Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography

The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (Russian: Всероссийский государственный институт кинематографии имени С. А. Герасимова, meaning All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov), a.k.a. VGIK, is a film school in Moscow, Russia.[1][2]

All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (a.k.a. VGIK)
Всероссийский государственный институт кинематографии имени С. А. Герасимова (ВГИК)
Former names
All-Union State Institute of Cinematography; Всероссийский государственный институт кинематографии имени С. А. Герасимова
TypeFilm school
Established1919 (by Vladimir Gardin)
PresidentAlexander Novikov
RectorVladimir Malyshev
Academic staff
c. 200
Russian Federation
CampusUrban (in Russian language)


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The institute was founded in 1919 by the film director Vladimir Gardin as the Moscow Film School and is the oldest film school in the world.[3] From 1934 to 1991 the film school was known as the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (Russian: Всероссийский (ранее Всесоюзный) государственный институт кинематографии).

Film directors who have taught at the institute include Lev Kuleshov, Marlen Khutsiev, Aleksey Batalov, Sergei Eisenstein, Mikhail Romm and Vsevolod Pudovkin. Alumni include Sergei Bondarchuk, Elem Klimov, Sergei Parajanov, Alexander Sokurov and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Since 1986, the school has been named after the film director and actor Sergei Gerasimov. A full member of the international CILECT network of film schools, the Institute became a university in 2008.

The founding of the institute was authorized by V. I. Lenin in 1919. Its work in the early years was hampered by the shortage of film stock. It has had an illustrious history as one of the oldest film schools in existence; many great film directors have taught at the institute. During the period of the Soviet Union it was a requirement of the state to attend VGIK in order to be allowed to direct a film.[citation needed]. More recently, its alumni were drawn both from the USSR (Soviet Union) and from other socialist and other countries, though it was a requirement for students to first learn Russian prior to attending. It is among the few film schools which offer scriptwriting courses.[4]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable alumni include:


In 2015-2016 the Institute featured the following faculties:

  • Directing Faculty
  • Acting Faculty
  • Arts Faculty
  • Filming Faculty
  • Animation and Multimedia Faculty
  • Scripting and Film Studies Faculty
  • Production and Economics Faculty
  • Inter-faculty departments and labs:
    • Department of History and Philosophy
    • Department of Cultural Theory, History and Esthetics
    • Laboratory of Film Drama
    • Laboratory of Painting and Drawing
    • Laboratory of Arts
    • Laboratory of International Film History
    • Laboratory of Classical and Stop-motion Animation
    • Laboratory of Computer Graphics and Multimedia


  1. ^ Tatiana Smorodinskaya, Karen Evans-Romaine, Helena Goscilo (2013). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Russian Culture. Routledge. p. 15-16. ISBN 978-1136787867.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Peter Rollberg (2009). Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. US: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 735–736. ISBN 978-0-8108-6072-8.
  3. ^ Историческая справка (in Russian). Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  4. ^ Bawden, Liz-Anne, ed. (1976) The Oxford Companion to Film. Oxford University Press; ISBN 0-19-211541-3; p. 729
  5. ^ a b Imre, Anikó (2012). A Companion to Eastern European Cinemas. John Wiley & Sons. p. contents. ISBN 978-1118294352. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Арша Ованесова". Кино-Театр.Ру ( Retrieved 2022-06-27.

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Coordinates: 55°50′06″N 37°38′15″E / 55.83500°N 37.63750°E / 55.83500; 37.63750