Experience the Film Magic.

12 weeks in Europe

70+ years of filmmaking tradition

5 Oscars won by alumni

Experience the magic of practical filmmaking!

Do you have a free semester on your hands? Are you fed up with online courses?  How about coming to Europe to pursue a hands-on filmmaking course at one of the oldest and best film universities in the world?

This is an opportunity to:

  • write and produce a short movie
  • try working as both a cinematographer and a director
  • visit Europe, get out of your comfort zone and experience a new culture
  • make new friends and create amazing memories

FAMU Prague has over 20 years of experience with English language filmmaking courses, organized independently and also provided for US Institutions of Higher Education. This fall, FAMU opens up a new intensive filmmaking course for individuals.

The course is based on an academy approach that involves intensive mentoring
by a team of experts from different departments of FAMU – Screenwriting,Directing, Cinematography and Editing. 

There are two levels of the filmmaking course:

  • L1: Beginners
  • L2: Intermediate to Advanced

The final part of the course is the production of your own short film (5–8 minutes).

What to expect during 12 weeks of the course

Practical experience

You will experience a set of hands-on modules, working with 16 mm film stock, including film developing and flat-bed editing. You will practice how to light a scene, learn elementary principles of film sound, and other necessary processes that come with making a short movie.

Script Lab – Development of your movie

During the script lab you will explore the dramaturgical perspective of film-making, understand diverse narrative techniques, structures and genre forms. Throughout the course you will be guided by a mentor who will help you develop your final movie.

Directing

You will learn the fundamentals of film language and grammar, and establish basic knowledge of the craft, by developing your own project and working collaboratively on your classmates' projects.

Working with actors is another part of directing, and you will be introduced to principles every week in specifically focused classes.

Cinematography

Film is a visual medium and therefore it is important to understand how to convey your message through images. You will learn about shot sizes, axis rules, angles, color as well as practical knowledge of cameras, lenses and lighting.

Production

To ensure the production itself is as smooth as possible, you will be working with a professional production manager. They will be your partner from early in pre-production, guiding you through and helping you find the right cast, locations, props and costumes.

Post-production

You will learn the essentials of editing, both image and sound,and you will work closely with a professional colorist and a sound engineer/designer.

Academy Approach to the Process

Our mentors will work closely with you on your ideas in a collaborative process. We expect  our students to be open towards both success and failure and we encourage them to not be afraid of making mistakes, as mistakes are an inevitable part of any creative process. Understanding and experiencing failures are an essential part of learning.

Final screening

Your movie will be screened in front of your classmates and a FAMU Faculty Jury. You will receive feedback from the members of the jury.

Upon the conclusion of the course, FAMU provides each participant with a full transcript of records. For the course syllabus, a number of contact hours and credits and methods of evaluation, please download the following PDF.

Take a look at the complete syllabus

Experience filmmaking in Central Europe

The Czech Republic is one of the best places to make a movie when in Europe. We're situated in the heart of Europe and have a long filmmaking tradition.

Prague itself is a stunning city to visit. From the amazing historic landmarks through the beautiful parks and old narrow streets, to modern apartments and beautiful cafés. What's not to like?

And our filmmaking records speak for themselves – throughout the last 20 years, films and TV series, such as Blade II, The Bourne Identity, Van Helsing, Casino Royale, Wanted, Mission Impossible, Snowpiercer, Carnival Row, JoJo Rabbit, Spider-Man, The Letter for the King or The Wheel of Time were all made here.

Accommodation in Prague

FAMU provides the housing in cooperation with our partner North Carolina State University in Prague. The housing service includes the staff support, providing:

  • orientation for students to Prague:  health care, public transportation and how to get around Prague, general information about Prague, health and safety, mental health and diversity
  • dorm check-in/check-out (airport pick-ups can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • a dedicated staff member for regular daily contact
  • staff at student lounge in the dorm for office hours 2x a week
  • emergency phone response 24/7
  • incident reporting for US institutions and title IX response

Approximate price for housing provided by NCSU is 50 000 CZK (2 200 USD). Alternatively, students may choose to rent their own accommodation in Prague.

Learn more about the housing options

How to apply

The application process is simple: fill out your information and upload up to 3 links to your previous works, short motivation letter (maximum of 150 words) and your CV.

Fill out the application!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to get long-term VISA to come study in Czech Republic?

You don't have to worry about long-term VISA. The course is designed to be finished in 90 days since your arrival – and for that you only need short-term (touristic) ones.

What about the Covid19 situation? What measures do you have in place?

We follow the regulations and requirements determined by Czech government. We are prepared for both academical hours and practical production so that we may ensure safety of our students, staff and external contractors.

Dates to watch

Following are the deadlines that you shouldn't miss if you want to become a part of FAMU family.

Application deadline

Arrival to Prague (from)

Arrival to Prague (to)

Final screening

Leaving Czech republic

Pricing

The price for the course is divided into two separate items – the tuition fee and housing costs.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee covers both the academic and production expenses.

238 000 CZK (approx 10 625 USD)

Housing costs

You can either choose to find your own accommodation in Prague, or you can leave it
to our partner – North Carolina State University in Prague.

50 000 CZK (approx 2 200 USD)

Learn more about the housing

Covid-19 Updates

August 21
Contrary to our optimistic prediction, to this day, it is still impossible to arrive in the Czech Republic directly from the USA using 90 days non-visa regime.

There are two ways how to get to the Czech Republic:

  • apply at the Czech Embassy for the short or long term study visa. While the official length of the visa procedure is up to 60 days, the embassies are usually processing the visa requests within 30 days. We will provide you with all the documents necessary, as well as with the dedicated support with the visa process.
  • travel through any third European country, which accepts travelers from the US

August 10

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Czech Republic due to COVID-19.

Visit Czech Republic Travel Advisory webpage by US Department of State for more information about current status.

Important links for US applicants

"Studying Masters at FAMU was one of my best career steps I can imagine to take"
Martin Andrle
Independent director, class 2015

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"Studying Masters at FAMU was one of my best career steps I can imagine to take"
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