Story to Screen: Summer Filmmaking Intensive

  • 4 Weeks
  • ITS Screen Arts Centre - Malta
  • Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5pm

Story to Screen: Filmmaking Intensive

This programme is provided by the Screen Arts Centre which is a partnership between the Institute of Tourism Studies and the Mediterranean Screen Arts Academy


Duration: 4 weeks. 08.07.24 to 02.08.24

Join our immersive 4-week Story to Screen programme and unlock your future as a filmmaker!

Crafted for passionate creatives ready to hone and further develop their skills; this intensive, immersive and exclusive programme offers hands-on experience and expert guidance from industry leaders.

Under the mentorship of multiple award winning international filmmakers, including a Hollywood Studio Executive you'll develop a pitch for your personal project, create 4 short films, and produce one professional-level short film.

Through workshops and collaborative projects, you'll acquire skills in writing, directing, cinematography, and business fundamentals. You'll refine and develop your core principles of storytelling, while navigating pre-production, production, and post-production stages on the picturesque island of Malta.

With an intensive curriculum that journeys from script to screen, gain hands-on experience with every aspect of the filmmaking process, under the guidance of Roland Joffé and industry experts.

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to network, learn, and launch your filmmaking career in the summer of a lifetime. Join us and bring your cinematic vision to life!

Our Tutors


British acclaimed Palme d'Or winner, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated director and producer with over 50 years of industry experience, directed The Killing Fields, The Mission and Vatel


Senior television executive with extensive experience in leading 4 North American network scripted departments; CBS, FOX, LIFETIME and the CBC. Considerable experience in developing and executive producing international co-productions.


A seasoned TV programming veteran, transitioned to talent development in 2006, becoming Vice President of Talent Development & Diversity at the Walt Disney Company. In 2013, he rose to head Creative Talent Development & Inclusion at DET, overseeing hiring, events, and programs like Disney's Content Writing, Directing, and PA initiatives. He expanded these programs across DGE and strengthened diversity ties with coalitions, arts institutions, and industry guilds. 


Dual Emmy-Winning and two-time Director's Guild of America (DGA)-awarded director with notable credits such as 24, The Orville , The Kennedys  and Redemption.

Please note that Jon Cassar's participation in the programme is subject to availability, as he may be called for other commitments


Academic Dean of Story to Screen: Filmmaking Intensive

John Mugubi, an Associate Professor of Film and Dramatic Arts at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Mugubi is the Vice-Chair, Cilect African Region Association (CARA). He has served as the founding Chairman of the Department of Film and Theatre Arts and Dean, School of Creative Arts, Film, and Media Studies. Mugubi's extensive publications focus on screenwriting, Film Theory, History of Kenyan Film, Film Genres, Theatre Arts, Drama and Stylistics. Mugubi serves as the Chairman of the Kenya Film Lecturers and Instructors Association. Mugubi is an accomplished producer and screenwriter, an active figure in theatre and music, He has mentored over 90 M.A. and Ph.D candidates. 

Course Details

Week 1:

Crafting Compelling Stories

  • Filmmaking Fundamentals
  • Storytelling
  • Pitching
  • Screenwriting
  • Sound Recording


Week 2:

Hands-On Skills for Visual Storytelling

  • Cinematography
  • Lighting
  • Production Design
  • Editing


Week 3:

Filmmaking in Action: Navigating Pre-Production to Shooting

  • Scheduling
  • Budgeting
  • Shot list
  • Shooting


Week 4:

Post Production & Looking Ahead

  • Virtual Production
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Colour Grading
  • Business of Filmmaking 

This programme is currently undergoing accreditation by the Institute of Tourism Studies. Please note that details are subject to revision pending the accreditation process.

The programme is divided into 2 modules which cover the entire 4 weeks. 10ECTS.

Module 1: Foundations of Filmmaking 

Upon successful completion of module 1, students will be able to:

  • Understand how different framed shots affect the tone and emotion of a film.
  • Be familiar with the roles of different film departments.
  • Identify the key elements of a story and express them in a clear and effective manner during a pitching session. 
  • Define the implications of the creative choices made during the filmmaking process. 
  • Review understanding through discussion and explanation. 
  • Establish stronger communication skills.
  • Take informed creative decisions in the filmmaking process. 
  • Apply good directing techniques to actors. 
  • Understand how music affects the emotion and tone of a film. 
  • Review and establish breaking down a script to create a shot list.


Module 2: Stages of Production 

Upon successful completion of module 2, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of sound design.
  • Understand the basic principles of colour grading.
  • Familiarise oneself with the flow of communication through the different departments on set.
  • Be conversant with the design and development of shot lists, lighting sheets, and storyboards for a short film project.
  • Understand how budgets are allocated in the pre-production phase.
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of virtual production.
  • Solve problems that arise on set.
  • Demonstrate effective communication between departments on set.
  • Demonstrate assertion in their role on set.
  • Demonstrate confidence and knowledge in the role acquired on set.
  • Assess their environment on set to avoid injury.
  • Perform effectively in a team on set.
  • Carry out informed and creative decisions in the context of production design.
  • Recognise the limitations of equipment, location, budget, time, and human resources, and adapt accordingly to the situation.


  • 18 and over
  • Basic understanding of the Filmmaking Process
  • Preferred but not necessary:  Currently in a creative program OR in possession of a certificate related to the arts.
  • Fill in the application form.
  • Send any creative work by e-mail to - creative work may include a portfolio, music, photography, essays or any creative element of your choice.
  • Write a 200-word motivational letter to describe your creative interests.
  • If all the above steps are completed, you will be informed whether you have been accepted for an interview.
  • If you have successfully passed the interview process, a non-refundable enrollment fee equivalent to 50% of the programme cost is required to secure your spot.
  • The remaining 50% of the fee must be paid by June 24th.


Option 1:  €6,000


  • 4-week programme
  • Equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation in Malta

Option 2:  €6,500


  • 4-week programme
  • Equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation in Malta
  • Shared accommodation on a B&B basis for the entire programme
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