13 Best Film Schools in India

When it comes to the entertainment industry, India is a hub of talent.  These days luck is not the only thing which settles one in this industry. One needs to gather enough skills to qualify as a part of the crew or an actor. To gather such skills there are a lot of good film schools in India. We bring to you the best film schools in India in the list below.

List of Top 13 Film Schools in India & Courses details

1. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)

FTII Best Film Schools in India

FTII, situated in Pune, Maharashtra is considered as India’s premier Film Institute. The institute was established in 1960. The institute is under Ministry of information and broadcasting. It is a member of International Liaison Centre of School of Cinema and Television (CILECT) which is an organization of world’s leading film and television schools.


  1. 3-year post graduate diploma courses in film direction, editing, cinematography, audiography and art direction and production design.
  2. 2-year courses in acting.
  3. 1-year post graduate diploma in feature film screenplay writing.
  4. 1-year post graduate certificate course in TV direction, electronic cinematography, video editing, sound recording and TV engineering.

Website: FTIindia

2. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI)

SRFTI Top Film Schools in India

SRFTI is a film and television institute located in Kolkata, West Bengal. It was established in 1995. Like FTII, SRFTI is also a member of CILECT. The institute is under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Indian Government.

Courses: 3-year post graduation programmer in Cinema and Animation Cinema.

Website: SRFTI

3. Whistling Woods International

Subhash Ghai Film School in India

Whistling Woods International is a Mumbai-based film, communication and media arts institute. It is founded in 2006 by Subhash Ghai. It has also been selected as a full member of CILECT. It has affiliations with several film school, including international student co-productions.


1. In the School of Filmmaking, they provide the following courses

  • 3-year B.sc/B.A in Filmmaking with specializations
  • 3-year B.A in screenwriting
  • 1-year Diploma in Screenwriting
  • 2-year Advanced Diploma in Filmmaking (with specialization)

2. It also has School of Media and Communication, School of Animation, Actor’s Studio, School of Fashion, School of Design. Each School has a set of their own courses.

Website: WhistlingWoods

4. Mumbai Film Academy (MFA)

MFA Film Schools in India

MFA is a non-aided non-government autonomous body run by Pratima Infotainment Media Communications Pvt. Ltd. It is open to students from all over the world who are eligible for the courses.

Courses: MFA offers courses in Film Making and Direction, Cinematography and Lighting, Acting and Presentation, Dance and Aerobics, Voicing and Anchoring, Electronic Music Production, Classical and Playback Singing, Sound Designing, Film and Video Editing and Screenplay writing.

Website: MFA

5. Atharva Institute of Film and Television (AIFT)

AIFT Best Film Institutes in India

AIFT is located in Mumbai. It was launched in 2013. AIFT has an alliance with several media channels and companies.

Courses: AIFT offers many short term courses in different fields of media like Film and Television directing, Ad filmmaking, Animation, and VFX etc.

Website: AIFT

6. State Institute of Film and Television (SIFTV)

SIFTV Top Film Institutes in India

SIFTV was established in 2011 by the Government of Haryana in Rohtak. It has a notable faculty. After 2014 it was affiliated with the State University of Performing and Visual Arts.

Courses are offered in five fields and in the first year, the syllabus of all the courses is same to build a strong base for specialization.

Courses: Courses are offered in the following fields

  1. Acting
  2. Cinematography
  3. Direction
  4. Editing
  5. Sound Recording and Sound Design

Website: SIFTV

7. Annapurna International School of Film + Media (AISFM)

AISFM Film Institutes in India

AISFM is India’s first private, non-profit media school situated in Hyderabad. It was established in 2011. The advisory Board of the school includes filmmakers, actors, and directors such as Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Hema Malini, Mani Ratnam, Kamal Haasan, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Aparna Sen. 

Courses: AISFM offers a number of courses. It has Bachelor courses, Masters courses, Summer courses, Short courses and is open to more suggestions for new courses.

Website: AISFM

8. Zee Institute of Media and Arts (ZIMA)

ZIMA Film Schools India

Zee Networks, a leading entertainment, and media conglomerate has an education division called Zee Learn Limited. ZIMA is an essential part of Zee Learn Limited. It is based in Mumbai

Courses: ZIMA has many post graduate and diploma level programs in Direction, Cinematography, Gaming, Animation etc. It also has an undergraduate program in Film Making.

Website: Zimainstitute

9. Government Film and Television Institute

first government Film Institute in India

Government Film and Television Institute is considered to be the first film institute in India to have started technical courses related to films. It was established in 1943 in Bangalore. 

Courses: It has courses related to Cinematography and Sound Engineering.

Website: It currently doesn’t have one. If you manage to find it, please comment below.

10. Ramanaidu Film School (RFS)

RFS Best Film School in India

RFS was founded in 2008 in Hyderabad. It claims to have a fee structure lower than any other professional private film schools in India. RFS is under Sure ah Productions.


  1. Bachelor of Multimedia
  2. Master in Film Technology course in Direction and Scripting
  3. Master in Film Technology and Cinematography
  4. Diploma in Acting
  5. Diploma course in Direction and Screenwriting
  6. Diploma course in cinematography

Website: RFS

11. Asian Academy of Film and Television(AAFT)

AAFT Top Film School in India

AAFT was established in 1991 in Noida Film City. It has an affiliation with International Film and Television Research Center and the Marsha Films and Video Studios. AAFT has students from 100 countries.

Courses: It has various Undergraduate, postgraduate and short term courses under –

  1. The school of Cinema
  2. School of Mass Communication
  3. School of Fashion and Design
  4. School of Animation
  5. School of Advertising, PR, and Events
  6. School of Performing Arts

Website: AAFT

12. L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy

LV Prasad Film and TV Academy

L.V Prasad Film and TV Academy has branches in Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram. It was established in 2005. They claim to have the finest set of teaching faculty in the country.


  1. 2-year post graduate diploma in Direction and Cinematography.
  2. 1-year  Diploma in Editing and Sound Design.
  3. Weekend short term course on Digital Cinematography

Website: PrasadAcademy

13. Matrikas Film School

Matrikas Film School India

Matrikas Film School is a small film school in India looking for passionate students. Age no bar. They select a small number of students for all courses to preserve tutor to student ratio.


  1. 1-year Diploma course in Acting, Cinematography, Editing, Filmmaking, Photography, Scriptwriting/creative writing and T.V Journalism.
  2. 3-month Certificate course in Acting, Camera, and Lighting, Editing, Filmmaking and Photography

Website: Matrikas

These were few film schools in India which can give direction to your dreams, based on your requirement.

Hopefully, this list might help you in deciding which film school you should choose.