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London Film School

London Film School
Established 1956
Type educational charity
Location London, United Kingdom
Campus Covent Garden
Affiliations CILECT

The London Film School (LFS) is a not-for-profit [2]

The school's current director is Jane Roscoe and its current chairman is Oscar-nominated Mike Leigh O.B.E.


  • History 1
    • >50 years on 1.1
  • Notable graduates (a selection) 2
  • Honorary Associates 3
  • Sponsors and funders 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6


>50 years on

Filmmaking is taught on stages, and in workshops rather than in classrooms so the building functions like a studio. On the MA Filmmaking, students work on a minimum of ten films, at least two as director, with all costs included in fees. With around 130 full-time students at any one time on the MA Filmmaking course, it generates over 170 films a year. It's an exceptionally busy place.

LFS is a living creative community and not a short term 'immersion experience' or a commercial training product. It's a very independent non-profit school run by passionate and experienced filmmakers with 18 full-time faculty and a varied and hugely talented group of visiting lecturers, technicians and artists. The LFS hosts a masterclass programme that reflects the school's status: Abbas Kiarostami, Hanif Kureshi, Franc Roddam, Dick Pope, Seamus McGarvey and Stephen Frears have all been visitors and lecturers. Such is the School’s global reputation that Al Gore chose to launch Current TV in Europe at the School.

LFS attracted a group of leading figures from the cultural world to support its vision to create a new building. LFS patrons are Chris Auty, Tony Elliott, Roger Graef, Christopher Hird, John Hurt, Hanif Kureishi, Charlie Parsons, Franc Roddam, Anthony Smith, Iain Smith, Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Thomas and Alan Yentob.

In 2014 The school celebrated a year of graduate achievements around the globe, a particular highlight the unprecedented success for LFS filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival, where LEIDI, the 2014 graduation film of Simón Mesa Soto, was awarded the highest honour, the Palme d'Or for Best Short Film in Competition. It is the first time a British film school has won this prize. Six LFS graduates were in official selection in Cannes, including Mike Leigh with MR TURNER, which won two prizes and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado with THE SALT OF THE EARTH, co-directed with Wim Wenders, winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize.

The submission list for the 2015 Foreign Language Oscars included three LFS graduates – Ann Hui represented Hong Kong for the fourth time. For the second time Mohamed Khan represented Egypt (FACTORY GIRL) and Leticia Tonos represented The Dominican Republic (CRISTO REY). A clear testament to the School’s impact on world cinema.

Credit rolls featured scores of LFS graduates in all the craft areas. Cinematographers have been particularly prolific, with more established names such as Jo Willems (THE HUNGER GAMES), Erik Wilson (PADDINGTON and 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH) and Ole Bratt Birkeland (THE MISSING) joined by recent graduates shooting their first features.

During 2014, films made at the school had around 200 festival entries, winning over 30 prizes, The list spanned Venice, Tribeca, Clermont Ferrand, The BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh, Encounters and Sundance. 12 LFS graduates were selected for Palm Springs, 10 for Aesthetica and 14 for The London Short Film Festival.

In 2014 the School also launched the MA International Film Business, in partnership with University of Exeter, and welcomed the first cohort of 29 students.

Notable graduates (a selection)

The school's alumni include:

Honorary Associates

Sponsors and funders

External links

  • Official website
  • Some photos from LFS
  • Ben Gibson (the director of LFS) discusses the LFS
  • Leigh Launches LFS Appeal
  • The Independent: 50 years of the London Film School
  • London Film School conquers the world
  • More than just a way into the reel thing


  1. ^ Bob Dunbar at the Internet Movie Database,
  2. ^ Official Website, London Film School. Last accessed June 2007.

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