the inside scoop

50-60 students accepted each year, from almost as many different cultures, from those working in industry to talented students and independent filmmakers; the PFS student body makes for an interesting bunch.

The courses are demanding. Core-courses; Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography and Editing; structured hand-in-hand to go with production assignments. The first, shooting a silent film in the first week. Everyone takes part. The final edits screened, students get feedback from tutors, from everyone else, and see what others managed to do. Whatever your level, you get better quickly. Production workshops help train those with less professional experience to get up to speed with on-set protocol.


There are many interesting elective courses to choose from. It’s a balance; to take as many as you can while maintaining enough time to work on preproduction. Preparing for your own shoots while helping others with theirs; working on up to around twenty-five productions in a year, keeps you busy.

In-between all this time you’ll find the students in the school café; chugging coffee between classes, sipping it slowly while downloading music for their film, chatting, watching films and music videos, eating one of Lima’s delicious hot sandwiches. Outside in the courtyard; fellow smokers and much more of the same; chatting about the last shoot or the next party.

Almost everyone is in student arranged accommodation. There are many parties, especially after big productions. It’s a lot of mostly hard work at PFS. And at the end of every long day you’ll always find someone to go for a well-deserved beer at one of the many neighbouring bars, if that‘s just exactly what you‘re in the mood for.


There’s a big nightlife scene; from late-night drinking haunts, jazz bars and clubs to quirky cinema retrospectives. There’s a lot going on, just ask Steve or Isaac; ex PFS students now working at the school; they always seem to know what happenings are going on about town.

Because of it’s relatively small size, in PFS everyone knows everyone. Its possible to be as friendly with the staff as the students. It there’s something you need, you’ll be able to find someone able and happy to help.

It’s possible to check out equipment in-between the shoots, for side-line projects outside of the curriculum. For instance, shooting on spec. commercials or music videos, or just to practice and get to know more about the equipment.

A few students have been able to strike up relationships with people working in the Czech film and television industry, getting paid work, while still studying.

In Prague, being on continental Europe, it’s possible to get to a lot of different countries easily and cheaply. Many people take advantage of this. To get out of the city for a bit, visit different countries, shoot on location in a different country or get landscape footage by train.

Everything just depends on how you choose to use your time.

Article provided by Michael Gordon, class 2007-2008



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