About Us

The Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) is India’s first private, non-profit and completely student-focused media school.
Who we are!

AISFM’s goal is to be the top film institute in India with a global reputation. To achieve this, the Akkineni family and management have built the school inside Annapurna Studios, a major film studio in the heart of Hyderabad, drawn some of the biggest names in cinema as teachers and academic advisors.

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Akkineni Nageswara Rao, one of India’s most celebrated actors, AISFM’s academic advisory board comprises of big names from the Indian film and media industry, including Kamal Haasan, Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Farah Khan and Anurag Kashyap, to name a few.

At AISFM we offer both Bachelors and Masters in filmmaking, mass communication, graphic design, photography, animation & visual effects, and business management for media and entertainment. Also, we have a slew of short courses and weekend workshops on various crafts of filmmaking all year long. These courses are swiftly becoming a huge success with working professionals, looking to learn new skills and students honing their talents before they sign up for our degree programs.

AISFM has collaborative activities and academic exchange programs with leading universities from around the world, including Northwestern University (USA), Chapman University (USA), Ryerson University (Canada) and Swinburne University (Australia) to name a few.

Located inside a 22-acre working film studio, AISFM provides students direct access to industry-standard production facilities and technology. An important part of training professionals is giving our students an opportunity to learn in a live and vibrant industry-friendly environment.