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Scuola Nazionale di Cinema

The Scuola Nazionale di Cinema of the CSC – Dean Adriano De Santis – is the oldest and most prestigious film school in the world.

Established in 1935, the Experimental Center of Cinematography Foundation (CSC – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia) is an indispensable point of reference for the Italian cinema. It includes the National Film School (Scuola Nazionale di Cinema), a historical place of excellence for cinema professions, and the National Film Archive (Cineteca Nazionale), one of the oldest and most important film archives in the world.

Founder member of the CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision), the National Film School, directed by Headmaster Adriano De Santis, is a primary education site for audiovisual and film professionals and a relevant discussion place for students, scholars, teachers and researchers coming from all over the world.

The school is structured into 15 educational areas, all run by professionals: Chiara Magri (Animation), Paolo Cherchi Usai (Conservation and management of the audio-visual heritage), Maurizio Millenotti (Costume Design), Costanza Quatriglio (Documentary), Giuseppe Lanci (Photography), Francesca Calvelli (Film Editing), Gianluca Arcopinto (Film Production),Maurizio Nichetti (Advertising and Industrial Cinema),Giancarlo Giannini (Acting), Daniele Luchetti (Regia),Daniele Segre (Audiovisual Reportage), Franco Bernini (Screenplay), Francesco Frigeri (Scenography), Stefano Campus (Sound Design), Renato Pezzella, Eros Puglielli and Daniele Tomassetti (Visual effects supervisor & producer).

Cinema professions are a point of excellence in the entertainment industry.

Cinematographic institutions and productions draw on these places to start new projects and find good professionals. The number of students who rapidly enter the world of work is high.

The teaching staff is constituted by prominent members of the national and international cinema.

The wide variety of works produced by the students – awarded all over the world –  testifies the wealth of proposals in their style, in the topics covered and in the technical skills.

CSC Production

The CSC Production produces students films during their learning period and it coproduces – looking for sponsorships and collaborations to support students and former students works – first features films.

The CSC deals with film dissemination in national and international festivals, in cinemas, on tv networks and on the web.

Over the years, the CSC has produced the debut film by ten graduates  who are now recognized as the most interesting young Italian directors, such as Enrico Maria Artale, Claudio Cupellini, Marco Danieli, Edoardo De Angelis, Claudio Giovannesi, Valerio Mieli, Pietro Parolin, Alessandro Tamburini and Letizia Lamartire. Through its own effort in the cinema and tv scene, the CSC over the years has established various collaborations with partners and customers such as Annamode Costumes, Armani, Bavaria Media Italy, Bolero Film, Cecchi Gori, Eagle Pictures, Fratelli Cartocci, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Margutta Digital International, Mediaset, MIBACT, Rai Cinema, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Sky, Unesco.

Cinema is a living matter, in constant flux.

Film industry consolidated aspects have been affected by media and communication continuous changes, influencing  both the procedures and the use of the filmic product.

Epochal changes require a constant updating in learning and a level of knowledge able to meet the constantly evolving labour market demands.

Interpreting these new requirements, the National Film School plays a proactive role in students global training by proposing up-to-date courses and innovative and at the forefront lessons. Tradition and innovation, fundamental skills and research constitute the solid foundation of both a classical and an experimental education.

In order to meet the labour market requirements, the educational offer is designed to unlock students’ potentials and aspirations through the school’s human and technological resources.

Following the spirit of integrating and comparing the different professional skills, including communication expression abilities, the different courses flow into a permanent workshop.

The National Film Archive, established by a State Law in 1949, is the most important film archive in Italy, and among the most important film archives in Europe and in the world. In addition to the preservation of its precious heritage, that counts over 120,000 films and the collections of the National Corporate Cinema Archive of Ivrea, the NFA carries an intense cultural dissemination activity, making available part of the preserved heritage for national and international events without commercial purposes. The NFA is involved in the Italian movies restoration: every year both great masterpieces and minor works are restored and re-proposed.

Moreover, throughout the year, the NFA organizes retrospectives on authors and thematic reviews, hosts events, meetings with directors, professionals and film operators, public debates with scholars and critics, book presentations.