Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing,Chhindwara


Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing (20 days) at G H Raisoni University, Near Raymond Factory, Saikehda, Dist. Chhindwara (01 hour from Nagpur) from 19 th Jan to 09 th Feb 2019

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune under its Skilling India in Film & Television (SKIFT), in association with G H Raisoni University, Chhindwara announces Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing at G H Raisoni University campus, Near Raymond Factory, Saikehda, Tehsil Saunsar, Dist. Chhindwara (01 hour from Nagpur).

Following are the details in this regard;

(1) Dates & Duration: 19 th Jan to 09 th Feb 2019 (20 days – excluding 26 th Jan & 03 rd Feb 2019)

(2) Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

(3) No. of participants: 24 (Course will be conducted only if minimum strength of 20 is reached)

(4) Age: Participants must be 18 years or above in age as on 01 st Jan 2018

(5) Nationality: Indian

(6) Venue: G H Raisoni University Campus, Near Raymond Factory, Saikehda, Tehsil Saunsar, Dist.
Chhindwara (01 hour from Nagpur).

(7) Fees: Rs 25,000/- per participant

(8) Mode of Payment: Online (NEFT) OR through Demand Draft.

(9) Name of Faculty Member (Course Director): Shri Tushar Paranjape Hailing from a culturally rich city of Pune, Tushar began his journey in filmmaking by making his own short films and assisting acclaimed - National Award winning Marathi filmmakers like Sumitra Bhave- Sunil Sukathankar, Sachin Kundalkar and Sandeep Sawant. He completed his post graduate course in Screenplay writing from FTII, Pune in 2011. Since then, he has been working as a professional screenwriter for Marathi, Hindi and English feature film projects and also as a Screenplay Writing teacher. His first released feature film is the critically acclaimed Marathi film KILLA (The Fort) which travelled across the world and won many awards including the Crystal bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival, 2014 and a National award for the Best Marathi film in 2015. Tushar has also written the script for an English- Spanish feature film, which is an International co-production to be shot in 2019. The veteran Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf has principally agreed to direct the film. Currently, Tushar is working on his first directorial venture, a Marathi-Hindi feature film titled ‘AMMA’ to be shot in the monsoons of 2019. Tushar has also worked as a faculty for couple of years in the Screenwriting department of Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.

(10) Course Details: Screenwriting is a unique form of writing evolved in the 20th century after the invention of Cinema. It is the first stage in the complex Cinema-making process and arguably the most important. As they say, with a poor script one can hardly create a good (narrative) Cinema.

And like all the forms of writing, Screenwriting also requires both flair and learning of the craft! And hence, this 20 day foundation course in Screenwriting aims to enable the participants to get a basic handle on the craft involved in the entire process of Screenwriting - from idea to the final screenplay.

The course will have a four pronged approach for achieving this –

(1) Film analysis (Short & Feature) (2) Creative Writing Exercises

(3) Working on short film ideas and (4) Learning the basic theory The deliverable for the course would be two short film screenplays.

(11) Last date & time to apply:14th Jan 2019 by 5 pm

(12) How to apply: Participants can either apply ONLINE or OFFLINE.

(a) Online: Transfer course fees of Rs 25,000/- through NEFT to G H Raisoni University, A/c No. 624205013500, IFSC: ICIC0006242, Bank: ICICI Bank. Please note the NEFT Transaction id. Take a print-out of application form from FTII website ( or G H Raisoni University website (, fill-in all the details including NEFT Transaction id, NEFT Transaction Bank etc & sign the application form. Scan this application form and email it to Please note that no application form will be accepted without NEFT Transaction id, name of NEFT Transaction bank and signature as stated above.

(b) Offline: Draw a Demand Draft of Rs 25,000/- in favour of “G H Raisoni University”. Take a print-out of application form from the FTII website ( or from G H Raisoni University website (

Fill in all the details, attach said Demand Draft and Speed Post/ Courier OR deliver it in person to;
Dr. Sophia Ansari,
G H Raisoni University,

Corporate office: Shradha House,
345, Kingsway,
Nagpur – 440 013

so as to reach on or before 14th Jan 2019. On envelope of application at top left, write “Application for Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing”. Incomplete applications, applications without required Demand Draft/ online course fee, applications received after due date & time etc will be rejected.

(13) Medium of Instructions: The medium of instruction would be English and Hindi. Participants are expected to have adequate knowledge of English and/ or Hindi as regards to reading, writing & speaking.

(14) Selection Criteria: First – Come – First – Served basis. However, course will be conducted only if the minimum strength of 20 participants is reached.

All the selected candidates would be communicated by email. Once admission is offered, the same cannot be cancelled. Course fee of selected candidates is non – refundable. Course fees of all non – selected candidates would be returned within 07 days.

(15) Certificates: All participants would be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

(16) Accommodation & other arrangements for outstation participants: Limited accommodation (on first come first served basis) in G H Raisoni University campus hostel, Near Raymond Factory, Saikehda, Tehsil Saunsar, Dist. Chhindwara (01 hour from Nagpur), on triple sharing basis is available for outstation participants on additional lumpsum payment of Rs 9,000/- per participant for the entire course duration which will be inclusive of breakfast, lunch & dinner in the mess. In the same cost, University will also provide laundry facility. Further, the University will also provide a rent free pickup in a mini bus from Nagpur (Sharddha House, near Nagpur Railway Station) on 18 th Jan 2018 at 2 pm to the University campus and will also drop at the same place (Nagpur) on 10 th Feb 2019 at around 1 pm. Outstation participants may please make their travel arrangements accordingly. For participants coming from Nagpur or nearby, daily pickup – drop (Nagpur – G H Raisoni University – Nagpur) by bus will be arranged on additional lumpsum payment of Rs 1,500/-. Interested participants need to intimate the same (hostel requirement/ daily pickup – drop) in the application form and also need to make additional payment in advance in cash at the Registration Desk at Venue at-least a day before commencement of the course.

(17) Queries: For any queries email to or call 09923242654 (Prof. Sandeep Shahare, FTII Pune) preferably on weekdays between 10 am to 6 pm. As regards to hostel facilities, status of application form etc, please call 09657724055 (Dr. Sophia Ansari, Registrar, G
H Raisoni University).

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