London Film School is the UK’s oldest school of film, established in 1956 and helping to develop and train distinctive and accomplished filmmakers for over sixty-five years
Alumni of the London Film School (LFS) include Mike Leigh (Another Year, Topsy-Turvy), Duncan Jones (Moon), Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion), Koby Adom (Noughts + Crosses), Tak Fujimoto (Silence of the Lambs, Sixth Sense), Ron Peck (Nighthawks, Edward Hopper), Yorgos Mavropsaridis (The Favourite), Horace Ove (Pressure), Michael Mann (The Insider, The Aviator).
Located in Covent Garden, our students are technically and artistically challenged, stimulated and prepared for careers in the film industry. In recent years graduates from our MAS and MAF programmes have won Oscars, the Palme D’or and the Crystal Bear. In the past eighteen months alone, films created at London Film School have screened at 129 international film festivals, including Berlinale, Venice and BFI London Film Festival.
Up to 220 students per year study on three master’s degree courses: approximately 35% of students are from the UK; with the rest of the student body representing over 50 countries worldwide. Most students take the MA in Filmmaking, a six-term programme covering directing, cinematography, editing, sound, production design, screenwriting, producing, music and film history, theory and context. Students are allocated a significant production allowance, creating at least six films during their time at LFS developing everything from scripts and cinematography to set design and costume.
In today’s film industry, especially in the independent sector, the ability to work effectively across filmmaking roles and have hands-on, professional, experience is vital and, we believe, the best preparation for entry into the burgeoning filmmaking sector.
The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships offer two full scholarships each for the two-year MA Filmmaking and the one-year MA Screenwriting with an allowance included for accommodation costs.
Gisli Snaer, Director and CEO of LFS says:
“I’m delighted that the Leverhulme Trust has chosen to continue to support LFS. Where you start in life shouldn’t dictate your future. I’m grateful to be able to offer more talented filmmakers the opportunity to further develop their craft. The Leverhulme Trust truly is a career-changing grant maker.’’
Leverhulme Arts Scholarships have and continue to provide life-changing support for those students who are extremely talented but would be unable to start at LFS due to financial constraints. We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented individuals in the film industry to continue our commitment to a dynamic and diverse student body, allowing more voices to become the next generation of recognised filmmakers.
As the consistent track record of awards and festival recognition illustrates, LFS provides an environment where young filmmakers can express themselves and develop their craft, producing graduates that are recognised for their artistic and technical quality.