29. 9. – 5. 10. 2020

Summer School

17. - 23. 8. 2020

The festival Film and Architecture presents its first summer school with the focus on film and architecture that offers students a unique opportunity to explore the city through a camera lens and creates one’s very own short movie. Students will get familiar with the basic processes of filming architecture and urban environment from an initial idea, creating a script, filmmaking, and postproduction under the lead of internationally renowned experts. The city of Prague with its distinctive historical, as well as modern and contemporary architecture and complex infrastructure will create a perfect setting for urban expeditions with a camera. Thanks to our partner Scholastika, students will enjoy first-rate equipment for sound and editing and a peaceful study space in the centre of Prague.

The main guest of this first edition will be the head curator of the biggest film festival on architecture in Europe, The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR), Jord den Hollander. He will present students with creative processes in filmmaking architecture. Another guest of the school will be the award-winning Danish documentary filmmaker Boris Benjamin Bertram, who will speak about imaginative storytelling in documentary. The school will be led by the Czech-Japanese filmmaker Haruna Honcoop, the author of the documentary film Built To Last – Relics of Communist-Era Architecture (2017), who currently works on filming the architecture of Olympic stadiums. Furthermore, the school offers talks by renowned guests from the field of film, architecture, and urbanism. All of the speakers will be available for tutorials and students will have the invaluable opportunity to discuss their own work and gather practical experience.


Architect, filmmaker and the founder and chief curator of the biggest film festival on architecture in Europe – The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) has a life-long goal to promote, foster and develop creative interconnections of film and architecture. Showing nearly 100 films per year, the AFFR also hosts experts from all over the world and creates a network with similar organisations. Jord den Hollander has been curating many international festivals and travels the world as a master class teacher for film and architecture. His long standing project, the Cycling Cities is a documentary featuring 10 to 15 cities worldwide from the angle of a cyclist. He will also present his film on Dutch Embassies called the Mission Statements.  


Prague-born Czech-Japanese documentary filmmaker focuses on new media, documentary and experimental filmmaking with a particular interest in architecture, urbanism, politics and Asia. Her catalogue of film work is extensive, with 15 short fiction and documentary films, and a number of video art exhibitions to her credit including the experimental documentary and cross-media project, Built To Last – Relics of Communist-Era Architecture (2017). Haruna also has several years of experience in teaching and giving filmmaking workshops around the world. She is currently developing a new feature documentary film about Olympic architecture and urbanism called Olympic Halftime.


Filmmaker, director, producer and partner in Good Company Pictures is the creator of award-winning documentaries focusing on global trends, international politics and the human condition. With one of his latest films Human Shelter (2018), he went on a global expedition to explore what makes a home for people living under extreme circumstances. His last film Photographer of War was nominated for the Best Danish Documentary 2020. Bertram won numerous prizes at esteemed festivals and were shown at special screenings, inter alia at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He taught extensively as an instructor at The National Danish Film School.


The summer school is aimed at students and young professionals in the field of film, architecture and/or are interested in the urban environment we are operating in on an everyday basis and that influences our lives. Admission requirement is a basic knowledge of working with a DSLR camera. Students are advised to bring their own camera to work with. The language in use at the school is English.


The objective is to enable young people to experience the urban organism through a camera lens and create one’s own short film of both artistic value and social impact. The main benefit of the school is the possibility to personally meet and work with internationally recognised experts, who can offer students invaluable experience, new approaches to film with the topic of architecture and last but not least present a great motivation for their own creative work.


550 EUR (the price includes a week-long programme with workshops, lectures, tutorials with experts, film screenings, materials, space and equipment for film editing, small refreshment) 

Students will be offered to book cheaper accommodation in our partner hotel. 



Applications should be submitted online at program@filmarchitektura.cz and consist of the 2 following documents in English in PDF format. 


  1. A short paper of 500 words on the topic Moving in the city. We advise focusing on one particular point of view that could be potentially developed into a short movie. 
  2. A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, and any other relevant information. 

The deadline for applications is 3 May 2020.

Selected candidates will be notified by mid May 2020. Candidates will be selected according to their curricula and the relevance and innovation of their critical thinking about the city. 

For more information, please send an email to program@filmarchitektura.cz