About Us

Our story began in 2002 when our search for an ideal film course led us to create our own, boutique film school in a converted church in Fulham Broadway, London.

Many years on, London Film Academy is internationally recognised as an innovative film school that punches above its weight, producing multi-skilled, world-class filmmakers through training that is hands-on, industry-relevant, and of the highest standard.

Our multi-disciplinary approach emulates the hard-working realities of the film and TV industries and allows you to develop into an informed and responsible filmmaker, honing your craft in small groups, within a collaborative and nurturing environment.

Central to our goals is to make film training accessible. As a not-for-profit trust, we offer financially assisted places with all-inclusive course fees, award-winning tutors and access to the very latest equipment, technology and facilities. We invite applicants from all over the world, with any level of experience, but we are looking for proactive, creative and dedicated team players.

Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate, or professional looking for a specialised short course, we cover every filmmaking discipline from fiction to documentary-making. Recognised as a centre of excellence, we are reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, and partner with some of the most original and forward-thinking voices in the creative industry today.

Our proudest achievement is the continued success of our students. We are delighted to say that over 95% of our diploma graduates are working in the industry within three months. And we’re unique in being able to nurture their on-going productions by offering our graduates membership of our Filmmakers’ Club, with access to networking events, exclusive job lists and advice from some of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

LFA is more than just a film school. If you have a head for film and are passionate, inspired and want to find your own voice; you can rest assured that you’ll leave us equipped with the skills, knowledge and on-going support to succeed in today’s competitive industry.

We look forward to welcoming you to LFA.

Daisy Gili and Anna MacDonald
Co-Founders & Joint Principals

Quality Assurance

LFA is reviewed by QAA, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The QAA review team formed the following judgements about the higher education provision at London Film Academy:

  • The setting and maintenance of the academic standards of awards meet UK expectations.
  • The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.

The QAA review team identified the following features of good practice at London Film Academy:

  • the inclusive and detailed admissions process, which ensures that students are well suited for the course and enables them to succeed (Expectation B2)
  • the nurturing, embedded and career-focused support that enables students to reach their full personal, academic and professional potential (Expectation B4).

Why Choose LFA?

Become a filmmaker at London Film Academy

  • Multi-disciplinary training by film and TV industry practitioners
  • Professional production equipment, post-production facilities, in-house studios and screening theatre.
  • Super 16mm and current digital formats with location sound recording
  • Films finished to full HD-quality image (1080p)
  • Relevant, practical and value-for-money film education
  • No hidden costs (film budgets included in the course fees)
  • Showcases at film festivals and on digital platforms
  • Exclusive job lists and placements
  • Centre of excellence
  • Reviewed by Qality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
  • University progression routes:
    • LFA Filmmaking Diploma is recognised by Anglia Ruskin University for progression onto MA Film and Television Production with a credit transfer of 90 M level credits and by University of Hertfordshire for progression on to MA Filmmaking.
    • LFA Filmmaking Diploma is also recognised by the University of Hertfordshire for progression on to BA Film and Television.
    • LFA Screenwriting Diploma is recognised by Anglia Ruskin University for progression onto MA Creative Writing and by University of Hertfordshire for progression onto MA Screenwriting.

Skills for life

  • Collaborative, friendly and inclusive learning environment
  • Teamwork and people skills for adaptable and creative filmmakers
  • Not for profit organisation
  • Financial support and funding advice
  • Permanent professional network of contacts in the Film & TV industry
  • Careers guidance & mentoring through the LFA Filmmaker's Club
  • Values that we live by quality, innovation, continued student and graduate support, collaborative & personable
  • Individual talent and creativity is nurtured

Facilities

London Film Academy is housed in a listed building that was originally a Methodist church. LFA is situated in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, a cosmopolitan area reflecting many nationalities and featuring a great range of entertainment venues including Cineworld, Vue and several other independent cinemas. The LFA is a tardis-like building which houses:

ROOMS

  • Our Cinema/Screening room
    Our theatre offers digital projection, basic sound recording facilities. We have a comprehensive sound FX library. Rehearsal and recording studios are used at the top and basement levels of the LFA for all workshops and exercises.
  • Our Studios
    Two rehearsal and filming Studios with stage sets and a selection of props are situated at the top and basement levels of the premises and are used for all workshops and exercises.
  • Our Library
    The LFA library houses a DVD film collection and a book library. This room is also equipped with a bank of Apple computers with Internet access. Software includes Neo Office, EP Budgeting & Scheduling and Final Draft.
  • Our Classrooms
    All our classrooms are equipped with video, DVD and computer playback through plasma TVs and/or projectors.

EQUIPMENT

The LFA currently has a Super 16mm Arri SR3 and 416 camera kits including Matte box kit, filters and lenses, an ARRI Alexa kit with CP2 Lenses, a Sony FS7a Sony EX3 and a Z1, several Sony HDVs and a Chameleon dolly and track. We have a wide range of grip gear including Ronford, Cartoni and O’Connor heads, a chameleon dolly with jib and a doorway dolly for external productions. We also own an exhaustive range of Fresnel Arri lights, along with open-faced redheads and blondes. We also have a 2.5K HMI, Kinoflo, Dedo Light kits and 1x1 Light Panels, along with a wide selection of flags stands, nets and other grip gear.

