Opportunity to study film

Received note of an opportunity for those interested in film/TV production (and aged 22 to 29) to earn a scholarship to study at the International School of Cinema and TV (EICTV), San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba.  This scholarship is available to candidates in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The scholarship will cover tuition and housing with either the student or his/her government meeting travel obligations. The winning candidate will be determined by the EICTV based on established requirements and results obtained in the admission exam.  Basic knowledge of Spanish is necessary. The complete process deadline is February 4th 2012; so all documentation of each application must be in to coordinador@albacultural.cult.cu by January 27th 2012 .  Got questions or comments? Email internacionales1@cneart.cult.cu 

See details of the three year programme below:


The International Film and TV School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, calls persons from 22 to 29 years old from LATIN AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN, AFRICA, ASIA, OCEANIA and EUROPE to participate in the 2012-2015 Regular Course.

The International Film and TV School (EICTV) is a non-governmental organization based inCubaand the most important project of the Foundation of the New Latin American Cinema (FNCL). It was inaugurated on December 15, 1986 by writer and Nobel Prize winner of Literature Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia) and filmmakers Fernando Birri (Argentina) and Julio Garcia Espinosa (Cuba).

With this call the School announces the opening of the specialization course on Television and New Media for which 5 students will be chosen. Like all the other students, they will take a first polyvalency year and on their second and third years they will continue with the specialization course. Television is the media closer to citizens and its digital transformation turns it into a devise in full expansion integrating technological innovations like interactivity, high definition or stereoscopy. With the creation of this new specialty, the EICTV intends to complement its high experience and quality in film craft teaching with foray into television and the new media with a Latin American and international view.

This new specialty will have three innovative aspects:

  • Links withLatin Americaand TV companies and industries
  • Experimental laboratory of the new TV formats and narration.
  • Insertion of students in TV channels in the region.

During the three years of the regular course, students fulfill an intense and complex curriculum divided into three cycles: Polyvalency, offering them a basic grounding during the first year; Specialization in Fiction Film Direction, Documentary Film Direction, Sound, Editing, Photography Direction, Scriptwriting, Television and New Media and Production in the second year and the third year that includes their Thesis.

The specialty of Fiction Film Direction aims at training directors who, as leaders and guides of an artistic and creative team, will be imbued with a humanistic and social sensitivity, directors who master the specific tools of film narration and understand the vital importance of their role as elements of cohesion for a group of artists who, each in their specialty, create the audiovisual work.

Among the main objectives in the training of documentary film directors are a high expertise of technique, the creation of their own style and aesthetic language, a commitment to the human beings and society surrounding them and the ethical responsibilities implied in this work. The EICTV documentary film studies draw support from all documentary film trends and schools to train students capable of experimenting and developing their freedom of expression, a polyvalent technique and a rich knowledge of the new trends and present circuits of the documentary film genre.

In the specialization in Sound, students not only acquire the technical knowledge and skill for direct sound recording in fiction and documentary films, virtual sound editing, various sound postproduction processes and stereophonic final mix and in 5.1 multi-channel format, but also, and especially, a concept and a philosophy that considers the use of sound in audiovisuals as an active element in narration and not a passive complement of the visual discourse.

The specialty of Editing or Montage trains editors in the concept of being film narrators. Therefore, their acquaintance with narrative and dramaturgy, without neglecting technical knowledge always focused on editing understood as narration, is essential. The knowledge of the various software and new technologies should be part of their architecture and concepts.

The specialty of Photography offers a very solid and complete basis in the field of film photography with its branches of photography direction, camera operation and assistance, digital image (DIT) technique, colorimetry, digital postproduction and lighting for films (16 and 35 mm, Arriflex and Aaton cameras), digital cinema (Arriflex Alexa), video (HD, Sony cameras) and television. The school also has a laboratory for still photos at their disposal.

Graduates of the EICTV in Scriptwriting must be capable of creating their own stories showing and even imposing their obsessions, poetics and view of the world. They also most have the ability required to set forth the implementation of these projects. In their training, scriptwriters must be acquainted with the principles of dramaturgy and narration. They receive this knowledge through the various writing exercises they perform during their three years in school.

The specialty of Production intends to develop the students’ capacities by offering them universal tools and, at the same time, analyzing local scenes, since most of them will be part of the independent and alternative cinema. Graduates should be capable of creating and promoting original stories reflecting their identity and values as human beings and expressing their creative commitment and capacity to establish a dialogue with the audience.

