Year founded: 1963
Number of students: Approx. 450
Areas of teaching: Film industry professions including screenwriting, directing, production and editing.
Locations: Headquarters/main campus in Paris
Career assistance services: Internship program and alumni network with strong industry contacts ensures up to 80% placement rate for school’s graduates.

Founded in 1963, Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français (CLCF) is the oldest independent film school in France catering to students who want to work in the film industry. The school’s pedagogical model alternates theory and practice through writing workshops, various filmed exercises and the production of short films and documentaries. 

The school has an educational staff completely made up of professionals who teach courses preparing students for roles including: assistant director, director, screenwriter, script supervisor, production manager/coordinator, unit production manager, film editor and special effects editor and supervisor. Once each year, the Conservatoire’s students participate in collaborative initiatives with partner schools, including – for example – a film project in collaboration with students from Cours Florent, one of France’s most famous drama schools.

CLCF boasts an exceptional job placement rate: up to 80% of graduates find placement in their field of studies after completing the program. Most students take less than three months to find their first post-graduate job; within six months all graduates find employment. The vast majority of graduates – excepting those foreign students who choose to return to their home countries – find work in the Paris region.