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 Approach Every student must be responsible for a minimum of four short films throughout the study. This applies also to acting and technical students. Being responsible 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 knowledge 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 perspective. 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 take 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 of only 350,000, the Icelanders have managed to build a highly competitive 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 a 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 in IFS. Iceland is a very secure country with an exotic 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 for 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 a 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.
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