All the students will carry out the following audiovisual exercises in film and video:

First year (Polyvalency. Students rotate through all the specialties)

  • Fiction shorts (1 minute in digital video)
  • Documentary shorts (3 minutes in digital video)
  • Fiction shorts (3 minutes in 16 mm or Super 16 mm, finished in digital video)

Second year (Specialty. Each student practices his or her specialty):

  • 13 minute documentary films in digital video.
  • 8-10 minute documentary films in digital video.
  • 10 minute fiction shorts in High Definition (XDCAM-HD)

Third year (Specialty. Each student practices his or her specialty):

  • One 52 minute chapter of fiction for TV.
  • Documentary series for TV in High Definition (XDCAM-HD) and 5.1 sound, with 12 minute chapters
  • 10-12 minute shorts (Fiction Thesis) in digital film as recording format (Arri Alexa, 2K) which will be finished in 35 mm when chosen by an academic committee. Note: The exercises and practices of students of Photography are carried out in 35 mm as the fundamental basis of their learning during their two years in that specialty.
  • 25 minute High Definition (XDCAM-HD) documentary films [Documentary Thesis].

Faithful to one of its foundational mottos, in our School you learn to do by doing. Therefore, in their training, our students not only carry out group exercises at the end of the cycle, but permanently attend the theoretical-practical workshops of their specialty.

The outgoing group had more than 300 professors, active professionals, from everywhere in the world.

The School has a TV channel, EyTV!, with programs produced by the students who are handed digital video resources for that purpose.

An admission committee, that includes the Academic Body and the General Direction of the School, will choose the students for the Regular Course on the basis of their creative potential, cultural level, technical abilities and curriculum. The selection is mainly determined by the need to culturally and professionally balance the participants since the purpose of the school is to create a united generation working with solidarity and commitment during his years of study and in their professional life. The school reserves its right of admission and its decision is unappealable.


Until 2011, 736 students from 55 countries in the world have graduated, many of whom have been awarded for their works in festivals and other events.


Those chosen in this announcement will graduate as the 24th Generation.




Registration fee in the School is 15 000 euros – 5 000 per year – for the students. Payments should be made at the beginning of each school term, 50 per cent through bank transfer before entering the School in September and the other 50 per cent in the first two weeks of February. If the payment of the first quota is not made in the first two weeks before entering the School, the student will automatically lose his or her place. This is valid for every year of studies.


Enrolment cost includes food expenses, accommodations, local transportation, medical services, film materials and equipment and only covers 25 per cent of the actual cost of the student’s training.


Application procedure


Each candidate will fill an Application Form which may be found in www.eictv.org and, in a printed version, in Representation Offices in every country.


Once filled, the form will be electronically sent to academica@eictv.org.cu


Candidates will be invited to an individual meeting with the institutions representing the School in their country or in offices of the Cuban Embassy. They will have to make a test on their capabilities and knowledge on general culture and a more specific one having to do with the Specialty they intend to study.

In this meeting, they should hand in the required documentation and will be interviewed by a jury in video format. They will introduce themselves briefly, express why they want to enroll in our School and answer other questions the jury may consider relevant.




  1. To submit the Enrollment Form filled out and printed.
  2. To submit a printed curriculum.
  3. To submit legalized study certificates demonstrating they have concluded at least two years of high studies of any career (titles or diplomas should be submitted in legalized photocopies).
  4. To submit a portfolio of materials of films, videos, stills, music, graphic arts, literature, theater, press or others in whose elaboration they have participated in a creative role with their name included in the credits. This portfolio will be fundamental in choosing the students, since it will help us to evaluate their creative potential. We request it will be as complete and meticulous as possible.
  5. To submit a self-portrait in any support or technique.
  6. To submit a motivation letter of at least 5 pages explaining why they are interested in studying cinema.
  7. It’s required to be fluent in Spanish. Applicant, whose first language is not Spanish must provide a Spanish language certificate.
  8. To submit a guarantee letter of the person or institution who will be in charge of paying their enrollment fee, with electronic address, legal residence, work place and telephone numbers. The School will confirm the veracity of these data.
  9. To hand in six printed photos, 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 cm)
  10. Medical certificate of physical and mental competence.


The closing date for applications closes on February 4, 2012


Rafael Rosal

General Director

International Film and TV School (EICTV)

San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba

Application Form


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