Academy Vision

Film Institute, Film Academy Ohrid prepares a new generation of filmmakers who will enter the film and television industry multi-skilled, collaborative and innovative.


FIOFA Purpose

The purpose of the Ohrid Film Academy (FIOFA) is to further a global understanding of, and appreciation for, the art and craft of visual storytelling through the education and training of interested and qualified individuals, and to hone the skills of future professionals so that they may one day serve the visual storytelling arts as industry leaders.


FIOFA Philosophy

It is the Academy’s belief that the most significant art form of its time is the moving image. Through the medium of film, individuals, communities, and nations express their most profound visions of humanity to the world. The ever-growing and evolving mediums of animation are creating new platforms for creative professionals to express themselves and the Academy’s programs have grown to reflect these advancements in the visual arts.

Intensity is a hallmark of the FIOFA’s workshops, which range from screenwriting to documentary filmmaking to producing for film and television. Students who partake in these workshops eat, drink and breathe filmmaking, acting, or photography from day one. Their classes emphasize hands-on learning and inspire creativity. They also provide hard facts students need to begin the process of developing creative, thought provoking, and entertaining work. This is not a course for passive participants. Students must take an active role in every aspect of the workshop.

Students write, direct, shoot, and edit their own short films in the Academy’s hands-on workshops. Students in the workshops develop skills that apply to all their future pursuits. The organizational, leadership, writing, and critical thinking skills learned through producing complex productions will be of enormous value to students at the Academy and in all their future endeavors.


FIOFA Vision

The mission of the Ohrid Film Academy is to educate students interested in the field of visual storytelling. Film Academy Ohrid’s courses have been designed to increase students’ creativity and technical expertise through an intense regimen of hands-on and classroom instruction. The Academy’s goal is to enrich its students as visual storytellers by helping them realize their personal artistic visions. Film Academy Ohrid’s expectations center on the growth of each student as a creative individual.


FIOFA Actions

Film Academy Ohrid has set the following actions to fulfill its stated vision:

  • To provide a learning environment conducive to creative thought and artistic expression, as well as hands-on collaboration.
  • To help students better appreciate the art and craft of visual storytelling so that they may develop as artists and better express their personal artistic visions.
  • To empower students to find and develop a creative voice.
  • To teach and develop new capabilities in student’s approach to the art and craft of visual storytelling.