The Institute, the second of its kind in the country, is a national center offering regular courses in film and television by imparting practical and theoretical training in all major aspects of film and television fields. The Institute confers 3-year Post Graduate Diploma. The Institute also coordinates the activities of education and skill development in the fields of film & television conception & production. The Institute has also provision for research and exploration studies in sociology, culture and technology of film & television.
The Institute aims at producing film & television professionals capable of independent creative and innovative work in the field, who would contribute to the Industry directly. Our vision is to endeavor constantly to raise the technical standards of Indian film & television software and to facilitate regular flow of fresh ideas and new technical standards in the fields of cinema & television in India. Our aim is to create a new awareness among the future workforce in films & television on the potentialities of the media.
The domain of cinema revolves around the objective of how to communicate with picture and sound in a manner that is creative. Film for the last hundred years has, in fact, been effectively doing so. The aim of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute is to equip its students with appropriate skill-sets and techniques to master the hardware & software of the film and video industry, so that they may attain such qualitative standards in their respective fields so as to gain employment in the above industry and to enrich the media.
Constitution of the Society
List of Society Members (upto 17.08.2016)
1. Shri Victor Banerjee(President)
|Designation||Name of the officials|
|2. Addl. Secy. & Financial Adviser, or his/her Nominee not below the rank of Deputy Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India||Dr. Subhash Sharma, Addl. Secy. & Financial Adviser|
|3. Joint Secretary (Films), or his/her Nominee not below the rank of Deputy SecretaryMinistry of I&B, Govt. of India||Ms. Anshu Sinha, Joint Secretary, Films|
|4. Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharati or his/her nominee not below the rank of DDG||Shri Rajat Bose,DDG (Doordarshan Kendra, Kolkata)|
|5. Managing Director, National Film Development Corporation||Smt. N. L. Gupta.|
|6. Director, Film & Television Institute of India||Shri. Bhupendra Kainthola|
|7. Director, SRFTI (Member Secretary)||Dr. Debamitra Mitra|
8. Shri. K.G. Suresh
9. Ms Amala Akkineni
10. Shri J.S. Rajput
11. Shri Madhur Bhandarkar
12. Shri Irrfan Khan
13. Shri Manoj Tiwari
14. Shri I. Venkat Rao
15. Ms Aishwarya R. Dhanush
16. Ms Gautami Tadimalla
17. Shri Sange Dorjee Thongdok
18. Ms Namrata Rao
About the Institute & Infrastructural Facilities
Management & Organizational Framework:
The institute is run by a Society constituted by the Government of India. The Society, headed by a President, runs the institute through a Governing Council (GC), which includes, in addition to the experts in the field of cinema, officials of the Ministry and other media units as ex-officio members and representatives of ex-students. GC is responsible for overall superintendence and management of the institute. The Society, Governing Council and Standing Finance Committee have officials of the Ministry of I & B as ex-officio members representing the Government. Academic Council (AC), constituted by GC, consists of 6 domain specialists in addition to Dean and six HODs of the institute and representatives of students and alumni.AC is mandated to oversee all the academic and pedagogy-related issues. Director is the chief executive officer of the institute, acts under the guidance and directions of the GC and is assisted by Dean and Registrar for academic and administrative functions respectively. .
Infrastructure & Equipment:
Major Infrastructure & Equipment:
Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI) has been constructed on a sprawling area of 39.36 acres of land located at the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass Road in Kolkata. The infrastructure of the Institute consists of the following major buildings and facilities:
(i) Department of Direction & Screenplay Writing:
Situated next to the Admin Block, the building has three floors consisting of three classroom theatres all equipped with state of the art digital projectors and surround sound. The department has 5 Nos I-MAC (FCP) Editing set-up, 10 Nos Panasonic P2 Camera set-up, 5 Nos Digital SLR Camera (Canon D7) with set of 3 block lens, 5 Nos Zoom Audio Recorder (Portable), 8 Nos Computer for Lab, 3 Nos Projector (Panasonic), 3 Nos Surround Sound System, 6 Nos Cordless Mike (Sennhiser), 4 Nos Boom Mike ME 66 (Sennhiser).
A new C.R.T with sitting arrangement of 98 students and an office space in the New C.R.T building has been added to the Department.
