Cebu

One Hollywood Blvd

Bigfoot I.T. and Media Park
6015 Lapu-lapu City
Cebu, Philippines

cebu-admissions@iaft.net
Globe: +63-917-314-3456
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Phone: +63-32-495-2111

IAFT Cebu Philippines

IAFT Cebu, Philippines is a film school that delivers an educational experience that reflects Hollywood roots and traditions. Founded in 2004, IAFT Cebu offers Certificate and Diploma programs in film , acting and 3D animation that include significant amounts of hands-on practical experience under the care and guidance of recognized industry mentors. IAFT Cebu was also voted as "one of the best film schools in the world" by the Hollywood Reporter.

Our Film School has a specialized curriculum that combines theory with practical application under the mentorship of leading industry professionals. In addition to its finely tuned Certificate and Diploma programs in Filmmaking, 3D Animation, and the Performing Arts - Acting, IAFT often conducts various Short-Term Workshops on topics such as film-making, screenwriting, acting, 3D and motion graphics.

IAFT Cebu's programs are registered and recognized by the Republic of The Philippines’ Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). IAFT Cebu has a slightly different calendar/program structure than other IAFT campuses.

Veterans and Military Students

IAFT Cebu is also accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and is eligible to accept students from the US military under various VA programs including the Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33 (otherwise known as the Post 9/11 GI Bill), Chapter 35 program and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) program. Eligible members of the Armed Forces and their dependents may now apply for IAFT’s various Filmmaking, Acting and 3D Animation programs and be granted up to the full amount in tuition fees for multiple programs, as well as a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.

If you are a US military veteran or a dependent and want to study filmmaking, acting or 3D animation at a VA approved film college in the Philippines , please contact cebu-admissions@iaft.net or sign up here for more info.

IAFT is also listed on WEAMS institution search and can be found via the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website page here.





  • Cebu: A Filmmaker's Paradise

    When the cameras stop rolling after classes and during the weekends, IAFT filmmaking, acting and animation students can take advantage of the diverse activities Cebu has to offer. With its lush island backdrop including white-sand beaches and striking mountainous regions, Cebu truly is a paradise all its own.

  • Hands-On Learning

    At IAFT we believe that the best way to learn film production is by actually getting out there and doing it! Unlike university film schools, IAFT focuses your studies on the skills that matter. IAFT teaches through hands-on instruction where we let you experience the intricacies of film production first hand. Getting out there and doing is a great way to build experience and our expert film production mentors will help you do just that.

  • Smaller Class Sizes

    Because we are a boutique film school, students at IAFT benefit from some of the smallest class sizes of any film school out there. This means you receive more training in each subject, more access to equipment, and the benefit of more one-on-one attention from our mentors. You can build your filmmaking skills faster with a small class size and more attention.

  • Focus on Mentorship

    IAFT Cebu has some of the most experienced Mentors in the entertainment business, ready to help every IAFT student realize their dreams and potential. At IAFT, our mentors are all veterans of the film industry. IAFT does not hire career professors. We want you to be trained by people that know what the real-world, working industry is like. Our mentors work directly with you, sharing their experience, and developing creative relationships that will last throughout your career.

  • Affordable Price

    IAFT prides itself in offering Diploma and Certificate programs at a price you can afford. And since entertainment is not a degree driven industry, why go to a four-year university and spend tens of thousands of dollars? When you know that you want a career in the entertainment industry, why waste your time with required courses that you have no interest in? IAFT knows why you are here, and we won’t burden you with paying for classes that aren’t of use to you when you graduate.

  • An Entrepreneurial Spirit

    IAFT programs are based on helping you get out there and get your career going. We want you to succeed in our classrooms, but more importantly, we want you to succeed after you graduate.

Filmmaking

IAFT’s Filmmaking program is an intensive hands-on curriculum geared to make you an expert in digital production – coming out with a solid portfolio and diploma to match. Our courses are not for filmmaking hobbyists; the IAFT experience is for those who are serious about visual storytelling and ready to jump-start a career in the entertainment industry. Due to our TESDA accreditation, our program differs slightly from other campuses.

