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Complete list of Top 15 Film Schools in India | Part 1

List of Top Film Schools in India


Complete list of Top 15 Film Schools in India | Part 1

Is studying in a Film School worthy? No Doubt! Film school is the best place to learn the aesthetic and technical facts happening in the front and back of Filmmaking. You know that there are numerous film schools in India, but when it comes to a question- Which is the best film institute in India? Probably, you might say answer either FTII or SRFTI. But, you know that getting admissions in FTII and SRFTI is not easy as say. In such a situation, students who didn’t get admission in such premier film schools should have to think about the alternate best Film Schools in India. That is explained here.

Top 15 Film Institutes in India


  1. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune


The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is an autonomous institute working under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Government of India and it is a member of CILECT, an organization of world’s leading Film Schools. FTII is situated in Pune, on the location of erstwhile Prabhat Film Company.  Since its inception in 1960, the institute is known for its contribution of technicians and artists to the film industry.

Notable Alumni of FTII: Resul Pookutty, Santosh Sivan, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shaji N. Karun, Gurvinder Singh

Admission: Through an Entrance Exam (Click here for details)

Courses Offered

One Year Courses   Three Year Courses   Two Year Courses


Feature film Screenplay writing Diploma in Art Direction and Production Design Diploma in Acting
Sound Recording and TV Engineering Post Graduate Diploma in Editing
Certificate Course in Video Editing Diploma in Sound Recording and Sound Design
Certificate Course in Electronic Cinematography Diploma in Cinematography
Certificate Course in TV Direction Diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing


Admissions Start Date: 1st week of June Every Year

Contact Info: +91 – 020- 25431817 / 25433016 / 25430017



Related Read: Top 24 Film Production Houses in India 


2. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) Kolkata


As like FTII, SRFTI is also a Film and Television institute working under The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Government of India. The institute has been named after acclaimed film director Satyajit Ray. Due to its excellence in education, SRFTI has received the status ‘Institute of National Importance’ given by the Government of India.

Notable Alumni: Amal Neerad, Sagar Ballary, Vipin Vijay, Kanu Behl, Namrata Rao, Sivakumar Vijayan

Admission: Through an Entrance Exam (Click here for details)

Courses Offered:

3-year (full-time), Postgraduate Programme in Cinema

3-year (full-time), Postgraduate Programme in  Animation

Admissions Start Date: 10th April Every year

Contact Info: 033 24328355/53/9300



3. The National Institute  of  Design (NID) Ahmadabad


National School of Design Top Film school in India

The National Institute of Design (NID) is an autonomous status attained Film School based in Ahmadabad, India. In a survey conducted by the Business Week in 2010, the institute has been placed in the category of “Top Design Schools in the world.” Alongside of other design courses, NID is offering 4-year courses in film discipline.

Admission Process: First Come First Serving

Courses Offered:

Bachelor of Design: Animation and Film Design (4-Years)

Bachelor of Design: Film and Video Communication (4-Years)

Admissions Start Date: Second Week of October

Contact Info: 079 2662 9500


4. K. R. Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts (KRNNIVSA)


R. Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts (KRNNIVSA) is an autonomous Film Institute started by the Government of Kerala for providing admissions to various film studies. The institute, named after the K.R Narayanan, who was served as the President of India during 1992-1997 periods. KRNNIVSA was inaugurated by the Vice- president of India Mr. Hamid Ansari on 11 January 2016.

 Admission Process: Based on an Entrance Test

Courses Offered: 3-Year postgraduate diploma courses in- Animation & Visual Effects, Acting, Audiography, Cinematography, Editing, Script Writing & Direction

Admissions Start Date: Fourth week of March Every Year

Contact Info: 0471 2430068


5. Biju Pattanaik Film & Television Institute of Odisha


Biju-Pattanaik-Film-Television institute top film institute in India



The Biju Pattanaik Film & Television Institute of Odisha (BPFTIO) is an autonomous Film institute started by Government of Odisha under the World Bank assisted scheme to meet the requirements of technicians for the Film industry. BPFTIO offering three courses and each course has an intake of 20 students each year.

