PSE Film School :

PSE Film School

PSE helps the poorest children in Cambodia escape from destitution and lead them to decent, skilled and well-paid jobs, through end-to-end care. PSE Institute for Vocational Training in Phnom Penh aims to train underprivileged youngsters to a trade so they can integrate back into Cambodian society, with dignity.


About PSE Film School

Founded in 2012 by Christian des Pallières (PSE's founder aka Papy) to train PSE students in all aspects of the audio-visual sector (Film, TV, Advertising, Drama, etc). This is the only school in Cambodia providing a long training in Cinematography and post-production. Since 2012, PSE Film School, part of PSE-Institute (vocational training program of PSE) provides a 2.5-year bachelor degree in audio-visual, recognized by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia.

Papy and director Xavier de Lauzanne, surrounded by film school students
Two students behind the camera
Film school students around a camera


Bachelor 1 is a common core on every topic related to audio-visual industry (camera, lighting, sound recording, photography, graphic design, history of cinema, basics of production, cine-club, editing...)

Bachelor 2 is the time for students to choose from one of our 2 specialization: 

  • Cinematography (Camera, lighting, sound, film production management...)
  • Post-production (Editing on several software, color grading, sound...)

Bachelor 3 have only one semester divided in 2 terms of 3 months:

  • First term to produce a short film of professional level made by all the year 3 students
  • Second term to complete an internship in an audio-visual company (production, TV, postproduction facility, etc)
Lighting Studio
Shooting set
Camera Workshop
Color Grading

Partners and Instructors

Thanks to Arthur Cloquet (DOP) and Albert Oriol (Academic advisor), a partnership with ENS Louis Lumière Film School in Paris was built between 2014 and 2022. During this period, they helped PSE Film School grow by providing an important support on different aspects such as curriculum development or skills referent trainers.

Since 2023, a new partnership has started with ESRA Film School in Brussels to continue helping Film School to thrive.

Many film experts and film makers visited us in Cambodia for trainings, workshops sharing sessions or masterclasses:

Film Makers

  • Patrice Leconte
  • Claire Denis
  • Claire Simon
  • Kim Chapiron
  • Arthur Harari
  • Stéphane Brizé
  • Marie Losier
  • Davy Chou
  • Jimmy Henderson
  • Chhay Bora
  • Ly Polen
  • San Danech
  • Meas Sreylin
  • Niang Kavich
  • Dominique Forma


Film Experts

  • François Belin (1st Assistant Camera)
  • Sylvie Carcedo (DOP)
  • Arthur Cloquet (DOP)
  • Jean Coudsi (Colorist – post-production expert)
  • Thomas Favel (DOP)
  • Stéphane Ly (Script writer)
  • Bernard Marescot (Production Manager)
  • Olivier Mathieu (Editor – post-production expert)
  • Michel Monod (Gaffer)
  • Charles Tesson (Historian of cinema, Artistic Director of the Critic’s week, Festival de Cannes)
  • Vincent Villa (Re-recording mixer and sound operator)
  • Héloïse Lester (1st Assistant Camera)
  • Khem Vutheara (Photography expert)
  • So Chandara (Producer)
  • Clément Lepoutre (Producer)
  • Sum Sithen (Festival organizer)
  • Ruth Sansitny (historian of cinema)
  • Touch Sopheakdey (Sound specialist)
  • Cédric Eloy (Festival organizer)
A partner giving a course to PSE Film School students
Film School students with a partner
A partner is helping a student

They support us!

Know more about our supports:

We also want to thank all our donors and sponsors for their support! 

Patrice Leconte at PSE Film School

The famous French film director, Patrice Leconte, is a Goodwill Ambassador for PSE

Moved by the cause, in November 2014, he made a short film introducing the organization and its mission in Phnom Penh. "I’ve known about PSE for fifteen years and I’ve always felt a special connection with this incredible adventure, which was solely built on the willpower of a remarkable couple. The education of so many children who, for the most part, were left to such a tragic fate, but also the professional training allowing them to master a trade in various fields, all of this touches and amazes me. Because it is no longer a DREAM, it is a REALITY."

Davy Chou, a French-Cambodian film maker supports PSE Film School

The Franco-Khmer director and scenarist came at PSE to present his movie Diamond Island and to share a meaningful talk with the students. Discover our chat with him!

Davy Chou Interview at PSE

The French François Bel – Institut de France Foundation supports PSE Film School

The François Bel - Institut de France Foundation was created to perpetuate the memory and work of François Bel, director of films on wildlife around the world. Convinced of the work of PSE, it financially supports the PSE Film School to promote access to film professions for disadvantaged young Cambodians.

School Works

sandflower (2)

Rendez-vous solidaire avec Frédéric Lopez

Le programme de lutte contre la malnutrition de PSE

Apprenticeship at PSE

A la rencontre de l'équipe sociale de PSE

Student works




Practice 01

Birthday gift



French Film Days of Phnom Penh I and II

The French Film Days of Phnom Penh event took place from July 09 to 13, 2019 and from October 28 to November 4, 2022.

The filmmaker Claire Denis was the guest of honor of the first edition, Claire Simon, Kim Chapiron and Arthur Harari were guests of honor of the second edition.

Discover the event on Facebook : 

Poster Journées du Film Français
Claire Denis lors des Journées du Film Français
Claire Denis avec une élève de PSE

Our students participated to those films

PSE Film School provided tehcnical support and manpower on projects such as:

  • White Building - 2021 - Feature film directed by Kavich Neang
  • Le bureau des légendes Season 5 - 2020 - TV Series directed by Eric Rochant
  • First they killed my father - 2017 - Feature film directed by Angelina Jolie
  • Les Pépites - 2016 - a documentary directed by Xavier de Lauzanne
  • Diamond Island - 2016 - Feature film by Davy Chou 

And also : 




White Building (2021) - Trailer (English subs)

Extrait 1 DIAMOND ISLAND de Davy Chou avec sous-titres français

First They Killed My Father | Acclaim Trailer [HD] | Netflix

LES PÉPITES Bande Annonce (Documentaire - 2016)

Le Bureau des Légendes saison 5 - Bande-annonce (90s)

On the set of "First they killed my father", directed by Angelina Jolie

One former student and three members of the PSE Film School participated in this film! 

On the set of
A former PSE student with Angelina Jolie and the team

Contact us!

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Film school students together
The dean and a teacher of the Film School at a Cinema Festival
Group picture of the Film School students and their teachers
A group of student who graduated from the Film School