European Film College

European Film College is a Danish folk high school, specialising in film production. We offer an international film foundation programme, where you learn to make films, while at the same time learning about yourself, about life and about sharing a community. Both students, teachers, and Principals live on campus.

About the school

Your career in film and media starts here!

The 1-year film foundation programme at European Film College is for all film loving Danish and international young people over 17,5 years! The school gives you a unique opportunity to uncover your talent, find your own creative voice and figure out if the film business is something for you.

European Film College takes in 120 students from around the world every year (minimum 50% Danish students, though), so you will get a huge international network. All teaching is in English. There are no requirements of experience or anything, you just have to be 17,5 years old. 

Besides teaching film production we also value our community and the values of the folk high school tradition. We sing songs together, play music, and we learn about life, each other and the world. So no matter if you dream of a carreer in film or you just love to talk about and watch films, EFC is for you.

Among the most famous former students in the Nordic countries are actor Pilou Asbæk, director/screenwriter Nikolaj Arcel, director Joachim Trier, cinematographer Charlotte Bruus, director Michael Noer, cinematographer Fabian Wagner and many more... 

Our core subjects

Information Technology
International Course
Media Literacy
Audio Engineering
Light and Sound

Courses and topics

During the film foundation programme you will get the chance to take basic courses in 3 of the following areas of film:

  • directing
  • acting
  • camera
  • documentary
  • editing
  • sound design
  • screentwriting
  • producing
  • lighting

You do not pick a specific 'major', you need to take at least 3 different basic courses in the fields mentioned above. A stay at EFC is about widening your horizon and perhaps finding undiscovered talent, and it is also about learning that film is a collective art form, so a filmmaker must know about collaboration and cross-disciplinary communication.

Besides the hands-on teaching with our professional film teachers you will participate in numerous film productions, screenings, lectures with filmmakers from all over the world, workshops, creative societies and  more...

Film equipment and facilities
European Film College has a fully equipped 360 m2 film studio, a large 3D digital cinema (209 seats), a smaller cinema (46 seats), up-to-date HD camera and editing equipment, a film library with more than 4000 titles and much more...

Visit our website for more detailed information!

Practical information


Students have to be 17,5 years of age. Apart from attending classes, students are expected to do kitchen and cleaning duties as a part of the classical tradition within the Danish folk high school.

All 120 students live on campus. Most students share a room two by two (a Danish and an international student), but 16 single rooms are also available on request (additional cost).

The teachers are all recruited from the professional production environment and also represent different countries.

The cost for the 1-year programme is app. 104,000 DKK. This includes tuition fee, a student trip, accommodation, food and the use of all film facilities. Read more about fees and payment.

European Film College is located beautilfully in the small town of Ebeltoft (eastern Jutland), right by the sea. It is a residential school that accomodates 120 students, most of the teachers and the Prinicipal. 

Nearest major town is Aarhus (45 km).

International airport 30 minutes away.

Sports centre (with a gym and a swimming pool) 10 minutes walk from the school.

Shopping opportunities 15 minutes walk from the school.


Get the schools catalogs

Catalog long courses

School Type

Specialised Schools


Please visit our website for information about fees and payment and about how to sign up.

The price includes room deposit, tuition, full accommodation and all meals, so you only need to bring pocket money for leisure.

About accommodation

Accomodations: 120

At European Film College we have 120 spots during each film foundation programme. However, we receive more registrations than that. Please read more about our registration process here.


Each year all students go on a student trip. The destination will be published during their stay.


We cater for vegetarians and try to meet the need of people with allergies as well as we can within a reasonable limit. We do not offer a vegan diet, but let us know if you're vegan, and we will try and help you as well as we can.

Children at long-term courses

As a rule, it is not allowed to bring children with you during the 8½ months programme. And as the programme is very intense, it is in no way recommendable, either.

Conference and rental facilities

It is possible to rent the school for limited periods, when we don't have students.

Facilities include: 2 cinemas with 209 and 46 seats, teaching rooms, konference room, film studio, guest apartments and rooms for 120 people. Contact us for an offer.

Disabled facilities

Access for wheel chairs.
Toilet for the disabled.
Telecoil in the cinema.

Contact school

European Film College
Carl Th. Dreyers Vej 1
8400 Ebeltoft

Phone number: 86 34 00 55
Manager: Nikolaj Davidsen og Åsa Mossberg