(ii) Department of Sound Recording & Design:
The Department of Sound Recording and Design has 3 full sized recording and mixing studios as well as small audio editing and post production suites. Of the 3 recording studios, one is based on Auro 3D 11.1 surround, one of the latest surround technologies having a total of 12 channels including speaker monitors above the viewers to create a sense of height to the film viewing experience. Another studio is based on Dolby 5.1 surround sound ( the technology which is most popular in Indian and world cinema today) but is upgradable upto 7.1 surround. The third studio is based on traditional stereo sound technology and is used for recording music, Foleys (sound effect), and dialogues.
The department also has the latest and most sophisticated portable audio equipment for on location recording, including state-of the art recorders, mixers, microphones and other accessories. Following the trend in sound technology throughout the world, the department had fully embraced digital audio as the recording medium many years ago, although several world class analogue mixers are still in use.
(iii) Department of Editing :
The Editing Block consists of film and digital video section. The film section has 09 Steinbeck Editing suits in separate chambers and a large hall with 14 editing tables, synchronizers, splicer’s etc. The Department has completely transformed itself into new digital domain practices. The Digital Non-Linear Editing (DNLE) section consists of Avid Media Composers and Final Cut pro studio for film editing and Adobe creative suites. The department has steadily moved towards a High Definition work flow with HD VTRS, HD Monitors and HD editing set ups, keeping the International standard of RAW acquisition and Post production facilities. The department has two class rooms, Agit-prop and Vaudeville for regular theory classes, screenings etc. and are equipped with hi-end projection systems and 5.1 surround sound. The department has got 2 hi-end setups for raw data handling and basic color correction unit.
(iv) Department of Cinematography:
Located next to the film studio and the television studio, the Cinematography department is equipped with a wide range of celluloid and digital cameras viz. two operational ARRI 2C 35 mm cameras, one SR III and two SR II cameras (both 16 mm), one ARRI 435-MOS 35 mm camera with video assist system, two BLIV EVO cameras for sync sound exercise, two canon 5D DSLR cameras, four Sony EX3 XD cameras, one ARRI ALEXA camera, four Sony F-55 cameras, ARRI ultra prime and ZEISS super speed lenses for high end digital film production. The department is further equipped with a temporary practice studio, a Still Photography studio and a cine light and grip inventory including par lights, tungsten lights, buddy dolly and small arm cranes. The department has active interface with colour correction labs for regular student and is in a process of setting up a digital colour correction workstation of its own.
(v) Department of Producing for Film & Television:
Audiovisual media is multidisciplinary. A successful production requires putting all the divergence into a smooth and economic framework. It is essential to bring in efficient and professional managers having practical knowledge of media practices. Those managers will also be able to bring in trade related discipline and transparency that will help the productions becoming economically viable and credible. Since, this is an era of specialization, it is necessary to train and use the human resources to contribute to various stages of production practices as creative need of the Industry.
In view of the growing demand of specially trained manpower as Creative Producer in Films and Television, the Institute started a three-year postgraduate diploma course in Producing for Film &TV with an intake capacity of 10 students in each batch, from 2012 after creation of required infrastructure and inducting faculty members.
(vi) Department of Animation Cinema
In the past few years, the world of audio-visual production has gone through a sea change. One of the major areas that have been developed immensely is animation and multimedia related applications. The popularity and prospects of animation and VFX are well known. There is a vibrant vast market and potential for web related application, multimedia CD-ROMS, Games development, in addition to creative story telling through animation films. India is major outsourcing destination for animation related work. There is a huge demand for trained manpower to support this creative industry. Thus, it is high time to start offering courses in animation and VFX to keep pace with the changing environment of audio-visual art.
In view of the changing trend and scarcity of specially trained manpower in the field, the Institute had started a new development offering three-year postgraduate programme in animation cinema with an intake capacity of 10 national plus 02 foreign students in the year 2015.
Film Studio & Television Studio: The Institute can be rightfully proud of its two studio floors. The Film Studio is one of the best in the eastern zone. The (80ft ×50ft) is ideal even for big budget spectacular sets. It has got a fully air-conditioned make-up room, underground pit for specialized camera angles, 3 tier platforms for lighting, big store room for stacking art material and a carpentry and painting section.
