Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM), India's premier film school has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) today.
The signing ceremony was graced by celebrated South Indian actor Mr. Akkineni Nagarjuna, President of AISFM, Sri R.M. Dobriyal, Vice Chancellor, JNAFAU, Mr. Chris Higgins, Vice-President, Admissions & Marketing, AISFM.
The purpose of the MOU is to offer India's first Degree & Masters courses in Film and media. Until today, film and media students only had access to certificate and diploma courses. Now, they can earn a government recognised degree, while receiving technical training in various aspects of film and media including Editing, Cinematography, Directing, Scriptwriting and Producing as well as Animation and Visual Effects (VFX).The MoU is for a period of 4 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Nagarjuna, President of AISFM said "The Indian film industry has been pursuing a dream for decades -that students can gain technical film and media skills as part of a recognised degree. This partnership between AISFM and JNAFAU brings that dream to life."
Chris Higgins, VP of AISFM, said "This represents a groundbreaking step forward for Indian film and media education. Indian students can, for the first time, access degree and master's courses in media that match the standards of the world's best film schools."
Sri R.M.Dobriyal, Vice Chancellor, JNAFAU, commented "This MOU paves the way for exciting developments in the Film Making Industry in India. Currently India is facing a dearth of quality education options for students who want to study technical aspects of film and media. We are happy to partner with AISFM, India's top film school, as an important step towards broadening the creative and fine art options available to youngsters."
AISFM is associated with popular filmmakers, actors and directors such as Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Hema Malini, Maniratnam, Kamal Hassan, Sonu Sood, Tabu and Anurag Kashyap. These eminent personalities will be a part of the academic advisory council and provide their valuable guidance in designing the academic curriculum, recommendations on faculty and curriculum content.
JNAFAU is the first of its kind in the entire country and is established in Andhra Pradesh with the College of Fine Arts exclusively devoted for the development of Applied Art, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography & Animation.
Notes to Editor
The Annapurna International School of Film and Media was founded by Annapurna Studios and the Akkineni family. It has been formed as a non-profit entity of Annapurna Studios with the dual missions of providing an incredible education for students and offering highly trained talent to the entire media industry. The Annapurna International School of Film and Media will be providing a world-class learning experience by combining government-recognized degrees with the best practices of international higher education. The flexible teaching methodology will force students to think creatively and to control their own progress. The institute is affiliating with the world's best media technology companies to provide students with 24 hour access to the latest computers and filmmaking software. The Annapurna International School of Film and Media is backed by some of south India's biggest names in filmmaking, acting, animation and visual effects. These relationships provide students with unparalleled opportunities for internships and placements.