Presentation

Developing a personal cinematographic vision, understanding the filmmaking process and apprehending the stakes of production so as to pave the way for graduates to smoothly join professional circles – such are the main objectives of this programme. This Master course, which is unique in Europe, is aimed at the holders of a Bachelor’s degree, or with equivalent experience, wishing to further their knowledge in one of the following fields: direction scriptwriting, editing, sound or production.

Through courses and workshops provided by renowned lecturers in each field, the students develop a personal project throughout the curriculum. For their master project, they are involved in the production (direction scriptwriting, editing, sound or production) of a short, medium or feature length film (fiction, documentary, TV series, art-house, transmedia…). Several films gain international visibility through renowned festivals or/and TV broadcasting.

This Master programme relies on a partnership between ECAL and HEAD/Geneva University of Art and Design and on collaborations with Lausanne University (UNIL), Zurich University (UZH), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), the Swiss National Film Archive in Lausanne, Swiss National Broadcasting RTS, and la Manufacture (school of performing arts) in Lausanne, University of Music Lausanne and Swiss Literature Institute in Bienne.

Language

French & English

Qualification issued

Master of Arts HES-SO in Film, major in Direction, Scenario, Editing, Sound or Production

Yearly fees (materials included)

CHF 2225.-

Length

4 semesters

Credits

120 ECTS

Useful links

Admissions Contact

Equipments & infrastructures

Cinema Studio Sound Studio

Learning Objectives

First year
Vuk Vukmanović, student in Master cinema - major Sound, on the set of "Red Jungle" by Juan José Lozano and Zoltán Horváth, 2019 (prod. Intermezzo Films; Dolce Vita Films; Nadasdy Films & Tchack)
Workshop Danielle Lessovitz

1/2

  • Deepen your knowledge of technical tools relating to image, writing, production and sound, depending on the major: filming in studio sets; direct sound recording and mixing; developing skills in software for sound and editing (ProTools, Avid); script dialogue; exercises on reading sheets; preparation of a shooting plan; etc.
  • Carry out workshop projects supervised by international professionals: research and approaches to documentary or fiction, sound creation, editing creation, work on directing actors.
  • Develop a personal project (concept, writing, production) accompanied by a tutor.
  • Produce and direct a commissioned film (writing and presentation of the project to the commissioning body; shooting in a small team, editing).
  • Enhance your knowledge through theory courses in collaboration with the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the University of Zurich (UZH), the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) and the Università Svizzera Italiana (USI): film history, screenplay and criticism; media economics, film archiving; methodological and practical approach to film restoration.
  • Meet personalities from the film industry and other artistic disciplines in masterclasses.
  • Participate and collaborate with national and international film festivals.
Second year
The Jury with Lionel Baier, Head of Cinema dept. ECAL; Nicolas Wadimoff, Head of Cinema Dept. HEAD; Jasmin Basic, coordinator Master ECAL/HEAD; Alice Riva, assistant Master
Diploma 2020

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  • Benefit from professional internships in Switzerland or abroad.
  • Participate in the“Great Trip”: film shooting abroad during a trip lasting several weeks in collaboration with filmmakers and film professionals from the country visited (in the past Bela Tarr in Sarajevo, Alain Gomis in Dakar, etc.).
  • Immerse yourself in cross-disciplinary courses and workshops in collaboration with the Swiss Film Archive in Lausanne, RTS/RRS, La Manufacture/University of Performing Arts in Western Switzerland in Lausanne, Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, the Swiss Literary Institute in Biel and La Fémis in Paris.
  • Write a thesis based on the knowledge acquired throughout the course.
  • Put into practice the know-how acquired in a graduation work, depending on the chosen major: directing, screenplay, editing, sound or production.

Projects

This section contains a selection of emblematic or recent projects related to the disciplines taught in the Master's degree.

Studio projects

Actors' Direction Workshop

FILM STUDIES

Actors' Direction Workshop

Studio project with Fulvio Bernasconi

Actors' Direction Workshop, led by the Swiss filmmaker Fulvio Bernasconi, in collaboration with the acting students of Les Teintureries, theatre school in Lausanne.

O Signore Stracciarolo

FILM STUDIES

O Signore Stracciarolo

Studio project with Jean Perret, Gianfranco Rosi

Outcast amongst outcasts. From boredom to religious devotion, we get a glimpse into the lives of a gypsy couple in the suburbs of Rome.

