Frequently Asked
Questions

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    Q: How much does the 8 1/2 months program cost?

    A: You can read about our fees and payment here.
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    Q: What's included and what's not?

    A: Basically everything is included: accommodation, meals, use of equipment, student trip, teaching, guest lecturers, production costs (except for the Indie Films). However, it is of course a good idea to bring some pocket money for leisure.
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    Q: (For Danes only) Does the 8 1/2 month program entitle Danes to any State Educational Fund (SU)?

    A: Since the European Film College is a Danish folk high school (højskole), the course does unfortunately not entitle you to any educational funds from the Danish government.
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    Q: How many films do the students produce during the 8 1/2 month programme?

    A: The student body produce about 170 all together during a school year, including all projects and exercises (from 90-second films to Final Films).

    Read more about the different projects at the European Film College here.
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    Q: How many students join the program every year?

    A: 120 students are accepted into the program every year. All students live at the college.
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    Q: How many students apply to the European Film College every year?

    A: The number varies a bit, but we receive between 170 and 200 applocations each year.
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    Q: How many female students and how many male?

    A: Usually there are slightly more male than female students, because we have slightly more male applicants. But we always aim towards an even distribution of gender.
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    Q: How many Danes and how many foreigners?

    A: According to Danish law at least 50% of the students (at any given time during the program period) must be Danish in order for the college to get state subsidy. To live up to this we allocate 55% of the places for Danes and 45% for foreigners.
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    Q: What is the average age of the students?

    A: 90% of our students are between 19 and 25 years old. The last 10% are between 25 and 30 years old. But all age differences seem to vanish within a coupe of weeks because the question of age difference is pushed into the background by the common interest in film. We can assure you that you'll leave the EFC with friends that are both younger and older than you!
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    Q: How much experience does the average student have with filmmaking?

    A: The students' experience vary a lot. Some applicants have no practical experience with filmmaking and others have a little or a lot of experience. Within a couple of months that difference is basically evened out.
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    Q: How much film knowledge do I need to have to apply?

    A: You don't need to have any practical or theoretical experience to apply, but since you will be working with film pretty much 24-7, we of course expect you to have a curious and inquisitive approach to film.
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    Q: How do you choose among the applicants?

    A: Your personal letter of motivation and your visual representation play an important part, of course - not only the amount of documented experience but just as much your curiosity and eagerness to learn. Other than that two dominant factors have to do with nationality and gender, since we are acquired by law to have at least 50% Danish students, and since we also aim to have an equal number of female and male students
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    Q: How are the students coupled in double rooms?

    A: Students are put together gender-wise and - to the extent that it is possible - with a Dane and a foreigner in each double room. Since there is a minor majority of Danes a few of them are room-mates. We do not allow students who know each other beforehand to couple up because we want to encourage the students to get to know new people.
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    Q: How often does it happen that roommates split up?

    A: This rarely happens. On an average basis we have 1-3 roommate couples changing rooms every year. And in many cases this is not because they have a conflict but based on practical matters - different sleeping habits etc. If a roommate couple wishes to split up, they have to agree on this and also find another roommate couple that wants to swap with them. The Student Administrator also has to approve the swap.
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    Q: How are the students put together in crews during the project period?

    A: During the course exercises and the first school project (3-minute Films) the faculty puts together the crews for film projects. During the rest of the projects the students put together the crew themselves.
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    Q: Where do the students go after their stay at the European Film College?

    A: Our previous evaluations show that a great number of the students who leave the college state that they want to work with film in some way (around 95-100%). We have an impressive number of former students in the film industry, film schools etc. But some of our students also chose alternative paths and end up somewhere entirely else than the film business, taking the passion for film and a unique experience with them.
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    Q: Will I get a diploma/certificate when I leave the EFC?

    A: Being a folk high school we cannot issue exam diplomas as such. You can, however, earn some merit and skip a year at The Met Film School in London, if you want to go there after your stay at EFC. You can also earn merit to some American colleges. When you leave the college you will get a dimploma verifying your stay and stating the courses you have taken. As a non-Danish student you can also have an EU-issued certificate (Europass) documenting which courses you have taken and how many hours of teaching each course has comprised.
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    Q: Do you have any scholarships I can apply for?

    A: We do apply for two scholarships each year from The Obel Family Foundation, but these two scholarship (should we recieve them from Obel), are handed out to two students after their stay at the college, based on contribution to the social and professional life at the school as well as financial issues. So they are not something you can budget with beforehand.

    We also issue smaller folk high school scholarships from the Danish government during the year to selected international students, also based on contribution and financial issues.

    You can try and contact your local community or municpality for smaller scholarships, or you can look for foundations who hand out scholarships for art students.