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Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

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Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

The Centro sperimentale di cinematografia (Experimental film centre or Italian National film school) was established in 1935 in Italy and aims to promote the art and technique of cinematography and film.


It is the oldest film school in Western Europe, founded in the city of Rome in 1935 during the Benito Mussolini era by his head of cinema Luigi Freddi, was and is still financed by the Italian government and focuses on education, research, publication and theory.

The center is the most important Italian institution for training, research and experimentation in the field of cinema, intended in its widest sense, of films, documentaries, fiction and animation.


Among its goals, are the development of the cinema and audio-visual art and techniques to levels of excellency, through distinct sectors of the Foundation itself, the National Film School and the National Film Archive.

The National Film School has its main headquarters in Rome with triennial courses of acting, screenplay writing, production design, set design and costuming, cinematography, sound engineering, production and editing.


Located near CinecittĂ , the school trains its students using 35mm equipment over a 3-yr period. With only 6 places available per classe, selection is highly competitive.

Among its mentors are Piero Tosi (costumes), Giuseppe Rotunno (photography) and Giancarlo Giannini (acting).

Alumni include:


  • Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Giuseppe De Santis
  • Luigi Zampa
  • Pietro Germi
  • Francesco Maselli
  • Nanni Loy
  • Folco Quilici
  • Christian Filippella
  • Domenico Distilo
  • Emidio Greco
  • Carlo Verdone
  • Francesca Archibugi
  • Liliana Cavani
  • Umberto Lenzi
  • Silvano Agosti
  • Marco Bellocchio
  • Roberto Faenza
  • Fausto Brizzi
  • Salvatore Mereu
  • Gabriele Muccino
  • Giuseppe Petitto
  • Eros Puglielli
  • Roberta Torre
  • Paolo Virzì
  • Veljko Bulajic
  • Margaret Tait
  • Actors

  • Alida Valli
  • Carla Del Poggio
  • Andrea Checchi
  • Claudia Cardinale
  • Domenico Modugno
  • Giorgio Albertazzi
  • Francesca Neri
  • Enrico Lo Verso
  • Lorenzo Richelmy **He was the youngest student ever admitted to the school**
  • Babak Karimi
  • Cinematographers

  • Nestor Almendros
  • Philo Bregstein
  • Pasqualino De Santis
  • Vittorio Storaro
  • References

    Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Wikipedia