June Workshop: May 31 – June 27

July Workshop: June 28 – July 25

August Workshop: July 26 – Aug. 25

Each participant shoots his or her own film.

Covering screenwriting, directing, camera, editing, and sound, the four-week summer workshops at Prague Film School are designed to lead the student from story idea to finished short film.

The first two weeks of the program are classroom-based – introducing the fundamentals of directing, screenwriting, editing, cinematography, and sound while also prepping students for their end-of- workshop short film. Each student writes and directs his or her own short while also working on other student productions in various crew capacities.

The third week, students shoot their films. The final week of the program, students edit their films, all of which are screened at a public cinema and reviewed by the faculty.


1. Screenwriting

A Confucian maxim holds that rotten wood can't be carved. It’s the same with screenplays - the best directing, and the best actors can't salvage a poor script. Screenwriting classes instruct the most important aspects of dramatic writing in the context of a film. Organized around writing assignments, classroom critique, and screenings, the sessions concentrate on such elements as structure, character, conflict and more.

2. Directing

While a quality screenplay provides the basis for a good film, it doesn't guarantee one. Directing is the art of translating a script to screen. Knowing how to work with actors, work from a storyboard, and breakdown a scene is essential to film production. Here students receive instruction in directing short narratives, student-produced and other. Classes incorporate hands-on shooting and lecture/screening sessions.

3. Cinematography

Students are taught the aesthetics and techniques of the cinematographer’s craft. Principles of continuity shot sequencing, and technical aspects related to cinematography are instructed. The intensive studio classes also cover composition, lighting, camera movement, and camera operation.

4. Editing

This part of the program covers the aesthetic and technical aspects of editing. Understanding storytelling techniques and the basics of dramaturgy is necessary for furthering the creative vision of the director. Technical skills are taught using Avid editing tools: students learn to organize source footage, edit sync and non-sync material, trim sequences, edit audio, add effects, titles and more.

5. Sound Design Workshop

The sound design workshop teaches the students to plan, record and edit sound in their films.


WEEK I (classes)

Monday - Friday:

• Screenwriting: 9.30 - 11.15

• Directing: 11.30 - 13.15

• Cinematography: 15.00 - 16.45

• Editing: 17.00 - 18.45


• Film exercise shooting: 9.00 - 18.00


• Film exercise editing: 9.00 - 21.00

WEEK II (classes, consultations & pre-production for film shoot)

Monday - Friday:

• Screenwriting: 9.30 - 11.15

• Directing: 11.30 - 13.15

• Cinematography: 15.00 - 16.45

• Editing: 17.00 - 18.45

Saturday - Sunday

• Shooting of student films

WEEK III (shooting of student films)

Students shoot their own films, and crew for other students.

WEEK IV (post-production & evaluations)

Monday - Thursday

• Post-production


• Public screening: 9.00 - 11:30

• Evaluations with faculty: 12.00 - 17.00

• Closing event: 20.00


No application deadline, applications are reviewed on first come first serve basis.


Tuition Fee: 2,960 Euro

Equipment Fee: 120 Euro

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 21, 2018
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