Since 1974, NFAI has been conducting an Annual Film Appreciation Course of four weeks' duration in collaboration with FTII. Participants from different professions from all over India are exposed to the best of Indian and world cinema. Among the major topics taught are
The basics of the film medium
Cinema as an art, film history, film theory and
The relationship of cinema to other arts.
The NFAI conducts shorter courses on similar lines at various other centres in the country in collaboration with film societies, educational institutions and various cultural organizations.
The Annual Summer Course in Film Appreciation held at Pune is primarily designed to meet the needs of teachers interested in introducing film study activities in educational institutions but would also be useful for film society organisers, film critics, journalists, film researchers, Govt. officials handling films and others interested in film studies.
The curriculum includes :
Theoretical and practical study of the art and history of film
The development of cinema as a medium of art and communication.
Film classics both Indian and International will be used for critical analysis and study.
NFAI also conducts short Film Appreciation Course for the IIS Officer Trainees towards the importance of film appreciation and the need for spreading a healthy film culture throughout the country.
A short Film Appreciation course in Marathi was also jointly conducted in association with Federation of Film Societies of India (Maharashtra Chapter), Ashay Film Club, V. Shantaram Foundation and NFAI, Pune since 2007.