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Rome International Film School

Rome, Italy

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Via di Monte Testaccio 34A
Rome, RM 00153

Tel. +39 3661232842
Email. via the contact form

Are foreign students accepted?

Courses Offered
Diploma (1 Year), Diploma (2 Years), Short Beginner Courses, Short Professional Courses, Other,

Animation, Directing (Fiction), Directing (Documentary), Cinematography, Editing, Producing (Film), Producing (Television), Production Design, Production Management, Screenwriting, Script Development, Sound Design, Sound Recording, Visual Effects,

Camera Formats Used
HDV, Pro HD (HDCAM/XDCAM), RED, Arri Alexa, Blackmagic, Other,

Post-Production Systems Used
Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, DaVinci Resolve, ProTools,

Average Age of Equipment
Not Known

Reviews of Rome International Film School

Bea Former Student, 09-Sep-2022
RIFS was an incredibly helpful experience for me. After inquiring about any short courses in Production Design, Carl offered to organise one with John Muto, a visiting professor, although this hadn't been previously arranged with the school. I'm very grateful that I was able to meet such talented individuals and learn about the field in a such short time.
Sneha Mendes Former Student, 26-Jun-2021
All in all one of the best film courses I have ever taken. I really fell in love with screenplay all over again. I look forward to coming back. What a wonderful experience.
Julia Former Student, 18-Jun-2021
Amazing courses and amazing teachers. I loved everything about my experience with the course.
Emanuela Iacono Former Student, 29-May-2021
I had a very good time… Carl is very friendly, his lessons are amazing and I learnt a lot.. I really hope to have another of his amazing lessons!
Christine Former Student, 08-Apr-2021
RIFS is an excellent global and comprehensive film school. It's run and taught by folks who have worked in the business, with successful careers behind them. I've taken screenwriting, directing, adaptation, and story development all online during lockdown and I got a lot out of it. As a new writer, getting into films as a third career, these classes have been really useful for me, not being able to attend a physical film school at the moment.
David Spada Current Student, 11-Mar-2021
Among the best - if not the best - experiences as a student I've ever had. The teaching is clean and spotless, and the interaction between teacher and student adds a great dimension to the experience. Definitely recommended
Maarten Immink Current Student, 19-Dec-2020
This year I had the good fortune to take several on-line courses with Carl Haber. Carl is a very stimulating and effective teacher who manages to bring out the best in his students. Through my interactions with Carl I feel that I have grown professionally in the field of screenwriting. The course objectives are clear from the beginning as well as the course methods. I particularly find the learning-by-doing approach very effective, as well as the feedback students receive from Carl on work they produce. I look forward to continue to work with Carl and I highly recommend the RIFS course curriculum to those with a serious interest in advancing in the cinematography world.
Maria Runkel Cardoso Former Student, 25-Jul-2020
During the past few months, I had the chance to do the Screenwriting courses - Fundamentals of Screenwriting, Screenplay Story development and Adapting literature to the Screen. All of this experiences combined make it possible for me to do something I knew nothing about 4 months ago - writing a script. I haven't had that feeling of opening up to knowledge in a long time and every class I pushed myself further and further. The professor, Carl Haber is one of the best teachers I've had the pleasure to meet, always with a helping hand and a lot of information to pass on. It was an extraordinary experience and it enrich me a lot as a person, and also, as a screenwriter.
Cristina Piastrini Former Student, 12-Jun-2020
I highly recommend any of the screenwriting courses taught by Carl Haber. Good, organic screenwriting derives from the acquisition and practice of many skills. Carl guides you to the practice of screenwriting in a rigorous and comprehensive manner. The courses are fun, inspiring, and rewarding. Beware that the pace of any of the courses is intense. It is a great experience!
Paulina Castro Former Student, 05-Jun-2020
During this quarantine, I wanted to do something useful with my time. I was lucky to find Rome International Film School! thanks to professor Carl Haber I was able to learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and how to implement them. He is very knowledgeable and guides his students into the interesting world of film. Great class, school, and professor! I highly recommend it!
Sylvie Current Student, 11-Apr-2020
So I met Professor Carl Haber during the ill-famed Covid 19. Confined in my house like everyone else, I grabbed the opportunity and signed up for an online 25 hours crash-course in screenwriting with RIFS, got hooked and signed up for the following course: writing a 25-30 page script based on a short story. Carl has such an excellent and varied background, his professional journey took him around the world, and he is so passionate and enthusiastic, it's just contagious (excuse the pun here). He takes his time with each student, practically and theoratically, and makes it a valuable experience. The course covered all the basics in screenwriting and much much more. It's was serious learning in a fun way. If you are looking to acquire confidence with your screenwriting, Carl Haber is the man.
