The first of its kind in the UK, the MA in Independent Film Business (MAIFB) is a unique combination of the practical and the academic. It is designed to develop the next generation of future producers and executives, bringing excellence and innovation into non-major studio filmmaking in the UK and around the world.
It brings together the very best teaching and resources from both the University of Exeter and the London Film School to offer a unique programme providing unrivalled preparation for a successful career in independent film.
The MA examines the business and consumer context of film production and practice in the UK, the US and internationally. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the independent film industry of the 21st century, its history, structure, innovations and challenges. It also equips you with the economic, production, financial and programming knowledge and skills to bring an informed international outlook to bear on many areas of the independent film business.
The programme offers practical production work and top-level mentoring from established professionals, as well as unrivalled networking opportunities. It introduces you to the professional groups and individuals in the film business, and includes a group research expedition to a major European Film Festival. You will have an industry mentor who will meet and discuss your work, your professional ambitions and the development of your plan for a final project
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.
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).
2.1 Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject that includes some coverage of Film Studies.Applications from industry professionals, or applicants with relevant work experience, seeking an academic qualification or the opportunity to enhance your skills or knowledge in this field will also be considered. Candidates may be asked to submit a portfolio of original work or called for interview (which may be by telephone or video link). Non-native speakers of English will also need to meet the University's English language proficiency requirements.
UK/EU (full-time) and International (full-time): £17,000
Recipient: The London Film School
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