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Get seduced by film storytelling

Are you at a crossroads in your studies, or planning a life changing twist? Are you creative, witty and bold? Are you a passionate filmgoer and keen on the filmmaking process?

 

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for open-minded talented young people who are open to the challenges presented by the various stages of the filmmaking process. The challenge is also present in collaborative work, the ability to deliver ideas and participate in developing input from one’s colleagues.

 

What might you be looking for?

Do you wish to gain a brief yet comprehensive experience in the fields of directing, cinematography, sound design and editing, and experience an A-class film festival with the accreditation of a film pro? Our summer course may also serve as your summer university activity; the content of the studies is defined in ECTS credits and students obtain a Transcript of Records upon graduation.

 

Our program in a nutshell

  • 5 weeks of intense schooling by experienced professionals and teachers
  • Analogue film shooting, developing and editing to start with
  • Photographic exercises
  • 5 days at an A-class film festival as an industry pro
  • Major project developed, shot and edited in groups of 4
  • Good quality accommodation in the wider center of Prague
  • Cultural and historical excursions
  • Life changing experience: nothing is the same when we toast at the farewell lunch

 

When and how long?

We start on June 26, 2020 and finish on July 30, 2020 (5 weeks).

 

Who should apply?

Students, young aspiring professionals, creative people with certain artistic experience
 


Are you at the crossroads of your studies, or do you want to decide what your main focus is? Are you creative, witty and bold? Do you wish to gain a brief yet comprehensive experience in the fields of directing, cinematography, sound design and editing, and experience an A-class film festival with the accreditation of a film pro? Our well-established Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus can help you focus your creative energy and might provide not only a wealth of knowledge but also some rather sought-after self-knowledge.

The five weeks will transform your view of filmmaking and perhaps make you decide to pursue your dream of a lifetime. Plus you will fall in love with Prague and find new friends. Such has been our experience every year. Our summer course may also serve as your summer university activity; the content of the studies is defined in ECTS credits and upon graduation students obtain a Transcript of Records.

So what are you up to, one thing after another?

Good quality accommodation in the wider city center: Students live collectively yet everyone in their own room. Kitchenettes are available, as is a vast array of tasty meals from various outlets in the vicinity. The walk to FAMU leads through the most beautiful part of old Prague. 

Many cultural and social activities right after your arrival: These include for example a welcome dinner and basics of Prague’s genius loci.

An introductory photography exercise where the quality of your camera does not matter (a mobile telephone is enough) – what matters is a fresh idea and understanding the assignment. 
Shooting on a 16 mm film: A collective assignment, individual shoots, a collective composition, and individual experience. 

Guest lectures: These are the cornerstone of our entire summer workshop. We try to expose students to various opinions and methods of pro filmmakers throughout the course. 

A magnificent week in Karlovy Vary that is just the bomb: A beautiful spa town where we go to its A-class film festival. Industry accreditations open doors to workshops and industry events for students and enable them to see just as many great films a day as they can take. 

Then the fun ends and hard work begins. Students get to make the final film in a group, with each member participating in screen writing, consulting, and pitching. 

Students learn hands-on filmmaking skills under the leadership of experienced experts in the field – you will experience a leap in the initiation to digital cinematography. 

Shooting a project under the cinematography, sound design, lighting, and production supervision of the FAMU team. 

Editing and postproduction phase 

Final showing in the presence of everyone who participated in the summer workshop program.

A magnificent farewell. Our summer school concept is based on a simple principle – thorough theoretical and hands-on preparation for the shooting and collective honing of the work from the idea to completion result in above-average outputs, as we have had the opportunity to see every year. The priority is room for individual creative growth, strengthening creative abilities and skills of the craft, and close student-tutor cooperation. Yes, the workshop is intense in terms of both time and energy, but it works. And don’t worry – we have incorporated some leisure time for you in the schedule. The maximum capacity of the Summer School is limited to 16 participants, minimum age of 18. Students do shoot their final film of the workshop on collaborative bases. If you wish to enroll please observe the two following dates – an Early Bird gets a discount!


