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MA Filmmaking


Course Description

The MA Filmmaking course is very practical. It includes two years of training in Directing, Cinematography, Editing , Sound , Production Design, Screenwriting and Production. Please click here to view the full course curriculum - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-filmmaking/curriculum. There are 5 exercise films and a graduation work in the MA Filmmaking programme, shot on film and digital. One film is prepared, shot, delivered and screened in every 12 weeks of your work. Students normally work on quite a few more depending on their time and specialty.

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 in Soho.

Our 2-year postgraduate multi-discipline MA Filmmaking course requires that you have a 3-4 year degree which does not have to be media related, or a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience. Read more about admissions requirements here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-filmmaking/admissions. We have students who not only come from various geographical locations but also with varying media knowledge. What they do have in common is their love, passion and genuine interest in film and filmmaking as a craft. We have had lawyers, doctors, engineers, illustrators enrol on our courses so having an unusual background is welcome here.

The London Film School (LFS)

Since 1956 the school has trained thousands of directors, cinematographers, editors and other film professionals now working across the globe. It is the most truly international school anywhere, with at least 60% of its students from outside Great Britain.
We have thousands of high profile alumni, including Michael Mann, Mike Leigh, Duncan Jones, Tak Fujimoto, Franc Roddam, Mark Goldblatt, Bill Douglas, Ho Yim, Anne Hui, Oliver Hermanus and Danny Huston.

LFS is based in Covent Garden two minutes’ walk from Soho, centre of the European entertainment industry. It is one of only three institutions accredited as a Creative Skillset Film Academy, recognised by the UK industry body as a Centre of Excellence.

We teach filmmaking, on stages, and in workshops rather than in classrooms - the building functions as a working studio. LFS is a living creative film community. The school is an independent non-profit establishment run by passionate and experienced filmmakers; full-time faculty and a varied and hugely talented group of visiting lecturers, technicians and artists.
Please get in touch for more information about our MA programmes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, International Film Business, the Doctoral Programmes, as well as our expanding range of continuing professional development courses.
We have three intakes a year on May, September and January. We are currently operating a rolling process but please do apply as soon as you can for any intake. You can read more about the admissions process and deadlines here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-filmmaking/admissions

VISIT US

Choosing a film school is a big decision; you may want to visit us or talk to a student or a graduate. We have open afternoons every other Thursday during term time and we can show you around – please click here to sign up for a place - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/book-tour. If you cannot attend any of those days, please do get in touch on to schedule an alternative time; our students are our priorities and as such the working studios are their space.

‘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, Director of MOON (2009), SOURCE CODE (2011), WARCRAFT (2016), MUTE (2017)

Further Information

The need to follow and understand the intensive course of lectures, and the high pressure of group work make it imperative that all students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language. Read the requirements here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-screenwriting/admissions/admission-requirements

On our website you can view testimonials - http://lfs.org.uk/films-and-filmmakers/testimonials from recent LFS graduates, and we can put you in touch with one from your country. One recent alumni said of his experience: “I always speak very highly of the Screenwriting MA at LFS when prospective students email me. I learnt so much there and have it to thank for a lot, so thanks!” Ben Cleary, MA Screenwriting, 2016 Shorts Film Oscar Nominee for STUTTERER


The MA Filmmaking has three intake dates: January, May and September

Visit the MA Filmmaking page on the The London Film School website for more details!

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Simón Mesa Soto

Two years of constant exploration helps you understand your place in cinema.

(Graduation film LEIDI for Palme d'Or Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival 2014)

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Duncan Jones

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.

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Flora Lau

LFS helped me to find my path - seeing my passion materialised, working with people from all over the world, making films rather than talking about it!

First feature BENDS selected for Cannes Un Certain Regard

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Mike Leigh OBE

As Chairman of The London Film School one of the great joys in my life is to savour regularly the unfettered independence, freshness and originality of our graduate films - pure, independent cinema by the filmmakers of the future (BAFTA Fellowship acceptance speech).


