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Film Production in Prague

Produce Your Own Film

This is real filmmaking. Write a script, cast your actors and work with production teams. Use professional equipment. Attend a 3-day workshop on lighting design.
  • 16mm, 35mm, digital, narrative, or documentary
  • Your film project guides your semester 
  • Electives in all aspects of film production 
  • Courses taught in English 
  • Czech language instruction

Narrative Filmmaking

You can choose to produce a 7- to 10-minute narrative film. You’ll probably use 16mm, but if you’re a fall student with previous filmmaking experience, you can apply to work in 35mm. Faculty guide you, but you are in the driver’s seat: pitching ideas, creating storyboards, setting lighting, directing shots, editing takes. You work in a small team of students and collaborate with professional camera assistants, sound designers and color graders. You’ll create more than just a film. You’ll grow professionally from working alongside Czech peers from start to finish.

Documentary Filmmaking

You can choose to produce a 7- to 10-minute digital documentary. Dive into the world of documentary filmmaking—take specialized documentary camera classes, study the history of Central European documentary, attend the renowned Jihlava International Documentary Festival. You’ll also complete a second, shorter project (like the one here) that gets you pounding the pavement of your host city with Bolex camera in hand. You’ll work independently or collaborate with a team. The documentary option is available in the fall only.

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The #1 Film School in Europe

The program is based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. It is one of the best film schools in the world—and the place to experience an authentic Czech university.

FAMU has cutting edge resources and state-of-the-art facilities. The faculty are not only hands-on teachers, but artists in their own right. You’ll gain a uniquely European perspective, and an unparalleled window into Czech culture. For years, FAMU has led the way in art, cultural and even political movements. This is simply the best place to start your career as a filmmaker.

Lighting Workshop

Practice your technical skills during a 3-day workshop at a FAMU studio. Experiment with lighting design. Learn the appropriate lighting for indoor, outdoor, evening, candlelight, and mood-eliciting shots. Get your hands on a professional camera. When you’re done, head to Barrandov film studios, the MGM of Prague, and conduct a telecine transfer of your footage. All under the supervision of a FAMU camera technology professor.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Your semester revolves around your film project. One main course covers all of the main aspects of filmmaking and leads you through the process of creating your film.
Electives and Czech language support your work and help you bring your project to fruition.

A Course on Film Production

This course guides you through the process of creating your film.

FP510 Film Technology & Practice
9 credits

One to Three Electives

Many electives at FAMU International are open to CET students. Subjects include acting, cinematography, film theory, producing, directing, script analysis.

FAMU Electives
1 to 2.5 credits each
More on credits

Czech Language

You take 20 hours of survival Czech in the first week, and reduced class hours after that. Most students are Czech language beginners, but if you’ve taken Czech before, we have a class for you, too.

CE100 Beginning Czech Language
3 credits

Advisory Board

CET maintains an advisory board of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Cooper Battersby

Syracuse University

Associate Professor, Department of Transmedia, College of Visual and Performing Arts

John Douglass

American University

Associate Professor, School of Communication

Todd Forsgren

Maryland Institute College of Art

Adjunct Professor of Photography

Gary Griffin

American University

Filmmaker in Residence, School of Communication

Sean Griffin

Southern Methodist University

Professor of Film and Media Arts, Meadows School of the Arts

Pavel Jech

Chapman University

Artistic Professor of Film & Media Arts, Chair of Graduate Programs, Dodge College of Film & Media Arts; Dean, FAMU (2008-2016)

Alice Lovejoy

University of Minnesota

Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Moving Image Studies Program

Miso Suchy

Syracuse University

Associate Professor, Department of Transmedia Studies

Emily Vey Duke

Syracuse University

Associate Professor, Department of Transmedia, College of Visual and Performing Arts

ECTS Credit Conversion

CET recommends credits for FAMU elective courses according to the standard 2:1 ECTS conversion ratio that is used at most US colleges and universities. This means that if you enroll in a 3-credit course at FAMU, we will recommend that you earn 1.5 credits. That said, final credit allocations are always ultimately at the discretion of your home school. Please check with your home school about credit conversions before you leave the US.