Icelandic Film School

Introduction

Icelandic Film School - IFS

The Icelandic Film School – IFS - was established 1992 and is the only film school in Iceland. IFS offers 2 year undergraduate diploma studies in four departments.

Five Reasons Why You Should Choose IFS as Your Stepping Stone to Your Career in the Film and Television Industry

  1. The Curriculum The curriculum is a unique design, created to take the student step by step through a guided journey where in the end they will achieve pure competence. If you engage fully in the program of the curriculum, we guarantee that you will graduate as a skilled professional filmmaker or actor.

  2. The Individual and Director Appoach Every student must be responsible for a minimum of four short films throughout the study. This applies also for acting and technical students. Being responsable means that the student can write the script, direct and choose the roles they want to perform. They can also "hire" someone else in positions other than the one they want to specialize in. But the student is always responsible for the overall work. This system with several variations assures that every individual gets a deeper understanding and knowlege of filmmaking as a combination of many aspects. It also trains everyone in the role of the director. In the director's department, the emphasis is mostly on individual films. The goal is that every graduate has a strong personal confidence and understanding of filmmaking.

  3. The Teachers All teachers at IFS are working professionals with an educational background from either Europe or the US. The policy is that students shall meet as many teachers and lecturers as possible in order to get a wide prespective. Throughout the two year program, students can expect to meet and learn from 30 – 50 teachers, all experts in different fields.

  4. Practice Every semester, students must complete a specific number of units while working in films of other students. IFS is a robust production house with up to 100 films produced every semester. Throughout the two years study, students will work in all kinds of roles in a large number of films. This means that when they graduate, students have considerable experience in filmmaking under variable circumstances. This experience is very valuable when graduates takes their first steps into the industry.

  5. Iceland is a Cultural Melting-pot: A North-Atlantic Island Lying Between the Continent of Europe and America A European country with a strong influence from North America, Iceland is a modern society with a high standard of living. With a population on only 350,000, the Icelanders have managed to build a highly competitve society in the arts, sports and science. The film industry is flourishing and Icelandic feature films have been victorious at all the major international film festivals. In 2015, 17 Icelandic films won 102 international prizes, including the Un Certain Regard in Cannes, 1st prize in San Sebastian and 1st prize from the Nordic Council. Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson even won a Golden Globe award for his music!

It is in this "Everything is possible" environment that students participate at IFS. Iceland is a very secure country with an exodic landscape, unpredictable weather and an insane nightlife. An excellent place to study in!

Admission

We are seeking students from all over the world. To be eligible, students must have competed their high school diploma (attending college degree). Experience in filmmaking is not required, but what is required is artistic knowledge and participation is significant, as well as love for music, dance, writing, painting etc.

IFS takes in students two times every year. For the autumn semester, which starts on the 20th of August and the spring semester on the 10th of January.

There is no application deadline, but the admission process for the autumn semester is from the 1st of February until the 1st of June, and the 1st of August until the 1st of December for the spring.

The selection process is done via application and 1 – 3 skype interviews.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Diploma

Acting

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2016 Iceland Reykjavik

This department teaches the basic techniques and methods of acting for stage and screen. We encourage our students to explore their individual creativity and place special attention on dance, physical expression and singing... [+]

This department teaches the basic techniques and methods of acting for stage and screen. We encourage our students to explore their individual creativity and place special attention on dance, physical expression and singing. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation for either an acting career in film, television or on the stage, or continuing a drama or filmmaking degree elsewhere. As opposed to many drama and acting programs we emphasize acting for the camera, which gives our students the opportunity to learn the basics of film production as well since they work on many film projects over the course of their studies. Our program offers challenging professional training of the highest standard in the art of acting. You will practice the craft of acting and learn the fundamentals of filmmaking by working in teams with students of other departments in the school. This cooperation runs side by side with the acting studies throughout all four semesters. Our instructors are actors, directors, singers, dancers and filmmakers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. You will graduate from our program with a solid understanding of the professional actor’s working methods and obligations and with the self-confidence and independence of a mature creative artist. Whether you go on to become a professional actor or filmmaker or decide to continue your studies elsewhere, you will have built a valuable network of contacts starting right here at school, from your fellow students in all departments to a long list of talented, creative instructors. Department 4 prepares you for the following jobs Actor Actress Film maker (all the foundations) [-]

