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?

95% of students at Prague Film School shoot with the school’s fleet of REDs, Blackmagic Ursa, Blackmagic pockets, or Canon 5Ds - all with film lenses. Having said that, 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. Second semester, there is also an advanced course that does cover film cameras - 16mm and 35mm.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO PFS STUDENTS


CANNES 2015
Ziya Demirel (2011 - 2012) gets latest film in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2015 Shorts Section


EMMY 2015
Caitlin Burke (Fall 2006) wins Emmy for 2014 documentary We Could Be King


SUNDANCE 2015
Anne Svejgard Lund (Spring 2011) receives 2015 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for work on acclaimed documentary Russian Woodpecker



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 2016

June / July / August 2016

Congratulations to Mohamed Ben Karim Abdelwadoud , our former student, whose film الزيارة - The Visit is celebrating great succes! At the Tenerife Film Festival The Visit won three awards: best editing, best lead actor and best supporting actor.

We our very proud of you Karim!
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مخرج فيلم الزيارة محمد كريم بعد تسلمه الجائزة الثالثة في مهرجان تينيريف الدولي

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Dear friends of PFS,

we have the pleasure to invite you for the Prague premiere of Double-O, a film shot by our former student Igor Pecenjev.

The screening will take place at Prague Film School on Friday the 10th of July at 20.07.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4ISsux8VGM

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It is my pleasure to invite you and your students to see the first ever English language production from JARA CIMRMAN, the "literary giant of the Czech stage". It's is an amazing opportunity for your students to be introduced to Czech culture, humor and history, all while laughing for two hours straight!

The show, THE STAND-IN (Zaskok), performed by professional, native English-speaking actors, is produced by the same company that produces the iconic Czech versions and has the blessing of Zdenek Sverak himself!

THE STAND-IN is not only a great translation of the original, but it is also played in the original theatre (Zizkovske Divadlo Jary Cimrmana), using the original sets, props and costume design. The experience of being in the theatre as close to the original production as possible ... without needing to speak Czech! This distinctly Czech humor has been out of reach for all but the most fluent of foreigners. Until now!

Cimrman, a fictional character created by Sverak and Ladislav Smoljak, was voted the most important Czech in history in a poll by Czech TV in 2005. His work defines the Czech character and humor. He is a cultural touchstone much the same way Monty Python is for English speakers. And it's just as funny!

We are bringing The Stand-In to the stage for 2 performances left in June:
June 25 and 26 all at 19:00.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind experience can be ordered through the theater box office online at www.zdjc.cz or in person:

Zizkovske Divadlo Jary Cimrmana
Štítného 5, Prague 3 (take tram #5, 9 or 26 to Husinecká)

More information about the show on our facebook page!

www.facebook.com/CimrmanEnglishStudio
www.zdjc.cz/
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Eva StepankovaI have seen it and can highly recommend to you! Two hours of laugh :-)1 month ago   ·  1

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Last week Prague Film School hosted a casting session for first of our Summer Program students. After they had chosen for their actors, they're all busy with filming their projects, stay tuned for behind the scene pictures!

copyright Barush Maush for Prague Film School 2015
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Last week @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] hosted a casting session for first of our Summer Program students. After they had chosen for their actors, they're all busy with filming their projects, stay tuned for behind the scene pictures! copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] 2015

Last week @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] hosted a casting session for first of our Summer Program students. After they had chosen for their actors, they're all busy with filming their projects, stay tuned for behind the scene pictures!

copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] 2015

Did you know that there is something called ''Blind football''?

Come to see some interessting films on the 12th of June to Radlicka Kulturni Sportovna, there is a whole documentary festival about this topic!

Kicking + Screening Football Film Festival Prague 2015

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On 22nd of May Prague Film School 11nt time held the graduation ceremony of filmmaking students and announced the award winners:

- Best Screenwriter: Ran Li
- Best Director: Ran Li
- Best Cinematographer: Joaher Musavvir
- Best Editor: Dennis Naverskold
- Best Documentary: Juliette Bertoldo
- Best Actor/ Actress: Amanda Alm
- Audience Award: Grit Tind Mikkelsen
- 2nd year audience award - Yasemin Demirci/Adrian Axel

Congratulation to everyone! PFS is proud of you!