  • Dolly
    Our studio houses a Chameleon dolly with jib arm and a location dolly complete with 50 feet of varying track.
  • Lights
    Lighting kits include a range of Arri Fresnel Lights from 300 watts to 2.5kw, standard redhead and blond kits, studio soft lights, a good selection of flags, stands and grip accessories such as magic arms, pelican clamps and poly board holders.
  • Sound
    We have a Sound Device 664 and SQN mixers with Sennheiser 8050s and AKG microphones, Sennheiser and Micron Explorer radio mics.
  • Post Production
    Our Apple editing suites are equipped with AVID Media Composer and Final Cut Pro, with Sony HDV decks, portable hard drives and CD/DVD decks available in all. All show-reel or completed work can be exported onto DVD to broadcast quality standard.
Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Certificate

London Film Academy

Do you want to pursue a career as a director of photography, or would you like to learn more about the cinematography and camera department? Our Cinematography Certificat ... [+]

Our Cinematography Certificate is the ideal course for filmmakers keen to build their knowledge and experience of working in the camera department. By developing an understanding of all of the key roles on set, students will complete the course with an enhanced perspective of the filmmaking process. Accordingly, this course would also benefit aspiring directors and filmmakers who have not yet worked in the camera department.

Guided by experienced camera and lighting professionals, this practical and in-depth course provides training in various aspects of cinematography including lighting, camera operation, focus, field of depth, lens manipulation, DIT, colour correction and grading. All students will have the opportunity to practise the roles of the camera department on a short film in a studio environment using a high-end HD camera. Participants will also be introduced to grading and colour correction in LFA’s bespoke grading suite, ahead of a screening in our state-of-the-art cinema.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
English
Full-time
5 days
Campus
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London Film Academy

Our Directing Certificate will illuminate the director’s role and enable you to build the necessary skills to direct a film. Guided by experienced filmmaking professional ... [+]

Guided by experienced filmmaking professionals, this practical in-depth course provides training in various aspects of directing including visual storytelling, storyboarding, communicating ideas and scripts to actors and crew, working with actors and enhancing their performance, and preparing for a shoot.

You will have the opportunity to direct a short film in a studio environment using a high-end HD camera and work with an editor to produce a completed short, screened at the end of the course in our cinema.

Targeted exercises ensure you:

Establish an understanding of shot choices, visual storytelling and effectively interpreting a script. Enhance your communication skills, allowing you to draw the best from your actors and encourage your crew. Direct and edit a short film, working with a full crew and professional actors in an industry-standard environment. ... [-]
United Kingdom London
September 2019
English
Full-time
5 days
Campus
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London Film Academy

If you have an idea for a documentary and want to turn your dream into reality, this intensive, 6-week course will provide the grounding you need to transform your initia ... [+]

If you have an idea for a documentary and want to turn your dream into reality, this intensive, 6-week course will provide the grounding you need to transform your initial concept into a gripping factual film. With hands-on training from practising documentary professionals, you will gain all the skills you need and make your own collaborative documentary ready to pitch and package to the industry.

You'll work with broadcast quality digital cameras and learn and develop your skills in cinematography and sound. Hone your editing skills with Adobe Premiere Pro before you pitch your final project to a panel of documentary industry professionals.

Promote your documentary projects through pitching and writing treatments. Gain practical and paper-based skills and experience to apply to your own future documentaries. Targeted exercises develop new and existing camera and sound abilities. Learn documentary research methodologies and how to apply them. Gain an understanding of the different sectors of the documentary industry. Receive hands-on training by practising documentary industry professionals. Work in small groups with excellent tutor-to-student ratios. Group feedback sessions, mentoring and technical support enhance your learning and your individual project needs. Work with broadcast-quality digital cameras and edit using Adobe Premiere Pro. Pitch final projects to a panel of documentary industry professionals. All final documentary film projects are screened, and you leave the course with an HD link of your work. Benefit from studying and networking within a top professional film academy to increase your contacts and knowledge of the filmmaking process.... [-]
United Kingdom London
October 2019
English
Full-time
6 weeks
Campus
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London Film Academy

Are you new to filmmaking? This intensive short course is the only one of its kind to provide the opportunity to shoot on either Super 16mm film (‘Carol’, ‘The Hurt Locke ... [+]

Get a practical, inspirational and gratifying introduction to filmmaking and make with your own film in just four weeks! Ideal for people new to filmmaking, this intensive short course offers students a broad and invaluable grounding in the basic filmmaking principles. Over four weeks you will learn a range of industry-relevant skills from working film and TV professionals and get the opportunity to take a project from concept to script to screen. Working in small groups, you will produce a number of non-sync visual narrative short films, shooting exclusively on professional Super 16mm camera equipment (Arriflex) or Arri Alexa Digital. Collaborating with fellow students, actors and tutors build confidence while concurrently offering networking opportunities and access to industry training on productions within LFA. Our knowledgeable tutors are here to help, advise, support and encourage you throughout your time a London Film Academy, equipping students with the skills required to gain successful entry-level jobs in the film and TV industry. Filmmaking Certificate students are introduced to essential filmmaking disciplines including:... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
English
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
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London Film Academy

Are you a filmmaker looking to produce and possibly direct or write your first feature or a more ambitious short film? If so, this is the course for you. Gain a firm grou ... [+]

Are you a filmmaker looking to produce and possibly direct or write your first feature or a more ambitious short film? If so, this is the course for you.

