Short Programmes

Opening the MEDIA programme to include initial training paved the way for many partnerships between European schools that have put in place joint training workshops for their students.
La Fémis is a participant in two workshops supported by MEDIA: “Low Budget Film Forum” and “Making Waves”.

“Low Budget Film Forum”

La Fémis is one of the four partners of the Low Budget Film Forum, a European seminar aimed at low-budget films created by the London Film School with the involvement of the Danske Filmskole (Denmark) and Budapest Academy of Film and Drama (Hungary). They give twenty students from these four schools the opportunity to take part in a one-week seminar during which case studies on films made in France, Hungary, the UK and Denmark are presented by their respective directors and producers. Also planned are masterclasses with screenwriting, directing and producing tutors in small groups to discuss the film projects of participants.

“Making Waves”

La Fémis is one of the six partners of Making Waves, a workshop specialising in the marketing and distribution of independent films in Europe, devised by the London Film School in partnership with the DFFB (Germany), the UNATC (Romania), the ESCAC (Spain) and Columbia University (US).
This one-week workshop takes place during the Berlinale and allows production and distribution graduates to discuss emerging strategies in the distribution of independent films and the diversity and challenges of the European markets through a series of case studies: creation of a promotional campaign, trailer and poster; development of a distribution strategy for brand new independent films.

“European Film School Network Seminars”

Each year, La Fémis organises a professional event for around 30 managers (directors, directors of programmes, directors of international relations, heads of department) over two days to explore a burning issue related to education. This programme is supported by the European Union’s MEDIA programme.

Each year, La Fémis organises a professional event for around 30 managers (directors, directors of programmes, directors of international relations, heads of department) over two days to explore a burning issue related to education. This programme is supported by the European Union’s MEDIA programme.

Organised by La Fémis in partnership with the LFS (London Film School) and the VSMU (Bratislava - Slovakia), the European Film School Network (EFSN) seminar aims to strengthen relations and cooperation between film schools and provides a platform for managers to develop their own exchanges and partnerships.

Since 2004, the meetings have tackled a number of important issues facing European schools such as assessment in art schools, the European equivalence system (ECTS), the Erasmus programme, co-productions for school films, the Licence/Master/Doctorate and the concept of research in a film school.

In 2013, the subject of the seminar was the training of directors of photography in the new technological environment: “How can we teach cinematography in film schools today?”

These meetings are an opportunity to bring European film schools closer together and share best practices, and have played a vital role in improving our understanding of the curriculum at each school and the building of partnership models.

Over 30 representatives of film schools within the European Union - IAD, RITS (Belgium), Academy of Dramatic Arts (Croatia), FAMU (Czech Republic), Baltic Film and Media School of Tallin University (Estonia), Aalto University and UIAH (Finland), Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière (France), HFF Potsdam and Munich (Germany), The Budapest Academy of Film and Drama (Hungary), IADT (Ireland), Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italy), Nederlandse Film en Televise Academie (Netherlands), UNATC (Romania), ESCAC (Spain), University of Gothenburg and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (Sweden), ECAL (Sweden), Edinburgh Napier University, NFTS and University of Westminster (UK) and others all take part in this annual event.

La Fémis has partnered up with the website Cineuropa to create a database containing a directory of the schools and enables each European candidate to identify the different schools and their programmes and find the training best suited to them.