AISFM Film Fest Showcases Students’ Splendid Work


It’s that time of the year again, when Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) is ready to proudly present to the world, the brilliant work of their graduating students. A festival of films in the truest sense of the word, the films were shown to an eager audience that comprised of celebrities, students, friends & families, at its preview theatre over a period of two days.

The two-day festival opened with the premiere of films made by graduating final year students of BFA, MA & MMBA degrees and the films dealt with nine diversely entertaining and thought provoking topics.

It was definitely a celebration time for all the students since it was the finale of their years of hard work. Behind the arduous and fascinating process of filmmaking were various phases like selection of stories by a faculty committee, meticulous screenwriting, production planning, shooting, post-production work with the support and guidance of their dedicated faculty.


Films by Bachelors students included “The White Field” by Karthik Parmar, “Nitya” by Abhimanyu Kumar, “Maut ka Kuan” by Prithvi Chahal and “Understanding Moksha” by Sameer Kumar.

The films by Masters Students comprised of “Preme Madhuram” by Anil Kumar, “Bhetala” by Rohit Krishna, “Kadivalama” by Ananya Ayachit, “Talaari” by Degala Sai Akhil Yadav and “Chetak” by Gandhapuneni Nandan.

The festival was attended by industry luminaries Akkineni Nagarjuna, Founder of AISFM, Amala Akkineni, Hon. Director of AISFM, veteran actor Tanikella Bharani, famous director Indraganti Mohan Krishna, young heartthrob and actor Akhil Akkineni, well-known actors Srinivas Avasarala, Adivi Sesh, director Omkar, reputed writer Gopimohan, veteran writer and actor K.L. Prasad and Bala Rajasekharuni, Dean of AISFM.

AISFM Founder Akkineni Nagarjuna lauded the students’ efforts in making the brilliant short films and added how short films were now no less than feature films in terms of the expertise they need, and he added, people can look at options beyond Pune for film education today. “I am confident that the kind of talent that I have seen here today is no less than that of any film professional.”


AISFM Director Amala Akkineni, congratulated the graduates and said the purpose of the festival was to create a premier environment for the students as a way of celebrating their achievements in filmmaking. “We all are very excited and eager to watch the wonderful films that will be premiered over two days by our talented graduating students. The purpose of this festival is to create a platform for the students as a way of celebrating their achievements in filmmaking. Such festivals not only recognise exceptional student work but also allow insightful feedback from the jury and variety of film professionals that enhance student skills,” she said.

Dean of AISFM, Bala Rajasekharuni, lauded the students’ efforts and said “Through this grad film festival our school is committed to linking films, filmmakers, audiences and the industry. AISFM Grad Film festival provides an opportunity for the talented filmmakers to share their work and engage with working industry professionals and gain valuable advice from the experts, which helps them shape their careers in the film industry”. He further added that apart from artistic merit, AISFM also equips the student filmmakers with the commercial realities of the industry and market expectations, in order for them to succeed in the industry.


Veteran actor Tanikella Bharani said that in the past, “the only way to learn about the art of films was either through theatre or by watching old films. After FTII in Pune, this is the only other well established vibrant film school in the country.” He added that film schools now do the job that Telugu dramas did back then which is an opportunity to discover yourself. Eminent screen-writer K L Prasad added that he is now in a role of an educator but wished someone had educated him before he entered films. Akhil Akkineni praised the students’ work and stressed on the need of film education.


Mohana Krishna Indraganti, an FTII product himself and Srinivas Avasarala emphasised on the importance and requirement for more film schools and the need to nurture right awareness before they enter feature films. Adivi Sesh recollected his Kshanam memories, a part of which was shot at AISFM premises and congratulated the students on their outstanding films.


Graduation Ceremony of Filmmaking Short Course


Bringing them one step closer to their dream of pursuing their passion, was the graduation ceremony of our 2016 batch for the filmmaking (FFM) short course that was held at AISFM recently.