Ponte 5

FILM STUDIES

Ponte 5

Studio project with Jean Perret, Gianfranco Rosi

One man. One bridge. Nowhere to go. Antonio is an aging man who must live on a bridge in the rough neighborhood of Laurentino 38, in the suburbs of Rome.

Ruth

FILM STUDIES

Ruth

Studio project with Lionel Baier, Emmanuel Salinger

Ruth leads a peaceful life in her elaborately decorated apartment. Until one day, when a mysterious gift is about to turn her world upside down.

Cotonov Vanished

FILM STUDIES

Cotonov Vanished

Studio project with Jean-Louis Comolli, José Michel Bühler, Claudio Pazienza

A way of approaching the exercise of portrait, Cotonov Vanished returns to the dazzling career of a young and brilliant Russian interpreter embarked in the Cold War who, one day, mysteriously disappeared...

Il movimento

FILM STUDIES

Il movimento

Studio project with Lionel Baier, Thomas Isler

The “habitués” of the bar “Il Movimento” meet regularly to discuss, drink and to forget their worries. This tiny bar is particularly cosy with a warm and charming ambience...

Workshops

Filmmaking workshop

FILM STUDIES

Filmmaking workshop

Workshop with Danielle Lessovitz

A 2-weeks filmmaking workshop led by the American director and scriptwriter Danielle Lessovitz with the students of the Master in Film - major direction and scriptwriting.

Master Cinema - Major in Sound

FILM STUDIES

Master Cinema - Major in Sound

Workshop with Felix Blume

Sound creation workshop for the Master Cinema students - Major in Sound - directed by Felix Blume, sound artist and sound engineer.

Sound performance

FILM STUDIES

Sound performance

Workshop

Creation by Ensemble Vide, with the Master Cinema students, in coproduction with Ensemble Contrechamps, Geneva.

Workshop Rousseau mandate

FILM STUDIES

Workshop Rousseau mandate

Workshop

Study trip of the Master in Film students in Val de Travers, on the footsteps of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, to work on the first stages of the Mandate proposed by the MLR - Maison Rousseau et Littérature, Geneva.

"I Dreamed of El Zahir"

FILM STUDIES

"I Dreamed of El Zahir"

Workshop by Vuk Vukmanovic

"I Dreamed of El Zahir" , sound work by Vuk Vukmanovic, student of Master Cinéma - major Sound, during the Grand Voyage in Dakar, Senegal. Inspired by the short story "El Zahir" by Jorge Luis Borges.

Workshop casting and acting with Guillaume Brac

FILM STUDIES

Workshop casting and acting with Guillaume Brac

Workshop with Guillaume Brac

Workshop casting and acting with Guillaume Brac, filmmaker, Julia Perazzini and Antonin Schopfer, actors

Cinema Master - major Sound

FILM STUDIES

Cinema Master - major Sound

Workshop

Vuk Vukmanović, student in Master cinema - major Sound, on the set of "Red Jungle" by Juan José Lozano and Zoltán Horváth, 2019 (prod. Intermezzo Films; Dolce Vita Films; Nadasdy Films & Tchack)

Master Cinema at the Clermont Film Festival

FILM STUDIES

Master Cinema at the Clermont Film Festival

Workshop

Master cinéma dans Le Temps

FILM STUDIES

Master cinéma dans Le Temps

Workshop

Article du 8 janvier 2018 dans Le Temps sur la place du scénario en Suisse.

Mumbai Grand Voyage workshop

FILM STUDIES

Mumbai Grand Voyage workshop

Workshop

Each year, students of the Master's program undertake a "Great Trip" to discover the territory of a filmmaker. In 2016, they went to Mumbai with the director and producer Anurag Kashyap.

ImaginaSon

FILM STUDIES

ImaginaSon

Workshop

For this forth edition, the Swiss Cinematheque presented last September a collection of movies, short and features, anomy's or not, adds, scientific or artistic documents... all of which where found in the Cinémathèques archives.

Workshop Pasolini

FILM STUDIES

Workshop Pasolini

Workshop with Stéphane Bouquet, Lionel Baier, Robert Cantarella

The Master students of Mise en scène of the Lausanne University of Theatre and the film directors of Master Ecal/Head collaborated for a work shop around the critical and political impact of Pasolini’s work.