The state of the art fully air-conditioned Television Studio floor of 50×50 ft dimension has a control room for multi cam productions, dimmer panel, motorized telescopic lighting grid, and cyclorama facilities. This studio is used for regular practice, practicals and student projects. Both the studios have separate rooms for safe keeping of camera and light equipment.
Auditorium & Screening facilities :
The Institute has multi faceted facilities for preview and screening of films both in celluloid and digital format. Recently, Main Theatre has been equipped with DCI compliant 4 KBARC DCP projection rooms as Dolby digital sound reproduction system.
The Main Theatre (370 seats) and the Preview Theatre (72 seats) have multipurpose facilities of 35 mm and digital projection arrangement.
The fast growing library of the Institute is located in a two-storied building with a large reading hall, a well –equipped video viewing room with several viewing booths and a music room with several booths for listening and studying music. At present, the library has an impressive collection of books, periodicals, VHS cassettes, LDs/DVDs/VCDs.
The Institute’s Film Library has a collection of 1839 films (Laser Disc-37, VCD-279, DVD-891 & VHS-632). The films are used mostly for academic purposes.
Students’ Hostel :
The new hostel, started in 2001, has a capacity of 160 seats, in addition to two dining halls, a kitchen, recreation room and medical room with a gymnasium.
Residential Complex :
The Institute has 41 quarters for housing its employees.
Guest House :
The Institute has a Guest House with two VIP suites and 16 double bed room accommodations with facilities of dinning hall, kitchen, a beautiful lounge, reception, storeroom and a courtyard.
Other Facilities :
One Canteen is operated by a private contractor.
Post Graduate Diploma Course on offer:
Name of the course: Three –Year Post Graduate Programme
Course Duration: 3 (Three) Years
Minimum Qualification: Graduate or equivalent
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Admission Method to PG Diploma Course conducted by the Institute
Admission is through a competitive entrance examination held on all India basis annually. The entrance examination consists of a written test followed by an interactive orientation session & viva-voce for short-listed candidates. Admission advertisement appears in major newspapers all over India. While the written test is held at multiple centers all over the country; the interactive orientation session & viva-voce are held at the Institute premises in Kolkata. The written examination consists of a common paper on General Knowledge & Mental Aptitude and another paper on Specific Area Aptitude in the discipline of choice
SRFTI awards students scholarship to top 12 meritorious students on the basis of admission test for the first year and thereafter top 02 students from each stream receive the scholarship for second & third year. The amount of internal scholarship per annum is equal to 50% of the annual tuition fee i.e. Rs. 22,000/- per year at present.
First two 2nd year meritorious students of Sound Recording & Design students receive the Dolby scholarship every year, which carries an amount of 500 GBP per annum.
Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) has given the scholarship to meritorious students & the students belongings to SC, ST & OBC categories under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Scheme run by BECIL for the year 2015-16.
Selection of National & International Festivals and Awards by the Students:
Name of the films
|“Rong’kuchak”||Awarded best Short Film ‘Volumina Award’ in Ca Foscari Short Film Festival, Venice, 2015||Director: Dominic Sangma|
|Randu Kurippukal(Two Notes)||Awarded as Best Short Film in 21st Kolkata International Film Festival, 2015.||Director: Gireesh Kumar K.|
|Going Home||International Film Festival, Tampere||Director: Niranjan Kujur|
|Key Square||Selected in Ca Foscari Short Film Festival, Venice, 2015.||Director: S.K.Rakshit|
|Going Home||Selected in IDSFFK Short Film Festival 2015||Director: Niranjan Kujur|
|Kshatrap||Selected in IDSFFK Short Film Festival 2015||Director: Sajal Anand|
|Aandolan||Selected in 34th Filmschoolfest Munich Short Film Festival,Munich, 2015.||Director: Vaibhab Hiwase|
|Going Home||14th International Student Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy, 2015.||Director: Niranjan Kujur|
|Daddy Grandpa & My Lady||Selected in IFFI Film Festival, 2015.||Director: Kim Jung Hun|
|Aandolan||Selected in MIFF Film Festival, 2015.||Director: Vaibhab Hiwase|
|Yathawat||Selected in MIFF Film Festival, 2015||Director: Tribeny Rai|
|Going Home||Selected in MIFF Film Festival, 2016||Director: Niranjan Kujur|
|Daddy Grandpa & My Lady||Selected in MIFF Film Festival, 2016||Director: Kim Jung Hun|
