Film and Television Institute of India
TypeFilm school
Established1960; 63 years ago (1960)
ChairmanShekhar Kapur
DirectorBhupendra Kainthola, IIS
Location, ,

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is a film institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and aided by the Central Government of India.[1] It is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune. It was established in 1960 and its alumni includes technicians, actors and directors in the film and television industry.

FTII is a member of the International Liaison Centre of Schools of Cinema and Television (CILECT), an organisation of the world's leading schools of film and television.[2]

The centre will set up a new institute in Arunachal Pradesh as part of an initiative to tap the potential of the North Eastern region, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region, Jitendra Singh has informed.

FTI also sponsors a film award show named Global Indie Film Awards/Festival or GIFA.


The institute was established in 1960 and started its courses in 1961. The Television Training wing, which was earlier functioning in New Delhi, shifted to Pune in 1974. Thereafter, the institute became fully aided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In July 2011, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said that a bill in Parliament to develop the FTII into a 'Centre of Excellence' would be introduced. This would enable the institute to enjoy the academic status and privileges of a university.

In February 2015, Gajendra Chauhan was appointed as the chairman of the institute,[3] which sparked protests by students at the institute.

On 18 August 2015, police — in a night-time crackdown — arrested striking students who confined FTII director Prashant Pathrabe and other staffers in his office for eight hours. The director claimed that students harassed and mentally tortured him. The students were released on bail. A video showing students surrounding the director and shouting was released by the management. In response, the students released an undated video of cops manhandling students and breaking glass in the director's office. The striking students vehemently condemned the act by the Pune police to come and arrest students past midnight.[4] [5]


The institute offers three-year post-graduate diploma courses in film direction, editing, cinematography and audiography; two-year courses in acting and art direction; a one and a half year course in computer graphics and animation; a one-year course in feature film scriptwriting. One-year post-graduate certificate in direction, electronic cinematography, video editing and audiography are also part of the courses offered.


The FTII is registered under Societies' Registration Act of 1860. The Society is headed by a president, who also functions as the chairman of the Governing Council, the Academic Council and the Standing Finance Committee. The Governing Council is constituted by election from among the members of the Society. The Governing Council is the apex body of the FTII and is responsible for making all major policy decisions of the institute. The council, in turn, appoints the Academic Council and the Standing Finance Committee, members of both of which are responsible for advising the FTII in policy matters related to academic affairs and financial matters.[6][7]

A director serves as the institute's executive head and implements its policies and programmes. Prashant Pathrabe, a 1992 batch officer of Indian Information Service (IIS), has been given temporary charge as director following end of the term of DJ Narain.[8] Gajendra Chauhan, the designated chairman of the governing council, is yet to join, owing to protest overs his appointment.[6] The protests have been continuing for over 95 days but the logjam over appointment still remains.[9]

List of presidents of FTII Society

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Wisdom Tree

Wisdom Tree in FTII is like an informal Master Class where students discuss topics with Filmmakers.[18]


  1. ^ FTII Archived 1 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India Official website.
  2. ^ "About Us". Film and Television Institute of India. 14 November 2008. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Give me a chance: Gajendra Chauhan post FTII furore - The Times of India". February 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ "FTII stir: Students protest Gajendra Chauhan's appointment - The Times of India".
  5. ^ "Bollywood's talent pool (Diploma films over the years)". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 5 August 2007.
  6. ^ a b "On Gajendra Chauhan's plate, admin and academics". The Indian Express. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "FTII Administrative Structure". FTII. 13 July 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "IIS Officer Prashant Pathrabe Appointed New FTII Director". FTII. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Govt doing nothing to end logjam: FTII students". ANI. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Chandra, Anupama (15 March 1996). "Searching for direction". India Today. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  11. ^ D. Booth, Gregory (2008). Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios. Oxford University Press. p. 58. ISBN 9780190296247.
  12. ^ "FTII studio reopens after 31 years". The Times of India. 6 October 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  13. ^ "FTII-Film and television institute of india,Pune". Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  14. ^ "FTII at Indiatimes Movies". 1 January 1970. Archived from the original on 22 August 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  15. ^ "The Sunday Standard", Bombay, 10 June 1973. "Screen", New Delhi edition, 19 March 1971. Udaya Tara Nayar, "Screen", Bombay, 11 October 1975.
  16. ^ "Vimukthi Jayasundara". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  17. ^ Times, Hindustan (8 May 2006). "FTII Class of '04 raring to go". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 8 May 2006.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "FTII students turn to Wisdom Tree in absence of classes- Pune Mirror". 5 October 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2020.