Ani Thomas Academic Associate Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Mr. Ani Thomas is an Academic Associate in the Department of Creative Sciences - Media at Mahindra University École Centrale School of Engineering. Mr. Ani did his Diploma in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in 2006. Prior to joining MU, he worked as an Associate Professor Film Direction, L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy, Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Education
    • 2002 - 2006: Diploma in Film Direction, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
    • 2015: FIAF's (International Federation Of Film Archives) Training Course of Film Preservation and Restoration
    • 1999 - 2001: Masters in Communication Studies (Video Production Specialization), Department of Communication, University of Pune.
    • 1996 - 1999: B. Sc Visual Communication, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
  • Experience
    • August 2014 - August 2018: Associate Professor Film Direction, L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy, Thiruvananthapuram.
    • 2017: Concept, Director & Editor ‘I Am That I Am’ ( PSA - Short) for NISH (National Institute Of Speech Hearing)
    • 2017: Director & Editor 'Siddham Siddhan' (Documentary under fellowship from Public Service Broadcast Trust)
    • 2012 - 13: Creative Director & Co Writer for Hindi Feature Film 'Chor Chor Super Chor' Produced by Katson Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd. Released 2013
    • 2013: Editor 'Shahabad Express', Directed by Rajesh K (72min Documentary Film)
    • 2011 - 2012: Director & Editor 'Memories and Forgetfulness' (52min Documentary Under Film Fellowship 2011 of PSBT)
    • 2011: Executive Producer for the Feature Length Film 'Rang' produced by Film And Television Institute Of India
    • 2006 - 2011: Directed multiple TVC's and Corporates for agencies like O&M, Bates, Ambience Publicis, Solutions - Digitas, Aegis Doosra etc for reputed brands like Perfetti, Yamaha Gladiator, ITC, IPOL Lubricants, ICOTY IMOTY, Film Trailers etc.

    As Screenplay Writer:
    Urban Moon (Producer - Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd.)

    Urban Noir, A thriller of three crisscrossing lives, stories of survival, loss, and longing

    • Official Selection for Film bazaar 2010 organized by NFDC
    • Official Selection For Producer's Lab, International Film Festival Of Rotterdam 2011

    Chor Chor Super Chor (Released 2013, Director- K Rajesh)

    Comedy - In the crowded bylanes of old Delhi, Shukla ji runs a small photo studio as a front for small-time crime. Over the years he has groomed a bunch of youngsters in the art of pickpocketing and petty crime. Then one day a girl comes into their midst and then everything collapses.

    • Official Selection Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2013
    • Official Selection Indian Film Festival Of Stuttgart 2013
    • Official Selection Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2014

    Mafia TV (Soft Focus Media & Entertainment, Director - K Rajesh)

    Comedy, A comedy of a group of crooks who start a TV production house

    PI Shroff (Producer – Radheshyam Pipalwa – Katapult Films)

    Urban Pulp, An investigative Pulp Thriller, about a Hardcore arrogant private investigator who gets trapped in a murder case. The Nights A crime thriller set in the urban landscape, looking into its darker sides.

    Congress Radio (Director - K Rajesh, Soft Focus Media & Entertainment)

    A journey of a man in the present through a historical episode

    Vivash (Associate Scriptwriter)

    Screenplay funded by Hubert Bal Foundation, Rotterdam

    An adaptation of John Steinbeck "Of Mice & Men", a tragic tale of an unlikely friendship between a small wise guy and a big but not so brainy giant of a man

    Short Films (Direction & Screenplay)

    And, So Came A Day (35mm, color, 22 minutes, Fiction)

    Premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala, 2006

    And, So Came A Day (35mm, color, 22 minutes, Fiction)

    Premiere at the International Film Festival of Kerala, 2006

    Where From The Words Turn Back (35mm, color, 5 minutes, experimental fiction)

    Silence (16mm, color, 10 minutes, Fiction)
    Once Upon A Time (Betacam SP, color, 12 minutes, Documentary)

    Official Selection, Indian Panorama, International Film Festival of India, Goa 2004

    Traffic, Crossings, Traffic (DVCAM, color, 15 minutes, Fiction)

    Other Experiences:

    • Director's Assistant & Script Consultant to Prashant Pandey for project Veerappan.
    • Worked as Director's Assistant to Sridhar Reddy for an International Production Killing Moon (NEHST Studios)
    • Worked as script consultant to Prakash Kovelamudi for the script Surabhi King, a magical adventure.
    • Edited various ads and Corporates


    • May 2001 - Jan 2002: Director with Classic Entertainment, Mumbai
    • April - August, 1998: Assistant Director, Plus Channel, Mumbai
    • April - July, 1997: Trainee Editor, Prasad Film Labs, Chennai