Kerala’s First World-class Film Institute
Kerala’s first national level film and visual arts institute, the K R Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts, was dedicated to the nation by the Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Monday. An autonomous body under the Government of Kerala, it is located at Thekkumthala 27 km off Kottayam.
Lauding the state government for setting it up, Ansari emphasized the need for institutes of international standards to equip future generations of film/audio-visual artists with technical as well as aesthetic creativity aspects apart from social awareness.
He praised the film culture of Kerala and said people of the state value good cinema. “The annual International Film Festival of Kerala has established itself in the international cinema calendar. The provenance of Kerala should prove to be fertile ground for recruiting talented students and staff,” he said.
About the K R Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts
The institute was set up with the objective to impart world-class knowledge and training in visual-based technologies such as cinema, video and television to Indian artists and technicians.
Presently it offers three-year diploma courses in script writing & direction; acting; cinematography; animation & visual effects; editing and audiography. When fully operational, there will be postgraduate programmes and research facilities.
Cultural exchange programmes with foreign universities are also in the works.
The institution has an intake capacity of 60 students, 10 each in the six disciplines on offer. Selection is through a multi-level admission process, which includes a preliminary entrance examination, followed by an orientation programme and interview for the shortlisted candidates.
The 12 acre campus, designed by artist Shankar, houses classrooms, state-of-the art laboratories, full-fledged screening theatres, hostels, cafeteria and an administrative block.