10 Months (each year): optional length 1 - 2 years
30 Hours/weekly practical classes + weekend shoots
$20,250 1-year fee: affordable tuition
25 hours/weekly work on own film project: average time, may go up to 40 hours
Optional length: 1 or 2 years. 10 months full-time each year
Tuition per year: $20,250.
Dates: 15 March 2021 - 11 December 2021
Classes 5-8 hours per day, 9:30am to 5:00pm (Mon - Fri)
Some of your free time will be busy with shoots, writing scripts and homework (during shooting periods may take up to 13 hours per day)
Technical equipment and study materials included
Internships on actual professional shoots
What will I learn?
How to work with a script and create a storyboard
How to direct actors and work with them through casting, pre-production, calling and on-set management
How to lead a small crew and manage a shoot according to industry-standard procedures
How to manipulate a professional digital camera and light a scene
How to record sound and create a sound design with special software
How to utilize professional editing software and learn the main principles of storytelling through editing
Post-production – key steps of post-production, working with film materials
Choose Your Specialization
Once you are accepted into PFI, you and all other students will be divided into teams, each of which represents a full film crew. For this purpose, each student chooses their minor and major skills. You will all study the same core unit which is mandatory for basic knowledge of the filmmaking industry, but you will get special training in the skills you choose. The major skill sets the direction for your whole study. You can choose between directing and cinematography. During your year study, you will work on 3 complete films. You will write and direct your own film with your major skill while also the crew on 2 other student productions using your minor skills.
Directing | Cinematography (Camera)
Minor (supporting) skills will be taken into account only during group activities and team projects. Ideally, you should have a basic knowledge of the minor skills you choose. You will choose one skill from each group below.
Minor Skills - Group A
Acting | Sound | Lightning | Production Design (Art Direction) | Grip
Minor Skills - Group B
Production | Editing | AD | Screenwriting
What Could My Future Career Be?
Director of Photography
1St Assistant Director
The General Filmmaking program is a high-intensity practical daily course designed to give you an all-around filmmaking experience. The program is divided into 2 separate years:
Year 1: Introduces you to the fundamentals of traditional filmmaking – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting, editing and postproduction.
Year 2: Allows you a professional specialization in the area of your choice. Each specialization has its own curriculum. A significant emphasis is placed on your final film, which should be of film festival quality.
Our teaching motto is “learn to do by doing” and 60% of our lessons are practical. Every week, you will be given creative and practical exercises while, at the same time, expected to work on your own film projects. Hands-on lessons are complemented by theoretical lectures, a series of student workshops in the facilities of our partners and masterclasses with award-winning, industry-leading professionals.
During your study, you will be involved in the production of a number of film projects in the position of your specialization. Drawing on this practical experience, you will go on to create a professional-quality diploma film in order to graduate at the end of the second year.
Program Entry Requirements
All students who are not native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English have to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to our programs:
·Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2; or
·Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 42; or
·Pearson Test of English General (PTE) Level 3; or
·Pearson Versant English Test 58-68; or
·Having within the past (approx.) two years completed a formal programme of study in English at an appropriate level (such as a level 3 BTEC or ‘A’ level).
If the student cannot provide such a certificate, we will ask them to undertake our on-line English test to assess their abilities to understand and express themselves in English on the required level. If they are unable to undertake such test, they can still study our programmes but without international BTEC Higher National degree (at the end of the study they will receive Prague Film Institute Certificate).
applicants with no or minimal production experience
an eye for and love of film are essential requirements
intermediate experience in the filmmaking arena
must be able to demonstrate previous experience
completed degree in filmmaking and/or minimum 6 months’ work on set
demonstrable experience in making festival level / professional film projects
To apply please visit our website and send:
Link to your portfolio (or motivational letter if you don't have a portfolio)
copy of your passport (please send additionally to firstname.lastname@example.org)