Receipt of Grants-in-aid from the Ministry is received through ECS. Some of the remittance & payments i.e.; Telephone Bills etc are paid through ECS. Various Ministerial correspondences are done through e-mail. Admission Notice, Tender Notice etc are displayed in the Website of the Institute
Policy for persons with disabilities
SRFTI being an educational Institution has got limited/specified role to play in the Society. However, during our admission process, effective campaign is undertaken on regular basis to ensure equal rights for persons with disabilities. All the facilities like Auditorium, Hostel, medical etc are equally accessible to the Persons with Disabilities [except persons with visual handicap and hearing impairment as the Institute is for visual media]. Internet room and Library are situated in the ground floor to enable easy and proper access to the persons with Disabilities. Regular workshops and discussions are held by the students and faculty to promote awareness among the public. SRFTI ensures reservation policy of the Govt. of India in Admission and Employment. It is a equal opportunity Institute for persons with disabilities
Computerisation & Modernisation
Financial activities like payment, procurement, production costing, payroll generation have been computerized. 24X7 Internet access is available throughout the campus. Open Source Library Management System has been introduced to search library resources. The students’ Diploma Films & other digital contents are been preserved through open digital repository. Document management system has been implemented enabling access to all types of digital contents including texts, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets. Wireless Access through Wifi is available in the academic departments as well as in the hostel and campus. Institute is providing computing resources to various departments with regular procurement of upgraded hardware and software
Procurement of new equipment is done regularly.
Achievements/Planning of SRFTI
- A special screening progrmme ‘KOLKATA- FROM DAWN TILL DUSK’ was organized by this Institute on April 29th, 2015. After screening, a Q&A session was held where eminent Polish Documentary Cameraman Mr. Jacek Petryeki actively took part. The above films has been made in a workshop mode with SRFTI students
- Another Screening was held on 30th April, 2015, where Polish delegates along with Director, Polish Institute, New Delhi participated in the interactive discussions with students
- The following students’ film have been selected for International Documentary Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) 2015.
- On May 3rd , 2015, SRFTI bagged the National Film Award for Silver Lining directed by Bhabani Tamuli, in the family values category.
- A programme named ‘FIRST FRIDAY’ was held where 11 Short Films of 10th batch students of this Institute were screened on 19.06.2015 in this Institute. Copy of the programme schedule is enclosed.
- A tree plantation programme was held where more than 200 saplings were planted by Director and other officers, faculty, staff members and students in the Campus of this Institute. Selected photographs of the programme are enclosed.
- Like every year this year a 56 days Film Appreciation Programme for students of Bharatendu Natya Academy, Luckhnow, form July, 13th to September, 6th 2015, are conducting by this Institute
- SRFTI Organized a Film Appreciation Course for the students of National School of Drama, New Delhi, from July 21st to August 1st, 2015.
- Shri Bedabrato Pain, Director of film ‘Chittagong’ and inventor of Red Camera sensor had taken an interactive session with students at Department of Producing Film and Television on 12th August, 2015
- One Day Workshop on “ The Magical World of Cinema” was organized by this Institute in collaboration with Ei Samay, a Bengali newspaper of Times of India Group, on 29th August, 2015 under the project ‘Atmadeep’ where 65 selected students of class VII to X standard of different schools were exposed on the basic knowledge of Cinema making
- On 6th September, 2015 a Valedictory session was organized for the students of Bharatendu Natya Academy, Luckhnow, who successfully completed a 56 day Film Appreciation Programme in SRFTI, Kolkata, followed by two short films made by the students of BNA in collaboration with the SRFTI student & faculty members and one drama presented by BNA students
- “Hindi Pakhwara” was duly observed from September 14 to 28, 2015, and various competitions on Official Language were arranged in which employees took part in large number.
- Vigilance Awareness Pledge was administered by Director (I/C) where Faculty members, Officers and Staff members of this Institute had taken the Pledge. Quiz & Elocution Competitions were held where Faculty members, Officers, and Staff members participated.