Diplomas

Santiago Chacón – Ecce homo (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Santiago Chacón – Ecce homo (direction)

Diploma project with Claire Burger, Rachel Lang

Juan Antonio finds his father who is back home after a long absence. There, during the preparation of the most important religious festival of the city : the Ecce homo; father and son go to share in solitude, their hatreds for each other. santichacon91@gmail.com

Olivia Frey – Ecce homo (editing)

FILM STUDIES

Olivia Frey – Ecce homo (editing)

Diploma project by Olivia Frey

Juan Antonio finds his father who is back home after a long absence. There, during the preparation of the most important religious festival of the city : the Ecce homo; father and son go to share in solitude, their hatreds for each other. oliviaandreafrey@googlemail.com

Raphaël Meyer – La Sentinelle (screenplay)

FILM STUDIES

Raphaël Meyer – La Sentinelle (screenplay)

Diploma project by Raphaël Meyer

France. 2016. Operation Sentinel. One step. Two steps. Look right. Look left. Mya has just turned 18 and is walking in her uniform. Rifle against her breast. Barrel facing down. Her finger on the stock, just above the trigger. One more step. Two more steps. Look right. Look left. Mya is on patrol. Mya waits. For something. For someone. At last.

Sarah Rathgeb – Stray (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Sarah Rathgeb – Stray (direction)

Diploma project by Sarah Rathgeb

Joana has just moved in with her boyfriend and her dog Boris. This is an important step in their relationship, a life-changing step.In their new apartment they have everything they need for their future together: except a mattress. sarah.rathgeb@hotmail.com

Elisa Gómez Alvarez – Soraya Luna (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Elisa Gómez Alvarez – Soraya Luna (direction)

Diploma project with Pedro Pinho

A cinematographic necromancy calls the spectres of the past: by the means of VHS find the spectator submerges into the Berlin family's intimate play of the author's childhood. gomezalvarez@gmx.de http://www.elisagomezalvarez.com

Noémie Guibal – Taking the desert (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Noémie Guibal – Taking the desert (direction)

Diploma project by Noémie Guibal

Cevennes, 1702. In a totalitarian political state, four men take up arms. noemie.guibal@yahoo.fr

Paul Choquet – Tous les chemins (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Paul Choquet – Tous les chemins (direction)

Diploma project by Paul Choquet

A group of people is searching for an old lady who got lost in the Vaud countryside. paulchoquet@gmail.com

Lucas Rubio Martinez – Europa (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Lucas Rubio Martinez – Europa (direction)

Diploma project by Lucas Rubio Martinez

Pedro, working in Switzerland, must take one cow to the slaughterhouse at the same time his mother dies in Spain. lucadelfresno@gmail.com

Ketsia Stocker – Europa (production)

FILM STUDIES

Ketsia Stocker – Europa (production)

Diploma project by Ketsia Stocker

Pedro, working in Switzerland, must take one cow to the slaughterhouse at the same time his mother dies in Spain. ketsia.stocker@gmail.com

Vuk Vukmanovic – Soraya Luna (sound)

FILM STUDIES

Vuk Vukmanovic – Soraya Luna (sound)

Diploma project by Vuk Vukmanovic

A cinematographic necromancy calls the spectres of the past: by the means of VHS find the spectator submerges into the Berlin family's intimate play of the author's childhood. iamvuk@gmail.com https://www.iamvuk.com

Nina Defontaine – Clémente (direction)

FILM STUDIES

Nina Defontaine – Clémente (direction)

Diploma project by Nina Defontaine

The portrait of Monique (my grandmother) as i accompany her in the great sorting of her objects (her ghosts) at her family house (Clémente). ninadefontaine@gmail.com https://cargocollective.com/ninaphotographies/cinematographie

Malou Briand – Dalia (screenplay)

FILM STUDIES

Malou Briand – Dalia (screenplay)

Diploma project by Malou Briand

From the 2007 presidential elections to the emergence of the #MeToo movement, from the suburbs to the French capital, “Dalia” traces the journey of a young woman in the contemporary world. It is a story of friendship and of upward social mobility. maloubriand@gmail.com

Program

This section lists the detailed modules and courses for each semester of the programme.

