The Russian film industry, television, Internet video, animation have entered a period of rapid development associated with both the objective growth of demand for domestic films and series in Russia and abroad, and with new content distribution platforms appearing on the market. The industry is experiencing an acute shortage of professionally trained specialists.

The HSE Film Institute offers training in the following fields (Undergraduate degree): Theater and Film Actor, Producer (with in-depth study of drama, Undergraduate and Graduate degrees), Cinema and Video Art (Graduate degree). A little later, admission will be opened for the majors in Film Directing and Camera work.

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Educational programs

Languages of Instruction: RUS / ENG

Duration and Mode of Study: 2 years, Full-time Programme

Tuition Fee in 2021: 195 000 – 390 000 RUB per year

Languages of Instruction: RUS

Duration and Mode of Study: 4 years, Full-time Programme

Tuition Fee in 2021: 590 000 RUB per year

Film and Videoart


International Cooperation

  • development of the export of Russian higher and additional professional education in terms of educational programs implemented by the Institute of the Film Industry;
  • international cooperation: coordination of research and educational activities with the world's leading expert and analytical centers;
  • popularization and commercialization of national achievements in the field of culture, art, education.

Film Production

  • production support of film projects at the Film Institute;
  • the acceleration of creative teams and promising projects that are in the «field of view» of the Russian film industry players with their subsequent commercialization in the interests of these players and the film industry at all;
  • industrial cooperation: attracting partners and coordinating partnership programs with the film industry-leading players.

Degree/CPD Programmes

  • the support of educational programmes offered by the HSE Film Institute;
  • resourcing and data support for educational programmes;
  • participation in the methodology support for educational programmes; monitoring the quality of teaching;
  • development of new programmes and standards.


Alexander Akopov
Director of the Institute

  • Candidate of Sciences in Art.
  • Producer. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cosmos Studio.
  • President of the Academy of Russian Television Foundation.
  • Co-Chairman of the Board of the Association of Film and Television Producers


Alexander Akopov has experience of working on the Central Television of the USSR since 1987. Head of the RTR TV channel ("Russia-1", 1997 - 2002). Founder and co-founder of Video International, Amedia, Amediateka, Cosmos Studio.

He implemented as a producer over 150 projects, including: film "Lover", dir. V Todorovsky, ("Best Screenplay" (G. Ostrovsky), "Best Cinematography" (S. Mikhalchuk), festival in San Sebastian, 2002), TV series "The Idiot", "The Brigade", "Simple Truths", "My Fair Nanny", "Don't Be Born Beautiful", "Closed School", "Ekaterina", "Doctor Preobrazhensky" and others.

David F. Howard
Screenwriter, script doctor/consultant and educator

Founder and Director of the Graduate Screenwriting Program at School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, the oldest and most established film school in the United States.

Howard is an author of classic books on screenwriting and teaching at SCA and studying drama theory for over 30 years. Tools of Screenwriting (in Russian translation: "How they work on a script in Southern California"). The book has been translated into seven languages ​​and is a basic course in drama for all film specialties in the best film schools in the world. Howard's second textbook - «How to Build a Great Screenplay» is an advanced drama course for students majoring in screenwriting.

Professional screenwriter and script consultant for dozens of film and television projects around the world. Howard's scripts are written in a variety of genres - romantic, adventure, children's, documentary; films based on his scripts have won awards at the Berlin Film Festival, television awards Humanitas, Emmy and many others.

Teachers and Staff

Dmitry Kotov

Deputy Director

Elena Kulikova

Head of the Centre for International Cooperation

Kristina Kalinovskaya

Head of the Film Production Centre


Phone: +7 (495) 771-32-42 (28622)

Address: 11 Pokrovsky blvd., Building L

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