The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is located in the spacious grounds of the erstwhile Prabhat Studios, which comprised of a number of buildings standing in 21 acres of land. When the Government of India took over the Prabhat Studios in 1961, it was converted into the only full-fledged training school of film studies in India. One could receive training from acting to direction to cinematography to film script writing to editing here.
FTII was established by the Government of India, Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting in 1960 on the recommendation of the Film Enquiry
Committee for imparting training in the art and techniques of filmmaking.
From a modest beginning, it has, with the passage of time, grown into a unique centre of teaching technical skill and know-how in the whole of Asia. Television training centre, which started functioning in 1971 in New Delhi was moved to this institute in 1974 and the institute was renamed as the Film and Television Institute of India. But, presently the television training at the institute is restricted.
The FTII is the one of the five prestigious film schools 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 syllabus and the course 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 Pune 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. 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.
The main functions of the Institute are to impart training
in all aspects of film production and other allied subjects, grant
diplomas and certificates to successful trainees who have completed the
prescribed course and to co-ordinate the activities for training of film
technicians in India.
The Film Wing of the Institute is intended to provide technical training in the production films and to undertake research in different fields connected with films.
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 and three projection theatres.
The Institute library has a good collection of books on various subjects connected with filmmaking 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 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.
Every year as much as 80% of the awards at the National Film Festivals are swept by the past or present products of the Institute. FTII give entry to short films made by students in various International short Film Festivals to give exposure to their work.
For the general public the Institute along with the National Film Archives co-conducts an eight-week Film Appreciation course during the students' vacations period to teach them the basic aspects of filmmaking, editing and various other activities.
FTII has been credited with the resurgence of Hindi cinema
and the steadily improving standards of regional cinema since promising
film makers like Mani Kaul, Kumar Sajhani, Saeed Mirza, Adoor
Gopalakrishnan, Kundan Shah, Girish Kasarwalli, Jhanu Baruah, Ketan Mehta,
Chitarth Singh and Ashok Ghai received their training here. They have
brought glory to the country and their respective states with their
excellency in regional cinema.
The Film Institute gave the Indian film industry some of the best known acting talents in the country namely - Naseeruddin Shah, Shabhana Azmi, Om Puri, Rameshwari, Jaya Bahaduri, Danny Dengzongpa, Mithun Chakraborty, Shatrugan Sinha, Raza Murad, Kiran Kumar, Shakti Kapoor, Uday Chandra, Satish Shah, Rakesh Bedi, Suresh Chatwal, Sudhir Pandey, Rit Rani Kaul and many more.
Pune is well connected by air, rail and road with the important cities and towns within and beyond the state. For local transportation taxis, city buses and autos are available.
Accommodation is available at the hotels in Pune.