Are you looking to enter into the DREAM WORLD of CINEMA?
Are you looking for a platform to explore things related to Cinema?
Are you looking forward to have discussion with the frontrunners in Indian Cinema?

Here comes, IIT Madras International Film Workshop yet again to give you the chance that thousands of people wait for eagerly. The focus in 2014 is on Screenwriting. IIT Madras Film Workshops have always received huge response from all over the world. We have been organizing film workshops since 2009, when Padma Bhushan Dr. Kamal Haasan funded the event ( iwsw/index.php , ) in which legendary directors & screenwriters participated and interacted with the participants. We have successfully organized such events since then in 2010, 2011 and 2012. We welcome applications from a CROSS-SECTION of society belonging to various age groups: Our participants are Software/ Marketing/ HR Professionals, Architects, School and College Students, Academicians, Research Scholars, Writers, Journalists, Independent Filmmakers, people working in the Film Industry, Theatre Persons. The objective is to be as inclusive as possible giving fair representation to applications from various quarters. Each participant would be awarded with an IIT-Madras certificate of Participation on completion of the Course, which is an initiative of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras. This workshop is organized by Dr. Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, teaching Film Studies & Literature at IIT Madras.


  • Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras
  • Prof Malathy D, Head, Humanities and Social Sciences Department
  • Prof Ajit Kumar Kolar, Chairman, Centre for Continuing Education
  • Prof Sarit K. Das, Dean, Academic Research
  • Prof Sriram P, Dean, Administration
  • Prof Krishnan Balasubramanian, Dean, IC & SR
  • Prof Ramamurthy K Dean Academic Courses
  • Prof R Nagarajan Dean IAR
  • Prof David Koilpillai Dean Planning
  • Prof Ganesh LS Dean Students
  • Faculty Organizer

  • Dr Aysha Iqbal, Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras Contact: +91 7418562000
  • Student Interns

  • JJ Siddharthan, 4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Surej Simon,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Kavin Adityan,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Arya Murali,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Dhivya Jothi,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Darsana Vijay,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Vanya Rachel,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras
  • Technical Advisor

  • Ms. PV Suguna, HSS, IITM
  • Mr Kannan Krishnamurthy, ICSR, IITM
  • Coordinators

  • Sethu Madhavan,
  • Sreenath Paleri
  • Amrutha K
  • Nithin K
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation will be charged extra and is not inclusive of the course fees. Limited rooms are available in IITM guest house (AC) and will be allotted on the first come first serve basis. Few rooms are also available in hostels (Non ac). The rent for the rooms at Taramani Guest House is Rs. 800 for a single AC room and Rs. 1000 for a double AC room. The rent for the hostel rooms is Rs.150 per day per head. Please note that most of the rooms are on the shared occupancy basis and the bookings for the same will begin once the shortlist is announced. Selected candidates will be informed about the accommodation procedure in due course.

    After Reaching Chennai

    The IIT Madras campus is located on the Sardar Patel Road, half-way between the Raj Bhavan and the Adyar bus terminus, i.e. about 12 kms from Chennai Central. The other landmarks are the Guindy Snake Park adjacent to the IIT main gate and the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) campus lying opposite to ours. The travel time from the airport, railway stations or koyambedu bus terminus is approximately 45mins. It is important to note that auto rickshaws in Chennai do not run on metre. The fare quoted by the driver is generally unreasonably high, so it is advisable to bargain and haggle, starting with about Rs.30-50 lesser than the quoted fare. The following are the ways to reach IIT from railway stations, airport, and bus terminus

    Railway Stations

    Chennai receives trains mainly at Chennai Central station and Chennai Egmore station, close to each other.

    From Chennai Central

    City Bus

    If you are travelling with light luggage, you can take a city bus to IIT. The bus stop is right opposite the Central Station. The direct buses to the campus are 19B and 5C. You can always take any 18 to Saidapet and from there a bus that goes to Adyar (5B, 47, 47A, 47D, 147, 23C etc.) will drop you in front of the IIT gate, on the opposite side. Or else you can take a bus to Adyar Depot (1LSS, 4LSS, 1A, 1C, 1D, 6A), cross the road, and then get to IIT easily by another one ( 47, 47A, 47D, 147, 23C).


    If you have heavy luggage, it would be convenient for you to hire an auto or a taxi. The Chennai Central Railway Station has a system of pre-paid autos and taxis. Else, you can travel by call taxi. There is a token booth for call taxis outside the station. Alternatively, you may also choose to hire an auto or taxi yourself. The fare to the campus from Chennai Central will be around Rs. 150-200/- for an auto and Rs. 200-250/- for a taxi, which will drop you at the hostels, which are about 3.2 kms from the IIT main gate.

    Local Train

    You can also go to Park Railway Station opposite the Central station and take an EMU (local) train to Kasturba Nagar (Adyar) or Guindy or Saidapet station and reach the campus from there by the buses mentioned above. We advise you not to use this mode if you are travelling with a heavy luggage.

