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National and international  awards, and coveted selections at the most prestigious film festivals of the world are quite a regular feature of SRFTI’s achievement graph. Take a quick tour of the archive of accolades SRFTI has received so far.

Between The Rains

Direction: Samimitra Das

Camera: Siddhartha Diwan

Edit: Rashmima Dutta

Sound: Bina C. Amakkadu

The story is about the city, for that matter where people from all parts of the country come in search of work and embark on their own individual journeys. Priorities and choices we take as individuals under circumstances make us who we are. Honesty is an opportunity cost and our stakes get defined by it. All the characters are at different stages of breaking out from their compartmentalized identities that society inflicts on them. Some individuals stay inside it and revolt by being indifferent and ignoring the need to make a choice which affects the other person. They end up staying in their own little islands. While others, take a higher risk and put more at stake and have faith in a chance encounter and the belief that they will connect with each other.


Awards: Rashmima Dutta (Best Editing short fiction above 10 mins., NSFA)


Daak Nouka

Direction: Rohitaswa Mukherjee

Camera: Ramanuj Dutta

Edit: Avik Mondal

Sound: Nilotpal


“DAAK NOUKA” is a film which tells a fairytale about a small coastal village and the people living there. It has a linear documentation of their day to day monotonous life with the help of few subtle abstractions. With those subtle abstractions, every character of this fairytale gives birth of freedom to their internal wings of desire …and life goes on.


Awards: Rohitaswa Mukherjee (Best Script, NSFA)



Direction: Shakeel Mohammad

Camera: Rukma Readdy

Edit: Atanu Mukherjee

Sound: Sudipto Mukhopadhyay


This story is about a boxer Hatim who like his failed father is on the verge of losing it all. He is in debt, he is losing his matches and has stopped communicating with his wife. He struggles with the guilt and the agony of having lost his father. Doyam in Urdu, means “second”. But is it second failure or second chance?

Awards: Sudipto Mukhopadhyay (Best Sound Design short fiction above 10 mins., NSFA)


Song Of The Butterflies

Direction: Torsha Banerjee

Camera: Rohit Singh Rana

Edit: Swapnita Roychoudhury

Sound: Anindit Roy


In a world bustling with lights and colors , a small blind school, situated in a remote village of Eastern India, is striving with a different spasm for life. It’s a story of an organic relationship between a space and a few blind characters. Adoori, a small ten year old girl shows her boxes full of earrings and bangles , her new clothes… and lives with the belief that ‘ I am beautiful’, whereas Hasibullah, a 7 year old boy imitates the sounds arounds him  and connects the world with his own symphony. Yasin , Tabassum , Shumon , Gautam… Each character comes with a unique story to tell and flows with the rapturous mood of the film. This documentary is a glimpse of the conversations, rolling between a few unlit eyes and an unknown space.


Awards: Torsha Banerjee (Jury Special Mention, NSFA)

Birds Of Passage


Direction : Ashim Paul

Camera : Anil Pingua

Edit: Shivanshu Pathak

Sound : Sulagno Banerjee

Both of them were alienated before they meet up. They spoke to each other. They shared their personal memories. Hesitation became the major factor for creating distance between them. However, both of them overpowered their own emotions. Gradually, they became good friends. Was it really supposed to happen? Where has their feminine ego gone?

Awards: Anil Pingua (Best Student Cinematographer Award Of The Year, Kodak)



Direction: Mohan Kumar Valasala

Camera: Sunny Lahiri

Edit: Charitra Gupt Raj

Sound: Iman Chakraborty

The permanence of elements defines the basic character of any space. A space may have a tendency towards being incoherent for the average human perception. In contrast, for everyday inhabitants the seemingly uninhabitable space becomes a part of their accustomed daily life. The presence of elements coupled with the routine of the inhabitants from the crux of ‘Panchabhuta’.

