During the four-year training course, students are introduced to all aspects of production before specializing in directing, editing, sound, set design, cinematography, screenwriting or production.

Claim to fame: The country's most prestigious film school only admits top three applicants.

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FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts)
Prague, Czech Republic

Most courses are taught in Czech, but FAMU also offers programs in English, including an MFA in cinema and digital media.

Claim to fame: First Czech national film school to have its own production facilities.

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Florida State U.
Tallahassee, Fla.

Though its institute with VFX titan Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy last year, it earned full-term faculty from Digital Domain for its new animation and digital arts program.

Claim to fame: The faculty has a combined 400+ feature film credits.

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Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles

The film and television school is becoming known for its animation program, which acquired a $1 million grant from the Walter Lantz Foundation this year.

Claim to fame: Alumni include "Bond" producer Barbara Broccoli and "Hunger Games" sequels director Francis Lawrence.

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National Film and Television School
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, U.K.