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.

DIRECTING DEPARTMENT: FUC (Buenos Aires, Argentina), CalArts (Los Angeles, US), Beijing Film Academy (Beijing, China)

In the third year, the directing students are given the opportunity to do an exchange with three film schools abroad. Two directing students spend a period studying at the FUC, Argentina’s film school in Buenos Aires. Two others are sent to CalArts in L.A., California. The last two are going to the Beijing Film Academy, in China.

Overview of the FUC
Founded in 1991 and recognised by the Ministry of Culture and Education of the Republic of Argentina, this film school is located in San Telmo, the oldest barrio (district) of Buenos Aires. It counts over 1,000 students and has produced over 700 short films on 16mm and 35mm.
The FUC pursues three objectives: promote creativity by providing a space to make original projects; prioritise film education by integrating the discipline into a general culture approach, and become a production house where students can find professional employment.

Details of the Exchange Programme
Two students from FUC’s Cinematography Department follow a two-month programme at La Fémis including a lighting workshop with DoP Ricardo Aronovich (or Andrzej Zulawski, Raoul Rui and others) and a class on the role of assistant.
In exchange, three directing students from the third year at La Fémis travel out to Buenos Aires where they spend six weeks making a film (documentary or fiction) with the help and support of the FUC.
This programme is supported by the French Embassy in Argentina.

Overview of CalArts
CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) is a school located in Valencia, in Los Angeles County, specialising in arts programmes. Founded by Walt Disney in the early 1960s, CalArts was created to realise Disney’s dream of an interdisciplinary arts institution. Providing professional support in the form of practical workshops as opposed to theory classes, the school offers courses in six disciplines: music, dance, film, theatre, critical studies and art. Alumni include Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Laurie Anderson, Henry Selick and Ry Cooder to name a few.

Details of the Exchange Programme
At around the same time as the three directing students leave for Argentina, the three other directing students at La Fémis take a six-week workshop directed by Monte Helmann and a feature screenplay writing workshop with Ernest Marrero. They are also permitted to attend other classes in the Film Directing Department.
In exchange, La Fémis hosts two directing students from CalArts who come to Paris for three months to make a documentary.

Overview of the Beijing Film Academy
BFA (Beijing Film Academy) is the only film academy in China and the largest film academy in Asia. Founded in 1950, BFA has educated thousands of China’s movie practitioners. They constitute nearly half of the directors, cinematographers, sound designers, art designers, actors and actresses who are currently active in the Chinese film industry.
At present, Beijing film academy has 9 departments, 5 schools and offers B.A, M.F.A., M.A. and PhD degrees. It provides complete training for future talents and professionals in filmmaking as well as in theory, technology, management, etc.

Details of the Exchange Programme
Two third-year directing students from La Fémis will shoot a collective documentary in Beijing for 6 weeks with four BFA directing students and the support and assistance of BFA.
In return, La Fémis hosts in October two directing students from the BFA who follow the sound track workshop with the third-year Fémis scriptwriting students, where they write a synopsis from an original sound track that they have to record in a specific place in 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.

PRODUCING DEPARTMENT: Tokyo University of the Arts-GEIDAI (Yokohama, Japan) and Korean Academy of Film Arts-KAFA (Seoul, South Korea)}

Overview of GEIDAI
Tokyo University of the Arts - Geidai founded the Graduate School of Film and New Media in 2005. This institution offers a Master’s and a doctoral programme. The three departments (film production, animation and new media) were set up at the same time. Training is intensive and takes place over two years. The Film Production Department comprises seven specialisations: directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, sound production, editing and production design. During the two years of study, each student makes about five films in different formats (HDV, 16mm, 35mm. etc.).

Overview of KAFA
Under the guidance of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), KAFA was created in 1984. Over 30 years, KAFA has evolved in pace with the South Korean film industry and has trained over 100 professional directors, cinematographers and screenwriters, with alumni including Bong Joon-ho, Hur Jin-ho, Im Sang-soo, Choi Dong-hun and Kim Tae-yong.
KAFA’s programme is very much dedicated to film production. The initial programme of one year (four terms of 10 weeks each) covers directing, animation and cinematography. Next the students have the option to take part in a research programme, a one-year curriculum during which they make three full-length fiction films and one animated feature film.

Details of the Exchange Programme
For two weeks, the students from La Fémis, Geidai and KAFA follow an intensive workshop of theory classes and practicals in English including screenings of films made by each school followed by analysis, case studies of commercial and independent films from the three countries, and, working in a group, the production of three short films (one film using archive footage, one film with the students performing as the actors and one film with Japanese or foreign actors).
This programme is supported by the French Embassies in Japan and South Korea.

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].
In exchange, the cinematography students at La Fémis are invited to participate in a special effects workshop at the Filmakademie in 2014.

EDITING DEPARTMENT: 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.
In exchange, La Fémis welcomes one or two ECAL students to follow the editing department’s programme for one month.


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 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.
This programme is supported the French Embassy in India.


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.
This programme is supported by OFAJ.

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