Centre of Excellence in Film and Interactive Media Arts (CEFIMA)
In November 2016, the Norwegian Film School received funding from NOKUT in order to establish a centre of excellence in education. The centre was inaugurated as CEFIMA - Centre of Excellence in Film and Interactive Media Arts.
CEFIMA’s main goal is to further develop and enhance both the learning and teaching of film, by focusing on digital technology and interactivity as artistic tools. The goal is to nurture excellent artistic storytellers who use existing technology to create something new and different.
Digital technology has long been a part of all stages of film and television production, but CEFIMA believes the artistic potential is not fully realised, neither in education by NFS or in the film industry. Therefore, CEFIMA views it as its responsibility to educate skilled artistic storytellers so that the Norwegian audiovisual industry can develop in a new and innovative direction.
CEFIMA will assume and further develop the teaching method NFS has developed and has been very successful. The main pedagogical focus is to work with constraints in so-called “penneprøver” (which literally translates to “pen tests”) where students solve tasks. The pedagogical idea is that the constrains challenge and encourage student creativity and imagination as the craft learned. Experience shows no contradiction between developing artistic individuality, a personal voice, and learning the craft.
Through such tests and trials of new digital media, CEFIMA will permeate more deeply into the innovative storytelling. To achieve this, both student and staff training in digital media technology and access to relevant equipment are needed, as well as the opportunity to test out new methods of film creation. The potential for development is vast, and along with new cooperation partners and touchpoints, the stories and the technical solutions are bound only to get more exciting.
Development of new study programmes
At the initial stage, the centre will recruit two artistic research fellows. At a later stage, the centre will contribute to NFS’ creation of a two-year master’s programme, and ultimately the school will develop a three-year bachelor’s degree. Both these study programmes will be integrated with the school's existing studies, but focus on the creative possibilities found in new technology.