  Admission Process: Based on the marks in the qualifying exam

Courses Offered: Three-year diploma courses in Cinematography, Sound and TV. Engineering (Audiography) and Film and Video Editing;

Admissions Start Date: 1st week of June

Contact Info: 0671-2413968/2418480


6. Government Film and Television Institute, Bangalore


 The Government Film and Television Institute (GFTI) Bangalore is the first Government Film institute in India. GFTI is located in at Hesaraghatta, Bengaluru in Karnataka. The institute is offering two three-year courses in Cinematography and Sound Recording & Engineering. The intake of students for each course in each year is 33.

 Admission Process: Based on the marks in the qualifying exam

Courses Offered: Three-year courses in Cinematography and Sound Engineering.

Admission Start Date: First week of May

Official website:

7. L.V Prasad Film Institute, Chennai and  Trivandrum

lv prasad film and television institute Chennai


L.V Prasad Film Institute is a Private film institute based in Chennai, which was started L. V. Prasad, a well-known person in the arenas Producer, Actor, Director, Cinematographer and Businessman. As compared to other private film institute in India, it offered much extensive features including big indoor studios, library and industry using professional cameras like Red MX Cameras and Panavision Genesis.

Bottom-line: Higher academic fees

Admission Process: Based on the Entrance exam Scores

Courses Offered:

Two-year courses in Film Direction and Cinematography

One-year diploma in Film Editing and Sound Designing

Admission Start Date: First week of March

Contact Details:  096770 44898

Official Website:


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  1. Sreesanth

    July 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Okay. I accept this. These are the best Film direction institutes in India. But, there are some institutes name missing from this list like Kerala Film institute, Whistling woods international Film institute Mumbai, etc what is the reason behind that? And, what are the list of best film editing and cinematography schools in india

    • pooja

      October 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      I have been associated with the best film training institute namely Mumbai Film Academy at Andheri west .The management and the staff members are highly co operative in providing the best faculties from reputed institutions like Film and Television institute of India, National School of Drama and the Bollywood Industry.

  2. Please try to look towards North East. There is one of the best Film and Television Institute functioning since 1999. Mr. Amrit Preetom Dutta, Mr. Devajit Chngmai are some of the alumnae of the Institute. For Details please visit

    • FMF Resources

      July 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      This is a great Information. Usually, Film aspirants from India are Searching for Film Direction/ Cinematography schools in Mumbai, Chennai and such other big cities

  3. Asif Khan

    August 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    How about whistling woods? Is it not the best in terms of location, infrastructure, faculty , and most inportant placemets? In 2015 I went to AAFT delhi, CRAFT Delhi, WHistling Woods mumbai and AISFM hyderabad and FTII pune. Based on what I saw and the environment, I could arrange them from best to least good:

    1.WHistling Woods Mumbai
    2. Aisfm hyderabad
    3.AAFT delhi
    4.CRAFT(institute in only one big flat, location not god either)

    I went to FTII as well but they did not allow to go inside without and before admissions.


    • FMF Resources

      September 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      AAFT is the cheapest film institute. we are not aware of the facilities providing by them

    • FMF Resources

      September 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Among 4, We are suggesting you to choose Aisfm Hyderabad

    • FMF Resources

      September 1, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      And why you don’t choose SEFTI fILM sCHOOL? aNY rEASON?

  4. PratimaSayali

    December 31, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I feel Mumbai Film Academy is the best film School teaching Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Film Making, Acting, & Music.

  5. Soumya

    January 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Hello sir, I want help from you regarding filming as a career. And I need help from u. Can you just help me in this matter. I would be thankful if u please help me. Kindly provide me your contact so that I can get in touch with you. Waiting for your reply eagerly

  6. Rashmi Rekha Mohapatra

    January 12, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Mumbai Digital Films Academy is best among all . they used to focus on Practical .highly qualified faculty

  7. kitaabint

    January 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Check out for collaborative filmmaking opportunities and fulfil your filmmaking dreams!

  8. Abhi

    March 23, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I want to start my career in film making please suggest me good institute in Mumbai and I’m also thinking about Mumbai Film Academy please tell me about it nd it’s placement

  9. savan

    March 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Can I get internship programes and placement after studying a film school ?

  10. social puja

    July 7, 2017 at 6:35 am

    MIT School of Film and Television, Rajbaug, Pune is committed to providing advanced training and thus nurturing knowledge-driven visionary film makers and technicians who will have great potential and creative abilities, and who while exhibiting their talent in all departments of film making will make and contribute to the finest films in world cinema.
    For more information visit our website


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