Awards: Mohan Kumar Valasala (Jury Special Mention)

Sunny Lahiri (Navroz Contractor Award for Best Cinematography)

Best Film (Nonfiction), National Students’ Film Award

Charitra Gupt Raj (Best Editing (Nonfiction), NSFA)

Iman Chakraborty (Best Sound Design (Nonfiction), NSFA)


Sita Haran Aur Anya Kahaniyan


Direction: Anusha Nandakumar

Camera: Nikhil Arolkar

Edit: Diksha Sharma

Sound: Sujoy Das

Music: Satyaki

This is a short experimental film of a storyteller and his world of stories. When his daughter dies, he loses his motivation to tell his stories and the character in his stories start talking over. He lives in an illusionary world where he is unable to distinguish between his characters anymore and get stuck between reality and fiction.

Awards: Anusha Nandakumar (Best Music Video,  I D S F F, Kerala)

Thug Beram


Direction: Venkat S Amudhan

Camera: Tarun K. Rakeshiya

Edit: Swapnita Roy Choudhury

Sound: Vineet Vashistha

Life is programmed from events happening around one’s surroundings where nothing is right or wrong but things just move on relentlessly. Firoz’s life revolves around his work in the café. It is in this café that an event forms a part of Firoz. What happens in the end and who is at the receiving end is not as important as the impact it creates on Firoz as he witnesses life around him ‘lived’, which is what ‘Thug Beram’ is about.

Awards: Venkat S Amudhan (Sonje Award 16th Busan International Film Festival)

Best Film Short fiction upto 10 mins. National Students’ Film Award



Dir: Shumona Banerjee

Camera: Raghavendra Matam

Edit: Manas Mittal

Sound: Avik Chatterjee


Can hope be found in the most unusual places among the most unlikely characters? A young women transvestite prostitute, Kusum, locked up in her room, gears up for a regular night like any other. Just then enters Purab, an out of job English literature teachersuffering from Tourettesyndrome and obsessive compulsive behavior, without a clue of the local language. He spent his meager savings to spend one night with a girl and finds himself stuck  with a boy! Both can’t understnd what the other is saying. All hell breaks loose! Will these two people, manage a connection? Perhaps like a flower budbursting through a crack in the wall, an unexpected begining will see them through.


Awards: Shumona Banerjee


                        The Boxing Ladies


Direction: Anusha Nandakumar

Camera: Rahul Deep Balchandran

Edit: Diksha Sharma

Sound: Sujoy Das


Zainab, Bushra, and Sughra are sisters. They are muslim and they are national level boxers. ‘The Boxing Ladies’ is a story of this incredible family of women, of their strong will to survive in the society and make a mark.


Awards: Anusha Nandakumar (Rajat Kamal, Best film on Sports, 58th National Film




Direction: Snehal Nair

Camera: Sayak Bhattacharya

Edit: Tinni Mitra

Sound: Ayan Bhattacharya


This is a story of a boy who is afflicted by cancer and makes an album of black and white passport picture that he found as a child.  His brother is a filmmaker and he sees this book.  Inspired after watching the pictures, he begins to collect pictures of the metropolis where they live, observing the changing horizon of the city.


Awards: Snehal Nair (Swarna Kamal, best Non Feature Film in the 58th National Film  Award)

Tinni Mitra (Best Editor, Non Feature film,  58th National Film Award 2010)

Sayak Bhattacharya (Best cinematography, Munich International Film Festival of Film Schools)

Snehal Nair (Best experimental film, 13th International Student Film Festival,Tel-Aviv)


Pocha Apple

Direction: Srinath Ravulapalli

Camera: Arindam Bhattacharyya

Edit: Apratim Chakraborty

Sound: Nairit Dey

A mentally challenged middle-aged woman living on the Kolkata streets meets another man in a similar condition on a rainy night. After the initial refusals from the women, stubborn and intense, the man succeeds in winning the woman’s company and friendship. Soon the sociopolitical developments in the city affects their relationship and lead to their separation. Alone and impassionate, the woman moves to deserted fields in the outskirts and find solace in the loneliness. The man returns and searches for the woman. When he eventually meets her, he realizes that things are not same, which leads to a tragic end


