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Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus 2019

Are you at the crossroads of your studies, or do you want to decide what your main focus is? Are you creative, witty and bold? Do you wish to gain a brief yet comprehensive experience in the fields of directing, cinematography, sound design and editing, and experience an A-class film festival with the accreditation of a film pro?Our well-established Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus can help you focus your creative energy and might provide not only a wealth of knowledge but also some rather sought-after self-knowledge.The five weeks will transform your view of filmmaking and perhaps make you decide to pursue your dream of a lifetime. Plus you will fall in love with Prague and find new friends. Such has been our experience every year. Our summer course may also serve as your summer university activity; the content of the studies is defined in ECTS credits and upon graduation students obtain a Transcript of Records.

So what are you up to, one thing after another?
- Good quality accommodation in the wider city center: Students live collectively yet everyone in their own room. Kitchenettes are available, as is a vast array of tasty meals from various outlets in the vicinity. The walk to FAMU leads through the most beautiful part of old Prague.
- Many cultural and social activities right after your arrival: These include for example a welcome dinner and basics of Prague’s genius loci.
- An introductory photography exercise where the quality of your camera does not matter (a mobile telephone is enough) – what matters is a fresh idea and understanding the assignment.
- Shooting on a 16 mm film: A collective assignment, individual shoots, a collective composition, and individual experience.
- Guest lectures: These are the cornerstone of our entire summer workshop. We try to expose students to various opinions and methods of pro filmmakers throughout the course.
- A magnificent week in Karlovy Vary that is just the bomb: A beautiful spa town where we go to its A-class film festival. Industry accreditations open doors to workshops and industry events for students and enable them to see just as many great films a day as they can take.
- Then the fun ends and hard work begins. Students get to make the final film in a group, with each member participating in screen writing, consulting, and pitching.
- Students learn hands-on filmmaking skills under the leadership of experienced experts in the field – you will experience a leap in the initiation to digital cinematography.
- Shooting a project under the cinematography, sound design, lighting, and production supervision of the FAMU team.
- Editing and postproduction phase
- Final showing in the presence of everyone who participated in the summer workshop program
- A magnificent farewell. Our summer school concept is based on a simple principle – thorough theoretical and hands-on preparation for the shooting and collective honing of the work from the idea to completion result in above-average outputs, as we have had the opportunity to see every year. The priority is room for individual creative growth, strengthening creative abilities and skills of the craft, and close student-tutor cooperation. Yes, the workshop is intense in terms of both time and energy, but it works. And don’t worry – we have incorporated some leisure time for you in the schedule. The maximum capacity of the Summer School is limited to 16 participants, minimum age of 18. Students do shoot their final film of the workshop on collaborative bases. If you wish to enroll please observe the two following dates – an Early Bird gets a discount!

Early Bird applications: March 1, 2019
Admission announcement by March 15, 2019
Tuition fees to be paid by March 30, 2019
Regular admission deadline: April 1, 2019
Admission announcement by April 15, 2019
Tuition fees to be paid by April 30, 2019


Arrival: June 21, 2019
Adaptation and introductory modules: June 22 – 23, 2019
Workshop program dates:
Prague: June 24 – June 30, 2019
Karlovy Vary: June 30 – July 5, 2019
Prague: July 5 – July 25, 2019
Departure: July 26, 2019

More about us

The Head of FAMU Summer Filmmaking CampusVít Janeček
"We started to develop curricula of this workshop seven years ago and its unique content brings us every year more and more talents applying thanks to word of mouth. I already know, that collaborative creative work of 16 people, often each of them coming from a different country, can intensely expose and provoke to growth hidden sides of skills and unique personal gifts on many levels – and it make me most happy and proud to lead this special course."

The program co-ordinator and teacherJitka Hejtmanová
"I see our Summer Campus as a comprehensive educational tool. The main focus is film but the overall idea is learning the skill of storytelling. To grasp the idea, work on it hard and be able to execute the story. It does not matter if the media is silent BW celluloid, still photographs, writing or – most importantly – a short movie. The student coming is not exactly the same person as the student leaving – the latter´s horizons are broader in many respects."

16 mm film "City Symphony" project mentor – František Týmal
"If this summer programme is to be the true initiation for students, it is impossible to omit working with the classic film material, as this tradition is still alive at FAMU. Over the course of several days, we will immerse ourselves intensively in a world without digital technologies where one´s decision cannot easily be reversed by clicking a button. It is important to focus on every single moment, whether it is loading the camera with the film reel, mixing the developing chemicals or cutting the one and only original film. This is the best way to practice intuition, which is something a true filmmaker cannot do without."

More program details incl. the price are to be found here.