FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague


Film and TV School (FAMU)

Film and TV School (FAMU) is an integral part of The Academy of Performing Arts, which was founded after World War II, in 1947. It is the fifth oldest film school in the world. Its graduates include many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many known within international contexts such as Oscar winners or laureates of international film festivals. In addition, most people working in the Czech Republic’s film and TV industry in artistic or production positions, as well as still-photographers in various media are graduates from FAMU.


The 1960s was perhaps the most brilliant period in the history of both Czech cinema and FAMU. The students and professors offered the most progressive and challenging ideas to the overall social discourse of the time. After the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 several FAMU professors and graduates had to leave the country. Some of them contributed to the development of film art and industry in the world and played significant roles in the development of film education. After the fall of communism in Europe, FAMU maintained its status as the national film school but at the same time opened its gates for international students from all over the World.
FAMU is a founding member of CILECT (World association of film schools), of the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA), and of the European Association of Cinema and Television Schools GEECT. Works by its graduates have received many awards at international festivals and have often been co-produced with domestic television networks and broadcast over the nation.

FAMU International has various programs in English, from one to six week summer workshops to one semester programs organized abroad to one year programs to full master degree programs. Generally speaking, each program consists of a varying proportion of practical filmmaking with assistance, writing skills connected to practical processes and academic disciplines related to the audiovisual field with their reflections and methodologies. Each program has different conditions for admission. Some shorter programs (usually the one semester or summer workshop programs) are based on contracts with particular universities or academic agencies. These programs are run by FAMU regarding curricular matters, but admissions are administered by the particular university or academic agency (CIEE or CET) with whom FAMU is contracted.


This section of our website gives complete information on the characteristic of each program and links to section for applicants, where you can find information on admissions.


Studying at FAMU means also spending your lifetime in the heart one of the most beautiful cities in the world.Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. On the other hand, Prague has also many different faces, former industrial parts, many suburbs with a variety of styles including huge urban spaces with panel houses from the communist time, civic architecture from whole range of 19th and 20th century, many parks etc.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Czech

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3 Month Special Production Course (SPC)

Campus Full time 3 months September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The aim of this program is for advanced filmmakers to complete a film or video project suitable for festival and/or professional presentation. [+]

Do you want to develop and shoot and finalize your own short film under tutorship, skilled supervision and technical support? Here you are. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION During a three-month period (September-December) selected and highly qualified applicants may create a film or video project within FAMU International’s Special Productions Program. The aim of this program is for advanced filmmakers to complete a film or video project suitable for festival and/or professional presentation. To this end, Special Productions participants work with an individual project supervisor as well as with various mentors from the FAMU faculty. FOR WHOM IS THE PROGRAM DESIGNED? Preference is given to applicants who have already successfully completed any coursework at FAMU, but all students with appropriate educational or professional experience are encouraged to apply. PRODUCTION CONTEXT 
 All projects are produced under the auspices of the FAMU Studio, and include the involvement of a Production Manager provided by FAMU International. Depending on the needs of the student and the project, a skilled Director of Photography, Sound Designer and Editor are also available to assist or collaborate on the project. The budget of the project is included within the course fee. 

Program participants apply directly for the project of their intention: Short Narrative Film Development and Production (16mm film) Participants write and direct a 16mm film, 7 to 12 minutes in length, with Sync sound, shot on location. The project is not limited regarding style, however we particularly welcome contemporary narrative fiction and an author based approach. 

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FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Address FAMU International Smetanovo nábřeží 2
11665 Prague, Czech Republic
Phone +420 234 244 311