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One Year Filmmaking Program

Particulars of One Year Filmmaking Program

  • Type of program: Academic education
  • Programs offered: Program in English
  • Length of program: One year
  • Prerequisite: High School diploma or completion of secondary school
  • Diploma: Certificate stating the completion of the program

The International Department at EICAR offers a one year filmmaking program covering the fundamentals of visual storytelling – directing, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing.  This program is designed to give the candidate the opportunity to discover and practice all basic aspects of the filmmaking craft.

The one year student takes the range of first year Bachelor core classes with some flexibility over how many core classes they want to take from these first year classes. The student can take all or as few as they want from these selections. The one year candidate may also in some exceptional circumstances be qualified to substitute where schedule permits a second year BFA class that he or she is qualified for.

The one year follows the three term academic year; the first term consisting of theoretical classes and “hands-on” practical exercises, the second consisting of core classes and workshops and the third term devoted to working on the production of a student film.


Students are introduced to the fundamentals – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting or editing – of the art and craft of film production in a predominately hands-on-film curriculum with complimentary theoretical and film culture classes.

  • In addition to the workshops and one-on-one tutoring, One year filmmaking program students can choose up to 60 credits of courses from the EICAR English language BFA film curriculum.  The program also includes 4 months of “on the set” student film production where One year program students have the opportunity to work in the various posts of cinema production along with students from the Bachelor and Master programs.
  • The program serves as a powerful springboard for students looking to begin their film education.

English language Hands-On-Film program in the cinema capital of the world

  • Complete “learning by doing” curriculum in the fundamentals of filmmaking
  • Extensive one-on-one tutoring with film professionals
  • Faculty and tutors – A-list film professionals
  • Screenings, workshops & seminars in partnership with La Cinémathèque Française (French National Film Museum)
  • This is a non-degree, non ECTS program.
    Students who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to enter the EICAR Bachelor program (or Master program if they qualify).
    If students then decide to continue and enter an EICAR program, and only under this condition, the One Year Filmmaking Program can be alloted 60 credits, but only as applied to the BFA program continued study.

Master Class Lecture Series

Master Class Lecture Series is a weekly program where guest speakers, internationally renowned film, television and media professionals, all celebrated in their specific fields, give a two-hour lecture on the subject of their expertise. Throughout the year, students from BFA, MFA and One Year Filmmaking programs attend to the Master Class Lectures with subjects ranging from the role of the talent agent to how to work with a film composer.

Some of our Master Class Guests :

Jacques Arnaud created and ran for 40 years La Franco American Films, one of the most successful French production companies in history, which has made more than 2000 commercials. In 1985, he received the only César Award which has been given for a commercial, for “Les Vautours” directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. He has also collaborated with masters like Ridley Scott and Orson Welles.

Keren Ben Rafael is a filmmaker and screenwriter who graduated from La Fémis film school in 2009. Many of her documentaries and films have been awarded in international film festivals in France, Brazil, Germany and the USA.

Caroline Bonmarchand started to work as a Development Manager for the American production company Gotham Entertainment Group. In 1997, she founded her own company Avenue B and has developed over the past years a network of co-producers, broadcasters, and distributors on the international market.

Eric du Faure is a musician and performer known under his stage name Private Pepper. He has held many roles in the music industry, such as a producer, record executive, manager, composer and music video director. He released is first six-track EP in 2013 and his fisrt studio album QIU in April 2015 for which he shot two music videos in Rio de Janeiro and the Isle of Ré.

Julie Gavras started her career in the film industry as a first and second AD, before moving into directing documentaries. In 2007, director Costa-Gavras’s daughter wrote and directed her first feature film “Blame it on Fidel” which was selected at Sundance Festival and received the Michel d’Ornano Award at the Deauville American Film Festival. Her second feature film “Late Bloomers” was selected at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.

