APPLICATION DEADLINE

for Spring 2015 programs:
October 1, 2014

for Year and Fall Semester programs:
Early-Action Application Deadline: December 8, 2014
Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2015

VISITING FILMMAKERS:

- Mani Haghighi, Winner Berlin Internatinal Film Festival 2012
Director/Actor, Iran

- Alejandro Hernandez, Winner Goya Award (Spanish Oscars) 2014
Screenwriter, Cuba/Spain

- Jiri Menzel, Oscar Winner
Director, Czech Republic

- Radim Spacek, Winner Czech Lion Award (Czech Oscars) 2009
Director, Czech Republic

- James Duff , Winner Slamdance Audience Award 2013
Director / Screenwriter / Producer, USA

SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2015

June / July / August 2015

frequently asked questions

Are your programs run in English?

Yes, all of Prague Film School programs are run in English. Students at Prague film school come from all over the world, in an average class, typically from over 30 countries. The lingua franca in and out of the classrooms at the school is English.

Do I have to know some Czech?

No. As mentioned above, classes are run in English. Additionally, in Prague at least, most people have some basic knowledge of English. There is a production office to help with matters where language might be an issue with regards to your films, housing, medical issues or student life in general.

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Does Prague Film School provide housing?

Yes. Students can opt for school housing in shared or private flats. Students can also choose to find accommodation on their own. All school flats are situated in the city center 5 – 30 minutes from the school by foot or public transportation. Flats are furnished with the basics but do not have Internet. Students can arrange Internet on their own.

If I choose a shared flat, do I have to share a room with somebody?

No, students in shared flats have their own bedroom but share kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Does the school provide a meal plan?

No. The school has a small cafe but most students cook their main meals themselves or go out to eat at local restaurants. The school does not have a cafeteria.

What are the fees for housing?

Housing fees are listed on the application form which can be downloaded on the admissions page of this web site.

Does the school shoot on film?

Yes. Students can opt to shoot their end of semester and diploma films on 16 mm or even 35 mm but are responsible for the material fees including film stock, developing, and telecine. The school does secure a 50 per cent discount on these costs. Second semester there is also a course on the film cameras, covering both 16 mm and 35 mm cameras (main focus: Arri SRIII and Arri 435), because these cameras are used for shooting diploma films.

Having said that, ~60-70% students shoot with the school’s fleet of Canons, REDs or Sony HDV ZI cameras, equipped with M2 Encore adapter and 35mm photo lenses.

I’m interested in directing. How many films will I actually be able to direct?

In the first semester all students have the opportunity to direct four films, 3 of which they write themselves. In the second semester, students can direct 3 films, 2 of which they can but do not have to write themselves, the mid term and the diploma film, and which are longer then those produced the first semester. Students work on substantially more film productions than this as they crew on other student films in addition to their own. It’s not uncommon for students to have worked on close to 20 productions the first semester and close to this the second.

I’m interested in cinematography. How many films will I actually be able to shoot?

With roughly 150 short films and another 100 film exercises in total in the year program, DPs, camera operators and gaffers are in constant demand. Most importantly, during specialization classes cinematography students learn to operate film camera equipment which is used in professional productions in Europe or North America at present.

What does early action application mean?

Applying by the early application deadline means that your application will be reviewed early. The main advantage of applying early is that admittance is substantially easier as there are more places available for fewer applicants. On the other hand, students accepted early must also confirm their participation in the program early.

Does Prague Film School offer financial aid?

No, the school does not directly provide financial aid. Students from Scandinavian countries can apply to their home countries for governmental study grants. UK students can seek loans from the career development loan organization. US and Indian students can get private loans from private banks in their home countries (we are not covered by the US governmental student loan program).

Can I work while in Prague?

Students not from the EU cannot work in Prague on a student visa. In any event, the program is more than full-time, making holding down a job an impossibility.

What’s the weather like?

Indian summer September and Octobers, cool and drizzly Octobers and Novembers, wintery Decembers, Januarys and Februarys with occasional snow, grey Marches, erratic Aprils, glorious Mays and Junes and standard continental Julys and Augusts.

Is Prague safe?

Yes. Cases of violent crime are almost unheard of. Petty theft (pickpocketting) is an issue, but otherwise Prague is an extremely safe capital.