Projects at the European Film College

During the 8½ months film foundation programme our students will do a series of different projects:


The Five Obstructions

During The Five Obstructions you will have the chance to briefly experience the role of a director, writer, cameraman, producer, sound person and actor. You will in other words try the various functions of a film crew through a very intense and fun introduction period.

Course Films

During each basic course period in the autumn semester you will make a film. You will work together with students from the other courses and you will each work in your course field. The aim is to practice knowledge and skills taught during the courses and to work on one common vision together with a crew. An evaluation of the process and the product will conclude each film.

Creative Documentary, the personal story – 10-minute films

In January you will make a documentary with a maximum duration of 10 minutes. There will be no restrictions on theme or style, but there must be some real world element. You can work with: mixing fiction and documentary, dramatic re-enactments, animation, archive footage, voice over, sound, music, interviews, cinema verité, or any style you like. You, the filmmaker, must have something personal at stake, either by making your relationship to the character or subject clear, or by being in the film yourself. You will hand in written proposals and up to 18 projects will be selected. The projects will be tutored throughout all stages and will conclude with evaluations. Students will organise the crews themselves.

Indie Films

The Indie Films are outside the curriculum. You prepare them in your spare time and shoot during allocated weeks. Here you have every chance to experiment and take creative risks. Play with the medium; challenge yourself and your crew.
You will hand in a project proposal, which will be assessed to establish if the project is ready for production before green lighting by the EFC faculty. Students will organise the crews themselves.

Final Film

The Final Films will conclude your 8½ months stay at the EFC. The maximum length of a Final Film is 10 minutes, and you can choose any genre or style you like. Students are invited to hand in original scripts.
Out of all submissions, app. 25 projects will be selected for tutored development for one week. The developed projects will be pitched and on the basis of the pitch and the developed project proposals, the Principal and an external reader from the film business will pick app. 17 projects to go into production. All students are encouraged to take part of a Final Film, even though their project does not get picked. Tutoring and coaching by the faculty and guests from the film business will be available throughout the process. Students will organise the crews themselves.

NOTE: Because we are a dynamic place in constant development, the detailed content of the curriculum as well as the projects are subject to changes every year.
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