Top 15 International Film Schools Revealed
To add some global perspective to a cinematic education, these overseas options (in alphabetical order) are worth the trip.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Looking for the next great filmmaker to take over Hollywood? You may want to start your search overseas. After all, the Oscar for best director has been dominated by international helmers of late, with nine out of the last 15 awards going to foreigners, including Mexico's Alejandro Inarritu who took home the trophy last year for Birdman. From Beijing to Berlin, here's a look at 15 film schools from around the globe that might just produce the next generation of international film talent.
Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Benefiting from its location within Sydney's Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, AFTRS boasts a number of leading Aussie filmmaking alums, including Jane Campion (The Piano) and Phillip Noyce (Salt).
Beijing Film Academy
Alma mater of China's most successful director, Zhang Yimou, and still churning out talents like Jia Zhangke, whose A Touch of Sin won best screenplay in Cannes in 2013.
Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica, Mexico
Mexico City's CCC has produced Oscar nominees like cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain) and production designer Felipe Fernandez del Paso (Frida).
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
Founded in 1935 by Benito Mussollini's head of cinema, this is the oldest film school in Western Europe and benefits from its proximity to the famed Cinecitta studios just outside Rome. Notable grads include Italian art house legend Michelangelo Antonioni (Blow Up) and influential cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now).
Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin
Based in Potsdamer Platz, site of the Berlin Film Festival, Fernsehakademie offers three courses of studies: directing, cinematography and producing.
ESAV Marrakech, Morocco
This up-and-coming school offers a scholarship program targeting talent in sub-Saharan Africa.
FAMU, Czech Republic
Milos Forman shot his first films at this Prague-based arts academy.
Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
One of the newest schools on this list — it was founded in 1991 — Baden-Wurttemberg benefits from an exchange program with a number of international partner schools, including Columbia University.
Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, Russia
Considered the oldest film school in the world - it was established in 1919 - Gerasimov once boasted faculty members like Sergei Eisenstein and has produced Russian auteurs like Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky.
La Femis, France
This Paris-based state film school, established in 1943, has produced a who's who of Gallic auteurs, including Louis Malle (My Dinner With Andre), Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour) and Francois Ozon (Young & Beautiful).
Lodz Film School, Poland
Established in 1948, the Polish National Film, TV and Theatre School in Lodz is Poland's most prominent film school. Notable alumni include Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Three Colors Trilogy).
The London Film School
Its master class program features lecturers like Stephen Frears. Alumni include Michael Mann and Mike Leigh.
National Film and Television School, England
Based at Beaconsfield Studios in Buckinghamshire, NTFS has produced film talents in across multiple categories, including animation (Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit), directing (Harry Potter helmer David Yates) and composing (Dario Marianelli, Oscar winner for Atonement).
Tel Aviv University, Israel
Steve Tisch recently donated $10 million to the university.
The Filmacademy Vienna, Austria
The highly selective UMDK offers Bachelor and Masters degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. It counts Oscar-winning director Michael Haneke (Amour) among its teachers.