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
Members of the Institute:
The President of the Institute shall act as the Chairperson of the council
1. The President, to be nominated by the Central Govt.
2. Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, dealing with films.
3. CEO, Prasar Bharati or his/her nominee not below the rank of DDG.
4. Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor in the Min. of I&B, Govt. of India or his nominee not below the rank of DS.
5. Managing Director, National Film Development Corporation.
6. Director, FTTI, Pune.
7. Three experts nominated in their individual capacity by the Central Govt. to represent the activities of the central Govt. in the fields of Education, Cultural, External Affairs, Science & Technology or Electronics.
8. Five persons of eminence connected with Films, Television, Education, Journalism, Literature, Fine Arts, Dramatics, Performing Arts etc. to be nominated by the Central Govt.
9. Three persons from among the alumni of the Institute or the former Institute to be nominated by the Central Govt.
10. Director, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata.
11. Such other person as may be nominated by the Central Govt. or as may be co-opted by the Institute in accordance with prior directions of the Central Govt. for such period as the central Govt. may prescribe.
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.
Electronic & Digital Media
The Centre has been set up to provide high-end training in the art, craft technology as well as the business of television, radio and other media. Designed to provide the ideal launching pad for students seeking to make their mark in these exciting areas, the Centre offers a two year post graduate programme with six specializations tailored to meet industry requirements. With plenty of hands-on training, multiple guided projects supplemented by a deep theoretical understanding of the media and its place in today’s world, the courses will enable graduates to join the industry as skilled professionals, as well as empowering them to be visionary pioneers in this rapidly evolving field.
1. Writing for electronic & digital media.
2. Electronic & digital media management.
3. Videography for electronic & digital media.
4. Producing for electronic & digital media.
5. Editing for electronic & digital media.
6. Sound for electronic & digital media.
Minimum qualification, required to apply for the courses:
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
Number of seats: Five seats in each specialization
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
Name of the course: Two –Year Post Graduate Programme
Course Duration: 2 (Two) 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
|“Look At The Sky”||Awarded Best Short Fiction, 12th International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala. Best Short Fiction, Kalpanirjhar film Festival 2019||Director: Ashok Veilou|
|Abridged||Awarded Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for best Documentary Film||Director: Gaurav Puri|
|Astitva||(Gold) First Prize, Chitrakatha ‘19 design Olympics||Director: Sharad Uikey|
|Nawabi Baluchari||(Silver) Second Prize, Chitrakatha ‘19 design Olympics||Director: Trisha Banerjee|
|An Irrelevant Dialogue||Best Cinematography, Munich International Filmschool festival||DOP: Keneth Cyrus|
|Ma Tuki||First Prize, Simorgh International Film Festival, Iran||Director: Suchana Saha|
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.
Activities/Achievement of SRFTI (2020-21)
Public Awareness Programme
During the lockdown SRFTI has produced some public awarness video related to COVID 19 pandemic mentioning the precautionary measures to be taken during the lockdown with the following renowned personalities in the entertainment and cultural arena featuring in those videos.
Observance of Satyajit Rays 99th birthday:
Students and Faculties of SRFTI produced five audio-visual videos to observe the 99th birthday of Satyajit Ray. All these media were widely circulated in the public domain through SRFTI’s social media channels
Observance of World Environment Day
As United Nation described ‘Environment Day’ is the people’s day for doing something to take care of Earth. On account of that, the Institute had observed World Environment Day with this year theme “Biodiversity” by sapling different trees in the campus on 5th June -2020, where Director (I/C), faculty & staff members took part of the event with maintain necessary precaution for COVID -19.
Observance of International Yoga Day
SRFTI Observed 6th International Yoga Day by producing 8 Yoga videos (8 Yoga Capsule) based on Communal Yoga Protocol (CYP) which were uploaded to SRFTI’s official social media sites from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM to mark 6th IDY -2020.
FILM and EDM wings of SRFTI had conducted online lectures, master classes webinars and mentoring sessions for its students
Some foreign lecturers were:
JUNE 06, 2020 -SHAMAR MARCUS (ISRAEL) (Editing)
NEZAKETEKICI (ISREAL) (Editing)
JUNE 18, 2020 -ISABELLE GLANCHANT (FRANCE) (PFT)
Selection of Students’ films in international festivals
Film “Salana Jalsa” (Annual Day), directed by Pratik Thakare, 13th batch Department of Direction & Screenplay Writing students has been selected for the Shanghai International Film Festival in the category ‘Golden Goblet Award Official Selection’.
Film “Neithal” directed by Ashokan Moorthy, 13th batch Department of Direction & Screenplay Writing students was selected in International Competition of The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.
The Department of Sound Recording & Design, SRFTI conducted a six week online short programme on application of Sound in film & television named: Sound Possibility, started from 20th July -2020.
The result of Joint Entrance Test (JET) 2020 was announced on 31st August ’20. This year total applicants were 9011 among which 7998 applicants appeared for the written test for 15 different disciplines.
Covid -19 awareness content creation
A total of 04 (Four) films were produced by the Institute in August 2020, directed by the Dean and other faculty members. The students also participated in this creative and innovative process.
