Master’s program in Film and Television, major in Film Directing in Elo Film school Finland strengthens the student’s capacity to generate and develop cinematic ideas, storybuilding and narration skills in addition to developing the director’s personal cinematic style and directorial identity.
Admission procedure and programme-specific requirements
Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Film and Television; Film Directing apply in the master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. Key admission criteria when selecting students for the major in Film Directing are originality, bold dramatic thinking, storytelling skills, communication and social skills, the ability to utilise their own insights and personal experiences in the artistic process, the ability for empathy and alienation, stress tolerance, the ability to accept feedback, readiness for analytical thinking and openness to learning.
The applicant is required to have directed films. Documentary films, short films or episodes of TV drama will also be taken into account. Your portfolio should include one or two films (or other works as mentioned above) which have been publicly screened at a festival or broadcast on television. A video recording of a theatre play will also be approved as a part of the portfolio.
Please submit your films either as password protected Vimeo links or QuickTime files and ensure the video files work in the common Mac or PC user interfaces. In addition, please submit a description (e.g. a synopsis or artistic intention of the work) of each film fitting altogether onto a single A4 sheet.
Curriculum vitae (CV)
The application must include a CV with your personal details, education, work experience, completed films (with your professional roles specified), festivals and any other artistic work, awards, grants, study tours, positions of trust and any other background information relevant to the application.
Before sending the application, please upload your CV as a single PDF file into the application system.
The motivation letter comprises of two parts:
1. Professional and artistic orientation
In the motivation letter, you should specify the strengths of your directorial skills, areas of interest and your views and artistic visions as a film director. Also, you should explain how film directing studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture could support your intentions mentioned above. As part of artistic orientation, you should also describe your potential career plans after the graduation.
2. Study plan
After studying the degree requirements of film directing please write out a tentative study plan of your MA studies based on the requirements.
The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters. The motivation letter is part of the online application form.
Language of the application documents
English, Finnish, Swedish
Other programme-spesific application instructions
On the basis of the submitted material, the selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview, which also includes an orienting pre-assignment.
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