5 reasons to choose us
Film and TV School (FAMU) is an integral part of The Academy of Performing Arts, which was founded after World War II, in 1947. It is the fifth oldest film school in the world. Its graduates include numerous influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many known within international contexts such as Oscar winners or laureates of international film festivals.
FAMU students are all taught by working professionals who are internationally recognized for their achievements. The cinematography department, among the strongest departments at FAMU, includes the following professors who will be participating in the master’s degree program.
Interesting fact: Did you know that the short non-documentary film, Peacock, by a Cinematography student Ondřej Hudeček was awarded the Best Direction Award at Sundance Film Festival 2016?
Reason #2: A PROGRAM TO MASTER THE PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR A CAREER AS DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CINKK offers a wide range of courses taught by film professionals with many years’ practical experience. Five or six students from various countries are usually accepted to the program. The applicants enrolled become a part of an international cameramen’s team who inspire one another. Students can choose to shoot their final degree project on 35mm or digital 4K camera, and are guided to leave the program with a professional-level show reel in hand.
We are aware that a Master’s Degree often qualifies a person to teach as well as practice a profession, and we design a course of study to enable our students to leave with a thorough knowledge of the cinematography field befitting a future teacher/practitioner.
Interesting fact: Did you know that the Czech Oscar-winning film, Closely Watched Trains (1966), is one of Stanley Kubrick’s favourites? The film’s Director of Photography, Jaromír Šofr, is a FAMU graduate and works here as a teacher.
Reason #3: A STUNNING LOCATION AS A BACKDROP FOR STUDY
FAMU is located in the centre of Prague, one of the most beautiful locations in Europe with a dramatic history and a rich spectrum of its own local colours and architectures. Two years in this cultural capital would be of benefit to any artist and would serve our students well as a base from which to discover other important locations. We encourage our students to make the most of the soulful and stunning environment around them and to capture this impressionable city on unforgettable films.
For nearly a century Prague has been one of the world’s filmmaking capitals, home to top craftsman, technicians and audio-visual professionals who also partner with FAMU teachers and students.
Interesting fact: Did you know that two installments of Mission: Impossible or the Oscar-winning Amadeus (1984) by Miloš Forman were shot in Prague? Look in the film brochure and explore the film locations yourselves.
Reason #4: A PERFECT PLACE TO MAKE NEW CONTACTS AND FRIENDS IN THE MOVIEMAKING INDUSTRY
The applicants accepted to the program will meet students of directing, production, editing, sound, animated filmmaking, documentary film, scriptwriting or photography at school, which will enable them to network with a view to potential future collaboration on their works. Contacts facilitate finding interesting internships or jobs, or getting references. In the course of their studies, students may register their films to various festivals with which the School partners. The success of our faculty is demonstrated by the fact that the majority of people working in the Czech Republic’s film and TV industry in artistic or production positions, as well as still-photographers in various media, are FAMU graduates.
Interesting fact: Did you know that we had a workshop with a DOP David Klein, two times Emmy nominee for Homeland?
Reason #5: THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The Cinematography Department is located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, which has everything a modern metropolis could offer. One advantage is the fact that the cost of living is much lower here than in Scandinavia, Great Britain or France. The Czech Republic is peaceful country rich in history which boasts numerous castles, chateaus or churches. You can find hundreds of theatres, galleries, museums, libraries and – naturally – cinemas.
The country has a population of 10.5 million and is located in the temperate climate zone which means you can swim in the summer and enjoy skiing in the mountains in winter! Yes, we have several mountain ranges and national parks where you can find beautiful lakes, rocks and various animals. Although there are lions in the Czech Republic’s national emblem, there is no need to be afraid in the outdoor although bears sometimes wander over the border with the Slovak Republic – a state which formed Czechoslovakia with the Czech Republic until end of 1992.
Almost all of your peers have studied English in primary and secondary schools so there will be no problem with a language barrier. Young people most often speak German, French and Spanish as their second language. In contrast to that, the older generation tends to have a knowledge of Russian as it was mandatory under the socialist regime. Still, if you learn a few Czech words before you arrive, people are sure to smile at you even more.
Check the beauty of the Czech Republic.