Awards: R.Srinath (Best Film, Bonjour India Festival)

First prize (Joint winner); Best Diploma Film at the Campus France Film School

Competition of Diploma Films

My Armenian Neighborhood


Direction: Samimitra Das

Camera: K Appalaswamy

Edit: Reshmima Dutta

Sound: Avik Chatterjee

The documentary takes a look at the Armenian community of Kolkata, who originally had arrived much before the city had its name. They are credited with having built the oldest building of the city.

Awards: K.Apalla Swamy (Best cinematographer 3rd I D S F F, Kerala)


Lal Juto

Direction: Shweta Merchant

Camera: Harindar Singh

Edit: Saikat Sekhar Roy

Sound: Sreemanti D Sharma

Shweta Merchant was at her wit’s end when her chosen child actor came down with fever on the day of the shoot. It was monsoon and ‘all the girl I saw thereafter began showing similar symptoms,’ says Merchant.  And then, by a happy chance, she found’ the sweetest girl who fitted so well in the film’ just fifteen minutes before call time. Since Merchant’s Lal Juto is about the first stirrings of romance in a fifteen-year-old boy’s heart for his otherwise annoying fourteen-year-old neighbor, the serendipitous moment of discovering the child actor fell in line with the theme of the story.


Awards: Sweta Marchent (Best creative idea, 11th Shanghai International Film    Festival.)



Direction: Tridib Poddar

Camera: Parixit Warrier

Edit: Soumendu Bhattacharjee

Sound: Partha Pratim Barman


A man goes looking for his friend who disappeared ten years ago. Only his mother survives alone in the house. In this search our protagonist travels through a spectrum of life – he meets people, he meets mountains, rivers. What exactly happens with his psyche is what we experience through the visual story telling.


Awards: Tridib Poddar (IDPA Award (Best first film) /MIFF)

Tridib Poddar (Best Director BFJ Award)


Shundar Jeebon

Direction: SandipChatterjee

Camera: Mrinmoy Nandi

Edit: Malay Laha

Sound: Arijit Pal

This is the story of a writer who lived in Kolkata. He was married. One day his wife deserted him. Now he is suffering from a writer’s block, unable to write anything. He stays away from the city in an old house in the country, with an elderly woman… a widow. The incessant mating calls of the cuckoo disturbs him. He cannot stand the sweetness of it’s tone. On one such afternoon, an old friend Shanti comes looking for him. Shanti narrates a kind of ideal love that he happened to witness between a young couple whom they knew. The course of this discussion reveals that Shanti has lost his wife just the day before. Shanti did not bother to go and attend her funeral. Is he sad? Sundar Jeebon is the sour taste of beauty.

Awards: Sandip Chatterjee (Best Short Fiction, National Award,2003)


Abhiman Band Party

Direction: Siladitya Sanyal

Camera: Anirudh Garbyal

Edit: Sudip K. Chatterjee

Sound: Tapan Bhattacharjee

Tapas clings to a tacky band party business, acquired from his late father. Tapas hates Monoj (his mother’s lover). Inspite of mother’s dislike towards dogs, Tapas decides to bring home an Alsatian puppy. He confides in Shanti (sister in law) and borrows some money from her to buy the puppy. His visit to Decampo’s house to get the puppy leaves him in a sense of trepidation. Back home, the sudden discovery of the physical proximity between mother and Monoj exacerbates him. Frustrated he flings himself back to his only recluse – Shanti. An unexpected chain of coincidences truncates the futile exuberance to master fate. Tapas lies to Shanti about the accident her husband meets. And both of them are bound by passion and desire. Mother and Monoj decide to marry the next morning at Kalighat on the day of Rashlila. A celebration follows… Tapas shows his contempt… The eternal questions of love, passion and desire get readdressed through the film.