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Creative Skillset Bursary - No. of awards TBC

The application dates and deadline for Creative Skillset bursary applications for the May 2016 intake is 30 March 2016.Creative Skillset bursaries cover a substantial part of the MA Filmmaking Tuition Fees for the January 2016 intake and are split across the two years of the course. In addition to the bursaries, there is a contribution of £11,000, payable by the student in two yearly instalments of £5,500.
Please note that bursaries do not cover the following as per the fee schedule:LFS Company Membership
Student Union Subscription
Film Society Subscription
MA Admin and Registration Fee
Details about those fees can be found here: MA Filmmaking Tuition Fees - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/ma-filmmaking/fees- See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support/creative-skillset#sthash.jrGUfEJL.dpufYou can read about funding opportunities on our website here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support where opportunities are divided into global territories, so you can easily search for support that is available to you.A useful site to look at is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online which is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - who can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. Prospective students and applicants can register with a PIN and their email address.
The PIN to register is 1956 and should be entered at http://www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Substantial % of fees + contribution of £11,000, payable by the student in two yearly instalments o

Eligibility

Creative Skillset Film Academy status enables the London Film School to offer MA Filmmaking bursaries for qualified UK/EU students who would not have been able to do the course for reasons of finance. It addresses the LFS's key goal of ensuring good access for the current generation of talented UK/EU graduate students so that they can participate and benefit from the school's special culture and its very full learning programme.

Application Procedure

If you wish to apply for a Creative Skillset Bursary, please tick the relevant box on your application form. Once you have been accepted, if you fulfil the criteria below, we will send you bursary application forms, which will need to be returned within 7 days. If you did not receive your application form, please contact us on [email protected] note that the application process is administered by LFS. Please do not contact Creative Skillset.- See more at: http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support/creative-skillset#sthash.jrGUfEJL.dpuf

Further Information

http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support/creative-skillset


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Leverhulme Arts Scholarships - 4 Awards

These awards will be available for the terms starting in September 2016. The Leverhulme Trust is funding LFS to provide a limited number of scholarships to people wishing to apply for the MA Filmmaking & MA Screenwriting courses starting in September 2016 and for continuing students in the second year of the course with exceptional talent, facing changing political/personal circumstances who would not otherwise be able to complete their studies without financial assistance. The Scholarship Fund will provide support for 4 applicants, 2 from each MA course, and is managed by The London Film School Bursary Fund Panel; the Panel decides on both types of awards based on the quality of the original application, progress to date, and financial need.
You can read about funding opportunities on our website here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support where opportunities are divided into global territories, so you can easily search for support that is available to you.A useful site to look at is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online which is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - who can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. Prospective students and applicants can register with a PIN and their email address.
The PIN to register is 1956 and should be entered at http://www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000/year max

Eligibility

Award is available for students iwith exceptional talent, facing changing political/personal circumstances who would not otherwise be able to complete their studies without financial assistance

Application Procedure

Please see LFS website for more details.

Further Information

http://lfs.org.uk/content/lfs-leverhulme-scholarships


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BAFTA's Scholarships Programme - No. of awards TBC

BAFTA's Scholarships Programme awards students in need of financial assistance to take a postgraduate course related to a career in film, television or games and is part of their New Talent Pyramid. The London Film School MA Filmmaking and MA Screenwriting programmes qualify for the BAFTA Scholarships.Each scholarship will provide up to £10,000 to cover one year's course fees, an industry mentor, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK for a year. Applicants are also considered for one of three Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games, supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros., which additionally provides a short funded work placement within the Warner Bros. group of companies and access to additional Warner Bros. mentors. In return, scholarship recipients are required to contribute to the BAFTA Guru online learning channel and take part in BAFTA's outreach activity to young people. The scholarships are available to UK nationals. If you are a non-EU citizen and have officially confirmed UK residency status you can apply for a scholarship, but you will be required to supply confirmation from the Home Office of your residency status. Citizens of other EU countries are not eligible to apply.Students who have previously received a scholarship for the first year of a two-year course will be considered for a scholarship for their second year.
You can read about funding opportunities on our website here - http://lfs.org.uk/full-time-study/financial-support where opportunities are divided into global territories, so you can easily search for support that is available to you.A useful site to look at is The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online which is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - who can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. Prospective students and applicants can register with a PIN and their email address.
The PIN to register is 1956 and should be entered at http://www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£10,000

Eligibility

The scholarships are available to UK nationals. If you are a non-EU citizen and have officially confirmed UK residency status you can apply for a scholarship, but you will be required to supply confirmation from the Home Office of your residency status. Citizens of other EU countries are not eligible to apply.Students who have previously received a scholarship for the first year of a two-year course will be considered for a scholarship for their second year.

Application Procedure

Please complete and submit the online application form - https://apply.bafta.org/entrant/index.php, along with any supplementary pages by the deadline once it is announced. BAFTA have provided a brief FAQ page here: http://lfs.org.uk/sites/default/files/scholarshipfaqs2015.pdf



Entry Requirements

Three year university degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant area. The need to follow and understand the intensive course of lectures, and the high pressure of group work make it imperative that all students must have a satisfactory knowledge of the English language. See the LFS website for full details.

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