Months (each year)

optional length 1 - 2 years

Hours/weekly practical classes

+ weekend shoots

hours/weekly work on own film project

average time, may go up to 40 hours

Filmmaking - College

If you are interested in filmmaking, you probably already have an idea of what it entails. It, of course, includes directing and production, but also camera, sound, lighting and the whole scene, along with ensuring the necessary effects, stuntmen and post-production. Filmmaking at the Prague film academy will guide you through the entire filmmaking process.

We will show you what needs to be done before the production phase begins. We will teach you to analyse and write screenplays. The preparation of budgets and plans which you will never be able to do without is, of course, an integral part of the curriculum. And because the best way to learn is through practice, we will give you an opportunity to try out everything with us. Over 60% of the study are practical demonstrations and exercises. And as we want to keep up with the current trends and to provide you with up-to-date training, you will be taught only by the best instructors and film makers. Prague Film Institute ranks among the best film production universities.

Choose one of our professional film courses. We offer unrivaled background and tutors who are elite in their fields.

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  • Optional length 1 or 2 years. 10 months full-time each year
  • Tuition per year: € 13 890. Dates: 2rd September 2019 – 26th June 2020
  • Classes 5-8 hours per day, 9:30am to 5:00pm (Mon - Fri) + weekend shoots
  • Some of your free time will be busy with shoots, writing scripts and homework (during shooting periods may take up to 13 hours per day)
  • Technical equipment and study materials included
  • Internships on actual professional shoots

What will I learn?

  • How to work with a script and create a storyboard
  • How to direct actors and work with them through casting, pre-production, calling and on-set management
  • How to lead a small crew and manage a shoot according to industry-standard procedures
  • How to manipulate a professional digital camera and light a scene
  • How to record sound and create sound design with special software
  • How to utilize professional editing software and learn the main principles of storytelling through editing
  • Post-production – key steps of post-production, working with film materials

Choose your specialization

Once you are accepted into PFI, you and all other students will be divided into teams, each of which represents a full film crew. For this purpose, each student chooses their minor and major skills. A major skill sets the direction for your whole study. You can choose between Directing and Cinematography (Camera).

You pick two minor (supporting) skills from each group, which will be taken into account only during group activities and team projects. The point is that you have a specific role and get to experience the film shooting as it actually is. You should have a basic knowledge about the minor skills you choose.

Skills Group A

Sound, Composing, Lightening, Production Design (Art Direction), Grip

Skills Group B

Production, Editing, AD, Screenwriting

Program description

The General Filmmaking program is a high-intensity practical daily course designed to give you an all-round filmmaking experience. The program is divided into 2 separate years:

Year 1: Introduces you to the fundamentals of traditional filmmaking – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting, editing and postproduction.
Year 2: Allows you professional specialization in the area of your choice. Each specialization has its own curriculum. Significant emphasis is placed on your final film, which should be of film festival quality.

Our teaching motto is “learn to do by doing” and 60% of our lessons are practical. Every week, you will be given creative and practical exercises while, at the same time, expected to work on your own film projects. Hands-on lessons are complemented by theoretical lectures, a series of student workshops in the facilities of our partners and masterclasses with award-winning, industry-leading professionals.

During your study you will be involved in the production of a number of film projects in the position of your specialisation. Drawing on this practical experience, you will go on to create a professional-quality diploma film in order to graduate at the end of the second year.


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