Celebration of 74th Independence Day
The 74th Independence Day of India was duly celebrated by the Institute with hoisting National Flag by the Director (I/C), in presence of residential faculty and staff members maintaining all the advisory of Government of India regarding prevention of Covid -19, in the event. After hoisting national flag, Director (i/C) delivered his speech about importance of National Integrity in the light of freedom straggle.
Celebration of Hindi Pakhwara – 2020
The Institute had duly observed “Hindi Pakhwara from 14 to 28 September -2020. During the Pakhwara various competitions as “Prashashanik Sabdavali”, “nibhand” (Essay, t”lekhan” (noting) and Surtilekh (dictation) on Official Language were organized by online mode in consultation with the Regional Official language Implementation office, Kolkata, Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, govt. of India, in order to promote and propagate and maximum use of official language.
Selection of Students’ films in international festivals
(a). Film ‘Salana Jalsa’ directed by Shri Prateek Thakre, 13th batch, Department of Direction & Screenplay Writing student has been selected in the following film festivals:
(i) Munich Internal Student Film School Festival
(ii) Kolkata International Film Festival
(iii) Dharmashala International Film Festival, Himachal Pradesh
(b) Film ‘Bhaba Nadir Pare’ (On the Edge of Life) directed by Nihhilesh Matoo, 13th batch, Department of Direction & Screenplay Writing student has been selected in the following film festival:
(i) Kolkata International Film Festival
(ii) Dharmashala International Film Festival
Online Orientation & Interview for JET 2020
Online Orientation session for the admission of new students has started from 1st to 12th October and interview from 31st October -2020.
Fit India Freedom Run
The indispensable need to keep ourselves fit while maintaining social distancing, in this context, the Institute has organized an awareness campaign programme on ‘FIT INDIA FREEDOM RUN’ under the Fit India Movement campaign, on 2nd October -2020 amongst the local morning walkers/ joggers, to mark Mahatam Gandhi’s 151 birth anniversary, where one of Senior Faculty from Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education Research (IPGMER) , Kolkata had delivered his lecture on mental & physical fitness. Face mask were distributed amongst the participants. (Photo enclosed).
Jan Andolan Campaign on COVID-19
In order to make aware of Jan Andolon Campaign among the employees of this Institute
Placards and banner in Hindi & English version were displayed in the designated places. The Officers and staff members took a COVID-19 pledge as part of Jan Andolan on COVID-19. Campaigned through social media handles of the Institute
Observance of Vigilance Week
The Institute is duly observing the Vigilance Awareness Week -2020 from 27th October -2020. The banner with this year theme “Satark Bharat, Samriddh Bharat (Vigilant India, Prosperous India) was displayed in the designated place. On 27th October, Integrity Pledge was administered by Director (I/C) SRFTI through online mode.
Observance of Constitution Day
Observed Constitution Day on 26th November -2020, The Preamble of the Constitution was read by faculty, officers and other staff members.
Selection of Students’ films in national & international festivals
Animation film ‘Suto” (The Thread), directed by Sovon Dutta, 15th batch Animation Students, has been selected the following International & National Film Festival :
(i) 5th Chaniartoon 2020 (Official Selection)- Greece
(ii) Rassam International Short Film Festival (Official Selection)-Iran
(iii) Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase (finalist)- Southern California
(iv) 21st Video Public Forum Online (Official Selection)- Japan
(v) REALTIME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RTF) REALTIME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RTF) (Semi-finalist)- Africa, Lagos.
Selection National Film Festivals:
(vi) kidzCINEMA2020 (Official Selection)- Maharashtra
(vii) Kautik International Film Festival (Nominee)- Uttarakhand
(viii) International Kolkata Short Film Festival (Nominee)-Kolkata
Heatwave – Stopmotion puppet animation film by Sovan Dutta, Vidushi Gupta, Subarna Dash and Sritama Karmakar 15th batch Animation students
(i) Big Cartoon Festival (Official Selection)-Moscow
(ii) 21st Video Public Forum Online (Official Selection)-Japan
(iii) Pune Animation Film Festival (Official Selection)- Pune, India
3. Notun Fasal (New Harvest) – Stop motion Experimental animation film by Sovan Dutta, Anindita Dutta and Sawanti Das selected following file festivals:
(i) Huntington Beach Cultural Cinema Showcase (Best Animated Short Award)
(ii) 21st Video Public Forum Online (Official Selection)-Japan
(iii) Veracruz World Film Festival World Film Festival (Official Selection)- Veracruz
(iv) 17FILMS (Official Selection)-Germany
(iii) UWPG Film Festival (Official Selection)- Winnipeg
(iv) HECare Film Festival (Human-Environment Care Film Festival HECFF) (Official Selection)- Ontario
(v) International Kolkata Short Film Festival(Official Selection)-Kolkata
Swachhata pakhwada was observed in SRFTI from January 16 to January 31.
72nd republic day was celebrated taking full precaution related to covid-19.
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.
Grievance redress mechanism
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
CPGRAMS is the platform based on web technology which primarily aims to enable submission of grievances by the aggrieved citizens from anywhere and anytime (24×7) for speedy and favorable redress of these grievances.