The producing foundation is imperative for individuals and production teams with expertise in a specific area of filmmaking who are looking to gear up and prepare themselves for bigger-budget projects.

Furthermore, this course is ideal for individuals who are working on a script and want to gain a realistic overview of the complete development process.

Gain an intensive overview of practical producing and the film & TV industry, including paperwork, talent and budgets. Learn about pitching projects to financiers, commissioning editors and talent. Explore the intricacies of starting your own production company. Learn how to find, recruit and manage key crew members. Expert advice on the methods of delivery, how to find sales agents and distributors, and negotiate the deal. Learn in an interactive environment where the tutor uses examples and case studies. Seminars are delivered by experienced producers and also feature guest speakers who are experts in their own field. Your own projects can be used as examples in class for comparison and direct feedback. What Type Of Students Are We Looking For? ... [-]
United Kingdom London
October 2019
English
Full-time
5 days
Campus
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London Film Academy

Our Screenwriting Certificate is the perfect platform for aspiring writers or writer-directors who have lots of ideas and are looking to make a film. Through a series of ... [+]

Ever dreamt of becoming a writer, but you don’t know where to start? This course is for aspiring writers or writer-directors who have lots of ideas and are looking to make a film. You have the chance to see how writing for the screen is different from writing a novel or play, and to learn the knack for getting past writer’s block. You are taught about film narrative, character-driven storytelling, action and dialogue. Attention is given to screenplay formatting and presentation skills (pitching). You write and rewrite a short film script with script-editing input and guidance from professional film & TV screenwriters, script editors and producers. The course culminates in performed readings of the short film scripts by professional actors.... [-]

United Kingdom London
October 2019
English
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
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Courses

London Film Academy

This Easter, join us for a five-day filmmaking course to learn the essential skills of visual storytelling. Shoot, direct and edit your first short film working with sea ... [+]

Young Filmmakers’ Academy is aimed at 13 to 17-year olds and is the perfect way to introduce young people to practical filmmaking.

These exciting one- and two-week courses are held during school holidays (Easter programme & Summer programmes) and are designed to give young filmmakers hands-on experience of making a film.

They experience a variety of filmmaking roles, from scriptwriting and visual storytelling to directing actors and using professional editing software and everything in-between.

This is an intensive but fun-filled introduction to the realities of working in film and TV and provides students with the grounding they need to start working on their own films and making informed decisions about further training or even a future career.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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English
Full-time
1 - 2 weeks
Campus
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Diploma

London Film Academy

Join our supportive network of film professionals and hone your craft in a small group within the nurturing environment of London’s best-loved film school. Our Filmmaking ... [+]

Do you want to become a world-class, versatile filmmaker?

Get ready to kick-start your career in film or television with our 1-year Filmmaking Diploma. It gives you hands-on, practical training in all aspects of filmmaking as it equips you with the skills and knowledge, and provides the on-going support you need, to excel in your chosen field.

Our diploma is designed to teach you the absolute must-have skills for becoming a collaborative filmmaker in the 21st Century. You will have not only a supportive network of established film professionals guiding you but also access to state-of-the-art digital equipment including ARRI ALEXA, as well as S16mm film to work with. You and a team of ambitious students will be creating work as you build your extensive film portfolio - not to mention your own little black book of professional industry contacts that you’ll leave with.... [-]

United Kingdom London
May 2020
English
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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London Film Academy

As a screenwriter, your ability to create and communicate a story is at the heart of any successful film project. Our one-year diploma provides the intensive, creative de ... [+]

Our Screenwriting Diploma gives you one year of intensive creative development to prepare you for life working as a screenwriter in the fast-paced, competitive and diverse film and TV environment. You will get a thorough grounding in all screenwriting specialisms, producing a huge volume of work over the course of the year, writing for shorts, television, feature films and web series. Our intensive approach to screenwriting ensures that you leave LFA with an impressive portfolio of work, adaptable writing skills and the ability to turn around script projects to tight deadlines.

At LFA we encourage students to collaborate across disciplines to expand their experience and understanding of the entire filmmaking process. Providing an extensive overview of the realities of the filmmaking industry, throughout the year sessions cover script editing and the role of development executives, script supervising, acquiring agents, copyright, legal and finance; cinema audience demographics and feature film marketing. You will improve your visual storytelling skills and see your scripts leave the page through live-reading workshops with professional directors and actors. To ensure you leave LFA industry-ready our screenwriting workshops will focus on how to outline, pitch and negotiate the sale of feature film and TV ideas to a panel of film and TV industry professionals.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
English
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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