    From Chennai Egmore

    You can take 23C to IIT or a 23E, 23A, 23G to Adyar signal from where there are a number of buses to IIT. Current auto and taxi fares from Egmore are around Rs. 120/- and Rs. 180/- respectively. You can also make use of Call-Taxi service mentioned below. Alternatively, a local train to Guindy can be taken.

    From Airport

    If you arrive at the Chennai Meenambakkam Airport, you can make your way to the Institute in a Call Taxi. PrePaid Taxis from the airport to inside the campus cost about Rs.250. Or take a bus, PP21.

    From Bus Terminus

    Chennai interstate/intercity bus terminus is called Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, commonly known as CMBT. From CMBT, you can come to institute by taking city bus 23M or by Call Taxi.

    Call Taxi Operators

  • Fast Track 2473 2020
  • Zig Zag 2474 9966
  • Barathi 2814 2233
  • Chennai Call Taxi 2538 4455
  • Om Sakthi 2233 4141
  • From IIT main gate to hostels

    If you are reaching IIT campus by an auto or a taxi you can proceed to your respective hostels directly. Those who are coming to campus by city buses can use internal transport to reach their respective hostels. IIT runs buses from the main gate to the hostel zone. These buses run at frequent intervals from 7:00 am till 9:30 pm.

    Our Previous Speakers:

    Kamal Hassan

    Four times National film award winner Padma Bhushan Kamal Hassan has come to represent contemporary Indian Cinema as a self made film-maker. Starting out as a child actor and breaking into the silver screen with K Balachander’s Apoorva Raagangal he has made and acted in films that have redefined Indian Cinema includein Nayagan(1987), Hey Ram, Virumaandi, Dasavathaaram etc

    shekar Kapoor

    Shekhar Kapur rose to popularity with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen based on the life of infamous Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi. His historical biopics on Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth (1998) and The Golden Age (2007)) won seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress.

    R Balki

    R. Balakrishnan, is Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the advertising agency Lowe Lintas who started his career as an ad film maker. He is best known for directing Cheeni Kum (2007) and Paa (2009).

    Sreekar Prasad

    Sreekar Prasad is one of the most decorated film editors of India. He has won the National Film Award for Best Editing seven times and owns one Special Jury Award, throughout a career spanning over two decades.


    Editor Anthony has worked in some of the biggest movies of south Indian cinema. His working credentials include the famous Rajnikanth movie ‘Endhiran’.


    Nasser is a multi-talented cinema personality who primarily works in tamil film industry as a character artist. Well known for his method acting, he is the founderof 'Adavu', Centre for Tamil Arts which trains people in various subjects including folk arts, story telling, research and docu-film making.

    K Balachander

    With his distinct film-making style that seamelessly narrates stories with unconventional themes and hard-hitting subject matters of contemporary times, Padmashree K Balachander has become an Icon in the Indian Film industry.

    rakeysh Omprakesh Mehra

    Rakeysh Omprakash Mehrais best known for writing and directing Rang De Basanti (2006), for which he won Best Director awards at the 2006 Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards and received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. He is the writer and director of the films Aks (2001) and Delhi-6 (2009); and director of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).

    Nagesh Kukunoor

    NageshKukunoor is an engineer turned filmmaker who is known for his contributions to Indian parallel cinemawith Hyderabad Blues (1998), Rockford (1999) , Iqbal (2005),etc

    Dibakar Banerjee

    Famous for his off-beat movies, KhoslaKaGhosla (2006), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008),both of which won National Film Awards. He started his career in advertising, and continues as an ad filmmaker, in 2010 he also directed a Coca Cola commercial.

    Santosh Sivan

    Santosh Sivan is an acclaimed cinematographer who graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and has to date completed 45 feature films and 41 documentaries He is a founding member of the Indian Society of Cinematographers (ISC) and is the first Cinematographer in the Asia-Pacific region to be honored with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) membership.

    Kumararaja Thiagarajan

    KumarrajanThiagarajan is credited with introducing neo-noir cinema to Tamil audience. ‘Aaranya Kaandam‘ had its world premiere on 30 October 2010 at the South Asian International Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Film

    Shridhar Ragahavan

    The writer of Khaki, Dum Maro Dum and Bluffmaster and the co-writer of Apaharan (for which he won the National Award) Shridhar Raghavan has written over 500 episodes of popular TV shows such as CID and Aahat. Prior to his entry into movies, he was a journalist with Gentleman Magazine and a humour columnist with Mid-day and Bombay Times.

    Shimit Amin

    Shimit Amin is best know for directing the 2007 film Chak De India and as the editor of Meera Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist ! He was actively involved in the indie film movements of North Florida and Miami. He directed Rocket Singh , starring Ranbir Kapoor in 2009.

    Jaideep Sahni

    Jaideep Sahni is the screenwriter of Jungle, Company, Chak de India, Khosla ka Ghosla, Rocket Singh, and Aaja Nachle. His most recent film is Shudhh desi Romance.

