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1 Year Advanced Filmmaking Course

This 1 year advanced filmmaking course welcomes fresh faces to our school as well as continuing students from the 1 Year Filmmaking Course. Your program will be concentrated on one of the filmmaking specializations of your choosing: cinematography, post-production, scriptwriting, production, directing, or documentary. Students of the Advanced Course arrive with a strong foundation in filmmaking and film language. In this year, you will learn how to apply your knowledge to express your ideas and tell stories that captivate audiences. Emphasis is given to one-on-one consultations with your teachers and to the individual creation of your final films and showreel. Students of the Advanced Course have priority for professional internships on film and commercial sets to further prepare you for your career. The Advanced 1-Year Course includes assessments and culminates with a Certificate of Completion.

course highlights

Why take this course?

Industry Exposure

Access internship placements in commercials, feature films, and other industry projects. Apply classroom learning in real-world settings and build professional relationships that can kickstart your career in filmmaking.

Specialized Techniques

Gain specialized skills and techniques tailored to your interests and career goals. Apply theory to real-life professional scenarios, adapted for your chosen specialization, preparing you for this competitive industry. 

Portfolio Development

Create a portfolio of work that showcases your skills and creativity, including 2 final films produced during the course. Build a strong foundation for launching a successful career in the film industry.

Industry Equipment

Practice on professional cameras including the Arri Alexa LF, RED V-RAPTOR 8K, and Sony VENICE 6K, as well as complex software for editing, post-production, and VFX. Get familiar with the tools used to create top-tier films.

what will you learn?

In the Advanced 1 Year Filmmaking Course, you will expand upon foundational knowledge and deepen your expertise across various aspects of filmmaking. Students have the opportunity to choose a specialization in cinematography, directing, production, post-production, documentary, or scriptwriting, enabling them to focus on specific areas of study and develop under the guidance of experienced industry professionals.

Advanced Project Development

  • Planning and producing a major short film project
  • Working in specialized roles (e.g., director of photography, editor, sound designer)

Advanced Directing

  • Directing Actors in Challenging Scenes
  • Working with actors in emotionally intense or physically demanding scenes
  • Mastering techniques for blocking and staging complex sequences
  • Directing short films or scenes with advanced technical and creative requirements
  • Managing multi-camera setups, action sequences, or ensemble casts

Guest Lectures and Industry Workshops

  • Invited speakers from the industry sharing insights and experiences
  • Workshops on specialized topics such as visual effects, documentary filmmaking, or film marketing

Film Screenings and Analysis

  • Watching and analyzing classic and contemporary films
  • Understanding different genres and styles of filmmaking

Specialization Tracks

  • Choose a specialization in cinematography, directing, postproduction, documentary, scriptwriting, or production
  • Advanced coursework and projects tailored to the chosen specialization

Advanced Scriptwriting

  • Pitching and selling your script
  • Understanding advanced story structure
  • Introduction to writing for specific formats (feature films, episodic television, web series, and short films)
  • Understanding the industry standards and market demands for different formats

Advanced Cinematography

  • Introduction to advanced cinematography concepts and techniques
  • Understanding the creative and technical aspects of green screen (chroma key) and multi-camera setups
  • Overview of specialized equipment (cranes, anamorphic lenses, steadicam)
  • Lighting Techniques for Specialized Shots
  • Understanding the aesthetic and creative uses of each technique
  • Experimenting with lighting effects and styles to enhance visual storytelling

Industry Internship

  • Practical experience on professional film sets or in related industry roles
  • Networking and building industry connections

Portoflio and Professional Development

  • Compilation and presentation of final projects and portfolio
  • Preparation for showcasing work to industry professionals
  • Resume building, pitching techniques, and job search strategies
  • Career guidance sessions

Advanced Postproduction


  • Introduction to visual effects (VFX) principles and compositing techniques
  • Incorporating VFX elements into footage using industry-standard software


  • Understanding color theory and aesthetics for film and video
  • Hands-on experience with professional color grading tools and techniques


  • Advanced editing techniques
  • Mastery of timeline organization, advanced editing tools, and multi-cam editing
  • Techniques for crafting complex narratives and storytelling through editing


  • Sound design and audio post-production
  • Techniques for enhancing audio quality and creating immersive soundscapes


  • Creating dynamic motion graphics and engaging title sequences
  • Integration of motion graphics with video projects using animation techniques
Bridging the Tech Gap


For incoming students to our Advanced Course, we offer a Tech Bootcamp at the beginning of the academic year to fill in any gaps in experience or simply to refresh your memory on production and post-production workflows.  This intensive training familiarizes students with our in-house technology, including RED cameras, Tascam Mixers, Adobe Premiere Pro, AVID ProTools, and DaVinci Resolve. 

We understand that access to such high-end technology and software is a privilege that many young filmmakers don’t have. A lack of experience with these specific cameras and softwares should not inhibit you from participating in the course. We value applicants who understand the filmmaking principles, which remain the same across all levels of technological complexity.


Weekly Schedule

Immerse yourself in our engaging lessons, scheduled for 5-6 hours per day, Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend shoots. After class, allocate dedicated time to work on your assignments and prep for your final film projects.


program details

What To Bring?

We recommend that all new Prague Film Institute students purchase their own:

  • Portable external drive with minimum storage 2 TB
  • Laptop for self guided learning and post-production practice. Our goal is to teach students how to use their own computer for high quality results. Make sure that you choose a laptop which meets the minimum recommended specification. However, for tasks which requires specialist software tools, you will be also allowed to use Prague Film Institute’s computer equipment. 
ComponentMinimum RequirementRecommended Requirement
CPUIntel COre i7 or AMD Ryzen 7Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9
RAM16 GB32 GB+
Media StorageSSD or RAIDSSD, Direct Attached RAID or NAD RAID (10 GbE)


  • Budget for your film – our school emphasizes the importance of practical learning by making films. Unlike standard classroom education, the cost of practical filmmaking can vary a lot depending on your script and the vision of the director and cinematographer. For teacher-led workshops the school will cover all or most production costs. However, for shooting of your final film, you and your classmates must pay yourselves. As part of our curriculum we will teach you how to be resourceful when it comes to production expenses. The school will provide for you a bundle of filmmaking equipment and a transportation van, but all other production costs will be your responsibility. We encourage you to plan carefully about the budget of your short film. Write or choose a script that matches the funds you have available to produce it.

What is Included

We understand that by choosing to study with us you are making a big financial commitment. We want to make sure you understand exactly what your tuition fee will cover when you decide to become a Prague Film Institute student.

  • Lectures, workshops & master classes
  • Teaching materials
  • Filmmaking equipment (see more here), in this course you will primarily work with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k
  • Licences to Premiere Pro/Da Vinci/AVID Pro Tools
  • School van for student projects
  • Green-screen and cinema room on-site
  • Discounts at our industry partners
  • Certificate after successful completion of the course

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Visa fees & health insurance
  • Living expenses (housing, food, transportation)
  • Production cost for your film (such as locations, props, actors, fuel) 

However, Prague is still cheaper than many European cities. The capital offers very safe living environment with high rating in housing and healthcare.

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