semester programs in filmmaking

Autumn 2021: September 3 - December 17, 2021
Spring 2022: January 7 - May 7, 2022

The semester program at Prague Film School is a highly-intensive, praxis-oriented course with a steep learning curve. The objective of the program is to instruct concrete craft skills through substantial production and course work. By the program's end, students will have developed a certain fluency in both the technical aspects of filmmaking and in film language in general.

semester program review


Students enrolled in the semester program are required to follow courses in each of the core modules of screenwriting, editing, cinematography and directing. Students attend classes in sound, camera-related workshops and two elective courses from a menu of courses listed below. Within the first semester, each student can direct four film productions while working on up to an additional 16 - 20 film sets.

By the end of the course, students will be competent in: shooting with RED, Black Magic cameras; operating and designing with lights ranging from dedos to 4K HMI, editing with AVID Media Composer systems, color grading, applying graphics and animation using Affer Effects, location sound recording and sound post production. Students will have also received training in screenplay structure and dramaturgy, character development, script analysis, visualization, color theory, directing the camera, directing actors and more.

Core courses:

• Screenwriting
• Directing
• Cinematography
• Editing - 3 credits

Elective courses:

Art Direction
Arri & RED Cameras
Aspects of Film Language
Central and East European Cinema
Czech Language
Directing Actors
Directing the Camera
Documentary Theory and History
Experimental Film
Film Industry
Film Comedy
Film Analysis
Master Shot
Photography for Cinematography
Post-production effects
Post-production workflow
Screenwriting Feature Film


Obligatory workshops:

• Sound (boom, wireless, sound post production)
• Crew protocol

*The semester program at Prague Film School is identical to the first semester of the year program.


Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2020
Engin Erden's short film "Octopus" accepted into Official Selection

Miami Film Festival 2020
Congratulations to Aeden O'Connor Agurcia for winning the Audience Award at the 37th Miami Film Festival with his feature debut "90 Minutes."

Sarajevo Film Festival 2019
Demet Derelioğlu Aran's short, The Night Before, co-produced by alumni Steve Reverand and Martin Raiman's The Lab, is selected for the 2019 edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Tribeca Film Festival 2019
Three Prague Film School students have their features in the Official Selection at Tribeca: Ani Simone Kennedy, Caitlin Burke and Emily Cohn. Congratulations to Ani Simone Kennedy for receiving the Special jury mention for “The Short History of the Long Road.”

Cannes 2016
Simon Vahlne gets latest film Fight on a Swedish Beach in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2016 Short Film Competition

Venice Film Festival - Biennale de Venezia 2016
Giovanni Fumu's latest film accepted for the Official Selection of Biennale de Venezia 2016 Film Competition

Beijing Independent Film Festival 2016
Ran Li wins "Best Fiction Film Prize" at the prestigious Beijing Independent Film Festival with her graduation film Lucie

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 for Thithi, now available on Netflix worldwide.

Cannes 2015
Ziya Demirel (2011 - 2012) gets latest film Tuesday in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2015 Short Film Competition

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


June / July / August 2020