Professional film school opens in Hungary

Written by Laszlo Kriston
Film critic Andras Rez is launching a film school, Werk Academy (WFA www.werkakademia.hu), for practical training for directors, producers, editors and screenwriters.

WFA lined up some of the most successful filmmakers from the local commercial movie business as professors, including producer Tamas Hutlassa (Kontrol), scriptwriter Reka Divinyi (Children of Glory, Just Sex and Nothing Else), and director Gabor Herendi (A Kind of America).

In its first year, 65 students signed up. The tuition is HUF210 000 (880 euros) per semester, with two semesters of classes each year.

WFA challenges the auteur-centric system of the long-time incumbent Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (www.filmacademy.hu). Rez explained to FNE, "What we set out to do is to teach what craftsmanship is all about. The students who graduate here will be able to work in international productions that are serviced in Hungary. We also think it's important to have a real scriptwriting education in Hungary." The two-year long courses and the diploma WFA offers is yet to be accredited with the Ministry of Education. "We are planning to have at least one of our courses qualified by the state-approved education system," Rez says.

WFA also has script pitching techniques and professional English language classes in its curriculum.