    Atul Tiwari

    Atul Tiwari is known for his involvement as the writer of Mission Kashmir (2000), Dasavatharam (2008) and Yeh Faasley (2011), and more recently co-writing Viswaroopam with Kamal Haasan.


    Krishna DK is one part of the writer-director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.Kwho have come up with highly experimental and technically sound films like 99, is an original crime-comic-thriller-historical- fiction set in Mumbai and Delhi, Go Goa Gone, India's first Zombie movie and Shor in The City , vignettes of Bombay through the lives of three Mumbaikars.


    Only two movies old, Vetrimaaran is already considered one of the best Tamil film directors of recent times. This English literature graduate’s second movie ‘Aadukalam’ has won six national awards, including best director, best screenplay and best director for himself.

    Anurag Kashyap

    Making his debut with the as yet unreleased Paanch, Anurag Kashyap has emerged to be one of the most influential and original auteurs of Contemporary Indian Cinema. He is known for works containing quirky plots and unconventional characters which most often are critiques of the Indian Society. Known for DevD(2009), Black Friday(2004), and Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012)


    Subha is the pen name used by the writing partnership of D. Suresh and A.N. Balakrishnan, who write Tamil detective novels. However, they entered cinema during 2005 as dialogue writers and work now as script writers. Their recent work, Ai, directed by Shankar is one of the highly anticipated movies of Tamil cinema this year.

    Anjum Raja Bali

    In his 20 years career as a professional Screenwriter, AnjumRajabali has worked on films like Drohkaal, Ghulam, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Raajneeti to his credit. He is the Head of Screenwriting at Whistling Woods..

    Surab Sukla

    Remembered for his work on the 1998 cult classic 'Satya', ‘Slumdog Millionnaire’ , etc. Saurabh Shukla been a constant in many of Bollywood's acclaimed offbeat movies - be it as actor, writer or director.


    Vishnuvardhan is a Tamil film director, who started his career as an associate of Santosh Sivan. His two time collaboration with the Tamil superstar Ajithkumar made him a household name in Tamil Nadu.

    Ashok and C.S Amudhan

    C.S Amudhan is the director of ‘TamizhPadam’, the first full length spoof movie on Tamil cinema. With almost a gap of four years, his second movie aptly titled ‘ Rendavadhu Padam’ will hit screens this summer.


    One of the most sought after actress of Tamil cinema during 1980s, Revathy is a critically acclaimed performer who has won three national awards and six filmfare awards which also include her awards for directing.

    habib Faisal

    Habib Faisal is a screenwriter and director of much-acclaimed films such as Do Dooni Chaar, Band Baaja Baaraat and Ishqzaade.

    Shyama Prasad

    An award-winning director of numerous Malayalam movies, Shyamaprasad has been much-feted and appreciated for successful adapting great literature to the TV and film medium.

    Abhishek Chaubey

    Starting as an associate director and co-writer on the award-winning 'Makdee', Abhishek Chaubey has gone to work on such modern classics as Omkara and Kaminey. And now, he is known more for winning rave reviews as the first-time director for his work on‘Ishqiya’ and more recently ‘Dedh Ishqiya’....

    P.C Sriram

    PC Sreeramis one of the most famous cinematographers of Indian cinema. A student of Madras Film Institute, Sreeram is widely regarded as the "Guru of Cinematography". Sreeram is well known for his association with Mani Ratnam.

    Sriram Ragahavan

    A graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, his diploma film, The Eight Column Affair, went on win National Film Award in 1987. Sriram Raghavan has made a mark for himself by producing a 45-minute documentary on Indian serial killer Raman Raghav and 2004 Hindi feature film Ek Hasina Thi produced by Ram GopalVarma.


    Rohini is multi-talented personality who predominantly works in the Southern film industry. She received National Award of Special mention and Andhra Pradesh State Award for Best Female Actor in the year 1996 for the film Sthree.

    Ravi k Chandran

    Ravi K Chandran started out as a cinematographer by assisting his brother K. Ramachandra and now he is an acclaimed name in the industry known for his collaborations with frequently collaborated with leading Indian filmmakers like Priyadarshan, Mani Ratnam, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali with films like KannathilMuthamittal (2002), Yuva (2004), Paheli (2004), Black (2005), Fanaa (2006) Saawariya (2007) etc

    Rohan Sippy

    Rohan Sippy has directed films such as Bluffmaster! (2005), and Dum Maaro Dum (2011). He is the producer of The President is Coming and Taxi No 9211.

    Faculty Organizer

  • Dr Aysha Iqbal, Associate Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras Contact: +91 7418562000 , [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Student Interns

  • JJ Siddharthan, 4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 9884158427]
  • Surej Simon,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 9498052774]
  • Kavin Adityan,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 9655777753]
  • Arya Murali,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 9003216276]
  • Dhivya Jothi,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 8015574002]
  • Darsana Vijay,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 7200497369]
  • Vanya Rachel,4th Year MA, Dept Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras [+91 9176682128]
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