MA Filmmaking

The London Film School

Program Description

MA Filmmaking

The London Film School

MA in Filmmaking

Since 1956 LFS has been a working studio, in which every student on the two year Filmmaking programme works on a minimum of six films. We’re accustomed to delivering in excess of 170 films and 15 feature screenplays a year. Around this work and its associated teaching we maintain an insistence on creative freedom, a drive toward innovation and a commitment to craft excellence.


LFS is the world’s most cosmopolitan graduate film conservatoire. Seventy percent of students are from outside the UK, from more than sixty countries. This diverse range of cultures makes for a creative hothouse and provides a global network that lasts a professional lifetime.


The MA Filmmaking includes two years of training in Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Production Design, Screenwriting and Production. There are five exercise films and a graduation work incorporated into the MA Filmmaking programme, and students have the opportunity to work on many more.  


Students are taught by working UK filmmakers. Exercise films are made on built sets, shot on professional level film and digital cameras, recorded on Nagra V, edited on Avid Composer and given a professional dub.


On the MA Filmmaking, five film exercises are included in the fees, plus a substantial budget for the graduation film. Most schools quote only tuition costs, with filmmaking budgets a vague extra.  LFS is a not-for-profit educational trust committed to spending its money only on students’ education.


With only 140 students, 22 full time faculty and scores of visiting lecturers, there is more student-lecturer ‘face time’ than any other graduate film school.


Thousands of high profile award-winning alumni over 50 years of operation include Michael Mann, (PUBLIC ENEMIES, COLLATERAL), Mike Leigh (VERA DRAKE, ANOTHER YEAR), Duncan Jones (MOON, SOURCE CODE), Tak Fujimoto (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, SIXTH SENSE), Ueli Steiger (10,000BC, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW), Roger Pratt (HARRY POTTER, THE KARATE KID), Mark Goldblatt (PERCY JACKSON, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES), Ho Yim (GUN GUN HONG CHEN, KITCHEN), Anne Hui (A SIMPLE LIFE, ORDINARY HEROES) and Flora Lau (BENDS).


During 2013 the school had 232 festival entries across 179 events, winning 43 prizes, nominations or special mentions, including BAFTA and Student Academy Award nominations.

Features by recent graduates had premieres at Cannes, Toronto, Edinburgh, Locarno and The London Film Festival.


LFS is two minutes walk from Soho, centre of the European entertainment industry and offers a rare opportunity to study filmmaking in central London. Key industry figures pass through very often. The school provides mentors and career development support after graduation.


LFS is one of three recognised UK graduate schools in the UK Creative Skillset Film Academy Network, accredited as a “centre of excellence”.  Its MA degrees are recognised throughout the world, and validated by the London Metropolitan University and University of Exeter. LFS has “Highly Trusted Status” and so is able to issue its own CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Study) for visa applications.


LFS is a school that works with the film industry, understands the market and employability – and also takes your ambitions and your originality very seriously.

“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

“LFS is a true original – a place full of invention and passion and love of film”
Sam Mendes

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This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 2 years
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