May 9th - May 22nd 2022 | Rimini, Italy

Masterclass in Film Directing and Screenwriting with Paul Schrader

The greatest contemporary film directors reread the masters of cinema. A full immersion journey to discover Emilia-Romagna through the eyes of four auteurs in four paths, whose common thread is the connection between their life and their work. Discover the importance of the great auteurs of the past who influenced the new generations of film directors, revolutionizing the language of cinema forever. Join us on an immersive journey that involves all senses, an “experiential” journey into the world of some of the most visionary film directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci and Michelangelo Antonioni.Through the Emilia-Romagna region and the experience of influential contemporary directors, you will rediscover the masters, watching their films, participating in round tables with experts and collaborators, visiting their hometowns, archives and museums, film locations, places and flavors that inspired them. IFA aims to develop a laboratory for young emerging authors from all over the world, helping them  to affirm their poetic and authorial identity, leaning on the shoulders of the masters of the past.We aspire to build collective memory in a transversal dialogue, offering the opportunity to young generations from all over the world to start from the past to design the future.


EXPLORE | Five guided tours to retrace the places where the directors lived and which inspired them, exploring the socio-cultural and film history of the Region. We will visit the film locations in Bologna, Rimini, Parma, Ferrara and Brisighella. WATCH | Rediscover the masterpieces of the four revolutionary film directors through the screening of their movie. MEET | Round tables dedicated to the authors, with the contribution of directors, experts, prominent personalities from the cultural world related to the masters. LEARN | Each Master Teacher retraces the cinema of one of the 4 masters and the influence that this had on their work, focusing on the essence of the master’s poetics as a theme to be developed with the participants.The Master Teacher will discuss their aesthetics, language and personal approach to their work. TASTE | A gourmet immersion in the traditional recipes of local cuisine with the Master Teacher and a prestigious chef. At the end of the lesson the participants will taste their own creation.

Paul Schrader | IFA Master Teacher 2022

Paul Schrader, director, film critic and screenwriter, is considered one of the "founding fathers" of the New Hollywood, he has written the scripts of legendary films of Martin Scorsese, such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Schrader has referred to Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Light Sleeper, The Canyons and The Walker as "a man in a room" stories. The protagonist in each film changes from an angry, then narcissistic, later anxious character, to a person who hides behind a mask of superficiality. "A titan of the American cinema who emerged from the ranks of the 1970s movie brats with his era-defining screenplay for TAXI DRIVER, writer-director Paul Schrader has pursued a defiantly singular vision in his provocative explorations of guilt and salvation in a soul-sick world." - The Criterion Collection

Selection process

Selection process

The IFA Masterclass consists of 15 participants.IFA evaluates candidates' portfolios and CVs, and selects the most creative, curious and intellectually brave talents. As IFA participants come from throughout the world, speaking many languages, the official language of the IFA Masterclass is English.If your school is not part of the IFA network, or you are an indipendent filmmaker, you can apply individually by sending a link of your film or short film to Apply.


With its 2000 years of history, it hosts a true treasure of art, and its territory offers 15 kilometers of beach. A seaside town, the set for Fellini’s films, it is known for the friendliness and hospitality of its inhabitants.A concentration of beauty that the city has been recovering and enhancing for years, which in 2021 is completed with the inauguration of the Fellini Museum, a new concept of widespread museum center and the largest museum project dedicated to the genius of Federico Fellini, born in Rimini in 1920. A town of sea and hills, culture, craftsmanship, gastronomy, entertainment and a precious historical-artistic heritage. Discover it through Fellini’s poetry and perceive a new reality.