Film Studies in Amsterdam:
Film. Art. Culture. Fun. Experience the best of Amsterdam

(Reserve Your Spot for 2019! Limited seats available!)

Are you an aspiring filmmaker looking to improve your knowledge and skills? Do you love film and want to take your passion to the next level? Do you enjoy exploring new cultures and making friends from around the world?


Then our two-week, intensive, certified course at the Dutch Academy for Film and Photography (DAFP) is perfect for you!


We currently have three sessions for our program, Film Studies in Amsterdam. The dates for the three sessions are:

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Session Start Date End Date Status
APRIL Sunday, April 05, 2020 Saturday, April 18, 2020 APPLY NOW!
JUNE Sunday, June 07, 2020 Saturday, June 20, 2020 APPLY NOW!

 

Benefits

  • Learn the visual language of fiction and documentary filmmaking from master filmmakers.
  • Live and study in central Amsterdam with a fun international cohort of film lovers.
  • Make films. Build your portfolio. Get certified.
  • Form a global network of filmmakers and enthusiasts.
  • Receive personalized guidance from professors in intimate class settings.
  • Learn about the business of filmmaking from industry professionals.
  • Experiment and create with top of the line filmmaking equipment.
  • Experience museums, boat rides, beer tastings, film screenings & much more!

 

THE EXPERIENCE

Nestled in the heart of unique and vibrant Amsterdam, we bring you Film Studies in Amsterdam, a two- week program that will introduce you to the world of filmmaking. A collaboration between Dutch Academy for Film and Photography and BrainGain Academy, Film Studies in Amsterdam covers the basics of fiction and documentary filmmaking. It is taught entirely in English and gives students the chance to network, develop their artistic vision and produce two short films. With high quality equipment and studios, instructors who are celebrated industry professionals and an international cohort with diverse voices and narratives, we endeavour to give you two weeks in the creative playground of your dreams.

 

Itinerary for your filmmaking adventure in Amsterdam:

 

DAYS

MORNING

EVENING

DAY 1 Meet your classmates and teachers at Grand cafe Zo Free Evening
DAY 2 Film Studies in Amsterdam Walking tour through Amsterdam with group dinner at Mooie Boules
DAY 3 Basic camera, lighting and film techniques Dutch cinema experience.
DAY 4 Learn the basics of editing Free day for sightseeing and shopping.
DAY 5 Pre-production of fiction films Private boat trip through Amsterdam’s canals.
DAY 6 Basics of directing and producing your fictional short film. group dinner at famous Loetje’s restaurant.
DAY 7 Shoot day Visit to the Eye Film Museum.
DAY 8 Free day Visit to the Heineken Experience. 
DAY 9 Spot and edit your film Beer and cheese tasting at Brouwerij ‘t IJ.
DAY 10 Introduction to documentary making Glow in the dark golf and group dinner.
DAY 11 Basics of documentary direction and producing. Free sightseeing.
DAY 12 Shoot day Visit to Anne Frank Huis.
DAY 13 Spot and edit your documentary Film screening and certificate ceremony.
DAY 14 Departure from Netherlands. Check out at 10am. -

 

Accommodation

Students will be staying in shared doubles at the A&O Hostel in Amsterdam South East. All rooms are fully furnished and include their own private bathroom and toilet.

 

A&O Hostel is located in the Bullewijk district close to a metro station and walking distance from the DAFP campus. It is also close to the Ajax Amsterdam Arena, the world-famous Endemol TV studios, the Heineken Music Hall, and the Ballorig Children's Play Paradise.

 

All DAFP faculty members are leading professionals in their field. They have first-hand experience in the business of filmmaking and provide DAFP students with practical as well as technical advice on all aspects of filmmaking.

Relaxation's just around the corner in Bijlmerpark. The reception and lobby bar are open 24 hours with snacks and refreshing drinks in the lobby.

 

Facilities and services in the hostel include:

  • 24h service
  • A&O Lounge
  • Billiards
  • Bicycle hire
  • ATM
  • Guest kitchen
  • Hotel bar
  • Foosball
  • Kids' corner
  • Lobby TV
  • Meeting rooms
  • Parking
  • Snacks
  • Tickets
  • Wi-Fi / Internet
  • Washing machine

 

Equipment

Students will have access to equipment provided especially for the program. The cameras available include the Canon XF100 Pro HD and the Canon XF100. All students will use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit their films. The software is already installed on the DAFP lab computers.

Canon XF100 Pro HD:

  • Captures images of 1920X1080 full HD at 50Mbps.
  • Is light-sensitive.
  • Has infrared recording which can help with filming in minimum light.

Canon XF100 is:

  • Very user friendly.
  • Comfortable to hold and set up.
  • The perfect choice to shoot documentaries.

Other than this equipment, students can borrow additional tripods, sound and filming equipment by filling out a form provided in the program guide.

MEET OUR FACULTY

All DAFP instructors and faculty are industry professionals, along with teaching classes for DAFP programs. They have first-hand experience in the business of filmmaking and provide DAFP students with practical as well as technical advice on all aspects of creating cinema.