Popular director, screenwriter and film producer Maruthi Dasari who is known for his films like Ee Rojullo, Bhale Bhale Magadivoy etc. was the Chief Guest for the ceremony and was welcomed by our Dean, Bala Rajasekharuni and our COO, Krupakar Reddy.


The well-known director shared his views and experiences of filmmaking and discussed the method of filmmaking while interacting with the students, who were eager to learn and absorb as much knowledge as possible, with delight.


The students eager to explore and learn about the finer nuances of filmmaking joined this quick but comprehensive short course and realized their dream. This course provided hands on training in professional filmmaking at an introductory level and students explored the complete process of digital film-making during the course period.


They learnt the technical aspects of filmmaking, fundamentals of visual storytelling, how to develop a short film script, pre-production of the short film, casting, fundamentals of direction, fundamentals of cinematography, fundamentals of editing and sound design. The culmination of the course was when the students in groups of five made a 5-minute short film as their course-end project.

Take a look at the Graduation Ceremony photos here

Summer Programmes Graduation Ceremony 2016


It was a day to remember, for the students of the summer workshops! Their hard work, enthusiasm and efforts paid off and were visible for all to see. It was the day of their Graduation Ceremony where their skills were showcased for all to witness and enjoy!


What better way to kill time than to do a short summer workshop? The Graduation Ceremony was for the AISFM Summer Programmes that were conducted earlier this month; a 2-Week Photography Workshop and a 2-Week Acting Workshop.


Famous actor V. Nagineedu, who won the Nandi Award for Best Villain for his role in Maryada Ramanna, was the Chief Guest for the event. Interacting with the enthusiastic students at the event he said, “Always take negative feedback with a positive attitude and make your passion your profession with hard work.” He reminisced that he became an actor due to his passion for acting after he saw Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Pullarangadu. He added that acting is an inborn talent and students should understand and recognize themselves and “institutes like AISFM will polish it.”

Before handing over the certificates to all the students, he advised them to conduct a SWOT analysis on themselves and identify their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; and work on them to achieve their desired goal. Earlier on during the event, two plays were enacted by the acting workshop students whereas selected photos taken by the photography workshop students were shown.


Under the guidance of Dr. Rammohan Holagundi, the acting course took students through a program of international-standard acting technique training for both on- and off-camera, apart from basics of acting, imitation exercises, mime exercises to develop the finer details of body language, dance, play rehearsals and more.


Nimit Pershad, brilliantly helped students understand the craft and different genres of photography and capture visually superior images, and also learn different shooting styles in the two-week photography workshop.

Graduation ceremony of AISFM short courses


The Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) recently held a Graduation Ceremony for their short courses; their 6-month short course of Certificate in Film Acting and their 3-month course of Fundamentals of Script Writing.

Renowned film actor, screenwriter, dialogue writer, poet, theatre actor, playwright and director Tanikella Bharani was the Chief Guest for the ceremony. The veteran actor who has worked in more than 750 films (including Tamil, Kannada and Hindi) and who has garnered three Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Awards, speaking at the event said that students need to work hard in this ever-changing and competitive field of film-making to make a mark for themselves. Bala Rajasekharuni, Dean of AISFM was also present on the occasion.


The Film Acting course introduces beginners to the fundamentals of acting and provides them with the foundation necessary to start a career in film and television. As part of the course, they learnt introduction to grammar of filmmaking, acting in front of camera and on stage, spontaneous acting vs. method acting mime, imitation, improvisation amongst other things.


The Scriptwriting course is aimed at amateur writers who have great ideas for stories and want to learn the process of developing these ideas into film scripts. Here they learnt how to identify the theme and premise of the story, plot construction and developing the treatment and step outline, amongst other things.


Our short courses are a practical way for working professionals in the media industry to upgrade existing skills, keep up with changing technologies and to learn new skills that can help their professional development. But they are also an excellent way for non-media professionals to “dip their toe in the water” and try out the world of media.