Shaji N. Karun to launch Kerala’s first Online Film School by IFFT-Orange on Nov.1

Orange Film Academy Inauguration

Shaji N. Karun to launch Kerala’s first Online Film School by IFFT-Orange on Nov.1

Kerala’s first venture of online training on various film-making courses, a joint venture of International Film Festival Thrissur (IFFT) and Orange Film Academy & Research Centre, will be launched on Sunday, 1st November,2020.

Renowned filmmaker Shaji N Karun, Chairman, KSFDC, will inaugurate the Orange Film Academy and Research Centre in an online function at 7pm on Sunday.  In the function, the launch of an OTT/Virtual Screen platform of Orange Film Academy will be inaugurated by P.V. Unnikrishnan, Strategic advisor, K-DISC. Renowned film critic and Orange Film Academy Patron, Aruna Vasudev, author Sarah Joseph, Dr. K.L. Joy, Principal St. Thomas College (Thrissur), Chelavoor Venu, FFSI Vice President, T. Krishnanunni, Chairman, Orange Film Academy and Dr.K. Gopinathan, Trustee, Orange Film Academy will deliver felicitation speeches in the function. Mohan Paul Kattookkaran, poet PN Gopikrishnan, Cherian Joseph, Paul Kattookkaran, PK Jayan (trustees, Orange Film Academy) will also speak in the function. While A. Radhakrishnan, treasurer, will deliver vote of thanks, Cherian Joseph will do welcome speech.

IFFT (International Film Festival Thrissur), Kerala’s second biggest and longest Film Festival, and Orange Film Academy is going to launch online courses on various topics of filmmaking from November 1. This is a first innovative venture in the history of film societies. The online courses will be delivered on IFFT-Orange Film Academy platform. While St. Thomas College, Thrissur will be the knowledge partner, the ICTAcademy of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram will be the technology partner of this initiative.

Academy offers one-year diploma, 6-month-long certificate Course and 6-8 week-long short-term courses. Currently Digital Film Production is offered as a Diploma course.

  1. Sound Design,
  2. Cinematography,
  3. Visual Editing,
  4. Acting-Anchoring-Presenting,
  5. Folklore-filmic documentation,
  6. Script and Direction,
  7. Film Appreciation
  8. are provided as certificate courses.
  9. Short term courses include
  10. Introduction to Cinema,
  11. Asian Cinema,
  12. Elements of Direction,
  13. Cinema and Theatre,
  14. Cinema and Folklore and
  15. Curating Film Festival.


Three time national award winning Sound Designer T. Krishnanunni, National award winner Jayadevan Chakkadath, Ajit George, Arun Varma, Subramanian KV, Isaac Thomas Kottukappilly (Sound Design Course) A.V. Narayanan, C.G. Sriguha, Shan Mohammed, Steven Bernard, India’s famous editor Sreekar Prasad(Visual Editing course) Former Director, Doordarshan, Dr.C.K. Thomas (Acting –Anchoring-Presenting), P.J. Cheriyan (Cinematography), Madhu Eravankara (Film Appreciation), Sivakumar Mohanan (Elements of Direction) are all will be part of the institution as trainers.

IFFT-Orange’s new venture, an OTT/Virtual screen platform will be launched in December. With this venture, the Organisers not only intend to create a platform for the release of good cinema, but also attract good viewers towards good cinema. As most of the theatres remain shut amid the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, this new OTT/virtual screen platform will enable the smooth release of good cinema.