Valedictory function had been organized where External Expert Dr. J.K. Lahiri, had given key-note address on the theme of ‘Preventive Vigilance as a Tool of Good Governance’ in presence of Chairman, SRFTI, Director, SRFTI and others. After delivering his address, the Chairman, SRFTI distributed prizes to the winners of the competitions organised during the Vigilance Awareness Week-2015.
- Mr. Lulgi Attademo an eminent Guitarist of Italy, had performed classical guitar on 24th November, 2015 in the Main Auditorium of this Institute.
- 60th Anniversary Celebration of Pather Panchali was organized in this Institute from 19 to 20, December, 2015, the details programme as follows:
(a) On 19th December, 2015, a Master Class: On Pather Pancali : How Ray Tells it, By professor Martin Thau , German. was held at Class Room Theatre.
(b) After screening Pather Panchali (1955) a Panel Discussion were held on 19th December, 2015, where renowned Professor Swapan Chakravorty, Professor Anindyo Sengupta, Professor Supriya Choudhuri and Author Shri Subrata Mukherjee discussed on the topic : Humanist Narratives- text to motion image, Modarated by Professor Amaresh Chakraborty, and after discussion an interactive session between speakers and audience were also held on the occasion.
(c) Two films of the Apu Trilogy, Aparajita (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959) were screened on 20th December, 2015 after that a penal discussion was held where eminent film –maker Shri Shaji N. Karun, film Director Shri Kamaleshwar Mukherjee, well-known Director of Photography Shri Shankeh Raman, Documentary film-maker Shri Sourav Sarngi, renowned film Director Shri Shekhar Das were discussed on the topic : Legacy of Ray : Contemporary Cinema- film-making perspective moderated by another renowned film-maker Shri Ashok Viswanathan.
- 16. A Clinical Counseling by one psychologist had initiated by this Institute for the benefit of students of this Institute was held on 13.12.2015 at students hostel
- 17. The Consulate Office of Japan in Kolkata and Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute jointly Organized ‘TALKIES -35 a collection of 35 mm Japanese Film Festival in association with Cine Central from 13th to 16th, January, 2016. at SRFTI.
- Following student films have been selected in different Film Festival.
(a) Film ‘LailaLeelar Katha’ directed by Smt. LubnaSharmin has been selected in CaFoscari International Student Film Festival for screening
(b) Film ‘Ity’ directed by ShriDebduttaSengupta, (2) ‘Selai Machine’ directed by ShriSamiranDutta (3) ‘ Hotel Sea View’ directed by ShriSubhadroChoudhury, Professor, Film Direction, SRFTI and (5)’Adha Quarter’ directed by Smt. Sharmistha Nag have been selected in Imagine India International Film Festival.
- A package of 10 students films have been screened at ‘Film, Northeast, 2016′ on 18th & 19th February, 2016 in Arunachal Predesh at Itanager.
- Student films were selected for 63rd National Film Award- 2015are seriatim:
(a) Film ‘Kamiki’ Awarded “Swarnakamal” for Best Direction, Directed by Christo Tomy
(b) Film ‘Edpa’ Awarded “RajatKamal” for Audiography ,Audiographer Ms. Moumita Roy.
- Film ‘Nest’ Directed by Shri Saurav Rai has been selected in Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.
(i) Entanglement – Directed by Sasha Singh
(ii) Nilay – Directed by Lubna Shabmin
(iii) Beautiful Grey – Directed by Kim Jumg Hum
(iv) Beyond Directed – by Directed by Shrmista Nag
(v) Lost Rites – Directed by Tribeny Rai
(i) Scattered Clouds – Directed by Debjani Banerjee
Short Fiction (Diploma)
(i) Beautiful Grey – Directed by Kim Jumg Hum
(ii) Beyond Directed – by Directed by Shrmista Nag
Our Commitment to citizen with grievances
Any Citizen, not satisfied by any service of the Office of SRFTI of aggrieved by any other action or inaction by the office, can seek redressal of his/her grievances through the Grievance Officer of the Institute. Every such Citizen shall be entitled to information about the action taken on his/her grievance within a period of 45 days from the date on which the complaint is received in his Office.
The address of the Grievance Officer of the Office of Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute is as below.
Library & Information Officer
Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
E. M. By Pass Road,
Kolkata – 700 094
Phone : (033) 2432-2072
Telefax : (033) 2432-0723.