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Ctrl Alt Cinema - An intensive film course

Mon, 1 Jul 10:00AM
Ctrl Alt Cinema , noida
Rs 37000
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Ctrl Alt Cinema is an 18 day residential course on cinema. It will serve as an introduction to the art and craft of cinema. It will enable students to engage critically, aesthetically, and consciously with this contemporary art form. Students are drawn to the course because of the prospect of direct engagement with, and guidance from, the best in the industry.

Teachers come to us because they believe in our open and inclusive philosophy: we have a purpose, not a syllabus.

About Facilitators:

Sudeep Chatterjee - Cinematography

Director of photography, whose recent work speaks for itself, and includes films like Padmaavat, Bajirao Mastani, Chak de India, Dhoom 3, Guzarish, Dor, Iqbal & Chatushkon. His work is both popular and critically acclaimed. His awards include: two successive National Awards, the Filmfare Award and the IIFA Award.

Anjum Rajabali - Screenwriting

He is a veteran Indian screenwriter and teacher.

He has written films like Drohkaal (1994), Ghulam (1998), The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) and Raajneeti (2010). He is also known for his leadership and lobbying for the rights of Indian screenwriters, as a senior activist of the Screenwriters Association, India.  He is the Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods as well as the erstwhile Honorary Head of Screenplay Writing at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), a course that he founded in 2004. Apart from being a script consultant on several films, he also conducts workshops, seminars, and conferences on screenwriting.

Amitabh Chakraborty - Editing

Amitabha is an ace editor and a National Award Winning Film Maker. He is an alumnus of FTII, Pune who is respected for his Art-house cult films like Kaal Abhirati,Bishar Blues and Cosmic Sex which has been critically acclaimed in India as well as other countries. Amitabha has also conducted classes and workshops in the prime film schools of the country over more than two decades. He has been a revered mentor for several generations of film students.

Asheesh Pandya - Sound Design

Having graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 1988, Asheesh has been practicing the art and technique of Sound for films, theatre, music and audio projects. Has recorded, designed and mixed sound for several award winning Indian and international films and has travelled widely with some of the best names in broadcasting industry within and outside his country. Visiting faculty at various prestigious institutions in India, he loves to engage with young minds. His sound workshops, titled 'Happy New Ear', invariably draw full attendance by the students, who've often described them as life changing. A photographer, an occasional poet, a theatre actor, an amateur architect, Asheesh designed the sound scheme and studio for India World Radio and organized a festival of documentaries in his city Gurgaon.

SPECIAL MASTERCLASS | Ranbir Kaleka – Moving Image; New Media and Art

Ranbir Kaleka is a multi-media artist based in New Delhi. Kaleka was trained at College of Art, Chandigarh, and the Royal College of Art, London. Initially trained as a painter, his work has increasingly animated two-dimensional canvases within experimental film narrative sequences. Kaleka has been exhibited in a range of major international gallery and museums. In 2007, Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Senior Judaica curator, Spertus Museum Chicago commissioned Kaleka to make a Holocaust memorial. The site-specific video installation is titled "Consider", an installation consisting of two projections, a painting and an audio narrative of oral testimony from Auschwitz. In 2005 Kaleka showed at the 51st Venice Biennale in the exhibition ‘iCon - India Contemporary’ Co-curated by Julie Evans, Gordon Knox and Peter Nagy. In 2002 Kaleka exhibited at the Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria in the exhibition Kapital and Karma: Recent Positions in Indian Art. Kaleka was awarded the National Award by the president of India at the 22nd National Exhibition of Art organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1979 in Delhi. 

Course Curator


The National Award winning director of Sundar Jeebon (2002), Sandeep Chatterjee is a film-maker and teacher of cinema whose work spans nearly 25 years. In the late eighties, Sandeep is a distinguished alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and now heads of the Department of Direction and Screenwriting.


Is ‘Ctrl Alt Cinema’ a Film Appreciation course?

No. It goes well beyond that. Film appreciation is an old world concept. We will take the standard film appreciation course a few steps further. This is why the course includes a substantial practical component: students will be taught the basics of film craft.

Why should I do this course?

Ctrl Alt Cinema will be useful to you if you:

A) Would like to make personal short films.

B) Would like to know if you want to further pursue studies in cinema.

C) Would like to work as an assistant director in the film/television industry and learn on the job.

D) Need a refresher course in order to reinforce or enhance your current work.