Copyright: Prague Film School & Vaiva Katinaityte Photography & Barush Maush
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On 22nd of May Prague Film School 11nt time held the graduation ceremony of filmmaking students and announced the award winners: - Best Screenwriter: Ran Li - Best Director: Ran Li - Best Cinematographer: Joaher Musavvir - Best Editor: Dennis Naverskold - Best Documentary: Juliette Bertoldo - Best Actor/ Actress: Amanda Alm - Audience Award: Grit Tind Mikkelsen - 2nd year audience award - Yasemin Demirci/Adrian Axel Congratulation to everyone! PFS is proud of you! Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography] & @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush]

On 22nd of May Prague Film School 11nt time held the graduation ceremony of filmmaking students and announced the award winners: 

- Best Screenwriter: Ran Li
- Best Director: Ran Li
- Best Cinematographer: Joaher Musavvir
- Best Editor: Dennis Naverskold
- Best Documentary: Juliette Bertoldo
- Best Actor/ Actress: Amanda Alm
- Audience Award: Grit Tind Mikkelsen
- 2nd year audience award - Yasemin Demirci/Adrian Axel 

Congratulation to everyone! PFS is proud of you! 

Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography] & @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush]

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Dear friends of Prague Film School,

shooting period, editing period and evaluations of Final Projects of our students are over and now it's time to screen the films!

Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd of May 2015 there will be screenings held at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD in Prague.
Feel free to come and support our filmmakers and to celebrate with them the end of succesful school year.

Komorni Kino Evald, Narodni 28, Prague
21 - 22/5/2015 9AM - 2.30PM
seats limited
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It's such a nice weather outside!
Rather than sitting at home, go out and explore - those days for example, there are Africa Days, an event under the auspices of 9 African countries, presenting african food and culture, accompanied by screenings of documentaries and lot more!

So, see ya'll there :)
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This week in Cannes:
"Sali / Tuesday", great short film written and directed by Prague Film School´s (12) Ziya Demirel and edited by PFS´s (12) Henrique Cartaxo.

We wish you best luck in the official competition!

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Directed by Ziya Demirel Official Selection 68th Festival de Cannes www.istosfilm.com www.facebook.com/salituesday

We are happy to announce that another 10 students finished semester program at Prague Film School.

The audience award won Katalina Cabrera with her short film 'Twain'. Cogratulations!

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We are happy to announce that another 10 students finished semester program at Prague Film School. The audience award won Katalina Cabrera with her short film 'Twain'. Cogratulations! Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography]

We are happy to announce that another 10 students finished semester program at Prague Film School.

The audience award won Katalina Cabrera with her short film 'Twain'. Cogratulations!

Copyright: Prague Film School & @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography]

Semester Program Final Projects Screening 2015
Dear Students and Friends of Prague Film School,

we would like to invite you to the screening of Final Projects of our Semester Program students, this Friday 8th of May at 10AM at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD.
Come and celebrate the graduation of our filmmakers!

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Second part of behind the scene pictures from sets of our semester and year students, enjoy :) Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off :) Copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

Second part of behind the scene pictures from sets of our semester and year students, enjoy :)

Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off  :)

Copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

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Shooting Period Of Final Projects of Year and Semester Programs is over. While our students are busy syncing, sound designing, colour grading and editing their diploma films, please enjoy pictures from their shoots and stay tuned, more will follow! Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off :) copyright: @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

Shooting Period Of Final Projects of Year and Semester Programs is over. 

While our students are busy syncing, sound designing, colour grading and editing their diploma films, please enjoy pictures from their shoots and stay tuned, more will follow!

Big thanks to all of our crews, hope you all enjoyed filming your projects and can't wait to see the results! We believe that the hard work you performed on your sets will pay off :)

copyright: @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School]

Filming has no boundaries.
Picture is taken this morning by Dennis Näversköld.
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Our former student Benjamin Innbjør Bargård made a beautiful short video of Bill Derrah's shoot. Let's look together on the spooky shoot in forest... ... See moreSee less

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Sonia Slanskywell done!3 months ago   ·  3
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