Creative Technology

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2016 Iceland Reykjavik

The curriculum of this department explores the practical aspects of filmmaking with special emphasis on cinematography, editing, sound design and visual effects. Additional instruction is given in the fields of production design, special effects and color correction... [+]

The curriculum of this department explores the practical aspects of filmmaking with special emphasis on cinematography, editing, sound design and visual effects. Additional instruction is given in the fields of production design, special effects and color correction. The schools equipment rental offers a wide range of professional equipment from the biggest names in the business (Arri, Matthews, Canon, Kinoflo etc). Student's begin familiarizing themselves with Canon DSLR cameras and 3-point lighting. As they develop their skills as film makers, their equipment lists become more complex, our equipment manager does his best to answer the needs of the student, acquiring equipment we currently don't hold from our fellow equipment rentals; Kukl, Luxor and MediaRental. We're looking for applicants who demonstrate both creativity and a strong interest in the above technical disciplines. All incoming students are expected to have excellent computer skills. At the end of their studies our students graduate with the title “Filmmaker - Specializing in Creative Film Technology” and will have acquired the skills and qualifications to work in film and television production and related fields. Department 2 prepares you for the following jobs Assistant Editor Best Boy Boom operator Camera operator Camera operator studio and OB Colorist Compositor Director of photography Editor First Assistant Camera Gaffer Grip Lighting Technician Production Sound Manager Re-Recording Mixer Script Supervisor (aka continuity) Sound Designer Steadicam operator Supervising Sound Editor [-]

Directing/Producing

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2016 Iceland Reykjavik

This department offers a diverse, challenging curriculum in directing and producing for film, television and other media. During two years of study you'll explore the main roles and functions of both professions through a number of practical exercises, including short films, commercials, music videos, documentaries and various television formats. You'll also receive training in screenwriting... [+]

This department offers a diverse, challenging curriculum in directing and producing for film, television and other media. During two years of study you'll explore the main roles and functions of both professions through a number of practical exercises, including short films, commercials, music videos, documentaries and various television formats. You'll also receive training in screenwriting, film grammar, the directing of actors, as well as in the equipment and technical aspects used in contemporary filmmaking. The goal of the curriculum is to provide students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of filmmaking and the skills required in constructing visual narratives. You'll learn how to break down a script, stage it for the camera, and communicate with and block actors. You'll learn what's involved in producing for film and television and about the nature and structure of both industries. You'll learn how a film set is run, and the importance of cooperation, discipline and professional working methods. At the same time, we'll encourage you all the while to take risks, be creative and develop your unique voice as a storyteller. At the end of two years, you'll have acquired not only a new set of skills but a rich portfolio of your own work, which will serve as your calling card as you enter into the challenging but exciting world of filmmaking. Department 1 prepares you for the following jobs Assistant location manager (ALM) Assistant Production Coordinator Associate Producer Casting Director Director Executive Producer First Assistant Director (first AD) Line Producer Location Manager Producer Producer Assistant Production Coordinator Producton Manager Script Supervisor (aka continuity) Second Assistant Director [-]

Screenwriting/Directing

Campus Full time 4 semesters August 2016 Iceland Reykjavik

This department offers a versatile and creative course of study in the fields of writing and directing for the screen. You'll learn various methods for developing your ideas and writing scripts for feature films, shorts, television and other visual media. You'll also receive extensive training in directing your own scripts as well as those of others... [+]

This department offers a versatile and creative course of study in the fields of writing and directing for the screen. You'll learn various methods for developing your ideas and writing scripts for feature films, shorts, television and other visual media. You'll also receive extensive training in directing your own scripts as well as those of others. The curriculum lays the necessary foundation for you to become an author in the field of filmmaking. Graduating students from the department receive a diploma with the title "Filmmaker – With Special Concentration in Writing and Directing". With this training and knowledge our alumni are prepared for jobs with film production companies, television broadcasters, advertising agencies and publishing companies, among others. We're looking for very creative individuals who have both the talent and the enthusiasm to tell stories through visual means. Department 3 prepares you for the following jobs Casting director Director First Assistant Director (first AD) Screenwriter Script Development Executive Script Editor Script Reader Script Supervisor (aka continuity) Second Assistant Director [-]

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