ZeLIG is one of the very few educational institutions in Europe to offer specific training in documentary filmmaking
Admissions for ZeLIG open every three years.
The call for application for the new cycle of studies 2013-2016 is now open. Deadline for application: November 14, 2013. Conditions for application, admission exam and start of the training can be found here.
Trilingual Studies Studies at ZeLIG are trilingual. Classes areconducted in German, Italian and English. ZeLIG is a meetingplace for students and teachers from around the world, bringingtogether a wealth of diverse outlooks and working methods. Animportant part of ZeLIG’s mission is its creative focus on this
multi-lingual, multi-cultural tradition.
School Philosophy ZeLIG does not follow any one single schoolof documentary filmmaking, but encourages students to exploredifferent styles, esthetic approaches and traditions. Instructors fromGerman, Italian and English-speaking countries offer students a livelyapproach to international cinema and television culture. By covering all aspects of film production, ZeLIG does not train specialists in one field only, but rather prepares students to work as camera operators, editors and directors with technical and dramaturgical skills which may be put to use throughout the audiovisual industries.
All ZeLIG instructors are active professionals in the film and television sectors, and offer students direct feeback from the real world on the latest developments in the audiovisual market. ZeLIG training aims to prepare students for the job market, providing them with the tools for a quick and easy entry into the professional world.
Length of Studies ZeLIG training consists of 3300 hours (3000 hours of lessons and practical exercises, 300 hours of internship).
Programme Structure The first year of the programme consists of 1100 hours covering basic training in directing, cinematography, sound, the history of documentary film, dramaturgy, production. In the following years, 2200 hours focus on the development of each student’s specialization: directing/project development, cinematography/lighting, and editing/post-production. During the specialization, 1000 hours are dedicated exclusively to the completion of a student thesis film. During their studies, all students must complete at least 300 hours of internship.
Qualification ZeLIG issues professional qualification diplomas (Level IV Dec. 16-7-1985 nr. 85/368 EWG) in the three majors offered by ZeLIG school. The ZeLIG diploma is officially recognized by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, the Republic of Italy and the European Union.
International Contacts and Projects ZeLIG is a member of the European and International Associations of Cinema and Television Schools (GEECT and CILECT), the German and Italian documentary associations (a.g.dok and doc/it), and the European Documentary Network (EDN). Such broad-based, international contacts make ZeLIG a lively laboratory of experiences and ideas in continuous development.