Make your own stories come to life

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his department offers a versatile and creative course of study in the fields of writing and directing for the screen. You'll learn various methods for developing your ideas and writing scripts for feature films, shorts, television and other visual media. You'll also receive extensive training in directing your own scripts as well as those of others.

The curriculum lays the necessary foundation for you to become an author in the field of filmmaking. Graduating students from the department receive a diploma with the title "Filmmaker – With Special Concentration in Writing and Directing". With this training and knowledge our alumni are prepared for jobs with film production companies, television broadcasters, advertising agencies and publishing companies, among others.

We're looking for very creative individuals who have both the talent and the enthusiasm to tell stories through visual means.

Preview of Films

Department 3 prepares you for the following jobs

  • Casting director
  • Director
  • First Assistant Director (first AD)
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Development Executive
  • Script Editor
  • Script Reader
  • Script Supervisor (aka continuity)
  • Second Assistant Director

Courses
Dramatic feature 1 | BÍÓ 103
Directing 1 | LST 103
Laws and rules | LOR 104
Different TV genres | TLS 102
Ideas 1 | HUG 101
Visual narrative 1 | MFA 102
Thesis project 1 | LOH 106
Equipment and technique 1 | TÆK 106
Collab. btw departments | SAM 101
Film history 1 | KMS 102
Dramatic feature 2 | BÍÓ 202
Directing 2 | LST 205
Dramatic TV series | LSÞ 104
Documentaries | HEH 102
Art history 1 | LIS 102
Film Grammar 2 | MFA 202
Thesis project 2 | LOH 206
Equipment and technique 2 | TÆK 204
Collab. btw departments | SAM 201
Film history 2 | KMS 202
Dramatic feature 3 | BÍÓ 306
Directing 3 | LST 303
Play/stage | SVI 104
Adaptation | AÐL 102
Art history 2 | LIS 202
Thesis project 3 | LOH 306
Visual language and its use | MYN 104
Collab. btw departments | SAM 301
Film history 3 | KMS 302
Dramatic feature 4 | BÍÓ 405
Directing 4 | LST 404
Ideas 2 | HUG 202
Elective| VAL 102
Production | FRH 102
Thesis project 4 | LOH 408
Contemporary filmmaking | SAT 102
Collab. btw departments | SAM 401
Film history 4 | KMS 402
Contracts and rates | VER 102

“These two years in IFS where extremely important to me , because there I met people on the same wavelength as me. I got a taste of what it’s like to work with my hobby and received guidance in many technical parts of the film that later would benefit me in other areas”

Guðni Líndal, Gratuated spring 2013
“My years in The Icelandic Film School where excellent ., I got to know how vastly experienced screenwriters and directors, at the school , approached there business and I immediately adopted the methods that I knew would improve me as a filmmaker”
Snævar Sölvi Sölvason, Gratuated spring 2014