Charles Jodoin-Keaton is a Script Supervisor in film and television and has worked with directors Julie Delpy, Laurent Firode, Carine Tardieu, Frédéric Fonteyne, Franck Mancuso, Jan Peter.He has been the script supervisor on network television series such as “Hannibal”, “Covert Affairs” and “Royal Pains”.

Ivan Lebeau has been working in the video game industry for more than 22 years. In 2009, he founded the media consulting company Prodeo Consulting. Ivan is also the General Manager in France for the worldwide cloud gaming leaderGamefly Streaming, as well as the President of Gamestream, a new player in the gaming industry which offers cloud gaming services.

Jean-Charles Lévy is an accomplished producer who started as a financial consultant for Arthur Andersen, before joining and presiding TF1 USA in Los Angeles. In 2003, he created his company Forecast Pictures, which has financed and produced several films directed by Stephen Hopkins, Todd Haynes and Elie Chouraqui.

Dezso Magyar is a prize winning filmmaker. Born in Hungary, he has written and directed very controversial films which were recognized and awarded at international film festivals (Cannes, Oberhausen, Locarno), before immigrating to the USA. For the last two decades, he has been teaching and leading in one of the best film schools in the world such as the American Film Institute, the Canadian Film Center and Chapman University.

Philippe Ros spent 11 years working as a Camera Assistant before he started his career as a Director of Photography on the Tour de France. Shoulder-held camera work became his area of specialization and he started to work on live concerts, music documentaries and commercial as a Lighting Director. Interested in digital camera, he has become a reference on 4K digital intermediate and has worked on major documentary films such asYann Arthus Bertrand’s “Home” and Jacques Perrin’s “Oceans” and “Les Saisons”.

Judy Shrewsbury is a Costume Designer who has worked with some of the most prestigious actors and directors such as Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Claire Denis, Sean Connery, Catherine Deneuve and Robert De Niro.

Adrian Smith has been an Artist and Designer in the creative industries for the last 40 years. He has worked both as an Art Director and a Production Designer for television (“Shameless”, “The History of Mr. Polly”) and cinema with major directors such as Stanley Kubrick (“Full Metal Jacket”, 1987), Asif Kapadia (“The Warrior”, 2001), Nicholas Winding Refn (“Bronson”, 2009) and Omer Fast (“Remainder”, 2015).


Every year EICAR, the International School of Film and Television invests and updates its inventory of equipment and the school’s production and post – production facilities to keep on the cutting edge of the industry …

Camera Gear

For exercise work and final film projects, students in our Master programs have access to a diverse range of camera, both digital and film :

  • SONY PMW-F5 et PMW-FS7
  • Blackmagic URSA 4K
  • Super 16 mm with lenses
  • Panasonic DVX200 4K
  • Panasonic AF101, HPX 250, P2 HPX 500, P2 HVX 200, HMC 151, HMC 41
  • HD playback and monitor
  • Numerous prosumer cameras for quick practical work : SONY, JVC, CANON

Sound Equipment

The production teams have access to various microphones depending on the shooting situation as well as mixers and digital recorders to record pro sound.

  • Directional mics, lav and shotgun mics (Sennheiser, Røde…)
  • Sound mixers (Sound devices)
  • Digital recorders

Lighting Equipment

As far as lighting, kits can include (according to level and production needs – HMI, LED, Tungsten, Fresnel… and are regularly dedicated to serving actual practical production classes like cinematography and lab directing:

  • 575 up to 1,2kWatt HMI lighting units
  • 200 W LED lights equipped with fresnel lenses
  • LED PANEL lights
  • Tungsten units ranging from 750W to 2kW
  • 300 watt to 5K Lighting units with Fresnel lenses
  • Kino fluos

Post-production materials

In post-production, student filmmakers can work on editing and sound in 85 post production work stations equipped with the latest software including :

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Adobe CC, After Effects, Premiere


A number of shooting accessories are available to help students in shooting their exercises and final film projects :

  • Dolly and rail
  • Flags and nets
  • Lightweight grip gear : clamps, arms, stands