Awards: Siladitya Sanyal (Best Short Film BFJ Award)


The Egotic World

Direction: Vipin Vijay

Camera: Millind Nagamule

Edit: Pranom Dutta Majumdar

Sound: Sayandeb Mukherjee

The film is inspired by the scriptural text of ‘ Yoga Vasistham’ which explains the unfolding mystery of the life of Lord Rama. The film depicts the tale of a boy entrapped inside a ‘zone’ from which he escapes temporarily only to return and find himself elevated from the worldly pleasures. He rejects liberation and ‘merges’ into the ‘black’ bearing the sorrow of the future.

Awards: Milind Nagamule (Best Student Film in Kodak Students Festival (India))



Direction: Ritubarna Chudgar

Camera: Sampad Roy

Edit: Kallol Gangopadhyay

Sound: Tapas K. Nayak

Brother and sister live in a unfriendly city. They suffer from abject poverty. In the day-to-day existence, they are constantly insulted and humiliated. Poor and unhappy, they try to recall the days when they were glad and contended. This takes them to the old house they once lived, in the suburbs. Apart from an old man living, the house is deserted. The old man allows them to spend a night there. They went there to feel happy amidst their memories, but the past has something else in store.

Awards: Ritubarna Chudgar (Best Short Fiction Film, National Film Award, 2001)


Meena Jha

Direction: Anjalika Sharma

Camera: Amal Neerad C.R

Edit: Basudev Chakraborty

Sound: Mahua Maitra

The film is about two girls. Meena and Ayesha are teenagers who study in a convent school. They are grown together even though their dreams, realities and social setup are totally different from each other. Calcutta is the backdrop of this unlikely relationship. The girl struggle to live out the first adult relationship of their lives. Ayesha is easily bored and looks for constant stimulation. She likes to live in a dream world, nightmares even. In Meena, she finds a listener one who believes all her tales blindly, one who dreams and lives through her stories. The film is a collage of shared experiences, memories, dreams and realities, held together by an un-predictable non-linear structure


Awards: Anjalika Sharma (Best Debut Film of the Director, National Film Award, 2001)

Amal Neerad C. R. (Special Mention for 48th National Film Awards)


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The library of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata was set up in 1997. The library has been primarily designed to meet the requirements of the Institute’s academic programme . It has a formidable collection of books and periodicals on cinema. Sociology, arts, history and critical studies along with specialized titles dealing with the technology of cinema.

At present, the library has a great collection of DVDs ranging from classics to experimental.



LIBRAY HOURS                                                                                            

Library shall remain open on all the days except the National and Gazetted holidays & 2nd Saturday of each month and shall observe the time schedule as given hereunder for users:

Monday to Sunday –                           9.00 AM – 8.00 PM


A need-based collection of knowledge resources is being developed in lines with the objectives and activities of the Institute in mind. Resources includes

Type of document

Total no. (approx)




All the information regarding the holding of the library(including descriptive cataloguing) is available in the existing KOHA database of the Library

Bound Journal and Technical Manual










VHS cassettes


CDs accompanying with books


CDs accompanying with journals


Effects CDs


Updated on 01.12.2012



Daily newspapers




The book collection of the library   consists of books, back-volumes of periodicals, festival proceedings etc. Most of them are kept on open shelves directly accessible to the users, while some are preserved in closed stacks and made available only on request.

These books are kept in different stacks. There are two sections – one is Reference Section and another one is Lending Section. These books are arranged by decimal numbers. Each book is assigned a number from Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system, widely followed in many libraries across globe. This number represents the subject of the book. On the shelves, the books are then arranged according to the numbers which are indicated on the spine of the books. Please consult the computerized catalog to find the availability and location of a book.

Location of Books by subject

Books bearing class number from 001 to 999 are housed at different Stacks in the ground floor of the library.

