Alum Alfonso Cuarón directs Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity." Alum Alfonso Cuarón directs Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity." Alfonso Cuarón, an alum of a Mexican school that made the list, directed Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity." (Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

The best film schools in the world revealed

From Mexico to the Mediterranean, The Hollywood Reporter runs down its favorites in new list.

Francis Ford Coppola graduated from UCLA's film school, and Spike Lee both taught at and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. But the American coasts, both epicenters of Hollywood filmmaking, are not the only places to hone your directorial skills.

The Hollywood Reporter just released its list of the top 15 international film schools. "Film is one language that doesn't necessarily get lost in translation, and from Moscow to Beijing, London to Paris, the truly cosmopolitan cinema student has plenty of options," wrote the magazine.

Schools in Europe had a strong presence with included institutions from Italy, Germany, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Austria and England.

Alumni Nick Park was one of the masterminds behind the popular "Shaun the Sheep" franchise.Nick Park, an alumni of a British school that made the list, was one of the masterminds behind the popular "Shaun the Sheep" franchise. (Photo: Aardman Animations)

The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University in Israel represented the Mediterranean region. Bearing the name of the producer of “Forrest Gump," this prestigious school counts as alumni “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff; Hagai Levi, co-creator of “The Affair” and “In Treatment;” and Ari Folman, whose documentary “Waltz With Bashir” was nominated for an Oscar.

The school is also home to the TLV International Student Film Festival, an influential gathering where 200 films from more than 70 of the world's top film schools are screened. The school has also recently launched a digital media program, which you can learn more about in the video below:

Other countries represented included Australia, China, Mexico, Russia, Romania, Argentina and South Africa.

The list appeared in the Aug. 26 issue of the magazine as part of a larger package on the top 25 film schools in America. That list included the the usual suspects – NYU and UCLA – but also included such up-and-comers as Emerson College and the Savannah College of Art and Design. The U.S. list was topped by USC's School of Cinematic Arts, whose notable alumni includes Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter to see a complete list of the winning schools.


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