The FTII was established by the Government of India in the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting in 1960 on the recommendation of the Film Enquiry Committee
for imparting training in the art and techniques of film making. The syllabus and the
courses of studies were drawn up, in the original instance, upon the advice of Remy
Tessonneau, Director of the Paris Institute des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques (IDHEC)
who paid a visit to Poona in March, 1961 and prepared a draft outline for teaching in five
courses , viz. Screen-play, writing-cum-Direction, Motion Picture Photography, Sound
Recording and Editing.
The Institute used to run the acting course too but was stopped in 1978
since the National School of Drama was running a parallel in New Delhi. Many of the present
luminaries like Subhash Ghai, Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Bacchan are products of this acting
Regular courses started from 1961. Television Training Wing which
started functioning in 1971 in New Delhi moved to Pune in October 1974. The FTII became a
society in October under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860, fully aided by the
Government of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Aims & Objectives
The Film Wing of the Institute is intended to provide technical
training in the production films and to undertake reserach in different fields connected
The main functions of the Institute are to : (a) Impart training
in all aspects of film production and other allied subjects (b) Grant diplomas and
certificates to successful trainees who have completed the prescribed course and (c)
Co-ordinate the activities for training of film technicians in India.
Nature Of Training
Intensive training, both theoretical and practical is imparted to
students of various courses. The Institute is equipped with sophisticated sound recording
equipments, editing machines and modern movie cameras. The Institute has two studios,
three projection theatres. There is also a modern film processing lab for processing 35mm
and 16mm black and white film.
The Institute library has a good collection of books on various
subjects connected with film-making and subscribes to periodicals, both Indian and
Foreign. There is also a Film Library containing films both Indian and foreign, apart from
films made by the students. The Film Library has also a good collection of Indian and
Western Music discs.
The FTII is the one of the five prestigious film schools left around
the world who teach a proper film course funded by the Government. The other four are in
Australia, Cuba (which is on the verge of closing), Germany, and, Moscow. The Institute is
also the member of the famous CILECT organisation.
The Institute is more famous for serious practioners of Cinema. An
institute is always judged by the quality of its products. Personalities who occupy
position of eminence and success in the film industry speak in laudatory terms of the
students who have worked with them after taking their diplomas from the Institute. In
particular, the excellence of the technical training, given in the course of Motion
Picture Photography, Sound Recording and Sound Engineering and Editing, has been largely
extolled. Almost all diploma holders in these subjects have secured employment in
Government Departments or in such areas of private enterprise where the skills are needed.
Every year as much as 80 per cent of the awards at the National Film
Festivals are swept by the past or present products of the Institute. Some of the
outstanding names who have passed out from the Institute are : Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani,
and Feroz Chinoi who have won distinction as directors of feature films. K.K. Mahajan,
S.K. Nag and S.M. Dubey as motion picture cameramen. B.S. Biswas and Narendra Singh in
sound recording, Subhash Ghai, Rehana Sultan, Navin Nischal, Anil Dhawan and Rakesh
Pandey, who have distinguished themselves in motion picture acting. In the field of
documentaries and short films, Chandrasekhar Nair, Yashpal Chaudhuri, Gautaman and Adur
Gopalakrishnan have distinguished themselves. The Trade shows held by the Institute have
kept the Industry informed about the kind of work which the students are capable of
achieving and the measure of their talents and skill.
It is not a rare occurrence for a producer to visit the Institute and
make a choice of promising actors and technicians. Such visits have often proved rewarding
to the Industry and to the Institute. K.K. Mahajan has twice won the President's Gold
Medal for the best black and white cinematography. Mani Kaul has twice won the Critic's
prize for his films Uski Roti and Asad Ka Ek Din. Rehana Sultan was awarded
the distinction of being chosen as the best actress at the National Film Festival. There
are others who have received conspicuous recognition. Mention must be made of P. Kumar
Vasudeo whose film - At Five Past Five won the Gandhi Award at the International
Film Festival of India, 1969; T.C. John who won the National Award for the best film on
National Integration; Prem Sagar who was awarded a special Bronze Medal at an
International Film Festival in Santiago, Chile.
Foreigners come to the Institute, keeping in the mind the seriousness
of the Campus and to conduct workshops in their specialized field. Some of the visiting
faculty who have attended the Campus include the legendary French cameraman Raoul Coutard
who was the moving force behind the French New Wave, the movement in 1954, in the world of
cinema, which had a major influence on the global cinema - one of the latest being the
Quentin Tarintino directed Pulp Fiction. Helena Sanders-Brahms, a
the German Feminist Movement too, came down to the Campus. She was the director of the
famous German film Germany, Pale Mother, as film about history of Germany through
the eyes of the Director.
The annual budget of the Institute is around Rs 10 crore. Out of this
the planned expenditure of Rs 2.1 crore is for the Film Wing and Rs 3.1 crore for the
Television Wing . The non-planned expenditure is Rs 3.5 crore.