Display of New Books

In different intervals, new books that were added to our stock, are displayed in the New arrival section. A list of such new additions is displayed on the notice board of the library as well as on this website. The books remain on display for one week after which those can be borrowed.

Reference Books Collection

Reference collection including Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Directories and Handbooks, etc. and some basic books of general nature are available on open shelves in the Ground floor Reading Hall. These are meant for consultation within the Reading Room and must not be taken out by the students.  Only faculty members may borrow the books from Reference Section.

Lending Books Collection

Lending collection including textbooks, film scripts, handbooks fictions, Bengali and Hindi language books etc. and some basic books of general nature are available on open shelves in the Ground floor Reading Hall. Students as well as faculty members may borrow the books from Lending Section.

CD/DVD accompanying books and journals

Many books and journals in our collection are accompanied by learning materials in CD/DVD format. Those accompanying materials are kept separately. The book catalog will indicate whether a book has an accompanying material. To borrow those materials, please contact Users’ Assistance Desk.

Journals, Newspapers, and Magazines

The library subscribes to a large number of journals, magazines and newspapers. All current issues of journals, newspapers, and magazines are displayed in the Reading Hall in the ground floor.

Back volumes of journals, in bound condition, are housed in first floor of the library.



The library has a large collection of databases of audio-visual materials. This collection contains Students diploma films and projects, Classics, Short films, Documentaries and Feature films. Please consult Users’ Assistance Desk for the details.




Photocopy Service Desk (ground floor) of the library is available from 10 AM to 5-30 PM on all working days. Following charges are applicable for different users groups:

Category Charges Remarks
Students, faculty members, officers, and staff of the institute 50 paisa per exposure Please fill up the Photocopy requisition form, in according to the instructions, and submit the same to the Photocopy Service Desk. Forms are also available at the Photocopy Service Desk.(photocopy service is restricted to 300 impressions per month/student)
                                              Official job of the institute Fill up the Requisition slip in prescribed format will be sent to the library through H.O.D. for free of cost
External members Re1/- per exposure



An OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) is an online bibliography of a library collection that is available to the public. Through the OPAC interface users can find the items (Books, & Audio Visual Materials) available in the library and


INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP                                                                      

SRFTI Kolkata has institutional membership with British Council Library  located in the city.


GUIDELINES & RULES                                                                                                       




  1.    STUDENT
Entitlement Duration of borrowing
a) 02 books from Lending Section a)14 days (one time renewal for another 14 days)
b)02 CD accompanying with books / journals b)14 days
c)1 bound journal and 1 technical manual OR 02 back issue of journal c) 14 days
d) 04 Sound Effects CD & 1 ACD d) 04 days
  1.  Issue for Hostel
Type of                materials isuse for period of borrowing
04 dvds                            02 vcds                             02 vhs  cassettes Hostel  for over night                        one audio-visual material for one student only audio-visual   materials   within 10 am ( 02PM on SUNDAY ) of the next day failing which library will not issue any DVD or audio-visual materials to his / her  for the next 15 days
  1. 3.    Faculty Members & Staff
Category Entitlement Duration of borrowing
Faculty member & Registrar, SR M (IT & MR) a) 05 books from Reference & Lending Section a)30 days
b) 03audio-visual materials b) 04 days
c) 2 bound journal & 2 back issue of journal c) 30 days
Administrative Staff Officers 04 books 14 days
Other Staff 02 books 07 days
01 VCD or 01 ACD per head twice a week



Type of materials Penalty for late return Penalty for loss of materials
Books and audio-visual materials from general stock Re1/- per day per book after the due date – For members other than studentsRs 2/- per day per audio-visual material – For members other than studentsFifty paisa per day upto 07 days and 8th day onward Re1/- per day – For studentsRe1/- per day per VCD, VHS and Re1/- per ACD (four days after issue) and Rs2/- per day per DVD – For student As decided by the competent authority



Our Institute

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Welcome to SRFTI, where creative energies fuse with cinematic craft to transform ideas into life!