Eduardo Ustariz Former Student, 09-Aug-2019
I was here in the inaugural one year program and I could say that it did change my life. In and out of the classroom you don't stop learning from both teacher and peers. It is a hands-on experience in everything involving filmmaking, from the writing all the way to the post production process. You're allowed to create and explore, receiving the best guidance one could expect: they want you to discover your voice as a filmmaker and work hard for you to actually find it. And it is in Rome. Film history goes through you as you walk the city. Fully recommend it!
Erekle Mujiri Former Student, 06-Jul-2019
I graduated from Rome International Film School in may 2019. What I like the most about the school is its hands on approach to studying. During the year you get to shoot four movies alongside with the small exercises spread around the year, which combined with classes, teaches you quite a lot about the craft of film-making. Besides, you get to consult and study with people who have been working in the industry for a while and quite successfully, so the advise they give is very practical and educational. All in all I'm happy I have attended the school as it helped me take a big step towards my goal to make movies.
Alexandra Vogel Former Student, 04-Jul-2019
Just graduated the One Year Program at Rome International Film School, where I had the chance to be encouraged in developing my own style as an aspiring filmmaker. I feel prepared to produce authentic pieces of work with all the practical and theoretical knowledge that I have gained, as well as having the confidence to work in the film industry after only this short period of time. The program is fast paced, makes you get our of your comfort zone, and teaches you how to take the best decisions in order to achieve your artistic intentions with your personal work. You will have the opportunity to work in different roles and jobs within the industry. You will meet wonderful people from all over the world and learn about their culture! Rome is an astonishing city and you will love its atmosphere!
Alessandra Marba Former Student, 04-Jul-2019
I studied at Rome International Film School in 2017/2018 I studied the 1-year program It was amazing how much I learned in one year at the school based in Rome I wrote and directed 4 short films and participated as a sound assistant, producer, assistant director and actress in the films of my colleagues. The course is very well structured, fast paced and has the perfect balance between theory, practice and hands on experience The teachers are great and are leaders in the market. The course is perfect for both undergraduate and graduate students who want to make a career in filmmaking. Studying and staying in a city like Roma was amazing, the landscapes and backdrops are beautiful and perfect for movie locations. I fully recommend the Rome International Film School
Emanuela Former Student, 02-Feb-2019
I really suggest Prof. Carl haber’s crash-course in screen writing. I attended that last January, it's an intensive 30 hour course, very clear, well structured, smart, and essential in learning rules to write film. he helps me to focus on problems I had before in the script I wrote. I really recommend it everyone want to learn how to write a good script in an intensive week!
James McNiff Former Student, 17-Jan-2019
I highly recommend Prof. Carl haber’s crash-course in screen writing, an intensive 30 hour course that was well structured and extremely helpful in learning the intricacies of how to write for film.
Nina Former Student, 12-Jan-2019
I participated in a one week crash course in screenwriting just last week. It was well structured, inspiring and fun. Highly recommend it. Can't wait to start writing! Great profesionality and international environment. Thank you RIFS!
Alessandro Coia Former Student, 23-Jun-2018
Had a chance to experience the inaugural one-year program both as a student and as an equipment manager. Great experience, balanced between theory and hands-on between exercises, workshops and proper short movie productions, carefully followed by a competent faculty. In addition, the Roman scene is a total winning point. If you seek for an international warm and active environment to learn and actually do stuff, look no further.
Cyvia Moko Current Student, 13-Jun-2018
Had the time of my life studying at RIFS. Coming from zero knowledge about filmmaking to acting, writing and directing 4 films, and participating in over 15 films, is truly a dream come true for anyone who wants to be a filmmaker. There are experienced professors who'll guide you in every step of the way in a professional learning environment. Great location and, the only English speaking film school in Rome. So, if you're looking to learn and master the skills of storytelling and filmmaking in a historic city, then RIFS is your place!
Avery Baldwin Former Student, 08-Jun-2018