Semester 1 2 3 4

Common Modules
  • Conception and project direction
    (10 ECTS)
  • Transversality I / Meetings and Masterclasses I
    (4 ECTS)
Directing – Orientation Module
  • Directing Input: workshop
    (6 ECTS)
  • Master Project Preparations I
    (4 ECTS)
  • Cinema theory and methodology I
    (6 ECTS)
Scenario – Orientation Module
  • Scenario Inputs : workshop
    (6 ECTS)
  • Master Project Preparations I
    (4 ECTS)
  • Cinema Theory and methodology I
    (6 ECTS)
Editing – Orientation Module
  • Editing workshop: fiction
    (6 ECTS)

  • Editing theory
    (5 ECTS)

  • Theory: archives I
    (5 ECTS)

Sound – Orientation Module
  • Sound recording and Protools workshops
    (6 ECTS)
  • Workshop sound creation
    (4 ECTS)
  • Cinema theory and methodology I
    (6 ECTS)
Common Modules
  • Production setup
    (10 ECTS)
  • Transversality II / Meetings and Masterclasses II
    (4 ECTS)
Directing – Orientation Module
  • Directing Input: workshop
    (6 ECTS)
  • Master thesis preparations II
    (6 ECTS)
  • Film theory and methodology II
    (4 ECTS)
Scenario – Orientation Module
  • Scenario Inputs: workshop
    (6 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis Preparations II
    (6 ECTS)
  • Film theory and methodology II
    (4 ECTS)
Editing – Orientation Module
  • Editing Inputs
    (5 ECTS)

  • Practice and professionalization
    (6 ECTS)

  • Theory: archives II
    (5 ECTS)

Sound – Orientation Module
  • Sound Inputs
    (6 ECTS)

  • Practice and professionalization
    (6 ECTS)

  • Film theory and methodology II
    (4 ECTS)
Master Project – Practice
30 ECTS
Big Travel
10 ECTS
Master Project – Thesis
20 ECTS
Find all the programme documents below

Alumni

Carmen Jaquier
Fisnik Maxhuni
Raphaël Meyer
Klaudia Reynicke
Vuk Vukmanovic
Career Opportunities

Film director of documentaries or fiction, Director of photography, Editor, Sound mixer, Sound engineer, Scriptwriter, Producer, Teacher…

Other alumni

(BA and MA Cinema) Fabrice Aragno, Kaveh Bakhtiari, Claude Barras, Fulvio Bernasconi,
Jean-Stéphane Bron, Frédéric Choffat, Elie Grappe, Blaise Harrison,
Marie-Eve Hildbrand, Nathan Hofstetter, Frédéric Mermoud, Lila Ribi,
Christophe M. Saber, Rafael Sommerhalder, Karine Sudan, Mathieu Urfer....

Staff

Heads of department

Lionel Baier (ECAL)
Nicolas Wadimoff (HEAD)

Coordination

Coordinator
Jasmin Basic

Assistants
Irene Muñoz (HEAD)
Jules Pourchet (ECAL)

Production & distribution
Jean-Guillaume Sonnier (ECAL)

Professors, visiting lecturers, masterclasses

Elsa Amiel
Claire Atherton
Lionel Baier
Stéphane Batut
Joëlle Bertossa
Yaël Bitton
Jean-­Stéphane Bron
Claire Burger
Joel Coen
Abdel Raouf Dafri
Thierry de Peretti
Philippe Faucon
Abel Ferrara
Emmanuel Finkiel
Amos Gitaï
Delphine Gleize
Jean­-Luc Godard
Alain Gomis
Yann Gonzalez
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige
Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Mikhaël Hers
Mike Hoolboom
Carlos Ibañez­-Diaz
Kaya Inan
Antoine Jaccoud
Agnès Jaoui
Simon Jaquemet
Tom Kalin
Anurag Kashyap
Alanté Kavaïté
Marthe Keller
Gion Reto Killias
Stéphane Kuthy
Julien Lacheray
Nadine Lamari
Rachel Lang


Danielle Lessovitz
Sébastien Lifshitz
Noémie Lvovsky
Vincent Macaigne
Ursula Meier
Peter Mettler
Valérie Mréjen
François Musy
Bettina Oberli
Jeanne Oberson
Ruben Östlund
Jean­-Gabriel Périot
Vasco Pimentel
Pedro Pinho
Nicolas Philibert
Katell Quillévéré
Charlotte Rampling
Joao Pedro Rodrigues
Antoine Russbach
Emmanuel Salinger
Stefano Savona
Eyal Sivan
Michel Spinosa
Béla Tarr
Marianne Tardieu
Jeremy Thomas
Gus Van Sant
Virgil Vernier
Nathalie Vidal
Teresa Villaverde
Marc Von Stürler
Alice Winocour
Frederick Wiseman
Katharina Wyss
Jacqueline Zünd
Andreï Zviaguintsev