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Hon´ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
M G R Government Film and Television Training Institute

MGR Government Film and Television Training Institute is an advanced Technical Training Institute imparting film techniques and aesthetics of Film and Television Production and Allied Subjects and Film Appreciation.

It is one of the three major institutes in India. The other two are Film and TV Institute of India, Pune, and Sathyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.

This Institute is run by the Government of Tamil Nadu and is functioning under the administrative control of the Director of Information and Public Relations.


Three year diploma courses are offered in the following subjects:

  • Screenplay & Direction
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Recording and Sound Engineering
  • Film Editing
  • Film Proccessing

All the Diploma Courses offered are approved by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi.

Any degree will be a prerequisite qualification for admission in Screenplay and Direction Course and for the other courses, a pass in Higher Secondary is the qualification.Fourteen students are admitted in each discipline.

Notification for admission to courses is published in leading Tamil and English newspapers and admissions commence in July of every academic year. Tuition fees of Rs.15,000/-, Special fees of Rs.1,500/- and Development fees of Rs.2,000/- are collected from the students.


Final year students from different branches form 14 units and each unit is trained to produce short films. The Government sanction funds for the production of Student's Diploma Films every year. The Government has raised the reimbursement of cost for the production of Students Diploma Films from Rs.8000/- to Rs.15000/- per film.


The Government of Tamil Nadu appreciates and encourages the students by presenting an award titled "MGR Government Film and Television Training Institute Award” which consists of One Sovereign Gold Medal, Cash Award of Rs.5,000/- and a memento to the Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Sound Recordist and Best Film Processor of the Short Films produced.


The Government also sanctions a sum of Rs.75,000/- per annum to enable students to send their short films to National and International film festivals.


As per the orders of the Hon’ble Chief Minister a new course Animation and Motion Picture Visual Effects will be started at an estimate of Rs. 9.50 Crores during the academic year 2013 – 2014.

Chief Minster of Tamilnadu
Hon'ble Chief Minister
Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami

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