3D Animation

This program develops Computer-Generated Imagery skills including 3D Modeling, Animation, Rendering, Compositing, Character Creation, Sound Design and Writing. A combination of instruction and hands-on training provide the vital competencies to be a 3D Computer Animator.

Performing Arts – Acting

The IAFT acting program was developed for both beginners and working actors who wish to strengthen their skills and learn new techniques. Our acting courses offer experience in front of the camera, so actors are able to review their performances and make adjustments. Led by mentors who work as actors, each course is designed to increase students’ comfort with new roles, cold readings, audition situations, and developing depth in their work. Due to our TESDA accreditation, our program differs slightly from other campuses.

Summer Workshops

This coming April - May 2016, IAFT opens a door for you this summer! We will be offering workshops in Acting, Filmmaking and 3D Animation.

ENJOY SUMMER AND PURSUE YOUR PASSION AT THE SAME TIME WITH OUR SUMMER WORKSHOPS.

Click here for more details and inquiry

FAQ

  • Q:

    Are IAFT courses eligible for financial aid from the Swedish Government?

    A:

    IAFT offers a One Year-Immersion in Digital Film-making for Swedish Students that is eligible for financial aid from the Swedish Government. Students from Sweden should visit the Swedish Loan and Grant programme (CSN) for more information on financial aid (studiestöd).

  • Q:

    Is IAFT accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USVA) ?

    A:

    IAFT Cebu is a film school accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and is eligible to accept US military veterans and military dependents under various VA benefits programs including the Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33 (otherwise known as the Post 9/11 GI Bill), Chapter 35 program and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

    If you are a US Army veteran or a military dependent and want to use your VA benefits to study film, acting or 3D animation at a VA approved film college in Cebu, Philippines , please contact military@iaft.net or sign up here for more info.

  • Q:

    Why do you have an On-Set English Only policy?

    A:

    IAFT is an international school comprised of students from many different backgrounds.  As filmmaking is a collaborative art, clear communication is imperative for success.  IAFT classes and workshops are taught exclusively in English, all over the world. This policy is extended to student projects.

    With clear communication being a key to on-set safety, it’s important that everyone understand each other at all times.  Using a common language ensures that everyone on set receives the same vital information.

    IAFT also cherishes collaboration between all its students.  Using a common language allows every student the same opportunity to collaborate with every other student, regardless of nationality.

    We want our classes, projects and feedback to be comprehensive to everybody.  Our goal is to create the most inclusive, collaborative environment possible.

  • Q:

    Does IAFT offer distance-learning courses (i.e. online courses)?

    A:

    No. The nature of filmmaking or performing arts is hands on instruction that requires experience in the field and on set.

  • Q:

    Are there any limitations on what content can be in our student projects?

    A:

    We at IAFT strongly believe in creativity and experimentation. We encourage students to stay within international standards, but we try our best not to get in the way of free expression and illuminated storytelling in the work of our students. We also give support to the judgment of our mentors in the classroom, although we naturally retain the right to withhold our support from any project as deemed necessary by IAFT.

  • Q:

    Do students work with individual mentors on projects, or do students work with several mentors?

    A:

    At IAFT, we believe in learning from those who have been there before – experienced industry veterans who have acted or worked in filmmaking all across the globe. IAFT believes in giving you as much access to this wealth of talent and experience as possible. Our mentors will teach you the tips, tools, and techniques you need to be a success in your future career.

  • Q:

    I want to know more about your cinematography and directing courses.

    A:

    While these subjects are covered extensively in our signature filmmaking curriculum, we do not offer a stand-alone program in cinematography or directing. The reason for this is due to the fact that we believe to be the best Director or Cinematographer, you must first have the intrinsic prospective of all the other elements that make up the filmmaking process. That is why we created our flagship one-year immersion program in filmmaking.

  • Q:

    Is IAFT accredited?


    A:

    Our IAFT campuses have been approved by several regulatory bodies, depending on their specific locations. IAFT Los Angeles, for example, is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPS) in California. IAFT Cebu, Philippines is accredited under the Republic of The Philippines’ Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). IAFT Hong Kong is officially registered under section 279 of the Education Ordinance (School Registration Number: 589780) and we are currently in the process of getting our programs accredited with the Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap.493).

