What if I am interested in other areas besides directing?
Each workshop produces up to 8 films, so those with specific interests such as screenwriting, cinematography and/or sound design will find plenty of opportunities to offer their services to fellow students. We do not dictate the makeup of each crew but have a system in place that assures each position is filled for every project. That being said, students who wish to specialize in Cinematograghy or Sound Design, etc., can focus in that specific area. Those with purely a directorial approach, will still be required to serve as camera, gaffers, sound recordists, general crew, etc., on other projects to ensure a well-rounded approach that accounts for collaboration. All students are welcome to organize alternatives to our pre-arranged crew lists with faculty approval. Otherwise, students will rotate through and support each other's films in a balanced, productive manner. We do however, understand the importance of specialization so we account for this.
*Should I apply early?
With a limit of 8 students per intensive, applying early is not just recommended, it's imperitive. Once you choose the appropriate dates, please send your inquirey so we can begin the application process. Applying in a timely manner is important due to your working out the logistics of traveling to Europe for 4+ weeks. *- €200 Euro discount applies to those students who enroll and pay before Jan. 1st 2019!
Does PIFA offer an official degree or accreditation?
Prague International Film Academy is not a university as such. Our 4-wk intensive workshops prepare students for the film industry. We do not hand out official academic degrees, although PIFA does provide certificates of completion. Most of all, your experience producing and directing your own high-quality short film will provide the essential 'calling card' you need, as you move forward in the industry. PIFA is a registered S.R.O. company here in The Czech Republic, so we provide a professional-level service in the field of film production.
How much is the course?
Students can find the tuition price at the bottom of our Admissions Page.
How much is the deposit? Do I owe a deposit plus full tuition?
The initial deposit is 20% of our course tuition. This amount secures your position on the course of your choosing. The remaining amount to be paid is adjusted based on the amount already paid in the deposit, therefore the remaining amount to be paid is 80% of the full tuition. For example, if tuition is €2300 then the deposit securing your spot on the course would be €460 and the rest of the tuition to be paid two weeks before the course is €1840.
Can I work while in Prague?
You will have no time for working in Prague during the film intensive, and anyone from outside the EU cannot officially work here without a permit.
Are your programs run in English?
Yes, all of PIFA’s programs are run in English.
Do I have to know some Czech?
No, we do everything in English. In the event that Czech is required a member of the staff will handle the translations. For any issues you may contact us with a description of what you need and we will do our best to assist you.
Does PIFA provide housing?
Yes, although in the event that our housing is unavailable for whatever reason we will do our best to assist students in finding accommodation elsewhere. We know this can be difficult so we seek to provide as relaxed an experience as possible.
Does the school provide a meal plan?
No, but due to our excellent location in Holešovice we have a surplus of local restaurants and supermarkets available nearby.
What are the fees for housing?
Potential students will receive housing fees in our information packets after receiving their application.
Does the school shoot on film?
Most students at PIFA shoot with RED, Blackmagic, Sony or available DSLRs. Due to the short term (4 weeks) it is not possible to develop the film in time to present the student’s work for the premiere on the last day.
What does early application mean?
Applying before the early application deadline ensures your application is reviewed before most other applicants. This means the odds of securing a position in the program of your choice is quite high since we only have a limited number of spaces available on each course. This being said, students who are0 accepted early must also confirm their participation in the program early by paying the program deposit.
Is Prague safe?
Yes. Violent crimes are almost unheard of. Pick-pocketing does occasionally occur in the city center, but most people never experience this as there are simple precautions you can take. Prague is an extremely safe capital.