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


LOCARNO 2015
Raam Reddy (2012) - director - and Doron Tempert (2012) - DOP - win both Best Feature Film and Best Debut Feature at Locarno Film Festival 2015


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

SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2016

June / July / August 2016

Daily life @ Prague Film School

First month of the spring semester is behind us and we are in the middle of cinematography/directing workshops while our semester students just finished shooting of their Project 2.
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With Helena Trestikova, Siddik Barmak, Mohamadreza Farzad and Alaa Karkouti.

Copyright Dahlia Ayoub for Prague Film School 2016.
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With Helena Trestikova, Siddik Barmak, Mohamadreza Farzad and Alaa Karkouti. Copyright Dahlia Ayoub for Prague Film School 2016.

With Helena Trestikova, Siddik Barmak, Mohamadreza Farzad and Alaa Karkouti.

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Dear students and school friends, we invite you to Festival íránských filmů (Iranian Film Festival'16).
The festival will start on 13th on January in Kino Světozor. For more then five days you can enjoy Iranian cinema and its beauty. More information and festival program you can find iranianfilmfestival.cz/
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We are glad to mark the end of a very successful autumn semester. Our students crossed boundries and went beyond them. We have got some great fiction short films as well as documentaries, one of them made by Daniel won the Audience Award. Congratulations Daniel!!

And thanks to everyone who helped our students make their ideas see the light of day.

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We are glad to mark the end of a very successful autumn semester. Our students crossed boundries and went beyond them. We have got some great fiction short films as well as documentaries, one of them made by Daniel won the Audience Award. Congratulations Daniel!! And thanks to everyone who helped our students make their ideas see the light of day. Copyright: @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] and @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography] for Prague Film School

We are glad to mark the end of a very successful autumn semester. Our students crossed boundries and went beyond them. We have got some great fiction short films as well as documentaries, one of them made by Daniel won the Audience Award. Congratulations Daniel!! 

And thanks to everyone who helped our students make their ideas see the light of day.

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We are glad to mark the end of a very successful autumn semester. Our students crossed boundries and went beyond them. We have got some great fiction short films as well as documentaries, one of them made by Daniel won the Audience Award. Congratulations Daniel!!

And thanks to everyone who helped our students make their ideas see the light of day.

Copyright: Barush Maush and Vaiva Katinaityte Photography for Prague Film School
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We are glad to mark the end of a very successful autumn semester. Our students crossed boundries and went beyond them. We have got some great fiction short films as well as documentaries, one of them made by Daniel won the Audience Award. Congratulations Daniel!! And thanks to everyone who helped our students make their ideas see the light of day. Copyright: @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] and @[207727449387732:274:Vaiva Katinaityte Photography] for Prague Film School

We are glad to mark the end of a very successful autumn semester. Our students crossed boundries and went beyond them. We have got some great fiction short films as well as documentaries, one of them made by Daniel won the Audience Award. Congratulations Daniel!! 

And thanks to everyone who helped our students make their ideas see the light of day.

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

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Attention // Change in times of Public Screenings!!!

Dear friends of Prague Film School,

on Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th of December there will be held a public screening of semester projects of our students. You are all cordially invited to come to support our filmmakers :)

Thursday 17/12/2015 10.00 - 13.45 at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD, Národní 28, Praha
Friday 18/12/2015 9.00 - 13.45 at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD, Národní 28, Praha

Looking forward to see you all!
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Dear friends of Prague Film School, we'd liked to invite you for public screening of Semester Projects of our students which will be held at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD (Narodní 28, Prague) Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th of December 2015 from 9AM till 1.45PM. Please, feel free to come and support our talented filmmakers! Meanwhile, we wish our students all the best in the editing room and can't wait to see the final films :)

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Dear friends of Prague Film School,

we'd liked to invite you for public screening of Semester Projects of our students which will be held at KOMORNÍ KINO EVALD (Narodní 28, Prague) Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th of December 2015 from 9AM till 1.45PM.

Please, feel free to come and support our talented filmmakers!

Meanwhile, we wish our students all the best in the editing room and can't wait to see the final films :)
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Lorenzo MalevoltiLuigi Sardone...2 months ago   ·  2
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Lenna HessenСпасибо, Светик!!2 months ago
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Daily life at Prague Film School - level Editing period :)

Have a nice day!!

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Happy Friday everyone, we can't wait to see your films!

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Happy Friday everyone, we can't wait to see your films! Copyright @[562720570:2048:Dahlia Ayoub] for Prague Film School 2015

Happy Friday everyone, we can't wait to see your films!

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again feel free to tag yourselves :)

Have a lovely day, and happy editing!

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again feel free to tag yourselves :) Have a lovely day, and happy editing! copyright @[562720570:2048:Dahlia Ayoub] for Prague Film School 2015

again feel free to tag yourselves :)

Have a lovely day, and happy editing!

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please feel free to tag yourselves :)

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please feel free to tag yourselves :) copyright @[562720570:2048:Dahlia Ayoub] for Prague Film School 2015

please feel free to tag yourselves :)

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Shooting period of Semester Projects is over - check out how it looked like on sets!

We sre looking forward for the films and meanwhile, good luck to our students in editing room!

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Shooting period of Semester Projects is over - check out how it looked like on sets! We sre looking forward for the films and meanwhile, good luck to our students in editing room! copyright @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for @[461985807151805:274:Prague Film School] 2015

Shooting period of Semester Projects is over - check out how it looked like on sets! 

We sre looking forward for the films and meanwhile, good luck to our students in editing room!

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Svetlana Solodovnikа что это такое у тебя в руках?2 months ago
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We are half way through the shooting period of semester projects and to not to keep you waiting here we bring a little teaser from students sets.
Stay tuned for more pictures to come and wish the best of luck to the students still shooting and in the editing room - looking forward for the results :)

Copyright Dahlia Ayoub and Barush Maush for PFS 2015
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We are half way through the shooting period of semester projects and to not to keep you waiting here we bring a little teaser from students sets. Stay tuned for more pictures to come and wish the best of luck to the students still shooting and in the editing room - looking forward for the results :) Copyright @[562720570:2048:Dahlia Ayoub] and @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for PFS 2015 www.dahliaayoub.com www.barushmaush.com

We are half way through the shooting period of semester projects and to not to keep you waiting here we bring a little teaser from students sets.
Stay tuned for more pictures to come and wish the best of luck to the students still shooting and in the editing room - looking forward for the results :)

Copyright @[562720570:2048:Dahlia Ayoub] and @[729776763745766:274:Barush Maush] for PFS 2015
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Daily life at Prague Film School no. 2

Our 3 documentary students, Etoile Smulders, Laura Morcate and Maya Moskowitz are currently in Greece, at the island of Lesvos volunteering in a refugee camp and shooting their semester documentary projects.
Greece has long been on the front line of Europe's refugee crisis with about 450,000 arriving this year. The vast majority are fleeing government persecution and advancing forces in Syria and Iraq. They come to Lesvos from Turkey on what are called "death boats", as the lack of legal channels has created an unregulated market for people smuggling, with drownings common because of overcrowding.

We are really proud of their initiative! If you are interested, the girls would really appreciate every donation and your support as they take on this mission to help those in need.

www.youcaring.com/etoile-smulders-maya-moskowitz-laura-morcate-462525

photo: courtesy of Etoile, Maya and Laura
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