Rome International Film School

Degrees Offered
Summer Programs, 2 Year Conservatory, 1 Year Conservatory, Graduate Certificate, Short Term Courses
Acting, Animation & Digital Arts, Character Animation, Cinematography, Creative Producing, Directing, Documentary Filmmaking, Editing, Film & Television Production, Producing, Production Design, Sound Design, Writing and Producing for Television, Writing for Screen & Television, Screenwriting, Film Studies, Cinema Visual Effects, Sound
Tuition Range
$10k to $20k

Film School details

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 filmmaking – 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 filmmaking 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, while also selecting from a number of electives offered, including animation, acting, documentary film, film studies and other courses. During this first term, students will also work in small groups and produce several film exercises and two original short films.

During the Spring semester students can specialize in a track of their choice, taking advanced classes in one or more specializations, while also participating in professional workshops where production is going on each week. Additionally they have the opportunity to make two more original 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 made four films of their own and to have worked on over 30 films during their time at RIFS.

The Feature Program

Highly qualified students will compete each year to be among the ten 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.

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.
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Via del Pantheon 57, Rome 00186 Italy