The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is located in the spacious grounds of the erstwhile Prabhat Studios, comprising of a number buildings standing in 21 acres of land. The Institute offers courses in direction, editing, screenPlay, photography and music.
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 entire property including a sizeable amount of motion picture equipment and properties was acquired by the Government of India for a sum of Rs. 11.20 lacs in April 1960.
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.
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.
Some of the outstanding names who have passed out from the Institute are Mani Kaul, Shabana Azmi, Feroz Chinoi, Subhash Ghai, Jaya Bachchan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Getting there: FTII is a famous landmark on Law College road. It is only a km away from Deccan. It's open all weekdays. If you are not a student, you will require permission to visit the campus.
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