Evening & Weekend Program

3 Months Filmmaking Evening Course

Our general Filmmaking Evening Course allows you to dip your toe into the world of filmmaking without taking a full plunge. Through hands-on experience guided by active filmmakers, we give you a taste of the full spectrum of filmmaking from scriptwriting and pre-production, to directing and cinematography, to the final edit. You will leave the course with a short film in-hands to propel you forward into your next creative endeavor.

This three-month evening course in taught in English and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 – 9pm), with additional sessions every second weekend (cca 9 – 5pm) during the first two months. In the final month, classes are held more frequently, occurring Tuesday, Thursday, and every weekend. We teach in the historical heart of Prague in small class sizes of 5 – 15 people, coming from a variety of cultural and career backgrounds. The diversity of our tight-knit filmmaking community contributes to an environment of synergy and inspiration which you will never forget.

course highlights

Why take this course?


This is a versatile program that teaches the essentials of various filmmaking elements. It will be ideal for you if you are a beginner or don’t know which specialisation you would enjoy for further work or study.


Designed to seamlessly integrate into your busy schedule, our course allows you to pursue education without compromising your work or family commitments.


Acquire skills directly applicable to careers in filmmaking. You will gain hands-on experience and the course culminate in the shooting of a short film.

what will you learn?

You will explore the basics of each main filmmaking department and end your course by shooting a final film in cooperation with your peers. Your project will be shot on various cameras, such as the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, or action cameras like the GoPro Hero 6, or similar. For editing, you will be using the professional standard software DaVinci Resolve. 

The total course duration is 213 hours, with 33 hours dedicated to the production of the final film.


  • Story structure
  • Writing to theme
  • Writing to character
  • From concept to final draft – a screenwriter’s workflow
  • Supervision of scripts by teachers


  • Formats
  • Blocking, continuity, pacing, and rhythm
  • How to get the most out of actors’ performances; rehearsal techniques
  • Shooting exercises


  • Basic principals of cameras and lenses
  • Operation of equipment 
  • Training on HD cameras
  • Lighting types and techniques

Production Design

  • Basics of design
  • Colours theory
  • Production design budgeting with limited sources
  • Moodboard
  • Make-up
  • Costumes 


  • Basic elements of producing films (from pre-production to post-production)
  • Project planning and development
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling (script breakdowns, call sheets, production schedules, etc.)
  • Location management
  • How to make a casting call
  • Talent management
  • Pitching of final film 
  • Final film consultation


  • Basics of editing software
  • Continuity
  • Montage and rhythm
  • Basic editing techniques
  • Final film consultation


  • Essential elements of sound
  • Using sound recording equipment 
  • Basics of sound postproduction
  • Final film consultation

Shooting of Final Film

During the course you will shoot a final film together with your course mates. The length of the project will be up to 4 minutes.

additional 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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