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The ENS Louis-Lumière and the UCA make their cinema in Nice

On Thursday 25 March 2021, the City Council of Nice voted to set up a training centre at the Studios de la Victorine which, from October 2021, will host the continuing education section of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière and, from September 2022, a totally innovative Master's degree on immersive creation offered by this prestigious school and the Université Côte d'Azur.

For several years now, Christian Estrosi has been pursuing an ambitious policy aimed at making the region more attractive as a location for film and audiovisual shoots, both in the city and at the Studios de la Victorine, which were taken over in 2017. To encourage this reception in the best possible conditions, the City of Nice has undertaken, in 2019, a project to renew these Studios with the aim of increasing their attractiveness and making them the first in France, if not in Europe. Christian Estrosi has thus commissioned Eric Garandeau, former President of the CNC, to propose a new strategy for the revival of the studios. A wide-ranging consultation was carried out, resulting in a report whose conclusions emphasised that increasing the attractiveness of the Studios de la Victorine was based on the consolidation of three interdependent poles: the shooting and production pole; the pole for hosting companies working in the audiovisual sector; the pole for training in the professions of this same sector.

 The training centre is essential. It will allow students and professionals to be immersed in an environment that is conducive to learning about the audiovisual professions and that offers many opportunities. To develop this centre, the City of Nice has therefore entered into a partnership with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière, recognised for the excellence of its training courses, and the Université Côte d'Azur, which is committed to the development of training courses in the field of audiovisual creation.

Through this cooperation, the ENS Louis-Lumière will offer, from October 2021, a continuing education programme at the Studios de la Victorine in a dedicated space. 65 trainees will be able to benefit from this offer throughout the year. It is aimed at young graduates as well as professionals wishing to strengthen their skills or acquire new ones and will include the following courses

    • Introduction to directing
    • Introduction to Screenwriting
    • Shooting and framing in fiction
    • Training for electrical clearance
    • Director of photography
    • Working with light in 35 mm
    • Director of audiovisual works

In addition, a totally innovative Master's degree on immersive creation will be offered by the Université Côte d'Azur from September 2022. This course will be aimed at around twenty students and will make the Studios de la Victorine a real site for experimentation and innovation, a laboratory for the creation and design of tomorrow's images and formats.

These audiovisual training courses, on the site of the emblematic Studios de la Victorine, will greatly contribute to boosting the reputation of the Studios and their attractiveness, particularly to production companies, which will also be able to use the professionals and students trained on site. Other stages of the Victorine revival project are being developed in the field of training. The priority for 2021 remains to consolidate and develop the core of the site's revival project around the reception and influence of audiovisual productions.


The Louis-Lumière National Superior School


The Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière, founded in 1926 under the impetus of personalities such as Louis Lumière and Léon Gaumont, is historically the second film school in the world after the VGIK (Moscow). It is also the most renowned of the six French public higher education schools dedicated to the cinema, photography and sound professions.

The vocation of the ENS Louis-Lumière is to train image and sound professionals at a high level (bac+5). The employability rate of ENS Louis-Lumière graduates is close to 100%. Many renowned professionals have graduated from the school, including Jean-Jacques Annaud, Philippe De Broca, Jacques Demy, Gaspard Noé, and Pierre Schoeller...

Every year, at the César Ceremony, the ENS Louis-Lumière is honoured with new César winners among its former students. This year, the César for Best Image was awarded to Alexis Kavyrchine (cinema class, 1994), for the film "Adieu les cons" by Albert Dupontel, and the César for Best Sound was awarded to Jeanne Delplancq (sound class, 2009) and Olivier Goinard (sound class, 1998) for the film "Adolescentes" by Sébastien Lifschitz.

In 2013, the ENS Louis-Lumière opened an "equal opportunities" class to support the preparation of its competitive examination. Since 2014, she is an associate member of the Université Paris Lumières (UPL).


University Côte d’Azur (UCA)

The particularity of University Côte d'Azur is that it is home to a college of 7 arts and design schools and that its strategic plan for 2020-2025 includes the development of an arts and science axis. This policy is also reflected in the Université Côte d'Azur: Joint Excellent and Dynamic Initiative (UCAJEDI) project selected by the international Initiative D'Excellence (IDEX) jury, which aims to guarantee the academic excellence of research and its national and international influence, its anchoring and full participation in the territorial ecosystem, as well as the fluidity of interactions with the socio-economic world for research and development. Finally, for the past four years, Université Cote d'Azur has been deploying a strategy of developing actions and training, particularly in the field of cultural and creative industries, in conjunction with the local authorities, which have a rich potential in this field.


Article published on 29/03/21