Everyone loves the idea of films. Everyone loves watching films. But the question is, do you have it in you to actually make films? Show Business has always sounded like an exciting place to work and there is an endless stream of people going hoping to get their piece of the action. But trust me on this; it’s not really a piece of cake. What drive you towards filmmaking is not the cash, or the glitter and razzmatazz, what drives you towards filmmaking is the sheer passion and dedication towards the art.   

As we establish our Blog’s Top Ten feature, we present you the Top Ten Film making schools from all over the world. 


AFI's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles offers a two-year program where students specialize in fields including directing, producing and writing. The "fellows" there are kind of- more mature (average age is 27) and normally attend after having slogged in the industry. But hey, you get to make a thesis film with cool SAG actors and a good $13,500 in financing. If you know where you're going, AFI can get you there. 

WHAT DO YOU GET: MFA, certificate of completion

HOW MUCH TO GET IT: $38,416 for first year; $37,112 for second year (plus $8,033 for thesis)

THE Who’s WHO: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

WHERE DO I START: http://www.afi.com/


USC probably has more graduates working in the industry than any other school. USC takes the cake when it comes to technical training thanks to unrivaled facilities; they have the coolest equipment (cameras, studios et al) and also great ties with Hollywood. The upside: Wow, it's a vast dream factory. The downside: Damn, it's a vast dream factory.

WHAT DO YOU GET: Critical studies, B.A., M.A., MFA and Ph.D. programs in everything from film and TV to animation and digital arts

HOW MUCH TO GET IT: $42,000 (plus room and board)

THE WHO’S WHO: George Lucas (Star Wars), Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), Jon Landau (Avatar)

WHERE DO I START: http://cinema.usc.edu/


So, you can stay awake through French Cinema? La Femis is a public institution under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The course offers a well-rounded overview of the film business. In the first year, students are initiated into all aspects of production before specializing in a specific field chosen from seven main departments: directing, editing, sound, set design, cinematography, screenwriting and production. But this one is a tough nut to crack because on 3 percent of hopefuls get into this prestigious institute. 

WHAT DO YOU GET:Undergraduate degrees in screenwriting, directing, producing, sound design, editing and film distribution

HOW MUCH TO GET IT: $517 for French citizens; $15,334 for foreigners

THE WHO’S WHO: Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool), Celine Sciamma (Tomboy)

WHERE DO I START: http://www.lafemis.fr/


One day, Roland Emmerich went to the Baden-Wurtemberg Film Academy and recruited 14 students and graduates and told them to wipe out humanity from the face of this earth for his 1996 blockbuster ‘Independence day’ and guess what, these guys went on to win the 1997 Oscar for visual effects. Known for its practical approach to filmmaking, the academy is a leader in animation and visual effects training. But Baden-Wurtemberg only admits students who have at least one of year of practical experience in the film business and two years for its producers program. 




WHERE DO I START: http://www.filmakademie.de/?L=1


NFTS isn’t the best film school in the UK but is the only film school in the UK.  However, The NFTS boasts of a bunch of new programs as well as access to Britain's thriving movie and TV industry through development deals with Channel 4, the BBC and Aardman. 

WHAT DO YOU GET: M.A. in film and TV

HOW MUCH TO GET IT: $14,300 for residents; $32,000 for overseas students

THE WHO’s WHO: David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2), Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit). 

WHERE DO I START: http://www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk/index.php?module=Frontpage&flashinstall=no


China's most elite school for film direction, production and writing, accepts about 500 applicants out of 100,000 (China ALWAYS has a lot of people). The school is a source of new talent for film and TV production and closely linked with the nearby Beijing Film Studio. 

HOW MUCH TO GET IT: Program fees range from $1,240 to $1,550 for local students; international students pay $6,665 to $7,905 per year for film programs. 

WHAT DO I GET: B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. programs in everything from performance and direction to cinematography and animation. All degree programs are conducted in Chinese, though international students may take some courses in English or study Chinese at the Film Academy.

THE WHO’S WHO: Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers), Tian Zhuangzhuang (The Blue Kite)

WHERE DO I START: http://www.bfa.edu.cn/eng/EIndex.htm


Syracuse's Department of Transmedia includes filmmaking, computer art (animation and visual effects) and video art all in one place. Go there and you'll learn the whole process, from script to pre production to post. Only 40 students a year get plenty of attention 

HOW MUCH TO GET IT: $53,790 (includes room and board)

WHAT DO I GET: BFA and MFA in film, with minors and majors also available in animation/VFX

THE WHO’S WHO: Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Chris Renaud (Despicable Me), Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

WHERE DO I START: http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/transmedia

Think you have it in you to go ahead and make a difference? Then pull up your socks and follow your dream. Let’s end with this inspiring quote. 

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee. –James Cameron



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