About us

ESRA is a french film school, created in 1972. It is the only private film school entitled by the french government to issue and deliver a 3-year bachelor degreee (for the french program in Paris).
For more information about ESRA's french programs, please visit the school's main website :

ESRA alumni include over 4,000 active professionals in the film industry – which can be found on our Alumni website.
They now work in the fields of cinema, television, music, sound engineering and animation film.

Based in Paris, ESRA, also has campuses in Nice, on the French Riviera, since 1988, in Rennes since 1999 and in Brussels since 2015.

The French-language undergraduate three-year programs are accessible to students after completion of the « Baccalauréat » (high-school diploma). In all programs, students choose a specialization for their third year of study.

Each establishment includes a Film/Television department (ESRA), a Sound engineering dept. (ISTS) and an Animation Film dept. (ESRA 3D). All teachings function on a three-year basis after the « BAC » (Bac = High School +1 year). In all departments, students choose their major on the third year of studies from a range of options.

ESRA International

ESRA International is now offering in Paris a variety of English-language filmmaking programs for foreign students and adults who wish to acquire a solid foundation in filmmaking – from screenwriting, directing, and production, to technical skills in cinematography, sound and editing. Please find on this website and in the brochure more information about the 1 Year, 3 Year and Summer programs.

ESRA New York

Students who have successfully graduated from one of ESRA’s three year programs, in English or in French, can choose to follow an optional 4th year filmmaking course in New York City. Students have classes in English and collaborate on short film projects.

Esra Graduate

ESRA offers in French several graduate and professional training programs. There are two Masters level programs, one in Film Production and Distribution and the other in Scriptwriting, as well as shorter vocational training workshops.


For further information please browse this website and read the brochure / application.

For inquiries, please write to :

To see a selection of short movies made by ESRA students, go to :

Here is an example of a short film made by students of the 1 year New York City program :