The international orientation is an essential part of the profile of the ifs internationale filmschule köln. In a globalised industry, the teaching of international perspectives, contacts and intercultural skills is of particular importance for future filmmakers and media professionals.

The ifs is a member of the international association of the film and television colleges CILECT and of the European sub-association GEECTas well as the network ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts.