Top 15 International Film Schools Revealed

12:00 PM 8/16/2017

by THR Staff

THR's overseas correspondents — in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and elsewhere — get the scoop on where to learn filmmaking in a foreign land.

Beijing Film Academy
Beijing Film Academy
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  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School

    Jane Campion
    Jane Campion
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    Oscar winner Margaret Sixel (editing, Mad Max: Fury Road) attended, as did Jane Campion and Philip Noyce.

  • Beijing Film Academy

    Zhang Yimou
    Zhang Yimou
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    The USC of the East, this Chinese school boasts alumni from art house stars (like Jia Zhangke) to Sino film mainstays (like Zhang Yimou).

  • Centro De Capacitacion Cinematografica

    Rodrigo Prieto
    Rodrigo Prieto
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    Mexico's top film school is certainly affordable — $1750 a year. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street) is an alumnus.

  • Centro Sperimentalde Di Cinematografia

    Dino De Laurentiis
    Dino De Laurentiis
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    This 82-year-old Roman film school gave birth to Italian Neorealism; Dino De Laurentiis and Michelangelo Antonioni went here.

  • Famu

    Milos Forman
    Milos Forman
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    This Prague institution offers English-language courses to its largely international student body. Alumni include Oscar winner Milos Forman and double Palme d'Or winner Emir Kusturica. 

  • The Film Academy

    Michael Haneke on the set of 'Amour'
    Michael Haneke on the set of 'Amour'

    Austria's leading film school counts Oscar director nominee Michael Haneke (Amour) and nominee Gotz Spielmann (Revanche) among its faculty.

  • Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg

    Ludwigsburg
    Ludwigsburg
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    Europe's top animation and special effects school is in the cartoon-sounding Ludwigsburg, Germany.

  • Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography

    Moscow
    Moscow
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    Russia's oldest and best-known film school — founded in 1919 — it once had Sergei Eisenstein on the faculty.

  • La Femis

    Claire Denis
    Claire Denis
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    This old Parisian school (Louis Malle's alma mater) has a new dean, who's updating the curriculum to make it more (zut alors!) commercial. Other notable alumni include Claire Denis and Francois Ozon. 

  • Lodz FIlm School

    Andrzej Wajda
    Andrzej Wajda
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    Poland's top film school has churned out Oscar winners like Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda.

  • National Film and Television School

    Roger Deakins working on the set of 'Sicario'
    Roger Deakins working on the set of 'Sicario'
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    Nick Park and Roger Deakins' old school — in Beaconsfield, England — is undergoing a $26 million expansion.

  • Universidad Del Cine

    Damian Szifron
    Damian Szifron
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    It's Argentina's best-known film school; Wild Tales' Damian Szifron learned to point a camera here.

  • Korean Academy of Film Arts

    Bong Joon Ho at the Seoul premiere of 'Okja'
    Bong Joon Ho at the Seoul premiere of 'Okja'
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    It has produced more than 600 grads since starting in 1984, including Korean superstar Bong Joon Ho.

  • RTA School of Media at Ryerson University

    Toronto
    Toronto
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    At this Toronto school with L.A. roots, 30 students come to Hollywood every year for mentorships with pros like showrunner Joel Surnow.

  • The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School

    David Lynch
    David Lynch
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    Named after the legendary On the Waterfront producer, this Jerusalem school boasts David Lynch and Wim Wenders as honorary fellows.

    This story first appeared in the Aug. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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