Annapurna International School of Film and Media: Empowering Students to Present the World with a Picture-Perfect Experience
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The Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) is India’s first private, non-profit and completely student-focused media school. AISFM’s vision is to be the most sought after film and media institution globally, their goal is to mentor talent to produce internationally reckoned legends.

The media industry is poised to witness momentous growth. The achievements and the opportunities in the M & E sector demonstrate the numerous possibilities that exist. Over the past decade, tremendous opportunities have emerged for talented students and professionals in the areas of acting, production, direction, editing, cinematography, photography, animation , VFX, digital marketing, advertising, graphic designing etc.

In this era of convergence of Information, Communication and Entertainment, the importance of Film, Television and Media cannot be overlooked. The skills gained during the film & media degree, combined with personal determination, will help the student to succeed in the competitive creative industry. Therefore, it is of prime importance to encourage students in the creative field to produce well-groomed artists, technicians, directors and producers and give them the opportunity to showcase their talent.

One of the largest film schools of India, based-out of Hyderabad city, Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) imparts word class training to the students in media industry to ensure they realize the potential and make an impact in the industry. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, one of India’s most celebrated actors, AISFM is India’s first private, non-profit and completely student-focused media school.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

By being in the middle of the enormous Annapurna Studios, AISFM has provided its students with unprecedented access to produce their own student films in world-class sound stages and controlled locations. Moreover, they have an exclusive opportunity to see professional films being shot on a daily basis. Production Facilities include; Five Non-AC studio floors, Four AC studio floors, Dozens of stunning outdoor locations, Permanent sets – including a modern luxurious house and a traditional village, and Two production sets.

Post-Production Facilities include hi-tech Computer laboratories with I Macs installed with Adobe CC and Movie Magic, Animation lab with Adobe CC and Maya with Rendering provision, Editing Suites, Dubbing theatre, Sound Recording studio, and Two Baselight 4K DI suites. Other Dedicated Facilities include; State of the art 26 classrooms equipped with Audio and Video facilities, 150 seater lecture hall at Maya Bazar block, 86 seater preview theatre with 35mm screen and Christie 2K projection with 7.1 surround sound system, Student discussion room, and a Mini TV studio among other recreational facilities.

The 22 acres of Annapurna Studios, in addition to offering the shooting floors, classrooms, post production facilities and office spaces, provides dozens of beautiful outdoor locations for filming. Some of these locations have appeared hundreds of times in feature films and TV productions. AISFM students often have the opportunity to utilize these locations for their own productions.

A Visionary Leader

Akkineni Amala, Director, is the driving force behind AISFM and is continuously working to uplift AISFM as a reputed and accomplished film & media school by attaining high standards of Academic excellence. Her vast experience in films and television and her social commitment, led her to be appointed as Director at the prestigious film & media school. Exceling in her role, Amala seeks to fulfill Dr. A.N.R’s dream to guide future generations on a skilled and educated path for professions in Film, Media & Animation.

Recognizing her contribution to film industry  and animal welfare , Amala Akkineni was awarded the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskaar’ (2016) by President of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of International Women’s Day’17 in New Delhi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Initiatives that Encourage & Inspire

AISFM conducts a series of sessions under “Inspire Young India” program for school and college students in their campus, to inspire the young minds & expand their horizon while contemplating career choices. AISFM believes that, an ongoing synergy between diverse field of institution can enhance student awareness about the rapidly emerging areas of education, thus, expanding their horizons of career choices in the new millennium.

“Content is King” – the frequently used phrase in the last few years in Media & Entertainment industry ; to ensure the millennials understand and appreciate the quality of good content, they conduct “Appreciation Workshops” at AISFM along with a very famous studio tour of the “Annapurna Studios”.  The institute also conducts Acting/Role play; Photography; Animation/VFX workshops very frequently for students and corporates and also invite industry personnel for master classes and panel discussions.

Words of Trust

“It gives me immense pleasure to express with pride that I have completed my post-graduation from AISFM affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. Here, the talent of an individual is explored, skills are developed & then motivated to realize the dreams. AISFM has established itself as a premium Film School for people who are interested to learn Film & Media related concepts on a profound and professional level. Wedged in Historic Annapurna Studios, Hyderabad fosters a delightfully diverse environment students can thrive on…  I thoroughly enjoyed learning here. It nurtured me with right skillset to work in media & entertainment industry.”

__IRFAN FARAS (Consultant, Distribution and Syndication, National Film Development Co. Ltd.)

“At AISFM we learnt each aspect of filmmaking. It was easy for me later, since I learnt about everything in the school. Even though we worked on small projects we looked into each department; whereas in the industry it is divided into each department, so the knowledge and prior experience helped. It didn’t feel new and it was easy working. We learnt what to do and what not to do. We learnt that planning is very important in any department, only then there is clarity.”


“AISFM not only made us industry ready but also encouraged us to learn a lot above and beyond the regular course curriculum. It made me a strategical thinker. AISFM provided us with theoretical knowledge, along with the most valuable practical knowledge that we can apply in our life. We are very glad and honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization.”


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