Early Reels

Film-School Films

Currently showing in Early Reels

Les films de La HEAD

The Cinema Faculty of the HEAD – Genève is a site for teaching, creation and research devoted to innovative cinematographic forms in tune with the world. It aims to inspire the exploration of plural writings and aesthetics, encouraging crossovers between genres and dialogue with contemporary art.
The faculty is open to a wide range of film genres from documentary to fiction, from installations to virtual images. This creative freedom can roam the entire world and examine its challenges: accompanied by acclaimed filmmakers, the students make movies every year, often in far-off places, and are thus confronted with different realities and otherness.

One of the specificities of this course is to offer teaching based on an interweaving of cinematographic practices and theoretical knowledge (the aesthetics, politics and economics of cinema). During their training, the students make a number of films, learning to master the tools and techniques of contemporary cinema and discovering the new methods of production and distribution.

Les films de La Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Since it was founded in 1991, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg has become one of the world’s leading film academies. The project-oriented “learning by doing” concept has greatly contributed to this. The students are taught and mentored by more than 300 highly-qualified experts from the film and media industries. Around 250 films covering a range of genres are created by teams of students each year. Several win prizes at film festivals. The overriding objective of the programme is to prepare students in the best possible way for a successful career in the film and media industries

Les films de L'école ZeLIG

ZeLIG - School for Documentary is an educational centre based in Bolzano since 1988.
ZeLIG runs a three-year vocational training course in documentary filmmaking. Seminars and lessons are held in Italian, German and English.
Situated in the alpine border city of Bolzano, ZeLIG considers multi-language skills a key to taking advantage of opportunities on a European scale.
An important part of ZeLIG’s mission is its creative focus on this multi-lingual, multi-cultural tradition.
Within this vision, ZeLIG developed, in 2004, also ESoDoc - European Social Documentary, a training initiative supported by the EU’s Creative Europe Programme.

About the 'Early Reels' Scope

A great many first documentaries, most of them short, emerge from the hands of film-school students or training workshop participants. While conditions and constraints vary from one school to the next, these places are above all spaces for experimentation and creation. Films that are spontaneous, patched together or industrious, experiments or a stroke of genius, all made in settings that offer more freedom than commercial production companies.


Jimmy Deniziot et Roxanne Riou
Pre-selectors for the États Généraux du Film Documentaire – Lussas