The Prague Student experience
Prague is the international filmmaking capital! It's also an inexpensive city with wonderful food options, great coffee shops, cafes, and world-class beer. Full hot meals are often less than €6 per person.
Prague’s transportation network of underground metro lines, tram lines, and buses make accessing the entire city very quick and inexpensive. Students can utilize this system safely and quickly to reach all areas of the city and into the beautiful Czech countryside.
“Prague has the best transportation system in the whole of Europe.” -Foreigners.cz
Prague has a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere. With low crime, low costs, beautiful architecture, supportive art communities, high-quality transportation, and a world-renowned film industry, Prague provides a wonderful student experience.
Prague has old-world beauty to spare but it resides comfortably in the modern era. It is both a geographical and moral bohemia, an exquisite city with a lively artistic subculture. Prague feels like a young city as it pulses with vibrant life and an international atmosphere that is the envy of municipalities many times its size. The city is well reputed for its busy nightlife, with a downtown stuffed full of trendy clubs, pretty cafes and a wide variety of restaurants and shops. And thanks to its big student population, the old, lovely city constantly receives the vitality and hum to keep it fresh and beautiful well into the 21st century.
Indeed Prague plays a leading role in the student experience at Prague International Film Academy. Professional productions come from all over the globe to shoot in the 'City of 100 Spires.' Students at Prague International Film Academy have the city available to them all the time, as a classroom, as a playground and as a film set.
Prague was recently rated the 6th safest city in the world.
PIFA is located in Prague 7, which the New York Times recently stated as a “ . . . prime spot for people watching and whiling away hours at cool cafes, shops and showrooms.” PIFA is walking distance to Prague’s largest park, once the hunting grounds for kings, many cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and cinemas that provide a wonderful experience for students as well as varied shooting locations for student film projects.
Prague is often referred to as Hollywood East. Many large-scale movies and TV shows have been filmed here and many are currently in production.A few notable films from the past: Snowpiercer (2013); Cronicles of Narnia (2005-); Hellboy (2004); Les Miserables (1998); The Illusionist (2006); Casino Royale (2006); Mission: Impossible (1996); Amadeus (1984), and so many more. Prague is home to Barrandov Studios, one of the premier film studios in the world.
Prague's two central districts, Stare Mesto (Old Town) and Mala Strana (Lesser Town) are divided by the loping Vltava River. Mala Strana, with its medieval buildings and twisting alleys, is dominated by the massive Prague Castle complex and the storybook beauty of the district itself. Mala Strana and Stare Mesto are linked by the famous Charles Bridge (1357 AD), a cobblestone wonder populated by a variety of artists, performers and visitors out for a stroll, Stare Mesto, meanwhile, features the famous Old Town Square, home to the centuries-old Astronomical Clock (1410 AD) and the imposing Tyn Church, a hulking structure that inspired the works of Franz Kafka.