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Have you always wanted to make your own documentary but never had the confidence, the circumstance, or the know-how to make it happen?

Summerdocs is an intensive 8-week course in July and August, 2019 designed to change that for all those potential filmmakers who need a boost to their confidence, expert help on how to realise their ideas, and the opportunity to try them out in practice by making a short film of 15-20 minutes with the guidance of experienced mentors under the leadership of the filmmaker who has guided the NFTS Documentary Dept. for the last 20 years.

Potential participants have to apply with an idea they already believe can be filmed in two weeks and then post-produced and finished in the following three weeks at the NFTS. In order to assess and begin to develop their idea and make a plan for further research, students will need to come to the NFTS for a 2-day introduction at the end of June.

This course is run in partnership with Channel 4.

What you will study

  • Introduction: Your proposed projects will be evaluated and plans made with tutors.
  • Independent research: Tutors will be available for individual tutorials.
  • Learning course: the fundamental rules of documentary storytelling; guidance in the basics of camera, sound & editing; viewing & analysis of the various; methods available to documentary filmmakers; access to the extensive NFTS library will be provided.
  • Film Shoot: Self-shooting, including a tutor review of rushes
  • Film Edit: Editing using Avid Media Composer, supervised by both editing and directing tutor
  • End Result: A short film, of approximately 15 minutes, of which you can be proud.

Entry requirements

Selection is on the basis of the quality and originality of the idea for the film you submit, and the practicality of making the film within the time available.

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

If you have any questions, please email .


Visit the Summerdocs - Summer School Programme - PgCert page on the National Film and Television School website for more details!

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