Here, there is no difference between loving what you do and doing what you love.

The sprawling 40 acre idyllic green film school campus, one of the largest in the world, is a creative space that offers an immensely immersive and intensive experience with facilities of international standards.

It is a space that provokes, inspires and  prepares you to undertake your audio-visual odyssey with confidence and conviction.



Located in Kolkata and named after the legendary maestro Satyajit Ray, the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute was the second national centre of cinema education established in 1995 by The Government of India as an autonomous academic institution under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Institute was subsequently registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961.

The first session began on September 1, 1996. Presently the Institute conducts three years postgraduate programme in cinema in six specializations of film making; Direction and screen play writing, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Design, Producing for Film & Television , Animation Cinema and Two years postgraduate programme in Electronics and Digital Media in six specializations; Electronic and Digital Media Management, Writing for Electronic and Digital Media, Direction & Producing for Electronic and Digital Media, Cinematography for Electronic and Digital Media, Editing for Electronic and Digital Media & Sound for Electronic and Digital Media.

The Institute also conducts short courses on film appreciation, acting, digital editing and so on. The Institute has achieved significant success within its short period of existence. This has led to an attempt towards a new paradigm of specialized practices and new courses. Our alumni have been winning accolades regularly through their masterly innovations. They have been trend-setters, changing the course of film-making through a fusion of thought, craft and entrepreneurial abilities. By proving their mettle as dedicated professionals, they have increased the acceptability of current students in the complex and competitive world of cinema.

Office of the Director

Serial No Name From
1 Shri. Amaresh Chakrabarti 05.02.2020
1 Dr. Debamitra Mitra 27.01.2017
2 Shri Amaresh Chakrabarti 03.06.2016
3 Shri Debanjan Chakrabarti 24.03.2016
4 Shri Sanjaya Pattanayak 27.03.2012
5 Shri Shankar Mohan 19.06.2010
6 Shri Swapan Mullick 19.06.2006
7 Shri Abhay Shrivastava 03.01.2005
8 Shri Jatin Sarkar 24.12.2001
9 Dr. Debasish Majumdar 29.08.1997


















SRFTI Configurator

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Named after the  legendary film maestro Satyajit Ray, the Institute has emerged as  a national centre of excellence which offers a post-graduate programme  in Cinematic studies.

 SRFTI has succeeded in articulating and disseminating classical and contemporary theories of praxis for  creative minds to leap into the world of professional practice – be it mainstream, parallel, art house, experimental or non-fiction narratives.The Institute has crossed  many mile stones towards a new paradigm of the art and craft of Film making……

Our alumni have been winning accolades regularly through their mastery over film-making. They have been trendsetters, changing the course of filmmaking through the fusion of thought, craft and entrepreneurial abilities. By proving their mettle as dedicated professionals, they have increased the acceptability of current students in the complex and competitive world of filmmaking.

With the state of the art facility, SRFTI provides a creative ambience to inspire  the budding film makers with an innovative language of artistic expression.

And their   contribution builds the blocks for better Cinema……

SRFTI is a  member of  CILECT, the international Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision).






Explore Campus

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As one of the largest stand-alone film school campuses in the world SRFTI is  situated on the eastern fringe of the city of Kolkata.The extra-ordinarily sprawling green campus  offers an array of perfect setting for the audio-visually driven minds.

The  lakes, the ponds,the lush green velvety spread……  provide an idyllic creative space, serene and sequestered, to lend euphonies of creative spark.


Convocation 2013

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SRFTI enjoys the very special privilege of holding the Convocation on 2nd May which happens to be the legendary maestro Satyajit Ray’s birthday.

This year, 2013, Guest of Honour  Padmashree Ratan Thiyam graced the occasion with his thought provoking convocation address. This occasion was well attended by the faculty members, present and ex-students, staff members of SRFTI and parents of students who received their certificates. The convocation was cheerfully rounded off with a dinner for the guests and students.

Hello world!

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