How to apply for the Summer Filmmaking Initiation Campus 2020

Whom we are looking for? Whom you can expect among your course mates? 
We are looking for open-minded talented young people, who are open to challenges of various stages of filmmaking process. 
The challenge is also based on facing collaborative work, ability to deliver ideas and participate on choosing the best once (including reflection of criteria) and its development and shooting.

HOW TO APPLY? 
Application requirements (to be sent via e-mail):

  • A filled in application form
  • A motivation letter
  • A brief CV
  • At least 2 different samples of your original creative work (a short film, a short story, poetry, a set of photographs, music etc.). Please share its web location or send it to us as an e-mail attachment if the file size so permits.
  • Confirmation of payment of the admission fee of EUR 40. The amount credited to our account must be precisely EUR 40 regardless any transfer charges.

Send all the required materials by e-mail to famu.international@famu.cz (we do not require to send any printed material, please state SUMMER CAMPUS 2019 into the subject of the e-email.)

 

Bank details: 
Account owner: AMU – Akademie múzických umění v Praze 
Bank: Komercni banka, Karmelitska 33, 118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Account number: 195373 180297/0100 
Code: 33 19-005/9 
Swift Code: KOMBCZPP 
IBAN format of KB account number: CZ 5301000000195373180297) 
Notice to recipient: TBA in March 2019

Admission deadlines: 

Early bird applications deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Announcing admissions in the early bird round: Mar 15, 2020

Early bird tuition fee to be paid: Mar 30, 2020

Regular admission deadline: Apr 1, 2020

Announcing regular admissions: Apr 15, 2020

Regular admission fee to be paid: Apr 30, 2020

 

Workshop fees:

Those admitted in the Early Bird round of the admission procedure will pay:

CZK 119 500,- (approx EUR 4 680)

Those admitted on the regular admission deadline will pay:

CZK 125 500,- (approx EUR  4920)

(VAT included)


The workshop fee covers: 
- tuition 
- accommodation in Prague and Karlovy Vary 
- all transport costs associated 
- accreditation for the festival 
- location scouting within Prague, all scheduled cultural events 
- filming and postproduction facilities coverage 
- final screening reception 
- visa and insurance consulting

The workshop fee does not cover: 
- food allowance 
- airfare 
- health insurance


The Head of FAMU Summer Filmmaking Campus – Vít Janeček 
"We started to develop curricula of this workshop seven years ago and its unique content brings us every year more and more talents applying thanks to word of mouth. I already know, that collaborative creative work of 16 people, often each of them coming from a different country, can intensely expose and provoke to growth hidden sides of skills and unique personal gifts on many levels – and it make me most happy and proud to lead this special course."

The program co-ordinator and teacher – Jitka Hejtmanová 
"I see our Summer Campus as a comprehensive educational tool. The main focus is film but the overall idea is learning the skill of storytelling. To grasp the idea, work on it hard and be able to execute the story. It does not matter if the media is silent BW celluloid, still photographs, writing or – most importantly – a short movie. The student coming is not exactly the same person as the student leaving – the latter´s horizons are broader in many respects."

16 mm film "City Symphony" project mentor – František Týmal 
"If this summer programme is to be the true initiation for students, it is impossible to omit working with the classic film material, as this tradition is still alive at FAMU. Over the course of several days, we will immerse ourselves intensively in a world without digital technologies where one´s decision cannot easily be reversed by clicking a button. It is important to focus on every single moment, whether it is loading the camera with the film reel, mixing the developing chemicals or cutting the one and only original film. This is the best way to practice intuition, which is something a true filmmaker cannot do without."


These are the dates you should not miss if you want to become part of FAMU family.

Early bird applications deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Announcing admissions in the early bird round: Mar 15, 2020

Early bird tuition fee to be paid: Mar 30, 2020

Regular admission deadline: Apr 1, 2020

Announcing regular admissions: Apr 15, 2020

Regular admission fee to be paid: Apr 30, 2020

 

 

When does FAMU SUMMER FILMMAKING INITIATION CAMPUS 2020 take place?

We start on June 26, 2020 and finish on July 30, 2020 (5 weeks).