Will this course teach me how to make films?

This course will make you aware of the basics of film making in terms of Direction, Camera, Editing and Sound. We will teach you the basic elements of cinematic expression. But please bear in mind that this is a beginner’s course and you will learn aspects of film craft at a basic level. To learn more about cinema you will need to do further studies, and practice. Do be realistic about your expectations: professional filmmaking can neither be taught, nor learned, in the space of 18 days.

​Will I be able to make short films after doing this course?

Yes. We are confident that with the exposure and training you will receive, amateur short films are a logical next step.

Will I learn how to use a camera?

Yes. You will learn to handle the camera through classroom lectures, group exercises and demonstrations.

Will I be taught editing?

Yes. At a basic level, through lecture and demonstrations from a senior editor. However, doing individual exercises will not be possible within a 18 day course.

Will I learn to write a script?

Yes, you will learn to write a scene or a script for a short film along with dialogues.

Will I get to see a lot of films during this course?

Yes, a wide variety of films will be shown through the duration of this course. We have designed this as an intensive course starting from 10 am to 8 pm everyday over the duration of the course. The idea is to expose the students to the best films that are being made across the world today along with contemporary Indian cinema. Besides, we also intend to develop an overview of the history of cinema through our screenings.

Will the screenings be followed with analysis and discussions?

Yes. The faculty will introduce all the screenings. Selected films will be followed by a detailed analysis and discussion. A few contemporary Indian feature and documentary films will be screened followed by an interaction with the makers of these films.

​Who is going to teach this course?

This course will bring you in touch with some of the best teachers of cinema in India today. Moreover it will give you an opportunity to interact with some of the most brilliant professionals from our film industry. Do go through the list of visiting professionals on the Ctrl Alt Cinema page.

What do I take away from this course?

Apart from the opportunity to interact with the best in the business and a valuable certificate of participation, there is another takeaway: a 5-minute film that you will produce. This exercise is part of the course.


Students who own laptops, cameras, and basic filming equipment should bring them along.

The Learning Curve

- Script to screen; the production process

- Silent Cinema and the advent of sound

- Continuity and narrative cinema

- Cinema in India

- Basic elements of cinematic expression

- Understanding the work of a Director and Screen-writer

- Principles of Light, Camera, Digital Post Production: the work of a Cinematographer

- Principles of Editing; Understanding the work of an Editor

- Principles of Recording & Designing sound for a film

- Expressionism and Realism in Cinema

- Mis-en-scene and Montage

- Modern Cinema and its significance

- Documentary Cinema

- Cinema, Fine Arts and the New Media

- Practical experience of doing a creative exercise as a class


Air-conditioned room (also twin sharing) unlimited hi-speed internet, access to a gym and lounge and 24-hour security. The Property is managed by an on-site manager and warden. Please visit to view the gallery.

The workdays will be long throughout the course, so it is highly recommended that students stay within walking distance of the venue. However, those residing in NCR who wish to commute or those who wish to make their own arrangement for stay may get in touch separately.


Ctrl Alt Cinema reflects a fundamental belief that the much misunderstood word, 'art', can also stand for something inclusive. Something that we can all engage with--and create, when the environment is right.

Our Story

We speak a different language from conventional institutions.

We have a purpose, not a syllabus.

We are open to participants across disciplines, professions and age groups.

We aim to equip them with a new skill and enrich them with knowledge they can access without having to take a long break from their regular lives.

We believe creative fields are by definition 'open' fields. There is no reason why a student of physics, or an accountant, cannot also be a filmmaker.

We are based in ‘Kaladham’, a sprawling space created for a community of National Award winning artists in Greater Noida. A number of eminent artists have their studios and homes in Kaladham.

Welcome to our world.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions
Please carry a valid ID proof along with you.

No refunds on purchased ticket are possible, even in case of any rescheduling.

Security procedures, including frisking remain the right of the management.

No dangerous or potentially hazardous objects including but not limited to weapons, knives, guns, fireworks, helmets, lazer devices, bottles, musical instruments will be allowed in the venue and may be ejected with or without the owner from the venue.

The sponsors/performers/organizers are not responsible for any injury or damage occurring due to the event. Any claims regarding the same would be settled in courts in Mumbai.

People in an inebriated state may not be allowed entry.

Venue rules apply.

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Map & Directions
Ctrl Alt Cinema Knowledge Park II, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201308
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