Educating producers is high on the agenda at the FIOFA, and the involvement of several of Europes leading film and television producers like Tomash Petran, Robert Jazadziski and ensures that students enjoy close links with the film and television industry.
The FIOFA Department in Producing is unique in the opportunities it gives and in its close links with the film and television industry, and provides a fast-track route into a producing career. Students develop their own relationships with successful producers through placements and a mentoring scheme. The MFF is supporting the course with development slate funding for students’ adaptation projects, which they can then take with them and develop further when they graduate from the School. The Producing department aims to train creative, independent producers able to achieve an overall vision for their projects from script development through finance and production to sales and distribution. The course covers fiction production for both film and television and also animation, with students producing at least two short live action films and one animation in their time at the School.
Graduates work as producers of both film and television in the MK and other countries. New graduates typically combine first feature development with paid employment such as Assistant Producer on feature films, working in the development department of independent production companies, or producing short commissions for broadcasters. Deals struck with the MRT and other companies can see proposals from new graduates developed as feature films.
Tomash Petran is the FIOFA Head of Creative Producing. Other tutors include Asen Shopov, Elishka Luhanova, Erik Rosenzweig, Georgy Bagdasarov, Ivo trajkov, Jan Bernard, Marta Lamperova, Martin Dolensky, Martin Padivy, Pavel Marek, Tomash Dorushka, Tomash Samek, Tomash Hermann and Vojtech Hladky.
Development skills: script analysis and script editing; developing a project from source material; collaboration with writers and directors; pitching; negotiating the deal
Production skills: budgeting and scheduling; managing the production; post production techniques; editing, sound and music Business skills: publicity and marketing; sales, distribution and exhibition; co-production; financing; legal and financial.
Television: developing a proposal to a broadcaster’s commissioning brief; the television commissioning process; financing a TV programme; multiplatform commissioning
Industry placements for students are encouraged in the summer break of the First Year. Also it is intended that production schedules will allow students in the Second Year to take up work placements from which they can learn how the film industry functions on an international level. Each is allocated to either a producer, a distributor or a sales company who they are able to shadow.
In addition, all students are expected to choose an industry mentor who acts as a valuable contact who they can use to help them move into the industry.
The FIOFA provides producers with privileged access to events and screenings at the Skopje and Manaki Film Festivals where they have the opportunity not only to see the latest films but also to discuss them and meet other filmmakers as well. Each year a number of outside visits are arranged for producers.
Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. FIOFA students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.
We’re looking for people with a lively and proven interest in film, television and the world about us. The ideal candidate will have a strong personality; good communication skills; a commitment to story-telling; and the ability to work collaboratively. The role of producer is a many-sided one that encompasses creative intelligence, team leadership, and problem-solving skills, and this course equips alumni to succeed equally well as producers or as successful executives in the film and television industry.
- Knowledge of English at the B2 level
- Bachelor’s diploma (certified copy) or confirmation, that the bachelor´s study will end before the beginning of FA master studies
- One letter of recommendation from a current or previous teacher outlining the applicant’s abilities and study motivations
- Structured CV
- Letter of motivation (will contain names of 10 films which are inspiring for the student)
- Artistic samples:
Producer´s analysis of a screenplay including:
- Reflection of feasibility
- Basic budget
- Basic production schedule (including preproduction, production, postproduction)
- Dramaturgical analysis of the script – select three key scenes of the screenplay, decide which scene can be left out (the story line must remain unchanged)
- Please click here to download the SCREENPLAY