  • Q:

    Will we use film cameras or digital video cameras in your program?

    A:

    Like the rest of the industry, IAFT has moved to an all digital workflow. While equipment varies from campus to campus, IAFT uses HD digital cameras.

  • Q:

    How competitive is your tuition?

    A:

    At present, we proudly offer rates that are affordable, yet competitive with most of the best film schools around the world.

  • Q:

    What is the ratio of theoretical classes to hands-on experience?

    A:

    IAFT’s main goal is to prepare students for a professional career in filmmaking or acting; therefore, we primarily focus on skills that will be used exclusively in the rigors of the craft and art of today’s and tomorrow’s filmmakers and actors. Theory and classroom setting are necessary for introduction to this form of art. However, for film, the core of the program consists of students picking up a camera, positioning lights, using sound gear correctly and being stationed at an editing suite to produce student projects as soon as is possible and appropriate.

  • Q:

    Does IAFT offer any campus housing?

    A:

    No, IAFT does not offer campus housing at this time. However, the admissions office can consult with students and assist in looking for suitable residential housing off-campus.

  • Q:

    Do you accept International Students?

    A:

    Below are links to the IAFT campuses that currently accept international students:

    This list will very likely change in the near future.  Check back with us.  However, at IAFT-LA, we are now offering only short-term, intensive workshops, ranging in length from 5 Days to 4 Weeks.  International students can participate in a workshop as a recreational program on a tourist visa.

  • Q:

    Besides tuition, will I have any additional expenses while attending?

    A:

    At a minimum, you will need a 1 TB USB external hard drive for our editing suite, as well as a SD card (Two 32GB SD cards for HONG KONG/ One 32GB SD card for VEGAS), so you can back up your own projects.  You won’t have to buy any textbooks, that’s for certain. You will be responsible for paying for the budget of each of your term films, including locations, insurance, talent, crew, food or any other costs necessary to complete the project.

  • Q:

    I see something about lab hours here in your Catalog. What’s that all about?

    A:

    IAFT’s filmmaking and acting programs consist of 900 hours in Diploma and 450 in Certificate.  Those hours are divided between classroom hours and lab hours.  Lab work is when you practice what you’ve learned from classroom instruction, and it’s supervised by a lab mentor.  This is the way a principle or theory or skill is developed and then reinforced.  And that’s how you really end up owning what you’ve learned.

  • Q:

    Will IAFT assist me with job placement after I complete the program?

    A:

    No school can guarantee that you will be able to obtain work after completing our program. But with its working industry Mentors, IAFT offers you exposure to real-world industry veterans. Our programs are designed to prepare you for the job market and we will help you with research and referrals for potential job openings.

  • Q:

    Can my parents come to the school and observe my class?

    A:

    Of course, parents may visit classes. But it is mandatory that parents provide prior notice and seek approval from the Director of Education before they can observe a class. Approval is at the sole discretion of the Director of Education and is determined on a case by case basis.

  • Q:

    How old do I have to be to attend your school?

    A:

    IAFT enrolls students who are a minimum of 18 years old, who have an earned high school diploma or GED. Admission procedures include meeting with the Admissions Counselor to review career goals, programs offered, school policies and procedures (school catalog), graduation requirements, and English language proficiency.  Each prospective student must provide documentation of having a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).   All foreign diplomas or transcripts must be evaluated and translated to demonstrate local equivalency, at the cost of the prospective student.

  • Q:

    Can I transfer my credits from another school to IAFT?

    A:

    When requested, IAFT provides assistance to students seeking to transfer earned credits from other institutions including providing guidance and/or looking over official transcripts, syllabi, or course outlines. IAFT does not accept credit earned through challenge examinations, achievement tests, or experiential learning.

  • Q:

    Can I just take individual courses or do I have to take the entire program?

    A:

    Our curriculum is designed to offer our students a well rounded base of industry knowledge. Therefore, we only offer our curriculum as as a full 450 hour Certificate Programs or 900 hour Diploma Programs (1,212 hour Diploma Program at IAFT Cebu).  However, at IAFT Los Angeles, we are now offering only intensive, hands-on workshops, and there are several of them, varying in length from 5 Days to 4 Weeks.

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