Post Date: 02 Sep, 2021

Online Course – Basic Course in Directing Actors from 18th to 22nd Oct. 2021

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune under its Centre For Open Learning (CFOL) initiative, announces Online Course – Basic Course in Directing Actors. The course will be conducted by the Film Direction & Screenplay Writing Dept., FTII, Pune.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1)    Name of the Course: Basic Course in Directing Actors (Online)

(2)    Dates: 18th to 22nd Oct. 2021

(3)    Duration: 20 hours Course, (04 hours per day spread over 05 days)

(4)    Timings:10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 4.30 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 Oct. 2021 (participants born on or before 30th Sept. 2003)

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

(8)    Online Platform: Google Classroom & Google Meet platform

(9)    Medium of Instructions: English & Hindi

(10)   Per Participant Course fee:
(a)    For Indian Nationals: Rs 3,900/- (base fee = Rs 3,305/- and GST = Rs 595/-)
(b)    For Foreigners including NRI, OCI etc. and also those Indian Nationals who are presently staying outside India: Rs 11,700/- (base fee = Rs 9,915/-/- and GST = Rs 1,785/-).
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.

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

(12)    Due date & time to submit application: 20th Sept. 2021, 6 pm IST. Application submitted after due date & time will not be considered.

(13)    Selection Criteria: On First – Come – First – Served Basis.List of selected participants will be published on our website and selection emails will also be sent to all the selected participants.

(14)    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.

(15)    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)
(ii) 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 5 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.

(17)   Course Director: Anupam Barve

Anupam Barve is a filmmaker and educator. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film Direction & Screenplay Writing at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He holds a BA in Performing Arts from the University of Pune and a MA in Directing: Film and TV from the University of Westminster, London. He was the recipient of ‘Scholarship to outstanding Performing Artistes’ by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
He recently finished producing and directing a six part series of films based on Mental Health. He produced and directed a well received web series in eight parts based on stories around sexuality and self efficacy titled "Safe Journeys". His previous work has showcased and received critical acclaim at film festivals and competitions worldwide like London Asian Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival and LUMS Film Festival, Lahore.
His film “Fresh suicide” was nominated for the Golden Palm Tree Award at IFFI, Goa and has won various awards elsewhere. He has also won Best Director at Smita Patil Film Festival, Pune for his film “So What! Transitioning Positively”. His feature film screenplay “The Shadow Lines” was also selected at NFDC’s Screenwriters’ Lab and Film Bazaar held at Venice Film Festival and International Film Festival of India in 2012.
Over the last decade he has taught at several art, film and media schools like Westminster Film School, Lalit Kala Kendra (SPPU), SIMC, SSLA, MIT SFT, XCOMM and Flame University.

(18)   How to apply:

1. Click open the link - OR 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 “Basic Course in Directing Actors Online”.
6. Fill-up the application form with requisite details and proceed for payment.
7. Make necessary payment of Rs 3,900/- OR Rs 11,700/- 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
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.

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

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

(21)   Queries: For any queries please contact Madhulika on

Course Contents

Broad Outline

The main questions a director must answer are: “where do I put the camera?” and “what do I tell the actors?”
David Mamet
On Directing Film (1991)

Although many film students and professionals hail from diverse backgrounds, ranging from literary and visual arts, film and TV, photography or even science and technology, most have limited experience in working with actors or performers. Many, who wish to progress further in filmmaking or mixed media practices and themselves perform in front of camera, or make self shot documentaries have little training or orientation for it. Collaborating with actors is a very challenging proposition, and although learning on the job is a fantastic way to self educate, job scenarios can hardly afford a laboratory space for young aspirants to try out things, orient themselves or make themselves aware of the parameters and concerns involved in working with actors, directing them or themselves facing the camera.

This curated and focussed workshop will help students in becoming better acquainted with these areas when they start out in the industry as professionals.

This workshop will suit not only those who wish to write, direct or perform for film or TV, but also those from allied vocations - camerapersons, editors and designers.

The workshop will be divided into three broad phases.

I - Viewing and analysing of scenes from well known films followed by breaking them down for grammar and craft. Exercises covering the elements of direction that are imperative in preparation of shoots.

II - Viewing and analysis of performance pieces from films. Identifying and dissecting what works/doesn't in performance. Understand the parameters involved in realising convincing performances on screen.

III - Scripting, preparing for and executing small performance sceneworks and analysing them in class.