Rome International Film School

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RIFS is the answer for many who seek high level, modern, practical film education in one of the finest international contexts.
Degrees Offered
  1. 1 Year Conservatory
  2. Summer Programs
  3. Short Term Courses
  4. Graduate Certificate
  1. Acting
  2. Cinematography
  3. Cinema Visual Effects
  4. Creative Producing
  5. Directing
  6. Editing
  7. Film & Television Production
  8. Film Studies
  9. Producing
  10. Production Design
  11. Screenwriting
  12. Sound
  13. Sound Design
  14. Writing and Producing for Television
  15. Writing for Screen & Television
Yearly Tuition
$10k to $20k
Tuition Detail
Please refer to our website for details on the program and tuition fees. The tuition fee for the one year program 2022/23 is €16,500.
This covers all training and use of RIFS equipment and faccilities, but not living expenses.
Application Deadline Types
  1. Early Decision
  2. Rolling Admission
Early Action Deadline
Sep 10, 2021
Early Decision Application Deadline: Jun 2, 2022
Early Decision 2 Application Deadline: Oct 10, 2021
Deadline Details
Ongoing. Limited in 2022/23 to 16 students. When we reach the limit applications will no longer be accepted.

Film School details

School Website
What is the Application Fee? $ 0
What is the official minimum GPA requirement? N/A
Is a GRE required for admission? No
Is the SAT or ACT required for admission? No
Is a portfolio required for admission? Yes
Who owns the copyrights of the films made at the school? The Student
The Rome International Film School – RIFS – offers students from around the world the opportunity to learn the art, craft and business of film, television and new media, through a finely structured mix of courses teaching classic professional standards and the ever changing innovations, with a major focus on storytelling, project creation and completion, giving students a three dimensional, complete, practical education in the field.

RIFS is unique in Europe, merging American film education techniques with European cultural and international sensibilities.
RIFS’ focus is on stimulating creativity and teaching true technical proficiency to students, through well-designed, proven courses in the fundamentals of film-making – directing, screenwriting, acting, cinematography, sound, production design, post-production, animation, visual effects and more – as well as intensive prioritizing on the making of films. We will turn out professionals, ready to step into the world of film-making internationally, each with his or her artistic and professional vision.

The RIFS faculty features award winning directors, screenwriters, producers and film technicians, recognized domestically in their countries, and internationally. RIFS will also boast a steady stream of international guests: writers, directors, actors, producers, art directors, editors, distributors, and other professionals from all corners of the globe, ready to share their experiences with master classes, seminars, screenings, Q&A’s and the like. The school has nurtured relationships with active film production and distribution companies, ready to offer internships and practical professional experience to our students as well. RIFS has a growing Honorary Advisory Board composed of select and important figures in the world of international film, on hand to offer advice, help monitor the school’s evolution and continue to assure the highest level of teaching and film production.

The one-year program

During the Fall semester students take core courses in directing, screenwriting, editing, production and cinematography, acting, short film conception and production, and other short courses in sound and production design. During this first term, students also work in small groups and produce several film exercises and original short films.

During the Spring semester students receive advanced classes, while also participating in a professional workshop which may evolve from year to year. Last year student produced a commercial for major Italian daily newspaper. Additionally they have the opportunity to make more original short films of their own while working on their fellow students’ projects.

By the end of the year, besides gaining enormous practical training in classes, the hands-on approach will allow students to produce two films of their own and to have worked on and be credited on over a dozen films during their time at RIFS.

The Feature Program

Highly qualified students will compete each year to be among those invited to participate, and receive advanced training and mentoring as they write, direct, produce, and complete a feature film. RIFS will actively work with our professional, international outlets to distribute the work produced by our students. This way, graduates of RIFS' feature program will hit the ground running as they launch into their careers, with a potentially commercially and artistically successful film. This program is in development. Currently RIFS is working together with four other international film programs to produce our first feature, composed of related short films made by top students from each of our five schools.

The RIFS mission is to provide talented students the opportunity to learn the skills in a creative and practical environment from experienced professionals in the field, so as to be prepared to advance their careers.

With the technologies, platforms, markets, audiences and commercial realities evolving constantly, the RIFS program and approach is built to be responsive to that evolution, to equip and prepare students for the latest developments, as well as to furnish the timeless knowledge that has underpinned the field since its inception. Students work with the latest technologies and techniques, but they are also trained to ensure the quality and value of the content of their work. We strive to see students produce not only projects that are technically impressive, but also those that can move people and make people think. RIFS offers a multi-disciplinary, fast-track program, for students from around the world, with a focus on professionalism, creativity, storytelling and innovation.

Application Requirements

CV and Cover letter, and links to work done.

Class Size

Max 16 per program

Internship Opportunities

Yes, for qualifying students with extended visas or EU citizenship

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No filmmaker is so great that Carl Haber cannot help them improve and explore the full extent of their potential. I have had the pleasure to take a handful of courses from Carl at RIFS and in addition to being one of the most interesting and kind people you will meet in your life, Carl is boundlessly generous with his over 40 years of industry wisdom, and picking his brain is a true gift for anybody interested in cinema. Before taking classes with RIFS, I had already completed film school and worked on every type of project from music videos to shorts to feature films and commercial productions, and I have never felt more confident in my ability as a creator than with the knowledge I acquired from RIFS. The courses I took from Carl have given me clarity in the process and made me comfortable pushing the boundaries of what I thought I was capable of. Carl believes in his students and advocates for them to the utmost of his ability. If you want to become a better filmmaker, you would be foolish to leave this opportunity unexplored. 10/10 stars, full endorsement from me.
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Thanks to professor Carl Haber I was able to learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and how to implement them. For the first time in my life, I'm able to write an interesting story from beginning to end. Haber is very knowledgeable and guides his students into the interesting world of filmmaking. Great class, school, and professor! I highly recommend it!
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Are the classes in English? I'm guessing there are no programs for people from the US right now
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Carl H
the classes are in English, yes. Currently courses are online, so Americans can of course participate, as they are scheduled in the later afternoon Rome time. The hope and plan is to re-open the school on site for a special one semester term beginning in January, and if the covid19 pandemic eases up, and US residents are allowed back in to the EU and Italy specifically, then surely qualified Americans could join the program in Rome. If you are interested in the online classses taking place now and/or into the fall, please do write ASAP to - thanks from all of us at RIFS for your interest.

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