Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome
The National Film School, launched in 1935 as the Experimental Cinematography Centre, is the oldest school of cinema in the world. Specializing in teaching cinematographic and audiovisual art and technique, the legendary institution also houses Italy’s National Film Archive.
Famu, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
The fifth-oldest film school in the world, Famu is divided into 11 branches of study, from directing fiction to scriptwriting to its interdisciplinary Center of Audiovisual Studies. A highlight of the school is its Famu Studio, providing complete professional facilities from HDV, digital Betacam and HDTV to 16mm and 35mm facilities for students’ work.
Fundacion Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Students at the school produce some 150 short and feature films every year, many of which go on to receive national and international acclaim. International industry players such as Spike Lee, Chantal Akerman, Hugo Santiago and Jean-Claude Carriere lead seminars every year.
La Femis, Paris
At the renowned Parisian school designed to foster a passion for filmmaking — Alain Resnais and Louis Malle are alumni — students produce some 70 short films a year, with selected films screened at 70 festivals around the world. Students here can also take part in international study exchanges with Columbia U., Tokyo U. of the Arts and CalArts.
York U., Toronto
A standout program of the Dept. of Film and Video is its James Beveridge Guest Lecture Series (named for the co-founder of the National Film Board of Canada), which features presentations by industry guest speakers and offers aspiring filmmakers a unique, inside look at the working world of film and television.
National Film School, Lodz, Poland
Founded in 1948, Poland’s premiere film school (and one of the country’s top centers of higher education) offers programs in film art, TV, photography and acting. The film production unit pairs students with artistic supervisors who, together, churn out nearly 300 film projects each year. Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda are among the school’s Oscar-winning alumni; alum Krzysztof Kieslowski was nominated for two Oscars for writing and directing 1994’s “Red,” starring Irene Jacob.
Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba
Founded in 1986 by the late “100 Years of Solitude” writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Argentine poet and filmmaker Fernando Birri and Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa, the school draws students from over 50 countries. After completing one year of general study, students can focus on such tracks as writing, directing, editing, production and sound and also participate in international workshops.
London Film School
LFS is one of the world’s leading graduate programs in filmmaking, enrolling 140 full-time students from some 60 countries; 70% are from outside the U.K. Facilities at the school, which focuses on the short film as a learning model, include two studios, two cinemas, editing and sound suites, and a camera department.
Beijing Film Academy, China
With 263 faculty members and 2,364 students, BFA is the only film academy in China and one of the largest in Asia. Since 2001, BFA has annually chosen 80 works from more than 50 countries to participate in its weeklong Intl. Student Film and Video Festival. The event is the largest and most influential international student film festival in Asia.
U. of Television and Film, Munich
The publicly funded school, which just celebrated its 40th anni, moved to its newly built facility in the heart of Munich’s museum-studded art district in September 2011. The impressive building is equipped with three screening rooms, two television studios, two movie studios and a complete post-production wing with VFX, color grading and editing suites.