Joppe van Hulzen

Joppe van Hulzen

Joppe van Hulzen is a filmmaker, photographer and game director. A graduate from the Dutch Film and Television Academy, Van Hulzen has won the Topkapi Fiction Film Award for his film Van de Wereld. In the third year of his studies at the academy, Joppe directed the film Inferno (2011).


In 2010, together with Joep van de Osch, he developed and directed the commercial Stop de Culturele Kaalslag, an indictment of the government's cultural policy. In 2010 he exhibited the photo series Ecce Homo in Arti and Amicitiae in Amsterdam.


In 2009 he wrote and directed the short educational series Startbaan, which was included in VIA, Deviant's competence-based Dutch method. Van Hulzen has also received theater training from the Utrecht Center for the Arts (2003-2004) and studied acting at the Toneelschool Arnhem Artez (2004-2007).


Besides directing, Joppe also works as a scriptwriter. He wrote and directed projects such as the mini-series 'Living and letting live', the short film Peptalk (in collaboration with actor Dragan Bakema) and the television film 'The long aftermath of a short communication'. He is currently developing a feature film with Topkapi Films and teaches at the HKU 'Writing for performers'.

Learn more about Joppe van Hulzen

Gaby Guzman

Gaby Guzman

Gaby is the project coordinator of DAFP and is responsible for the setting up and coordinating all aspects of the international program.


Gaby has more than 20 years of experience as a producer (of films and special events) and as an educator in the Netherlands. She studied film at the prestigious Willem de Kooning Academy in the Netherlands, Emily Carr Institute of Arts and Design in Vancouver and Central Saint Martins in the UK and attainted a bachelor degree in Audiovisual Design and a bachelor Arts Education.


Gaby has a vast experience in producing corporate films and short documentaries for mayor international brands in the Netherlands, governmental agencies, museums, universities and non-profit organisations. She is an Imagineering’s expert on the field of special events and have created exhilarating experiences for a great variety of clients. In addition, she is an experienced educator, who has help develop bachelor and international programs and courses.


Learn more about Gaby Guzman

Jan Willem Meurkens

Gaby Guzman

Jan Willem is an audiovisual design expert, with years of experience in making acclaimed documentaries, videoclips and corporate videos for clients such us UNICEF, NOVIB/OXFAM, WWF International, RTL 4, UNCTAD and the VPRO. Jan Willem has participated in many international film festivals and has a vast experience as a film professor.


Anna de Beus

Gaby Guzman

Anna has more than 17 years of experience as an Art Director, producer and project developer of creative content. Anna knows all the in’s and out of the film set and has developed projects for international clients, including Netflix.


Anna is an accomplished coach of film talent, with years of experience teaching and coaching media students and professional filmmakers, film directors and scenarists.



Program Fees

The total cost of the program is 3500 euros / 3875 USD. Currently, there are no scholarships available.

 

This includes:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Two-weeks public transportation card
  • State of the art filming and editing equipment
  • Accommodation in the center of Amsterdam and at a short distance from the school
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 4 x group dinner
  • Extra-curricular activities and sightseeing program

Doesn’t include:

  • Insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Airfare
  • Dinners (except group diners included in the extra-curricular activities program).

 

 

Dutch Academy for Film and Photography

Founded in 1941, Dutch Academy for Film and Photography is a fully accredited University of Applied sciences. DAFP works closely with key players in the corporate world and keeps ties with museums, advertising agencies and media companies, providing a solid base for students to work independently and creatively. DAFP’s faculty works professionally in the fields of photography and film, providing their students with practical and useful guidance in entrepreneurial filmmaking.

 

The institute’s flexible organizational structure and ability to continuously transform and innovate makes its education more accessible and attractive. With venues in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Apeldoorn, DAFP offers the perfect environment to fuel passionate creatives and foster lucrative opportunities.

 

 

 

 

BRAINGAIN ACADEMY

BrainGain is a global platform offering short-term, international cohort-based learning programs on college and university campuses. Our university partners include University of Cambridge, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Arizona State University, Chatham University and Dutch Academy for Film and Photography, to name a few. We offer these global learning experiences to pre-college and college students and young professionals. We curate, develop and market experiential learning programs in partnership with leading global universities to offer new ways of learning for students. We offer universities new channels to reach, engage and recruit international students.

 

Reserve your spot

We are accepting reservations on a rolling basis. Those interested in participating must complete the online form. Each session will accept a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 20.


Eligibility: All applicants must be 18 years or older and proficient in English. They must also provide proof of successfully completing their secondary education (high school). Attaching a C.V. or portfolio is optional.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General

BrainGain Magazine collaborates with DAFP to organize the International program. BrainGain Magazine provides administrative support and DAFP is wholly responsible for reviewing applications and providing all academic content for the program.

Anyone who is interested in filmmaking, over the age of 18, proficient in English and has completed their secondary school (high school) education.

The program will take place between November 10th and November 23th.

The program costs € 3500. It covers:

  • Tuition fee
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Two-week public transportation card
  • State of the art filming and editing equipment
  • Accommodation in Amsterdam and at a short distance from the school
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 4 x group dinner
  • Extra-curricular activities and sightseeing program

Not included:

  • Insurance, Visa fees, Dinner (except group dinners included in the extra-curricular activities program).