Just finished the inaugural one-year program. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to improve their craft as a storyteller. You're surrounded by insightful professors looking to help you at every turn. The course is fast-paced & rigorous, encouraging the sort of professional hustle it takes to be a successful filmmaker in today's world. Over the course of nine months, I wrote and directed four short films, and worked on over twenty others. By the end, I was much more confident in my ability both as a director and creative collaborator. And of course, it's hard to beat Rome as a place to study film, both because of its rich cinematic history & aesthetic possibilities. The city also plays host to two film festivals in the fall, presenting another opportunity to engage with the professional film world.
Albert Centell Ribas Former Student, 10-Mar-2017
Great Experience. If you are interested in study film in the magic city of Rome, R.I.F.S. is the place to be. Carl Haber is one of the best teacher I’ve had so far, and R.I.F.S. is not the first film school that I’ve been. I’ve coursed two workshops: Screenwriting and directing for actors, both with Carl as a teacher. I’ve learnt so much in one month. Both courses were solid and effective, also the homework help a lot in order to practice the theory learnt in class. Although is a new school, if they keep on teaching like they’re doing it’s about time to be considered one of the best film schools around. Carl has experience in USA and UK, so many things that he teaches are used professionally plus the tips that he constantly give to the students. Overall, It is a great treasure everything that I’ve learnt in R.I.F.S. and I am 100% sure that it is going to be more than useful in my life as a filmmaker.
Parisa Former Student, 25-Feb-2017
After having taken the screenwriting class, I was motivated to take the directing class as well. It was such a perfect decision to make because not every director is able to teach; but Carl Haber is one of those scarce directors who knows how to teach his knowledge and experiences to students; so that, the studetns can make most of the class and his comments. He is kind, constructively critical and eager to help. In case of any further assistance for the term project he doesnt hesitate to help. All in all, I highly suggest his class and think that he helps the students learn a lot!
Shelley Stark Former Student, 16-Feb-2017
My daughter and I took a weekend class on directing actors from Carl Haber. Carl is superbly prepared, has an excellent teaching style well coordinated with slides and handouts. We flew to Rome not knowing what to expect of the course and found ourselves immersed in the topic and smitten on info. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend - surrounded by the beauty of Rome, excellent food, and learning what you love! I can't wait to return for Carl's script writing course.
Francesca Prandi Current Student, 13-Feb-2017
The 5 weeks Master Class Directing Actors with Carl Haber was excellent!! The 5 week directing course went way beyond my expectations, Carl Haber is talented, prepared and an enthusiastic teacher. Day after day I dove into the work so intensely that by the time it was over I so wished it could have continued. He gave us the tools to understand script analysis, firstly as a director with the actors but also from the actors point of view. Carl was able to create a safe, empathetic environment that allowed us to try things out, to experiment. I had the chance to meet wonderful, talented people from all over the world; I am looking forward to keeping on studying with Carl Haber.
Maarten Immink Former Student, 13-Feb-2017
Recently completed the 30-hour Screenwriting course taught by Carl Haber. From the beginning starting with course registration my interaction with the School was highly professional. The course syllabus covered all aspects of screenwriting. Carl is a very effective instructor, and the small class size contributed to intensive interaction among students and with Carl during class. I particularly found the assignments very helpful. My participation in this course has motivated me to continue with screenwriting and definitely with RIFS.
Anthony Souter Current Student, 03-Jan-2017
My recent experience under the wing of Carl has helped me confront the problems of scriptwriting with real solutions. His compact course took us through a journey into the world of cinematic film grammar and articulated the specific points. With on the spot techniques and tricks we were given an insight into character, structure and formatting. All his method is illustrated with examples from the classic films of different genres. Thank you Carl and RIFS. Can’t wait to start the directorial course this month!
Catherine Fentress Former Student, 13-Dec-2016
Did the screenwriting two day workshop. Still at the beginning so some things need to be ironed out but otherwise a great experience!

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Guide to Film School Ratings


Awesome - this school rocks!


Good - worth the effort.


Adequate - you'll learn something useful.


Poor - but beggars can't be choosers.


Dire - don't waste your time!


Unrated - the jury is still out

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