Institute of Creative Excellence: Nurturing, Inducing, and Empowering Creative Filmmaking Talent
ICE Academic Council

The creative and media industry today demands efficient individuals, who stand out among the stiff competition and make a mark. This is where the leading media and arts institutions come into play. They train and educate students to become the leaders of the respective arenas. One such leading institution which offers courses in the field of media and entertainment is the Institute of Creative Excellence (ICE).

Established in 2010 by Balaji Telefilms, the institute aims at creating and harnessing new talent in the field of media & entertainment. Conceptualized and realized by industry mavens, it offers the finest filming and performing arts courses. It employs some of the best faculties and learning resources in the industry. The primary goal of the institute has always been to be recognized globally as a premier institute for education in the art of visual storytelling.

It focuses on inspiring learning, discovery, creativity, innovation, and art of articulation, while transforming the world of entertainment. ICE is committed to providing world class education complemented by the state-of-the-art infrastructure. It aims to develop talent second to none and emerge as the benchmark for quality talent in the media and entertainment industry.

ICE Academic Council

Jeetandra Kapoor – Chairman

Jeetendra ruled Bollywood in the 70’s and 80’s. With more than 200 films under his belt, Mr. Kapoor is one of the most recognized Film personalities and India’s most beloved leading man. Over the years he has received a number of awards including the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, the Screen Lifetime Achievement Award, the Legends of Cinema Award and the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award. In 2000, he took on the mantle of the Chairman of ICE Academic Council. His extensive network in the entertainment industry has been a great asset for ICE. Mr. Kapoor continues to steer the academy with his vision to keep pushing boundaries and opening new frontiers 

Ekta Kapoor – Member 

Ekta Kapoor heralded the satellite television boom in India, pioneering content creation for television and in the process creating some of India’s most successful TV shows. She has an unmatched understanding of Indian viewers which taken together with her content creation and marketing prowess creates magic. Her revolutionary work has won her many recognitions including Business woman of the year 2002, Entrepreneur of the year 2001, Woman of the Year 2001. Ekta believes in a hands-on approach and is extremely involved in the Academics at ICE, she continues to innovate and stay updated with the evolving Television climate, ensuring that Academics at ICE evolve in line with the current and forthcoming industry trends.

The Dedicated Forerunners

The institute provides excellent educational facilities to the students under the ardent leadership of many learned educationists. These eminent mentors include:

Hanumant Sabharwal, the Director of the institute.

Mr. Hanumant brings over 28 years of experience in leadership roles in the education industry, media education & corporate training.

Richa Bodas is the VP- Academics,Content & Delivery. She brings along the expertise and experience of 24 years in the field of education and training.

Santosh Patel is Sr VP, who also has 24 years of vibrant and eclectic experience across the advertising, FMCG, and education industries.

Veenti Bhola is Sr VP an MCA with expert insights in film and TV related courses such as acting, modeling, and so on.

Robust Academic Curriculum

ICE not only aims to train a student, but also bridges the educational quality gap for professionals that exists within the industry. It provides world-class quality training and experience through the infrastructure and teaching methodology of blended learning which incorporates elements of Instructor Lead Training (ILT), Computer Based Training (CBT), and Web Based Training (WBT).

The institute provides its students the scope to launch their careers through the ICE Launchpad. This software-driven placement initiative assists the students to take command of their career in this complex world of virtual story telling. Students also get the opportunity to access up to 13 live sets. The institute allows them to explore and learn in a collaborative setting, while getting the chance to interact with seasoned professionals and renowned stars of the industry.

ICE Launchpad maintains communication with 220+ partners, which comprise of production houses, editing and studios, casting directors, leading media companies, and broadcasting networks. It also provides students information about various opportunities in the industry. Students have lifetime access to the launchpad, services of which they can avail of at any given stage of their career. Accordingly, they can stay abreast with opportunities in the industry and apply for the one which best suits them.

The institute constantly encourages the students and boosts their confidence. Many production houses, casting directors, studios, and so on have opened their doors for the students. ICEs efforts and the hard work of the students have assisted them in attaining 90% successful placements, with success in acting being 80% while the film making academy has seen 100% success in placements.

Vibrant Learning Environment

 With the emphasis on inclusive learning, the institute entails theoretical guidance backed by practical training and industry exposure through projects and guest sessions. It also conducts psychological counseling sessions and overall personality grooming. The curriculum is built on strong training techniques and proven methods designed by industry experts.

With an interactive learning environment, students get acquainted with each component of the program, whether it is the course material or the learning format. Every component is quality-assured to ensure that it delivers only the best of learning and execution experience. The institute offers students access to reel life projects being executed on campus. They also receive the opportunity to directly interact with experts in the ICE ecosystem. It also assists the students to stay focused on their aspired career goals.

Distinctive Infrastructural Facilities

The institute is equipped with the latest academic and operational resources backed by advanced technology-led processes and support infrastructure, which makes it a leading class ‘Filmmaking and Performing Arts’ school. It has set an example for other creative arts institutes with its thoughtfully designed learning environment. The ambiance of the institute aims to bring out the finest traits of visual storytelling and other learning programs for the students. Some of its major facilities include:

  • Large and spacious classrooms with centralized AC
  • Well-maintained outdoor shooting and live environment filming zones
  • Access to Live sets of Balaji Telefilms
  • Fully loaded sound-proof studios and recording areas
  • Screening and preview theaters with the latest projection technology
  • Straight trolley, round trolley, crane, and other filming equipment
  • HD cameras, sophisticated visual devices, and cinematography supplies
  • Post-production department with latest software systems

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