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Annapurna International School of Film and Media

Annapurna International School of Film and Media is a Film School based in Hyderabad, India. It's India’s first private, non-profit media school. The institute was founded by the Akkineni family, including Akkineni Nagarjuna and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.

Annapurna International School of Film and Media
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TypePrivate film school
EstablishedJune 30, 2011
FounderAkkineni Nagarjuna & Akkineni Nageswara Rao
CampusAnnapurna Studios

AISFM offers courses in acting, directing, cinematography, editing, writing and producing. The Academic Advisory Board for the school includes filmmakers, actors and directors such as Farah Khan, Karan Johar, Hema Malini, Mani Ratnam, Kamal Haasan, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Aparna Sen


AISFM is on the grounds of an Annapurna Studio. Spread across 22 Acres, Annapurna Studios showcases itself as a technically advanced and integrated film & media hub.

About Annapurna StudiosEdit

Annapurna Studios, which has so far produced over 40 motion pictures, and has strategic partnerships with global players like Reliance Media Works, SGO-Spain and Light Illusion-UK, has recently invested Rs 100 crore to develop 100,000 sft of five new large-format, fully air-conditioned shooting floors at its 22-acre studio in Banjara Hills.[1]

Annapurna Studios is among India's foremost motion picture and television production studios [2]

Production FacilitiesEdit

  • five non-ac sound stages, each between 10,400 and 12,800 square feet
  • five ac sound stages, each between 10,200 and 14,800 square feet
  • dozens of stunning outdoor locations
  • permanent sets, including a modern luxurious house and a traditional village..

Post Production FacilitiesEdit

Dedicated Learning FacilitiesEdit

  • Brand-new classrooms with the latest av equipment and acoustic treatments
  • 100 seat preview theatre with 35mm and digital projection
  • 100 seat lecture hall, located inside a historic shooting floor
  • conference rooms
  • Cafeteria


On 20 June 2012, Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, to provide India's first government-recognized, full-time degree courses in filmmaking. The MoU is for a period of four years.[3]

Acting CourseEdit

AISFM holds two six-month acting courses every year. This course introduce beginners to the fundamentals of Acting and provide them with the foundation necessary to start a career in film and television. Recently three AIFSM acting students got their big break after being cast in the Telugu blockbuster Manam. Tollywood superstar, Nagarjuna, said: "Kaushal Sharma, Srikar Chittarbu and Krishna Yadavin deserved a place in the film." [4]

International collaborationsEdit

Northwestern University

Annapurna International School of Film + Media (AISFM) and Northwestern University's School of Communication recently completed the first Indian Cinema Seminar - a student and cultural exchange program conducted in Hyderabad, India. As part of this activity, 27 students and faculty from the Northwestern University's School of Communication campuses at Evanston (USA) and Doha (Qatar) spent a week at AISFM in Hyderabad. The seminar began with site visits to important radio and TV stations and film production studios, and completed with a 48-hour film making challenge. Five films were made collaboratively by Northwestern and AISFM students.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rajani, Kanth (4 July 2012). "Business Standard". Business Standard. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Annapurna Studios invests Rs 100 crore in expansion". TheEconomicTimes. 14 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Annapurna International School of Film teams up with JN varsity.url=". The Hindu. 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Big Acting Break for 3 AISFM students in 'MANAM'". Career India. 22 October 2013.
  5. ^ "India Glitz". India Glitz. Retrieved 23 May 2014.