PSI Film Institute - Ohrid Film Academy


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Film Institute – Ohrid Film Academy

FIOFA is a new film academy, situated in Ohrid. It continues in the long tradition of the Prague Film and TV School (FAMU), the fifth oldest film school in the world. FAMU’s graduates include many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many known within international context as Oscar winners or laureates of international film festivals, e.g. Milos Forman, Emir Kusturica, Rajko Grlić, Agniezska Holland and many others.
The FIOFA is the common project of FAMU, Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, based on agreements, signed by the rectors of AMU Ivo Mathe and Jan Hančil and the Prime minister of Macedonia Mr. Nikola Gruevski.
The project makes part of the long term visions of AMU and FAMU for Ohrids Academy. The study program of FIOFA is based on the long tradition of FAMU and is tailored especially for this institution. All courses are guaranteed by FAMU teachers.

Studying at the Film Academy means also living the student life in the wonderful city of Ohrid. It is located southwest of Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, flavored with the taste of the past centuries, proud of its cultural heritage and unique lake, both belonging to the UNESCO´s World Natural and Cultural Heritage. Ohrid offers students cultural and sport opportunities. It is full of churches and chapels built in the long period between 9th and 19th century and is rich in picturesque houses and monuments. Beautiful exteriors of the city and the unique Galichica national park situated in its vicinity makes Ohrid a perfect place to study cinema. OHRID is the traditional University center of culture and education:

  • First School in the Byzantine Empire since the 8th century
  • Exceptionally charming town
  • Inspiration for artists and filmmakers
  • Natural film set location

Have you received a BA in cinema? Or a BA in another field and are able to prove your filmmaking talents are on par with a BA in cinema? Here you are – a three-year master’s degree program.


for post-graduate studies at PSI Film Institute, Ohrid Film Academy, for the academic year of 2016/2017




The FIOFA Department in Producing is unique in the opportunities it gives and in its close links with the film and television industry, and provides a fast-track route into a producing career. Students develop their own relationships with this successful producers through placements and a mentoring scheme…more




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Candidates shall be eligible for a scholarship if they fulfil the following conditions:

  • They should be enrolled in the second cycle od studies at PSI Film Institute, Ohrid Film Academy for the first time in the first year.
  • They should have completed first cycle studies, in duration of three, i.e. four years;
  • They should not be beneficiaries of another scholarship
  • They should be proficient in English, for which they should provide a certificate

Required documents for the award of scholarships for academic second cycle studies may be submitted in the original or verified copy thereof.
Documents issued by institutions abroad should be translated in Macedonian by a certified court translator.


Candidates who have applied on the competition should provide the following documents:

  • Application
  • Diploma for completed first cycle of academic studies and a Certificate of achieved results (verified with Notary Public)
  • Certificate that the candidate has been admitted in the first year of second cycle of studies in the academic year of 2016/2017 at PSI Film Institute, Ohrid Film Academy and the Department where the candidate has been admitted.
  • Signed statement by the candidate that he/she is not the beneficiary of scholarship in the second cycle of studies offered by other providers (verified with Notary Public)
  • Certificate of knowledge in the English language


The scholarship shall cover the study expenses for the beneficiary, in accordance with Article 3-a, paragraph 2 from the Rulebook on the manner and procedure for funding, creation and development of scientific and research professionals (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Macedonia” No.18/12, 64/13, 98/13, 10/14, 88/14, 74/15 and 140/15).
The annual scholarship (tuition) shall be EUR 9.000 in MKD counter value. The Ministry of Education and Science shall pay the tuition at the higher education institution for the first year of the studies, and payment of the tuition shall continue subsequently the following years, under the condition that the beneficiary fulfils the obligations from the first, i.e. second year, as defined with the Statute of the higher education institution, for which the candidate must provide evidence to the Ministry.


The period for submission of the documents to the Ministry of Education and Science shall be: 15.09.2016.
Documents should be delivered at the address or in the Archive, at:

Ministry of Education and Science
at “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” St.,No. 54
(“Nova Makedonija” building)
1000 Skopje
(Labeled as “Scholarships for second cycle studies at PSI Film Institute, Ohrid Film Academy)

Main criterion

The main criterion for receiving the scholarship shall be that PSI Film Institute, Ohrid Film Academy accepts the application for studies submitted by the candidate. In case of equal scoring when ranking the applications, those who have better results from the graduate studies shall have the advantage when ranking. Incomplete documents and documents submitted after the deadline shall not be taken in consideration.You can find information about the conditions and criteria for awarding the scholarships at the Ministry of Education and Science.

Contact persons:
Darko Tomovski +389 2 3140 183, e-mail:
Anastasija Trajkovska

94% Academic Success Rate
100% Participate in Film Festivals
75% Class attendance
90% Participate in Research or Fieldwork

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  • Testimonial

    Tomás possesses one of the most important qualities for a filmmaker and a mentor

    Elsa Rosengren,

    Tomás was my mentor in directing studies while attending FAMU. I specifically asked to study under him after hearing his remarks during screenings at the time of my first days of school. His remarks were clear-sighted and exciting. It was obvious that he was thinking seriously, and that his thoughts were original. As a mentor Tomás has the intelligence to recognize in his students where they are trying to go with their thoughts and projects, and to guide them according to this. He doesn't impose his own taste or preference much, but rather helps you understand the direction and nature of your pursuit. Tomás possesses what seems to me one of the most important qualities for a filmmaker and a mentor. That is, a sensitivity and sharpness necessary to grasp the core of people and ideas.

  • Testimonial

    Tomas Doruska managed to give us the tools to affirm and improve ourselves

    Iris Chassaigne,

    During my one-year directing program at FAMU International, Tomas Doruska was my mentor. With three other classmates, I had a workshop with him once a week, where we discussed our projects in an environment based on sharing and mutual aid. In our four eclectic styles, Tomas Doruska managed to give us the tools to affirm and improve ourselves. As a mentor, he would bring me to ask myself the right questions and enrich my thought process so I could achieve what I wanted and find my own way. In point of fact, he gives a lot of importance to personalized follow-ups, as he reminded me each director creates his own rules and his own cinema. More then a talented director, Tomas Doruska is also a brilliant and involved teacher and mentor.

  • Testimonial

    Mentor with a personal approach

    Haukur Hallsson,

    Tomáš Doruška is a mentor with a personal approach and focuses on the development of individual projects rather then messing over big crowds. He teaches and stresses the importance of film language over spoken word. As an editor he brings to the table a very important perspective on individual projects and helps you to tell a story and build a visual narrative.

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    Strong knowledge of editing

    Ana Alexovska,

    Tomáš Doruška has a strong knowledge of editing and as such is very helpful for the mentoring of student's projects. He has generously shared his strategies for developing projects from which I have learned a lot. Those strategies helped me develop into a greater professional in the field. I appreciate that he keeps contact with his previous students.

Get in Touch with Us

Feel free to give us a call, send an email or use the form below. We will try to answer any questions regarding our programs and facilities. Your requests or suggestions are also welcome. You can also request a campus tour!

Our Location

Ohrid Film Academy
Partizanska b.b.
6000 Ohrid
Macedonia, Europe

Contact Us

Students Affairs Office

Mrs. Suzana Velkovska
+389 (0)78 257 514
+389 (0)46 260 115

Communication Officer

Mrs. Arin Agic
+389 (0)70 497 792

Staffed Hours

Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm