Course: General Filmmaking


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Program Description

Key Facts

  • 10 Months (each year): optional length 1 - 2 years
  • 30 Hours/weekly practical classes + weekend shoots
  • $20,250 1-year fee: affordable tuition
  • 25 hours/weekly work on own film project: average time, may go up to 40 hours


Basic Information

  • Optional length: 1 or 2 years. 10 months full-time each year
  • Tuition per year: $20,250.
  • Dates: 15 March 2021 - 11 December 2021
  • Classes 5-8 hours per day, 9:30am to 5:00pm (Mon - Fri)
  • Some of your free time will be busy with shoots, writing scripts and homework (during shooting periods may take up to 13 hours per day)
  • Technical equipment and study materials included
  • Internships on actual professional shoots

What will I learn?

  • How to work with a script and create a storyboard
  • How to direct actors and work with them through casting, pre-production, calling and on-set management
  • How to lead a small crew and manage a shoot according to industry-standard procedures
  • How to manipulate a professional digital camera and light a scene
  • How to record sound and create a sound design with special software
  • How to utilize professional editing software and learn the main principles of storytelling through editing
  • Post-production – key steps of post-production, working with film materials


Choose Your Specialization

Once you are accepted into PFI, you and all other students will be divided into teams, each of which represents a full film crew. For this purpose, each student chooses their minor and major skills. You will all study the same core unit which is mandatory for basic knowledge of the filmmaking industry, but you will get special training in the skills you choose. The major skill sets the direction for your whole study. You can choose between directing and cinematography. During your year study, you will work on 3 complete films. You will write and direct your own film with your major skill while also the crew on 2 other student productions using your minor skills.

Major Skills

Directing | Cinematography (Camera)

Minor (supporting) skills will be taken into account only during group activities and team projects. Ideally, you should have a basic knowledge of the minor skills you choose. You will choose one skill from each group below.

Minor Skills - Group A

Acting | Sound | Lightning | Production Design (Art Direction) | Grip

Minor Skills - Group B

Production | Editing | AD | Screenwriting

What Could My Future Career Be?

  • Film Director
  • Producer
  • Dramaturgist
  • Director of Photography
  • Film Editor
  • Casting Director
  • Production Manager
  • Unit Manager
  • 1St Assistant Director
  • Script Supervisor
  • Location Manager

Program Description

The General Filmmaking program is a high-intensity practical daily course designed to give you an all-around filmmaking experience. The program is divided into 2 separate years:

Year 1: Introduces you to the fundamentals of traditional filmmaking – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting, editing and postproduction.

Year 2: Allows you a professional specialization in the area of your choice. Each specialization has its own curriculum. A significant emphasis is placed on your final film, which should be of film festival quality.

Our teaching motto is “learn to do by doing” and 60% of our lessons are practical. Every week, you will be given creative and practical exercises while, at the same time, expected to work on your own film projects. Hands-on lessons are complemented by theoretical lectures, a series of student workshops in the facilities of our partners and masterclasses with award-winning, industry-leading professionals.

During your study, you will be involved in the production of a number of film projects in the position of your specialization. Drawing on this practical experience, you will go on to create a professional-quality diploma film in order to graduate at the end of the second year.

Program Entry Requirements

Minimum Age:

  • 18


All students who are not native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English have to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to our programs:

·Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2; or

·Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 42; or

·Pearson Test of English General (PTE) Level 3; or

·Pearson Versant English Test 58-68; or

·Having within the past (approx.) two years completed a formal programme of study in English at an appropriate level (such as a level 3 BTEC or ‘A’ level).

If the student cannot provide such a certificate, we will ask them to undertake our on-line English test to assess their abilities to understand and express themselves in English on the required level. If they are unable to undertake such test, they can still study our programmes but without international BTEC Higher National degree (at the end of the study they will receive  Prague Film Institute Certificate).

Prior Experience:


  • applicants with no or minimal production experience
  • an eye for and love of film are essential requirements


  • intermediate experience in the filmmaking arena
  • must be able to demonstrate previous experience


  • completed degree in filmmaking and/or minimum 6 months’ work on set
  • demonstrable experience in making festival level / professional film projects

To apply please visit our website and send:

  • CV
  • Link to your portfolio (or motivational letter if you don't have a portfolio)
  • highschool diploma
  • copy of your passport (please send additionally to
Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

We are PFI, the Prague Film Institute - a top film school with a unique history and family-like atmosphere. While studying at PFI, the only school that offers direct connections with industry professi ... Read More

We are PFI, the Prague Film Institute - a top film school with a unique history and family-like atmosphere. While studying at PFI, the only school that offers direct connections with industry professionals, students have created a number of exceptional student films and cooperated on many professional film projects. Read less