Up-and-Comers: 5 Film Schools to Watch

Don't be surprised if they make THR's Top 25 Film Schools list next year.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

►Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Art Center gave Zack Snyder and Michael Bay their start. Between classes, cinematographer Mego Lin and director Jon Jon Augustavo made the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music videos "Thrift Store" and the MTV Award-winning "Same Love." Instructors have included New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis.

►Art Institute of Chicago 

Alumni include 2010 Cannes Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) and Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, winner of the Cinefondation prize for best student film at Cannes in 2013.

►Northern Film School, U.K.

Leeds' upstart film school has a rising star in alum Fabian Wagner: The Emmy nominee for cinematography on the BBC's Sherlock also shot episodes of Game of Thrones and is working on the upcoming Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy. The school turns out just five student films a year, but one managed to beat 900 others at Beijing's Student Film and Video Festival, and another won a Student Academy Award.

►International School of Film and Television, Cuba (EICTV)

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, poet Fernando Birri and Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa founded EICTV outside Havana in 1986. "Everyone who passes through the school cannot help but be touched by the spirit and creative inspiration of the place," says cinematographer Gabriel Beristain.

►Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles

"It focuses on social justice/human interest storytelling," says instructor and Smallville writer-producer Don Whitehead, a USC alum. The school offers a B.A. in Film & Media; a two-year, weekend-based MFA program geared to working professionals launches in September.