Post Date: 30 Sep, 2021

Evening Course – Appreciation of Indian Cinema (Online) from 29 Nov. to 17 Dec. 2021

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, under its Centre For Open Learning (CFOL) announces a 15 days Evening Course – Appreciation of Indian Cinema (Online).

Following are the details in this regard;

(1)    Name of the evening course:Appreciation of Indian Cinema (Online)

(2)    Duration: 15 days, 02 hours per day, Total = 30 hours

(3)    Dates: 29th Nov. to 17th Dec. 2021 (Monday to Friday),

(4)    Timings: 07 pm to 09 pm (Indian Standard Time – IST)

(5)    Max. no. of participants: 40 (Course will be conducted only if min. strength of 32 participants is reached)

(6)    Age:18 years &above as on 01st Nov. 2021 (participants born on or before 31st Oct. 2003)

(7)    Educational Qualification: HSC (12thstd. pass). In exceptional cases, 10th pass may be considered

(8)    Medium of Instructions: Mainly English & partly Hindi

(9)    Per Participant Course fee:
(a)    For Indian Nationals: Rs 6,500/- (base fee = Rs 5,508/- and GST = Rs 992/-)
(b)    For Foreigners including NRI, OCI etc. and also those who are presently staying outside India: Rs 19,500/- (base fee = Rs 16,625/- and GST = Rs 2,975/-).
Course fee of selected participants will be non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-adjustable, etc. under any circumstances. Course fee of all the non – selected participants will be returned within 07 – 10 days of the course commencement.

(10)    Mode of payment: Online through SBI Collect (along with application form).

(11)    Due date & time to submit application: 8th Nov. 2021, 6 pm IST. Application submitted after due date & time will not be considered.

(12)    Selection Criteria: On First – Come – First – Served Basis.List of selected participants will be published on FTII website. Also, selection emails will be sent to all the selected participants.

(13)    Online platform: FTII will be using “Google Classroom” and participants are requested to get familiarized with the same. Steps to join online class including login id & password will be shared with each selected participant in the selection email.

(14)    Computer literacy: It is the participant’s responsibility to be technologically capable to take an online course. Participants must be computer literate.


Since the course is online, participants must have following facilities;

(i) A Desktop / Laptop having minimum 4 GB RAM, 1.6 GHz or better processor (Intel i3 or i5 or better).  (Windows / MAC)
(i) Operating system: a) Windows 7 or 8 or 10. b) MAC OS Sierra or later
(iii) Audio – Video software: Latest versions of VLC player, Windows Media Player or Quick Time Player.
(iv) Compatible good quality headphones/ earphones with mic
(v) Compatible HD webcam
(vi) Internet pack of minimum 3 GB per day exclusively for this course. It is recommended to have fixed wired Internet connection with minimum speed of 10 Mbps or more.
(vii) Web browser: Latest version of Google Chrome (Preferred), Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.

Use of Mobile Phone (in place of Laptop or Desktop Computer) to attend the classes is strictly prohibited. Such participants will not be allowed to join the classes.

(16)    Course Director: Mr. Karan Bali

Karan graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, with specialization in Film Direction in 1993. With Mumbai as his base, he has been making mainly documentaries since then besides being first assistant director on two feature films, Everybody Says I’m Fine and Matrubhoomi – A Nation Without Women. His last film, the acclaimed An American in Madras, is his first feature length documentary that screened in various film festivals worldwide and which is available for viewing now on Netflix. He teaches filmmaking and is also the co-founder and content-in-charge of, an analytical website on cinema of the sub-continent and its history and has also contributed to writings on Indian cinema in both, the print and online media.

(17)    How to apply:

1. Click open the link - visit and further click on “SB Collect” which is at the top left, vertically 06th from left to right.
2. Read the “Terms Used”, then tick/ click on the ‘check box’ and further click on “Proceed”
3. Select All India in State of Corporate / Institution, then select Educational Institutions in Type of Corporate/ Institution and click Go.
4. Search/Find FTII Fees Account in Educational institutions name and click submit.
5. In the payment category select “B6 Evening Course Appreciation of Indian Cinema O”.
6. Fill-up the application form with requisite details and proceed for payment.
7. Make necessary payment of Rs 6,500/- OR Rs 19,500/- as the case may be.
8. Once payment is done, please note "SBcollect Reference Number" (mentioned in payment confirmation receipt). This may be required for future reference.  
9. If possible, digitally store the receipt of payment. This can be carried out in one of the following ways;
(i) by taking printout of receipt of payment, scan & save it
(ii) by taking screenshot of payment (if using mobile) or printscreen (if using computer)
(iii) by simply taking a photograph from mobile
(iv) check your bank account to confirm whether money (course fee) has been deducted or not
(v) After a day or two, once again check to see whether money (course fee) has been refunded.
(vi) In case of refund, it is a transaction failure and if so, once again apply for the course afresh.
10. No document/ certificate related to educational qualification, age etc. is to be attached.Participants’ self – declaration in the application form is sufficient.
11. Terms & conditions: By agreeing to the terms & conditions in the application form, participants are confirming that they have read & understood the website advt. They are eligible to apply and fulfil all the requirements as stated in the advt. Further, participants agree that decision of FTII Director regarding admission to the course and its conduction will be final.
Further to add in this, it is expected of the participants that during the class they must mute their mics but keep their cameras on unless otherwise instructed. Keeping camera off throughout the class or not heeding to instructions to switch on the camera will be seen as an act of indiscipline and will lead to expulsion from the Course and forfeiture of the Course fee. Decision of FTII Director regarding conducting the course in all respects will be final..

(18)    Communication with participants: All communications with the participants will be carried out through email only. List of shortlisted participants will be published on FTII website and selection email will be sent to the selected participants on their registered email id.

(19)    Certificates: All participants would be given participation e-certificates on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

(20)    Queries: For any queries please contact Ms Madhulika Outreach Officer, FTII, on OR on 020-25580085 (on all working days between 10 am to 5.30 pm)

Course Details


- It is well known that India produces most films in the world with films being made today from every nook and corner of the country. And that too using different forms of storytelling in various languages and dialects while showcasing issues and subjects related to diverse regions, lifestyles and cultures.

- From Phalke and the birth of what would be the world's last film industry to Rima Das' indie gem, Village Rockstars or Gitanjali Rao's animated feature film, Bombay Rose, Indian cinema has been through it all - historically, technically, aesthetically.

- The course would be a journey of the evolution of Indian cinema from when India first became aware of moving images on July 7, 1896 to the present day. Highlights include an exploration of:

- The silent era and the foundation of an industry
- The Studio System of the 1930s and 1940s
- Song and Dance as part of the Indian cinematic language
- The Golden Age of the 1950s and 60s
- The Parallel Cinema Movement of the 1970s and '80s.
- The NRI-aimed films of the 1990s and early 2000s.
- The rise of Multiplexes and a new Indie cinema
- Current trends
- Regional cinema perspectives
- The world of the Indian documentary.