Established in 1960 on the erstwhile Prabhat Studio premises in Pune
, the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is one of Asiaís premier film schools. It offers technical training in all aspects of filmmaking and television program production.
The faculty includes nationally and internationally renowned film personnel from India and abroad. Veteran filmmakers like Ritwik Ghatak, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mani Kaul and Kumar Sahani from India, Istvaan Gaal (Hungary), Helma Sanders Brahms (Germany) and Krzystof Zanussi (Poland) have taught here. The FTII is well-equipped with two film studios, two television studios, a graphics department, computer library and a film and video library.
The FTII gives great impetus to student films. Short films made by FTII students are sent to international film festivals every year. The FTII, in conjunction with the National Film Archive of India, conducts the acclaimed Film Appreciation Course for journalists, teachers, researchers and film, theater and television employees. The regular students include film enthusiasts from countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Vietnam and Bangladesh.