Post Date: 30 Dec, 2020

Weekend Online Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing from 20th Feb. to 25th April. 2021

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, under its Vijay Tendulkar Writers’ Academy (VTWA), announces Weekend Online Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing.

Following are the details in this regard;

(1)    Name of the Weekend Course: Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing (Online).

(2)    Dates: 20th Feb. to 25th April 2021. (Only on Saturdays & Sundays)
(20–21, 27–28 Feb., 06–07, 13–14, 20–21, 27–28 March, 03–04, 10–11, 17–18, 24–25 April 2021)

(3)    Timings: 11 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm (Indian Standard Time – IST)

(4)    Max. no. of participants: 24 (Course will be conducted only if minimum strength of in-total 20 participants is reached)

(5)    Age:18 years & above as on 01st Feb. 2021 (participants born on or before 31st Jan. 2003)

(6)    Educational Qualification: HSC (12th pass). In exceptional cases, 10th pass may be considered

(7)    Online Platform: Google Classroom & Google Meet platform

(8)    Medium of Instructions: English & Hindi

(9)    Per Participant Course fee:
(a)    For Indian Nationals: Rs 20,000/- (base fee = Rs 16,949/- and GST = Rs 3,051/-)
(b)    For Foreigners including NRI, OCI etc. and also those who are presently staying outside India: Rs 60,000/- (base fee = Rs 50,847/- and GST = Rs 9,153/-).
Course fee of selected participants will be non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-adjustable, etc. under any circumstances. Course fee of all the non – selected participants will be returned within 07 – 10 days of the course commencement.

(10)    Mode of payment: Online through SBI Collect (along with application form).

(11)    Due date & time to submit application: 25th Jan. 2021, 6 pm IST. Application submitted after due date & time will not be considered.

(12)    Selection Criteria: On First – Come – First – Served Basis.List of selected participants will be published on our website and selection emails will also be sent to all the selected participants.

(13)    Online platform: FTII will be using “Google Classroom” and participants are requested to get familiarized with the same. Steps to join online class including login id & password will be shared with each selected participant in the selection email.

(14)    Computer literacy: It is the participant’s responsibility to be technologically capable to take an online course. Participants must be computer literate.


Since the course is online, participants must have following facilities;

(i) A Desktop / Laptop having minimum 8 GB RAM, 1.6 GHz or better processor (Intel i3 or i5 or better).  (Windows / MAC)
(ii) Operating system: a) Windows 7 or 8 or 10. b) MAC OS Sierra or later
(iii) Audio – Video software: Latest versions of VLC player, Windows Media Player or Quick Time Player.
(iv) Compatible good quality headphones/ earphones with mic
(v) Compatible HD webcam
(vi) Internet pack of minimum 5 GB per day exclusively for this course. It is recommended to have fixed wired Internet connection with minimum speed of 10 Mbps or more.
(vii) Web browser: Latest version of Google Chrome (Preferred), Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.

Use of Mobile Phone (in place of Laptop or Desktop Computer) to attend the classes is strictly prohibited. Such participants will not be allowed to join the classes.

(16)   Course Director: Vaidehi Sancheti

Vaidehi is an FTII alumni from the Screenplay Writing department of FTII. She has been a jury member for short film festivals. She has conducted writing workshops for children titled “Bunein Kahaani”. She has been conducting Screenplay writing workshops for the last 4 years. Sharing what she has learned with new writers is one of her areas of interest. She has been a script consultant for short films. She has worked on both fiction and non- fiction films.

(17)   How to apply:

1. Click open the link - OR visit and further click on “SB Collect” which is at the top left, vertically 06th from left to right.
2. Read the “Terms Used”, then tick/ click on the ‘check box’ and further click on “Proceed”
3. Select All India in State of Corporate / Institution, then select Educational Institutions in Type of Corporate/ Institution and click Go.
4. Search/Find FTII Fees Account in Educational institutions name and click submit.
5. In the payment category select “Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing (Weekend)”.
6. Fill-up the application form with requisite details and proceed for payment.
7. Make necessary payment of Rs 20,000/- OR Rs 60,000/- as the case may be.
8. Once payment is done, please note "SBcollect Reference Number" (mentioned in payment confirmation receipt). This may be required for future reference.  
9. If possible, digitally store the receipt of payment. This can be carried out in one of the following ways;
(i) by taking printout of receipt of payment, scan & save it
(ii) by taking screenshot of payment (if using mobile) or printscreen (if using computer)
(iii) by simply taking a photograph from mobile
(iv) check your bank account to confirm whether money (course fee) has been deducted or not
(v) After a day or two, once again check to see whether money (course fee) has been refunded.
(vi) In case of refund, it is a transaction failure and if so, once again apply for the course afresh.
10. No document/ certificate related to educational qualification, age etc. is to be attached.Participants’ self – declaration in the application form is sufficient.
11. Terms & conditions: By agreeing to the terms & conditions in the application form, participants are confirming that they have read & understood the website advt. They are eligible to apply and fulfil all the requirements as stated in the advt. Further, participants agree that decision of FTII Director regarding admission to the course and its conduction will be final.
Further to add in this, it is expected of the participants that during the class they must mute their mics but keep their cameras on unless otherwise instructed. Keeping camera off throughout the class or not heeding to instructions to switch on the camera will be seen as an act of indiscipline and will lead to expulsion from the Course and forfeiture of the Course fee. Decision of FTII Director regarding conducting the course in all respects will be final.

(18)    Communication with participants: All communications with the participants will be carried out through email only. List of shortlisted participants may be published on FTII website and selection email will be sent to the selected participants on their registered email id.

(19)    Certificates: All participants would be given participation e-certificates on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.

(20)    Queries: For any queries please contact Mr. Milindkumar Joshi, Advisor Outreach, FTII on OR on 9423889494

Course Details

•    The intention: Learning the basics of Screenplay Writing for films.

•    The deliverable: The first draft, of the screenplay of a 10-15 minute short film. Participants bring their own idea.

•    Content:

    The course works on building an understanding around Cinematic writing. Participants bring an idea. In 10 weekends we work from the concept level to finding the story in it. We take the journey forward to writing a screenplay.
    We delve deeper into the flag-posts for screenwriting, the premise, the controlling idea, and the theme of the story.
    Further into the process we study short films made by other practitioners, we analyse and break them down to understand their structure. We study structure and scene design.
    The course is about a lot of writing in class and in the form of assignments.