Top 15 International Film Schools Revealed

Beijing Film Academy

  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School

    Oscar winner Margaret Sixel (editing, Mad Max: Fury Road) attended, as did Jane Campion and Philip Noyce.

  • Beijing Film Academy

    The USC of the East, this Chinese school boasts alumni from art house stars (like Jia Zhangke) to Sino film mainstays (like Zhang Yimou).

  • Centro De Capacitacion Cinematografica

    Mexico’s top film school is certainly affordable — $900 a year. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street) is an alumnus.

  • Centro Sperimentalde Di Cinematografia

    This 82-year-old Roman film school gave birth to Italian Neorealism; Dino De Laurentiis and Michelangelo Antonioni went here.

  • Famu

    This Prague institution offers English-language courses to its largely international student body.

  • The Film Academy

    Austria’s leading film school counts Oscar director nominee Michael Haneke (Amour) and nominee Gotz Spielmann (Revanche) among its faculty.

  • Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg

    Europe’s top animation and special effects school is in the cartoon-sounding Ludwigsburg, Germany.

  • Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography

    Russia’s oldest and best-known film school — founded in 1919 — it once had Sergei Eisenstein on the faculty.

  • La Femis

    This old Parisian school (Louis Malle’s alma mater) has a new dean, who’s updating the curriculum to make it more (zut alors!) commercial.

  • Lodz FIlm School

    Poland’s top film school has churned out Oscar winners like Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda.

  • National Film and Television School

    Nick Park and Roger Deakins’ old school — in Beaconsfield, England — is undergoing a $26 million expansion.

  • Universidad Del Cine

    It’s Argentina’s best-known film school; Wild Tales‘ Damian Szifron learned to point a camera here.

  • Korean Academy of Film Arts

    It has produced more than 600 grads since starting in 1984, including Korean superstar Bong Joon Ho.

  • RTA School of Media at Ryerson University

    At this Toronto school with L.A. roots, 30 students come to Hollywood every year for mentorships with pros like showrunner Joel Surnow.

  • The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School

    Named after the legendary On the Waterfront producer, this Jerusalem school boasts David Lynch and Wim Wenders as honorary fellows.





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