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Mentoring Programme

Mentoring Programme

"When you just observe, when you just feel what you see, when you feel the colour, feel the smell of everything, when you are just present, everything will just accumulate. Cinema is all about observation. You have to observe with your eyes, with your ears. The capacity of improvising, which comes from disposition to observe and listen, will always be there and will be the most acute, the most powerful, when you have a good plan. Why are we making cinema as an imitation, when we can make it as an authentic representation."

Carlos Reygadas' Masterclass, October 30, 2020


Applications are opened from 1. 11. to 31. 12. 2024.

For all communication, use the email mentorship@famu.cz exclusively

The objective of the mentoring programme is to support and enhance the teaching process so as to give the students an opportunity to confront their artistic output with the international professional environment. These hands-on stays are not part of the curriculum, they do not substitute any subjects, and are not recognised with credits, unless the study programme guarantor and Head of the Department rule otherwise.

The programme is open only to the students of accredited programmes in Czech and English who, at the time of application, are regular full-time students in the 2nd or higher year of a bachelor’s programme or any year of a master’s programme or are waiting for the state final examination.


A student or a group of students can propose the mentor directly in the application (see below). Mentors may also be suggested by teachers, Heads of Departments, study programme guarantees and/or the faculty management with a specific idea of the type of programme and participants from among the students. The suggestions must be submitted to the Vice-Dean for International Relations through e-mail – in such a case it is not necessary to fill in an application form.


FAMU aims to finance all types of mentoring programmes so that the students are reimbursed for all the costs of travel and stays (fares, accommodation, travel compensations).


Students can consult a Czech or international artist in any field on their artistic output. The students shall justify their choice in a motivation letter to illustrate the benefits of consulting the specific mentor for themselves. If the artist can participate, the consultations may take a distance form or the form of a stay.


Preparation of this type of mentoring takes 3-5 months.

Students can apply for a hands-on stay during the filming in the Czech Republic or abroad or in the form of shadowing on location, in the studio, etc. Students shall justify their choice in a motivation letter to illustrate the benefits of the specific stay for their study and/or project.


This form of mentoring is the most difficult one in terms of organisation and finance, and students should expect to start the preparation for such a stay at least 10 months in advance.

A student or a group of students (i.e. crew working on a film together) can suggest invitation of a Czech or international filmmaker. If the workshop materialises, it will be open to other FAMU students, though the initiator(s) will be registered with preference. They must justify their choice in a motivation letter to illustrate the benefits they expect for their project.


Organisation may take 3-6 months. 



The student prepares an application – see the list of documents below – in which names a specific mentor. During the preparation of the documents for the application, it should be taken into consideration that the selection depends on mentor's willingness to participate, time and financial possibilities of the faculty. It is advisable to list two or three options and count on more variants. However, in general:

  • you can consult your choice before submitting your application with the Vice-Dean for International Relations, who is the coordinator of the entire process. Therefore, students do not contact the Head of the Department or the Guarantee of the Study Programme
  • choose the type of mentoring program according to your study plan
  • it doesn't make sense to apply if you have 5 months or less to graduate
  • participation in the mentoring program does not excuse the student from fulfilling his study obligations
  • the program is conducted in English or other foreign language according to the mentor's choice

Two application submission deadlines are announced during the academic year. Deadlines for submission of further applications will be from 1. 7. to 31. 8. 2025.


  • The student fills out the application, provides information about himself/herself, the project and the proposed timetable – the student is not bound by this document in any way, he/she only shows interest in participating in the programme.
  • Along with the application, he/she will send a letter of motivation and other attachments related to the project/artistic output (script, photos, samples, exhibition concept...) – all these documents must be prepared in English, as they will be handed to a specific mentor.
  • Each student will be notified of the decision by email within one month of the deadline. In the case of a negative decision, they will receive an explanation.

During mentoring, the student continuously documents his experience and the development of his creative thinking, which he then freely captures in the final report, which has a lenght of at least 4 standard pages and the following structure:


  • how exactly did the mentoring take place?
  • how much time did you spend with the mentor?
  • what were the main questions or topics that you consulted with the mentor?
  • how did you changed your thinking and perspective about the film and what changes occurred in the development of your school film that you consulted with the mentor?

The report must be submitted within one month from the end of mentoring to the address mentorship@famu.cz




Mgr. Andrea Petrovičová 
Project Manager 
Administration of Inter-Institutional Agreements
International propagation
Teacher and Staff mobility
Mentoring programme
Tel.: +420 234 244 339 
E-mail: international.relations@famu.cz