Study at Beijing Film Academy: the Home of Chinese Cinema

Casting call for all future film directors!

If you want to take your filmmaking to the next level, there is no better place than Beijing Film Academy (BFA). BFA is Asia’s top-rated and China’s only film school. With a long history and tradition of graduating world-changing filmmakers, BFA is the best opportunity for international students to learn the skills of cinematography.

In 2018 China witnessed a box office of $9.9 billion in 2018 and is expecting to grow $15.5 billion by 2023. China now has a huge need for international filmmaking talents. Listen to BFA students share their experience here:

Why does BFA stand out among other film schools? For aspiring international filmmakers, BFA offers incredible benefits and opportunities:

5- Follow the footsteps of China’s most famous directors

Some of China’s most famous and stirring films have been produced by Beijing Film Academy graduates. Zhang Yimou, the director of the globally renowned movies Hero, To Live, Raise the Red Lantern, and House of Flying Daggers, graduated from BFA.

Other notable alumni of this prestigious school include Jia Zhangke (The World, A Touch of Sun, I Wish I Knew) and Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Yellow Earth).A clip from the movie "Farewell my Concubine"

4- Join a diverse community of International and Chinese students

Creativity thrives with new ideas. As you study in the classroom alongside classmates from across China and the world, you will undoubtedly encounter new ideas, inspiration, and a new lens with which to see the world of filmmaking.

In 2019, there were 234 international students studying at BFA from 57 countries! The largest countries represented were the United States, South Korea, Malaysia, and Canada.

3- Live and study on a campus designed for film

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Beijing Film Academy’s campus is packed with the latest and best facilities and technology for developing quality filmmakers. With a theater, studio, facilities for animation, and apartments right on campus, students have easy access to all they will need.

BFA’s prestigious Youth Film Studio was established in 1979. It is one of the fiction film studios authorized by the state, and also the base for the teachers and students of the academy to practice their film and television art creations. The films produced by Youth Film Studio have won multiple domestic and international film and television awards. Since the studio was established, there have been more than 70 films that have won awards in various categories!

The Film and Television Experimental Center has 12 departments including Video Laboratory, Computer Network Teaching Classroom, Language Laboratory, multiple Film Halls, and videotape and lighting staff. This comprehensive facility is open for use for all students and contains plenty of room and resources to foster creativity in film.

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2- Comprehensively develop filmmaking abilities

As the only filmmaking school in China, and the best in Asia, BFA offers complete and comprehensive training in the world of cinematography. Students can study at six departments: Screenwriting & Film Studies, Directing, Cinematography, Film and TV Technology, Film Studies, and Basic Education.

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The most popular majors are Performing Arts, Chinese Language, Cinematography, and Film Directing. Aside from the basics of directing, filming, and performing, Beijing Film Academy students will also deeply explore Chinese language and culture. By drawing inspiration and insight from thousands of years of China’s vibrant history, film students are sure to enrich their creative projects.

Additionally, BFA has partnerships with major camera companies and industry suppliers like ARRI, Red, Sony, Kino Flo, Panther and Steadicam. This guarantees students will have access to the latest filmmaking technology and develop a wealth of technological expertise before graduating.

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1- Exclusive film opportunities enrich student life

China’s cinematic world never rests–each year, there are many film festivals, awards, movie screenings, and many more ways for you to get involved in the film community! BFA, of course, plays a major role by participating in and organizing these events. In 2020, student representatives could participate in the 2020 Cross-Strait Film and Television Forum, a discussion of film and culture on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. The annual Student Director Awards lets students showcase their self-directed films and incredible creativity, all judged by BFA leaders and other film professionals across China. BFA also hosts the annual The International Student Film and Video Festival.

BFA also hosts global filmmakers and directors from countries around the world to discuss their own experiences and filmmaking inspirations.  Past guests have included James Cameron and Ang Lee! Alumni also return to campus to share their experiences producing films in major studios from Beijing to Hollywood.

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Xu Ning, graduate of Beijing Film Academy brought the preview of “KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS” at the standard video hall of Beijing Film Academy and shared their production experience in Hollywood of United States.

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The time is now to study at Beijing Film Academy!

BFA (Beijing Film Academy) is the only film academy in China and the largest film academy in Asia. Through 65 years’ development, it has built up a multidisciplinary and multilevel cultivation system that embraces the entire spectrum of film-making, including production, teaching, creation and research for training advanced film talents. The famous Chinese directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Jia Zhangke and Gu Changwei all graduated from BFA – the cradle of Chinese film producers.

Our teaching philosophy is “prioritizing technological basis and fostering artistic spirit”. For decades, BFA has educated thousands of movie practitioners for China. Of the directors, photographers, artists and sound engineers who are currently active in China’s filmmaking business, over half had graduated from BFA. Several BFA graduates have won international film festival awards such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice many times.

Learn more about how you can study at Beijing Film Academy here! Or book a free call with us here.

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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