The world’s international graduate film conservatoire. Seventy percent of students are from outside the UK, from more than sixty countries. A diverse range of cultures and film traditions makes for a creative hothouse. This global network, once built, lasts a professional lifetime.
The school operates as a busy working studio, producing around 180 films each year. MA Filmakers gain key credits on a minimum of ten exercise films and a graduation work.
Thousands of high profile alumni include directors Michael Mann (PUBLIC ENEMIES), Mike Leigh (MR TURNER), Duncan Jones (SOURCE CODE), Ann Hui (A SIMPLE LIFE); cinematographers Jo Willems (THE HUNGER GAMES), Erik Wilson (PADDINGTON), Roger Pratt (HARRY POTTER) Tak Fujimoto (THE SIXTH SENSE); editors Mark Goldblatt (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES), Robert Leighton (NOW YOU SEE ME); producer Iain Smith (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD).
Students are taught by working filmmakers. Films are made on built sets, shot on professional level cameras, recorded on professional digital recorders, edited on Avid and given a professional dub in Soho.
In 2014 LFS films screened at over 150 festivals, winning many prizes, including the Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short Film, the most prestigious festival accolade. Over recent years, ten LFS graduates have been taken on the Cannes Residence programme and graduates are regularly selected for other talent programmes, such as Binger Film Lab, Sundance Film Lab and Film London's Microwave scheme. In 2014, over 25 features by recent graduates were in global distribution.
LFS is two minutes walk from Soho, centre of the European entertainment industry. Key figures of the UK and European industries pass through very often. The school provides mentors and career development support after graduation.
210 students, 35 full time faculty, scores of visiting lecturers – more student-lecturer ‘face time’ than any other graduate film school.
One of three UK graduate schools in the UK Creative Skillset Film Academy Network, accredited as a centre of excellence.
LFS is a not-for-profit educational trust committed to spending its money only on your education. On the MA Filmmaking, all film exercises paid for including stock and equipment, plus a substantial budget for the graduation film – incorporated into your fees. Most schools quote only tuition costs, with filmmaking budgets an extra.
A school that works with the film industry, understands the market and employability – and also takes your ambitions and your originality very seriously. We want you to reinvent film form rather than copy what already exists.
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