Exchange Programmes

Since 2004, La Fémis has prioritised the development of its international relations, in particular by putting in place exchange programmes between each teaching department and the world’s top film schools.

Due to the pandemic, exchange programs in 2021 will go ahead on a case-by-case-basis, following each country’s restrictions policy.

DIRECTING DEPARTMENT: Tokyo University of the Arts (Yokohama, Japan)

At the end of the third year, the 6 student directors leave for Japan at the Tokyo University of the Arts in Yokohama.

Présentation de GEIDAI
Tokyo University of the Arts - Geidai (TUA) created the Graduate School of Film and New Media in 2005. This school offers a Master and Ph. D. program. The three sections (cinema, animation and media) were created at the same time. The training takes place over two years in a very dense course. The cinema section has 7 departments: direction, script, production, image, sound, editing and set design and 6 students are accepted by department. During the two years of study, each student makes around 5 films (in different formats: HDV, 16mm, 35mm, etc

Details of the Exchange Programme

The directors of La Fémis leave for two weeks in Yokohama to follow theoretical and practical courses on directing and each make a short film.
In exchange, the student producers of Geidai come to La Fémis in January to follow an intense workshop of theoretical and practical courses in English including a presentation of the financing system of French cinema, case studies of Asian films released in France with professional meetings.

And, within the framework of our relations with China, two student directors of the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) are welcomed at La Fémis in October to participate in the “soundtrack” workshop alongside the students of 3rd year scriptwriters and direct a documentary on Paris.

SCREENWRITING DEPARTMENT: Columbia University (New York, US)

Overview of Columbia University
The Film Department at Columbia University offers a Film Programme that studies film as a vehicle of history. This approach steers, to varying degrees, each of the classes available. Tutoring covers directing, writing and producing and also include technical and history/theory instruction. During the first year, all students follow a mandatory common programme made up of theory classes and practical workshops before choosing to specialise in screenwriting, directing or producing.

Details of the Exchange Programme
Third year screenwriting students take part in a short film screenwriting workshop over three weeks directed by the screenwriter and playwright Israël Horovitz (whose body of work includes 70 stage plays and screenplays such as The Strawberry Statement, winner of the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival) with six other Columbia students.
During the second part of their placement at Columbia, students from La Fémis follow a writing workshop specialising in TV series directed by an industry professional.
Students visiting from La Fémis also have the option to attend other courses at Columbia University as observers.
In exchange, La Fémis welcomes two fourth-year directing students from Columbia University for 12 weeks. They follow the Acting Workshop at the same time as our second-year directing students. La Fémis also hosts three second-year or fourth-year producing students from Columbia who over six weeks follow the programme of the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris dedicated to European co-productions, which includes a one-week internship working for a film sales company during the Cannes Film Festival.
This exchange also brings a screenwriting professor from Columbia over to Paris for five weeks of tutoring in June for second-year producing students.

EDITING AND CONTINUITY DEPARTMENTS: École Cantonale d’Arts de Lausanne - ECAL (Switzerland)

Overview of ECAL
Founded in 1821, ECAL is an art and design university. Since the 2006 school year, ECAL has offered a Master’s in film studies as part of the Master’s introduced by the Swiss Film Network, whose members include the HGKZ (Zurich), the UNIL (Lausanne), the UNIZH (Zurich) and the HES-SO (Lausanne, Geneva).
The Master’s programme is tailored to the specialisation chosen by each student, which can be directing, screenwriting or editing. Tutoring is largely practical. The practical time is split between the chosen specialisation and specific workshops (producing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound production, storyboarding, mise-en-scène, editing and more).

Details of the Exchange Programme
Editing students in their third year at La Fémis leave for a five-week placement at ECAL to edit the end-of-programme film projects (fiction or documentary) of the final year directing students. These films are then mixed at La Fémis.
The 3rd year La Fémis continuity students also take part in the filming of these films, which are then mixed at La Fémis in June.

In exchange, La Fémis welcomes one or two ECAL students to follow the editing department’s programme for one month, as well as other students from different departments depending on the teaching needs of ECAL.


Overview of the VGIK
The VGIK is a professional graduate school based in Moscow founded by Vladimir Gardine in 1919. The school provides training in the disciplines of film, video, television and other screen arts. The VGIK is modelled on a university and offers five-year programmes to around 2,000 students who combine classroom learning with practical exercises. Tutoring is split into classes in the morning and practical work in the afternoon.
The VGIK has teaching departments in the following disciplines: directing, producing, sound production, multimedia, acting, cinematography, screenwriting and critical analysis.

Details of the Exchange Programme
Six students in sound production from the VGIK come for two weeks in March to follow two specific modules: one on sound recording (using the boom) and another on recording sound effects.
In exchange, six third-year sound production students from La Fémis spend two weeks in Moscow in April to do the post-production of the animation films made by the VGIK students. They also follow a module on recording music.

PRODUCTION DESIGN DEPARTMENT: Film and Television Institute of India-FTII (Pune, India)

Overview of the FTII
Located across from the national film archives, the FTII is an independent school under the guidance of the Ministry of Information and Television. It offers intensive practical training through two programmes: film and TV programmes. The number of students is kept deliberately small and learning is mostly done through practical work and discussions with tutors. The specialisations covered are directing, cinematography, editing, sound production, production design, acting, screenwriting and animation.

Details of the Exchange Programme
Two fourth-year production design students from La Fémis spend one month in Pune in January or in February to understand production design from an Indian perspective and collaborate on short film shoots. Students are also invited on cultural excursions, such as visiting film studios.
In exchange, La Fémis welcomes two Indian students to participate in the Portrait/Self-portrait workshop with first-year students in October, as well as two other Indian students from the FTII editing department who who will follow the special effects workshop.

This program is supported by the French Institute in India and the Indian Embassy in France.


Overview of the INSAS
The INSAS (Belgium’s National Graduate School of Performance Arts and Broadcasting Technologies) is based in Brussels. In the film discipline, it offers a directing course and three technical courses. In the stage craft discipline, it offers a dramatic interpretation course and a theatre course based on stage directing, writing, stage technologies, producing and directing radio broadcasts. It favours an approach blending artistic work, practical instrumental apprenticeship and exploring as part of a team.
The tutoring is divided into four audiovisual specialisations: directing (film/radio-TV), cinematography, sound production and editing.

Details of the Exchange Programme
Continuity students from La Fémis take part in shoots for the end-of-study films of INSAS students and vice versa.


Overview of the HFF
Founded in 1966, the HFF is funded by the State of Bavaria. It runs a four-year programme covering both film and television specialisations for some 350 students. There are seven departments: Media Studies, Technology, Feature Film and Television Feature, Film and Television Documentary, Production and Media Business, Screenplay and Cinematography. To date it counts 1,800 graduates and past alumni include Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni (The Story of the Weeping Camel, final film project), Florian Henckel (The Lives of Others, started as a final project), and Roland Emmerich.

Details of the Exchange Programme
The second-year students from the Distribution/Cinema Management Department take a two-week workshop along with HFF’s Production and Media Business Department (one week in Paris, one week in Munich). German and French students team up on a problem related to distribution in France and Germany, meet industry professionals, conduct a comparative analysis of the French and German markets and do practical strategy exercises on German films released in France and French films in Germany.

The six third-year La Fémis image students participate in the “Night Shoot” workshop in Munich and in return the six HFF image students follow the Cinémascope workshop in La Fémis.

This programme is supported by The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO or OFAJ).

CINEMATOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Ludwigsburg, Germany)

Overview of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
The Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg was founded in 1991 in Ludwigsburg. Every year, over 300 professionals come to tutor students and guide their projects. The school also set up an institute dedicated to animation, special effects and digital post-production. It is a partner of the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris.

Details of the Exchange Programme
A complete film crew (screenwriter, director, producer and DoP) made up of students from the Filmakademie spend 15 weeks making a fiction short in the same conditions as La Fémis’ third-year students->article143#annee3].

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