Craft a career out of cinema

All over the world, films are considered to be the chief source of entertainment. MyBangalore tracks the film courses offered in the city.  

Fairytale endings, realistic drama and rib- tickling comedy. The world of cinema has it all and more. And now that movie making has evolved more than ever in our country, more and more youngsters are gearing up to find a key to the celluloid world. In Bangalore, there are a number of options that let individuals have a first hand experience of Technicolor while developing awareness for the finer nuances of film making.  

Adarsh Film Institute, one of the oldest regular film schools in Bangalore, has been around for over three decades. With the main campus located in Hesaraghatta, the institute offers a diploma in acting covering areas like drama, dance, yoga, scriptwriting, direction and even stunts! It is a one year course for which the institute charges Rs 15, 000.  

Amongst degree colleges in the city, Christ College offers film making but as part of the curriculum of two separate courses. At Christ, film making comes as a paper when one takes up Master of Arts in English with communication studies as an ancillary subject. Alternatively, Master of Science in Communication also has a paper dealing in film making. “The way film making is dealt in the MA course, though, is completely different from that of the MS curriculum”, claims Anil Pinto, a faculty member of the media studies department at the college. While the combination of MA in English along with communication studies teaches film making through analysis and understanding of popular culture and film movements, the segment in the MS in Communication is more technical in nature. The latter delves into lighting, camera, cinematography, aesthetics and photography and even comprises workshops for the benefit of students. While MA in English with communication studies course charges Rs. 72000 (for two years), one needs to pay Rs. 1, 80, 000 for the same duration in case of the MS in Communication course.  

Amongst the media studies institutes in the city, Convergence Institute of Media, Management and Information Technology Studies (COMMITS) offers two papers in filmmaking through MA in Audio Visual Communication Course. The first paper, as a part of the second semester, initiates a student into filmmaking, glossing over basic aspects of filmmaking like storyline creation, scriptwriting and of course the history of cinema. In the third semester, the film paper is more complex, with advanced filmmaking techniques being the focus. MA in Audio Visual Communication is a two year course and charges Rs. 2.3 lakhs for the entire duration. 

The other way of taking a plunge at film making is through the many workshops that sweep through the city on a steady basis. “Despite the demand for film studies in the city, it has still not seen a commercially successful institute of film studies within the city premises. This is why four to seven day workshops are a rage here”, says independent filmmaker Rabi Kisku. ‘Filmmaking 101’, Kisku’s comprehensive workshop on film making has already seen a lot of interested Bangaloreans as many times it was held. With focus on all technicalities ranging from screenwriting, equipment, direction and editing techniques, these short- term courses give a fair perspective about the film making arena. Kisku’s workshops are usually priced at Rs. 5000 for every individual.  

Suchitra Film Society, too, organizes film appreciation workshops on an intermittent basis. “The workshops usually talk about the various technicalities about film making. At times, they pick up a certain aspect of filmmaking and elaborate on it. The workshops are mostly conducted over a period of seven days”, says S. Anand of Suchitra Film Society. “Since we have begun to feel a dearth in the number of film schools in the city, we intend to launch film studies at the learning centre. While we already have a library, we are extending the amphitheatre to accommodate film study classes”, he adds. Film appreciation workshops at Suchitra usually range from Rs. 2000 to 3000 depending upon the course content.  

Given below are the contacts of the institutes mentioned
To contact independent film maker Rabi Kisku call 9886539405.

Christ University

Hosur road,Koramangala
-560029 Map

080 4012 9361


7, IV Main, Tavarekere Main Road,Koramangala
-560029 Map

080 4111 4010, 080 4111 4470

Adarsh Film Institute

39, Netaji Road, Cleveland,Fraser Town
-560005 Map

080 2530 0886

Suchitra Film Society

36, BV Karanth Road, 9th Main, 2nd stage,Banashankari
-560070 Map

080 2671 1785
Tags: Bangalore, film making, Christ University, Adarsh Film Institute, Suchitra Film Society, Rabi Kisku

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