Currently, there are no scholarships available for the program.

 

 

Your program fee covers the cost of accommodation. DAFP provides a double room, which will be shared by two participants of the course.

 

 

At DAFP we provide our students with personal attention. We limit the number of students per class, enabling our teachers to provide each individual with attention and guidance they deserve. Students from around the world can apply to the program. At the moment, the sessions will have fifteen to a maximum of twenty students each.

 

 

We strongly advise all course participants to arrive on the first day of the program in order to get the most value out of the experience.

 

 

You can see the program itinerary on our website. A detailed course guide, including general information about the city, the academic program, course schedule and extra-curricular program will be provided to all course participants upon registration.

 

 

Yes, you will need to arrange your own international travel insurance as per the requirements of the Embassy of Netherlands in your country.

 

 

The public transport card provides students with unlimited access to all public transportation in the city, including metros, busses and trams, during the length of their stay.

 

 

Students have the option to explore the city after the planned activities. DAFP provides a course guide that includes suggestions on activities that students can undertake on their free time.

 

 

All students must be in class from 10am-4.00 pm. The evenings include planned activities around the city. However, students will be free post 9:30-10:00pm every day.

 

 

Students will share a double room. The rooms are fully furbished and include their own private toilet and shower.
Breakfast is included. The hostel provides the following services:

  • 24h service, A&O lounge, Billiards, Bus parking, Bicycle hire, ATM, Guest kitchen, Hotel bar, Table soccer, Kids' corner, Lobby TV, Meeting rooms, Parking, Snacks, Wi-Fi / internet, Washing machine.

 

 

The hostel is located at a walking distance of the DAFP campus. Right near the building, students will find the Ajax Amsterdam Arena, the world-famous Endemol TV studios, the Heineken Music Hall, and the Ballorig Children's Play Paradise. Relaxation's just around the corner in Bijlmerpark. The reception and lobby bar are open 24 hours for your convenience. Relax with delicious snacks and refreshing drinks in the lobby, or with a game of billiards or foosball.

 

 

The hostel is located in a modern and safe area of the city, at a walking distance from the school campus.

 

 

DAFP will take all dietary needs into consideration. Upon request, DAFP will provide vegetarian, vegan, Halal, Kosher or any other requested meals. Please make sure that you include your dietary requirements in your application form.

 

 

TRAVEL

No, flight tickets are not included in the package. You will have to make individual travel arrangements.

 

 

Depending on the passport you hold, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa. Check with the Embassy of Netherlands in your country for more information. As a general rule of thumb, you should give yourself ten business days for the visa to be processed.

 

 

The visa letter will be issued once registration is complete and fees have been paid.

 

 

Your money will be refunded, with a deduction of 100 euros for registration.

 

 

APPLICATION

Students apply for the program online. Applicants will need to provide proof of successfully completing their secondary education and English proficiency. They also have the option to provide a link to their C.V. or portfolio.

 

 

You will be informed in three working days after you submit your application.

 

 

We will send you a confirmation email once we have received your application. You can also check the notifications on your dashboard.

 

 

Yes. You will have access to equipment provided especially for the program. The cameras available include the Canon XF100 Pro HD and the Canon XF100. All students will use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit their films. The software is already installed on the AFS lab computers.

Canon XF100 Pro HD:

  • Captures images of 1920X1080 full HD at 50Mbps.
  • Is light-sensitive.
  • Has infrared recording which can help with filming in minimum light.

Canon XF100 is

  • Very user friendly.
  • Comfortable to hold and set up.
  • The perfect choice to shoot documentaries.

Other than this equipment, you can borrow additional equipment by filling out a form, provided in the brochure.

 

 

Please refer to the contact us tab. Alternately, you can email us at navb@braingainmag.com or call/WhatsApp us at +91 98113 04547.

 

 

COURSE

A short film is any film with a running time of 40 minutes or less. However, with the time frame you will have (of 2 weeks), you will likely make a short fiction film ranging from 2 to 5 minutes and a short documentary of around 5 minutes.

 

 

DAFP is an internationally recognized university. Our International Programs faculty has years of experience providing professional education to aspiring filmmakers. A DAFP certificate will be a welcome addition to the CV of any aspiring film professional.

 

 

Students will work in pairs in order to facilitate the filming process and get acquaintance with the different roles during the filmmaking process (DOP, director, editor, soundperson, etc.).

DAFP will not provide you with an additional crew.

 

 

  • Look up a trailer or scene from your favourite to show during the introductory class. This can also be a YouTube link.
  • You could prepare yourself for the Eye film Museum visit by having a look at some of the films/film trailers viewed there.
  • Print and sign the quitclaims forms provided in the guide.

 

 

All course participants will be provided with their own student coordinator. These coordinators will mentor them during their stay in the Netherlands and will:

  • Welcome all students at Schiphol international airport and provide students with transfers from and to the airport and Amsterdam accommodation
  • Provide a city guide and public transportation cards
  • Accompany students to all group activities
  • Accompany students to recording and editing sessions
  • Assist students during their stay in Amsterdam

 

 

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