Laboratory of directing
and cinematography
of Fred Kelemen
Knowledge of English is a basic requirement for entrance.

«Cinema, like art, isn’t the sum and isn’t a combination of other arts. Cinema has a property that distinguishes it from all others. This property and the condition of the uniqueness of the art
of cinema is the "cinematic moment"».

Terms and conditions

2 years (4 semesters)
330 000 rubles per year
Start of training on October 1, 2022
Deadline for receipt of documents until September 20


Inside the Time - Crystal of Darkness and Light.

«Film as an art is not a sum or a mix of the other arts. Film is an art distinctive of all the others. It owns an element which makes it unique: The "cinegraphic moment". 

The "cinegraphic moment" is the nucleus, the heart of the art of film. Beyond story and plot and subject the "cinegraphic moment" is what makes a film a film and distinguishes it from literature, painting, music and any other art. The "cinegraphic moment" is a space which lies beyond words. Entering the space of the "cinegraphic moment" means to enter the totality of the poetry of the presence of body and time - of manifestation and transience, of fragility and eternity.  

To detect the "cinegraphic moments" - in reality, in prose or drama literature or wherever and to make them gleam on the screen is the task of a filmmaker.  

It is the mission of this laboratory to set out together for a two years expedition to explore the "cinegraphic moments" by using all cinematic tools.

We will practice the thinking of film and the craft. We will explore the image - the seeing and what is seen - (darkness, light, space, colour, texture), the movement - the moving and what is moved - (moving light, moving objects, moving actors, moving camera), the sound - the hearing and what is heard - (sound/noise, soundscape, human voice, music, silence), we will gain experience in working with the cinematic narration, the camera, the actor, the space, the light and the time, with the dramatic and poetic structure and the editing. And we will contemplate about what to express and how, about content and form. 

And at the end of this expedition, which might just be the beginning of a long way of growth as a human being and as an artist, we may have lifted a bit of the veil hiding the secrets of this art and reveal some of its agitating preciousness». 

Fred Kelemen, 2014 August 31

Master of the laboratory

Fred Kelemen is an outstanding German film director, cameraman, screenwriter, theater director.

Fred Kelemen was born in West Berlin/Germany. 

He studied painting, music, philosophy, comparative religion and theater and film sciences and worked in various theatres as a director’s assistant before beginning his studies in directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1989 to 1994. He graduated from the dffb with a diploma as a director and as a cinematographer. 

For his diploma film “Fate” he received the German National Film Award in 1995. 

Since then, he has made a number of films and videos as director and collaborated as cinematographer with several film directors like Pavel Lungin ("Esau", Russia/Israel 2018/2019), Joseph Pitchhadze (“Sweets”, Israel 2013), Béla Tarr (“Journey to the Plain”, Hungary 1995, “The Man from London”, Hungary/France/Germany 2007, “The Turin Horse”, Hungary, France, USA, Germany 2011, "Muhamed", Bosnia-Herzegovina 2016/17), Rudolf Thome (“The Visible and the Invisible”, Germany 2006), Gariné Torossian (“Stone, Time, Touch”, Canada/Armenia 2005) a.o. 

Since 1995 he has worked as an associate professor and has given master classes and lectures at the following institutions: Centre of Cinematographical Studies of Catalania (C.E.C.C.) in Barcelona/Spain, College of Fine Arts (ESBAG) in Geneva/Switzerland, Harvard University / USA, Kidderminster College / England, Latvian Cultural Academy (LKA) in Riga, University of Santiago de Chile - Department of the Arts and Sciences of Visual Medias, Thammasat University Bangkok/Thailand, German Film and TV Academy Berlin (dffb)/Germany, Steve Tisch School for Film and Television at the Tel Aviv University – Department of Film and Television/Israel, National School of Fine Arts (ENBA) Lyon/France, Film Factory Sarajevo/Bosnia-Hercegovinaand, HBK Saar in Saarbrücken/Germany, Haute École d"Art et du Design (HEAD) Geneva/Switzerland and at the Moscow School of New Cinema in Moscow / Russia. 

Since 2000 he has directed several plays at different theatres in Germany. 

Retrospectives of his work have been presented at places like the Anthology Film Archives New York, the Tate Modern London, the Hungarian National Film Theatre Budapest and at cinematheques, film museums and film festivals worldwide. 

With his film production company Kino Kombat Filmmanufactur he produced his films "Sarajevo Songs of Woe" (2016) and “Krisana”/”Fallen” (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and he produced or co-produced the films “Moskatchka” by Annett Schütze (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Vision, Latvia, 2005) and “Fragment” by Gyula Maár (producer: Béla Tarr/TTFilmmühely, Hungary, 2007) and “Roku Roka” (“Hand in Hand”) by Jana Marsik (co-producer: Laima Freimane/Screen Visison, Latvia - Jana Marsik Gemany 2008). 

Fred Kelemen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) /USA, the European Film Academy (EFA), the German Film Academy and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).