Master Film Studies

Developing a personal cinematographic vision, understanding the filmmaking process and apprehending the stakes of production so as to pave the way for graduates to smoothly join professional circles – such are the main objectives of this programme. This Master course, which is unique in Europe, is aimed at the holders of a Bachelor’s degree, or with equivalent experience, wishing to further their knowledge in one of the following fields: direction scriptwriting, editing, sound or production.

Through courses and workshops provided by renowned lecturers in each field, the students develop a personal project throughout the curriculum. For their master project, they are involved in the production (direction scriptwriting, editing, sound or production) of a short, medium or feature length film (fiction, documentary, TV series, art-house, transmedia…). Several films gain international visibility through renowned festivals or/and TV broadcasting.

This Master programme relies on a partnership between ECAL and HEAD/Geneva University of Art and Design and on collaborations with Lausanne University (UNIL), Zurich University (UZH), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), the Swiss National Film Archive in Lausanne, Swiss National Broadcasting RTS, and la Manufacture (school of performing arts) in Lausanne, University of Music Lausanne and Swiss Literature Institute in Bienne.

Registration deadline, interview www.ecal.ch/en/admission

4 semesters

Yearly fees (materials included)
CHF 2225.–

120 ECTS

French and English

Qualification issued
Master of Arts HES-SO in Cinema, major in Direction, Screenplay, Editing, Sound or Production

Heads of Department
Lionel Baier (ECAL)

Nicolas Wadimoff (HEAD – Genève)

Artistic Associate
Jasmin Basic

Irene Muñoz Martin (HEAD)
Jules Pourchet (ECAL)

Production and distribution
Jean-Guillaume Sonnier (ECAL)

Professors and Visiting Lecturers 

Elsa Amiel
Claire Atherton
Séverine Barde
Stéphane Batut
Nathalie Baye 
Jean-Pierre Beauviala
Fulvio Bernasconi
Pierre Bismuth
Yaël Bitton
Félix Blume
Stéphane Bouquet
Louise Bourgouin
Serge Bozon
Guillaume Brac
Jean-Stéphane Bron
Robert Cantarella
Djinn Carrenard
Lolita Chammah
Benjamin Charbit
Donigan Cumming
Abdel Raouf Dafri
Thierry de Peretti
Dieter Fahrer
Philippe Faucon
Laetitia Fèvre
Emmanuel Finkiel
Jennifer Fox
Pauline Gaillard
Amos Gitaï
Delphine Gleize
Alain Gomis
Elie Grappe
Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Mike Hoolboom

Nicolas Humbert
Jean-Christophe Hym
Carlo Ibañez Diaz
Kaya Inan
Antoine Jaccoud
Simon Jaquemet
Denis Jutzeler
Tom Kalin
Anurag Kashyap
Alanté Kavaïté
Marthe Keller
Gion Reto Killias
Stéphane Kuthy
Julien Lacheray
Joachim Lafosse
Rachel Lang
Nadine Lamari
Laurent Larivière
Danielle Lessovitz
Sébastien Lifshitz
Eric Loret
Noémie Lvovsky
Vincent Macaigne
Ursula Meier
Peter Mettler
Luc Moullet
François Musy
Bettina Oberli
Ruben Östlund
François Ozon
Vasco Pimentel
Pedro Pinho
Aude Py
Katell Quillévéré
Philippe Ramos
Charlotte Rampling
Gianfranco Rosi
Sonia Rossier
Lionel Rupp
Antoine Russbach
Emmanuel Salinger
Stefano Savona
Ulrich Seidl
Florence Seyvos
Eyal Sivan
Raphaël Sohier
Karine Sudan
Bela Tarr
Marianne Tardieu
Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Cécile Vargaftig
Nathalie Vidal
Teresa Villaverde
Vuk Vukmanović
Alice Winocour
François Wolf
Olivier Zuchuat
Jacqueline Zünd

Jean-Jacques Annaud
Darren Aronofsky 
Suzanne Bier
Michael Cimino
Joel Coen
Claire Denis
Clemens Klopfenstein 
Thierry Frémaux
Guillaume Gallienne
Jean-Luc Godard
Michel Hazanavicius
Werner Herzog
Agnès Jaoui
Milo Rau
Barbet Schroeder
Oleg Sentsov
Léa Seydoux 
Claire Simon
Jean-François Stévenin
Jeremy Thomas
Gus Van Sant
Thomas Vinterberg
Frederick Wiseman 
Andrei Zviaguintsev

Maison Rousseau mandate
Production and shootings
Master Cinéma - scriptwriting major
Shooting of a sequence from the script (photo ©Justine Willa)
Mandate for the Maison Rousseau et Littérature, Genève
Design, production and realisation of the permanent works in the exhibition
Jury Réseau Cinéma CH
Participation of Master Cinema students
Video direction
Video directed at concert Shawati (production Ensemble Vide, Genève) photo©Raphaëlle Mueller
Filmmaking workshop
Workshop led by the American director and scriptwriter Danielle Lessovitz
Actors' Direction Workshop
Led by the Swiss filmmaker Fulvio Bernasconi
Master Cinema - Major in Sound
Sound design workshop with Felix Blume
Sound performance
Participation to the concert/performance "Mémoire d’espace" (photo©Raphaëlle Mueller)
Meeting with Noémie Lvovsky
Flashback in images
Workshop Rousseau mandate
Workshop in Val de Travers for the Mandate proposed by the Maison Rousseau Geneva