Gulf Summer University

La Fémis Gulf Summer University is an intensive training programme for aspiring young filmmakers from the Gulf region. For five weeks in Paris, selected filmmakers are enriched with theoretical and practical filmmaking knowledge, and gain insight into the film industry through interaction with French filmmaking professionals. At the end of the training, filmmakers direct a five-minute film.

La Fémis organize since 20104 the Gulf Summer University , an intensive training programme for young aspiring filmmakers native from the Gulf Region, with the active support of local sponsors (the Doha Film Institute in Qatar, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters in Kuwait, Total in the UAE, private sponsors in Bahrain such as Dadabhai Travel, Garmco) and all the French Embassies, French Institutes and Alliances in the GCC region.

The programme takes place in Paris in August, and runs for 5 weeks of intensive classes, all week long, during which trainees thoroughly explores the filmmaking craft.

Objectives of the programme

The objective of the programme is to teach the fundamentals of cinematic language, the principles of directing, cinematography and sound, and the steps and professional methods from shooting to editing. The aim is not to provide specialized technical training, but to involve trainees in creating works that allow them to better understand the roles and tasks that are part of today’s filmmaking.

Trainees also have the opportunity to discover contemporary French cinema through the study of major French directors.


The programme is divided into two parts:

—  Filmmaking: Theory
Classes are given by professionals from the French film industry in which the following subjects are taught: production craft, the work of a producer, co-production, funds and festivals, cinema aesthetics, French cinema, screenwriting, film fundamentals, script continuity, story breakdown, directing, casting…

—  Filmmaking: Practical
While making a film (in digital) based on an existing script, trainees are involved in the various stages of the project’s development: rewriting, location scouting, shooting (1 day) and editing (3 days).
Each trainee makes a 5 minute fiction film. Each trainee, in turn, assumes directing, camera operating and photography, sound recording and editing. For that purpose, trainees learn the fundamentals of cinematography, sound recording and editing.
Throughout these exercises, the trainees are supervised by professionals who regularly teach at La Fémis.


This programme is open to very motivated young filmmakers, native from the Gulf region who wish to develop their practical and theoretical knowledge of filmmaking in France.

All courses are taught in English. The ability to speak, write and read English is compulsory.

Number of trainees: 9 from the Gulf Region (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates).

Admission level: Students or young professionals who are highly motivated to make films.

Age: Applicants must be between 21 and 33 years old.


The 2016 edition of this programme was supported by local sponsors who cover the tuition, travel and accommodation costs:

—  in Kuwait: the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters
(information through the French Institute in Kuwait)

—  in Qatar: the Doha Film Institute


—  in Bahrain: the French Embassy in Manama

For the 2017 edition, information will be post around March/ April 2017 on our website.