The London Film School

London Film School

LFS has a great record of delivering exactly what the film industry needs – talent. If I were going to film school, I’d go there.’ Danny Boyle, Director SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, 127 HOURS.

‘What I valued was the opportunity to explore many different roles, because it gives you empathy with others in the team. It also gives you more flexibility in your career – important in such a fast-evolving industry.’
Olivier Kaempfer, MA Filmmaking 2007, Producer BORROWED TIME, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

I worked on 24 short films here at LFS. At any other film school, in two years, I don’t think you could achieve that.’
Jeroen Bogaert, MA Filmmaking 2012, Graduation Film EARLY BIRDS played Palm Springs, BFI London FF and San Sebastian

Founded in 1956, LFS is one of the world's longest-established graduate filmmaking schools. LFS is based in the heart of London, surrounded by the UK film hub and the West End. The School offers a two-year MA Filmmaking, one-year MA Screenwriting, one-year MA International Film Businessand a PhD Film by Practice in partnership with the University of Exeter, as well as short courses and summer schools.

The MA Filmmaking course is an intensive two-year programme. This prestigious programme trains to a professional level in directing, cinematography, editing, sound, production design, screenwriting and producing through practical teaching methods. Enrolment takes place in January, May and September and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The MA Screenwriting course is an intensive one-year programme that develops the writer’s original voice, embeds professional practice, stimulates reflective and critical approaches and provides a specific historical background to film narrative, genres, and dramaturgy. Enrolment takes place in September and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

LFS operates as a working studio, in which every student on the MA Filmmaking programme works on a minimum of ten films, and every student on the MA Screenwriting programme writes a minimum of one feature and one short, with opportunity to collaborate with Filmmaking students as well. LFS produces over 180 films and 40 scripts each year, so students graduate with the future of cinema in the palms of their hands. The School maintains an insistence on creative freedom, a drive toward innovation and a commitment to craft excellence. 

London Film School has been selected by ScreenSkills, the UK government agency for audio-visual training, as one of three Film Academies recognised as a Centre of Excellence.

The School is also a member of CILECT, GEECT and NAHEMI and is listed on the Office for Students (OfS) Register, accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), a Highly Trusted Sponsor and its MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting courses are validated by the University of Warwick.  


The school is located in Covent Garden, a few hundred yards from Soho, the nerve centre of the UK film business. Open Evenings and Tours run throughout the year.

London Film SchoolLFS graduates are established in film and television production in more than eighty countries. Notable alumni include: directors Jonathan Entwistle (The End of the F***ing World), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Duncan Jones (Moon), Horace Ové (Pressure), Maysoon Pachachi (Open Shutters Iraq), Ann Hui (Summer Snow), Shimako Sato (Tale of a Vampire), Les Blair (original Law and Order); producers Olivier Kaempfer (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), Iain Smith (Mad Max: Fury Road), Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice); cinematographers Roger Pratt (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Goblet of Fire), Jo Willems (The Hunger Games: Parts 1 & 2), Tak Fujimoto (Star Wars: Episode IV), Erik Wilson (Paddington, Dr Who), Ueli Steiger (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), Ivan Strasburg (13 Reasons Why), Ole Bratt Birkeland (Four Lions); editors Yorgos Mavropsaridis (The Favourite, The Lobster), Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (Deadpool 2), Affonso Gonçalves (Carol), Robert Leighton (This Is Spinal Tap, A Few Good Men), Mark Goldblatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes); and writers Gonzalo Maza (A Fantastic Woman), Herschel Weingrod (Space Jam).

Thousands of alumni film credits range from Hollywood blockbusters to Cannes prize-winning independent films and include such titles as Leidi, Brazil, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, A Simple Life, 21 Grams, Source Code, Now You See Me, Vera Drake, 10,000BC, The Day After Tomorrow, and Floating City.

‘The beauty of a good film school is that it invites you to make mistakes, but never dampens your enthusiasm. At LFS I made plenty, and ignited a passion.’

Duncan Jones, MA Filmmaking 2001, director SOURCE CODE, MOON, WARCRAFT. 

‘Two years of constant exploration helps you understand your place in cinema.’
Simón Mesa Soto, MA Filmmaking 2014, graduation film LEIDI won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival 2014.

'I always speak very highly of the MA Screenwriting at LFS. I learned so much there and have it to thank for a lot, so thanks!'
Ben Cleary, MA Screenwriting 2011, 2016 Oscar Best Live Action Short winner for STUTTERER.

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Awards & Accolades
Each year, films from LFS screen at over 180 festivals worldwide and win dozens of accolades including the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or for Best Short Film in Competition, Berlinale Teddy Award, Iris Prize, and being shortlisted for a Student Oscar. LFS-made films have gone on to screen at festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Tribeca, Clermont-Ferrand, The BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh, Encounters and Sundance. Students have also been chosen for prestigious labs and residencies such as Canneseries, Béla Tarr’s Directors Workshop, Series Mania, and Cannes Cinéfondation.

Contact details
London Film School
24 Shelton Street
London WC2H 9UB
United Kingdom
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7836 9642







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