La Femis Summer Class 2018 – Application before March 5th !


La Fémis Summer Class 2018

May 22 – July 20, 2018

The Summer University is a two-month program for 15 non-European young film directors or film students who wish to develop their practical and theoretical knowledge of documentary filmmaking in France. This program is supported by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign affairs.

Only applicants from countries where French Institutes provide a scholarship grant for this training can apply (Maghreb, Africa, Latin America, Asia – except South Korea, Japan and Singapore – Eastern Europe – except countries of the European Union – and Middle-East).


Trainees are selected both by the French Institute of the home country of the applicant and La Fémis, on the basis of the application file, available at the French Institute, and a film directed by the applicant.


The program runs for 9 week of intensive classes, 5 days per week. Each trainee directs a 5 to 10 minutes documentary. Along with its preparation, trainees follow a 4 week theoretical course including many film screenings. The last 5 weeks of the program are dedicated to the documentary filmmaking.

First part (4 weeks)

Classes are given by professionals from the French film industry (who regularly teach at La Fémis, and some of them are Fémis Alumni) in which the following subjects are taught: writing, directing, editing of a documentary and its production conditions (encounters with producers specialized in co-productions and persons in charge of the cinema funds “Aides aux cinémas du monde” and of the “Fabrique du cinéma du Monde”). Technical training workshops take place also during this first part: pocket film workshop (filming with a cellphone), sound and cinematography workshops…

Many screenings illustrate the classes, followed by a Q&A with the director. In 2017, invited directors were: Alessandro Comodin (L’estate di Giacomo – Summer of Giacomo), Stéphane Breton (Eux et moiThem and Me, Le Ciel dans un jardin – Heaven in a Garden), Namir Abdel Messeeh (La Vierge, les Coptes et moiThe Virgin, the Copts and Me), Dieudo Hamadi (Mama Colonel).

Second part (5 weeks): documentary filmmaking

Trainees are involved in the various stages of the project’s development: writing, location scouting, shooting, editing. Each trainee makes a 5 to 10 minutes documentary film. Each, in turn, assumes the different positions in the shooting. Throughout this phase, trainees are supervised by professional tutors who regularly teach at La Fémis.


The ability to speak, write and read in French is compulsory

Applicants must not have over the age of 30 on January 1st, 2018.

This program is reserved for students having a scholarship from the French Institutes.

For your information, list of the French Institute which gave scholarships in 2017: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chili, China, The Comoros, Congolese Democratic Republic, India, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Russia, Senegal, Tunisia, Ukrainia.

Application: please contact the French Embassy cultural services or the French Institute, who will hand you the application file.


March 5, 2018  – Application deadline

March 30, 2018 – Publication of the list of admitted applicants

May 20, 2018 – Arrival of trainees in Paris

May 22 – July 20, 2018 included SUMMER UNIVERSITY

Contact: Véronique Cantin, External relations Assistant. Tel + 331 53 41 21 15

Julie Tingaud, Deputy Head of International Affairs

Application Form (French)

Presentation (PDF)