematography, editing, screenplay-writing, production, animation, acting and more. Where does your interest lie?
We put together a list of some of the most well-known institutes in India you should be considering if a career in cinema is what you want.
(This list of filmmaking schools is not ranked in any order)
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1. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune
The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and is aided by the Central Government of India. It is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune.
2. Satyajit Ray Film And Television Institute, Kolkata
SRFTI (Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute) was established in 1995 as an autonomous Institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India. It is based in Kolkata, West Bengal and has been named after the acclaimed film director, Satyajit Ray.
Producing for Film & Television
Direction & Screenplay Writing
Sound Recording & Design
Writing for electronic & digital media
Electronic & digital media management
Cinematography for electronic & digital media
Direction & Producing for electronic & digital media
Editing for electronic & digital media
Sound for electronic & digital media
3. Centre for Research In Art Of Film And Television (CRAFT), Delhi
The Center for Research in Art of Film and Television (CRAFT), Delhi which is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered as a public charitable trust to impart quality education in the field of film, television, and other media arts through short and long-term courses with specialisation in various disciplines. It was established in the year 2009. This one has a low teacher-student ratio, with 10 seats per course.
Cinematography + Film Direction & Screenplay Writing
Cinematography + Editing
Editing + Film Direction & Screenplay Writing
Acting & Modeling + Film Direction & Screenplay Writing
LV Prasad Film and TV Academy (LVPA) was a part of the Prasad Group which was started by the renowned movie producer and director Shri L.V.Prasad and it is currently headed by his son Shri Ramesh Prasad. The students are provided the opportunity to direct many short films, advertisements etc. as a part of the curriculum.
Sound Design & Music Production
Digital Film Making
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5. Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
The Whistling Woods International (WWI) is a film, communication and media arts institute located in Mumbai, India. The institute is promoted by Indian Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts and Film City Mumbai. In July 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named Whistling Woods on its list as one of “The best film schools in the world”. The school was first ranked among the top 10 film schools by The Hollywood Reporter in 2010.
Media & Communication
Music Production & Composition
6. National Institute Of Film & Fine Arts, Kolkata
National Institute Of Film & Fine Arts (NIFFAR), Kolkata was founded in the year 1990 and is one of the oldest film schools in Kolkata. It is a registered non-profit organisation. It provides quality education as most of the faculty members are ex-perofessors of FTII. It is also a member of the National Film Archive, Government of India and affiliated by the Federation of Film Society of India.
Digital Cinema making
Digital Cinema editing.
Digital Film making
Digital Film editing.
Stage & Film Acting
Sound Recording & Editing
7. Digital Academy The Film School, Mumbai
Digital Academy The Film School, Mumbai is one of the reputed film schools in Mumbai and it has a collaboration with Mumbai University and the University of Westminster to provide graduate and PG courses in various fields.
Film & TV Direction & Production
Sound Recording & Designing
Film & TV Editing
8. Asian Academy Of Film And Television, Noida
Asian Academy Of Film And Television (AAFT), Noida was started in 1993 was is the first acting institute in South Asia to get ISO 9001:2000 certifications. It has alumni not only from India but across the globe. It offers diplomas and masters degrees in various categories. AAFT offers globally-accepted standards of media education in the field of film Making, Journalism, Performing Arts, Advertising, Acting, Interior Design, Dance, Digital Marketing, Animation and Fashion Design.
Cinema + Diploma in Acting
Cinema + Diploma in Cinematography
Cinema + Diploma in Direction
Cinema + Diploma in Post-Production
Cinema + Diploma in Sound editing
Performing Arts (Music Production)
9. Zee Institute Of Media Arts (ZIMA), Mumbai
Zee Institute Of Media Arts (ZIMA), Mumbai is owned by Zee Network, one of India’s leading media companies and is one of the leading acting schools in Mumbai. The opportunities for those studying in this school are more as the Zee Network itself has many television channels and produces movies also.
Film Making Visual Effects
Digital Video & Audio Editing
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