Quick Updates – Direction/Editing/Cinematography Courses Starting + Latest News!

March is shaping up to be a pretty amazing month at AISFM!

Our first script lab course is well underway and out PG (Filmmaking) students just completed a 24 hour film project – working in teams with faculty members, we gave them a theme at 10am on a Friday and they had to submit their film at 10am the next morning. They spent the day writing, planning and shooting and then edited though the night, ready for a screening at 10am Saturday.

The admissions are about to close for the next intake of Direction, and the first intakes of the Cinematography and Editing programs.

Direction for Film + TV is a two-month intensive course which introduces students to direction theory, while giving them all the practical skills they require to start work as a professional assistant director.

Editing for Film + TV and Cinematography for Film + TV are both six-month courses. The first five months are spent at AISFM on training, followed by one month of industry experience that helps students to begin building their personal networks.

Our part-time weekend course – Practical Filmmaking – kicks off in another week. This course is aimed at working professionals who what to learn how to make their own short films. There are only a couple of seats left, call quickly if you are interested – 040 4914 1234.

What else?

  • Our Mexican film festival is about to be announced, to be held in our brand new cinema.
  • An ISFM delegation with be at Ficci Frames in Mumbai next week. Come and say ‘Hi” if you see us there. We don’t bite!
  • There is lots more to come, including a partnership with one of the film industry’s top tech companies. Stay tuned……

New Part-Time Filmmaking Course

Practical Filmmaking Students In Action

While many of the people who contact AISFM about filmmaking courses are already fully committed to jumping into the industry through a full-time program, many others are looking for something part-time: on weeknights or weekends.

Maybe you are working full-time, or already studying. Maybe you have other responsibilities that keep you busy throughout the week.

Our Practical Filmmaking course might be what you are looking for. Classes run Saturday and Sunday for 5 weekends (10 days total), and each student makes a short film from start to finish.

A common question (one you might be asking right now) is: “Is 10 days really enough to learn about filmmaking?”

The answer is no and yes.

No – this course will not teach you everything about filmmaking. No – this course will not prepare you to work on feature film and television productions. No – we don’t offer internships at the end of the course. No – you won’t shoot on 35mm film and use cranes and fancy lights.

Yes – the course will teach you how to make your own short films from start to finish. The objective of this course is to empower you with the basic knowledge that you require to commence your own journey of discovery in cinema.

You will learn how to write, pre-produce, shoot, edit and distribute your own short film.

Our intention is that you will take this knowledge and build on it, by continuing to make your own short films after the course completes, each time learning more about storytelling and film production.

One of the things that students love about this course, is that it gives you some experience in each aspect of film production. If you are currently studying or working full-time, but you are considering enrolling in one of our degree or master’s programs, you might be confused about which specialisation you should select. Cinematography or direction? Editing or sound? The Practical Filmmaking course gives you a taste of everything, so you can decide which flavour you will fill your plate with in the future!

So who enrolls in a course like this?

The last time that we ran this course, the students ranged from 20 up to 65 years of age. There were students, accountants, business owners, designers, engineers, and IT professionals. What did they all have in common? A love of film and a desire to learn how to make their own international-standard short films.

The course starts soon and admissions are about to close. If you would like more details, please call admissions on 040 4914 1234 or email info@isfm.edu.in.

Extra Details!

As lots of the comments have similar questions:

  • The course starts Saturday March 17th.
  • Admissions will close as soon as the intake is full
  • Fee is Rs.30,000 + tax


New Direction Course Intake Starts This Month!

Krish teaching at ISFM

Here is the big question that lots of people have been asking us on Facebook, email, and the phone…

“When does the next direction course start?”

The answer is: This month!

Direction for Film + TV classes will begin on the 27th Feb, and run 9:30am – 5pm, Mon-Fri, for 8 weeks.

We’ve taken all the great feedback that we received from the first student intake, and have made some tweaks to the curriculum. The course will focus even more now on the practical elements of filmmaking, direction and AD on-set work, right from the first week.

We’ve got a great line up of guest faculty as well. The last time we ran this course the guest teachers included Srinu Vaitla, Amala Akkineni, Dev Katta, Krish and Nagarjuna.

In very exciting news, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are pleased to announce limited scholarships for female students!

The course is filling quickly and admissions are closing soon.

If you would like more information, or to get the application form, please email us at info@isfm.edu.in or call on 040 4914 1234.

Get Fit with Zumba – Now in Hyderabad @ AISFM


It’s almost the end of January, so how is your new year resolution to “get into shape’ coming along?

Been hitting the gym? Starting taking the stairs instead of the lift?

Don’t worry – you are in good company. Most people give up on resolutions like this, because the solutions that they come up with are not FUN.

Lets face it – if you enjoyed going to the gym, you would already be going.

We have a solution for you that is amazingly fun… AND gets you into amazing shape!!!


Zumba is the global fitness craze that combines latin inspired music with easy-to-learn dance moves. The classes are also known as ‘fitness parties’ because of the awesome party atmosphere that you find in the classes. Internationally, Zumba even has nightclub nights and concerts with star performers.

Here is the best bit though – a Zumba class lets you burn 500-900 calories per class.

To help Hyderabad get into great shape in 2012, AISFM is launching Zumba classes at our campus inside Annapurna Studios, Banjara Hills. The classes will be held in our stunning new dance and acting studio.

Classes start from next month. We’ll be beginning with classes from 6:30 – 7:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. No prior dance or fitness experience is necessary – each participant can perform at their own level.

To register for the free trial class (so you know whether Zumba is right for you) just click on the link here:

We are starting with limited places in the class, to ensure personal attention from the instructor, and registrations are first come-first served. Once this batch is full, there might not be openings for a couple of months.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

(P.S. as always, you can call us on 040 4914 1234 for more details)

Acting Course Launches

Our first Acting for Film, TV & Theatre course launched at the end of October.
The students have dived into their coursework of acting drills, fitness, voice and dance, coupled with guest lectures from leading actors and directors.

After the first week, here is what acting student Lukesh Kotti had to say: “I can confidently say that AISFM is the best school for all the aspiring actors. The way the faculty train the students with their best techniques is better than any other school. As an AISFM student, I am enjoying each and every moment in the class….”

The next intake for the acting course will begin early 2012. Stay tuned for more details!

Post-Grad Program in Filmmaking

We are very excited to announce that admissions are open for our first post-graduate course.

 This course, the PG Program in Filmmaking, is available in two formats. First, we are offering an intensive ten-month course, in which classes run Monday – Friday for eight months, and students then undertake a two-month internship with a production house or TV channel.

Alternatively, for students who are working or studying full-time, we are offering an executive, part-time program. Students will attend class for two weeknights and a half–day on Sundays each week for fourteen months.

The course covers all core aspects of filmmaking, including directing, writing, editing and cinematography. To allow students to work and learn at their own pace, each student will receive a Macbook Pro, already loaded with filmmaking software.