Education and Training
There is a large number of organisations offering training in filmmaking and related areas in the UK. Apart from courses in full time education, many organisations offer professional, vocational training for freelance technicians and production crew. There are also a large number of courses aimed at producers and scriptwriters, and some for directors. Please check the websites of the various organisations listed on this site for further details of the current training they offer. Also check film festivals for initiatives (labs, conferences, courses etc) running during the festival period.
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Creative Skillset is the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council (SSC) which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles. The Creative Skillset website includes extensive information on sectors and careers advice for those wishing to get in to the industry and those already working. The site has a database which gives information on thousands of training courses held around the UK from short courses to degrees, and courses aimed at new entrants to programmes for professionals. Creative Skillset also conducts consultation work with industry, publish research and strategic documents, runs funding schemes and project work, and provides information about the challenges that face the industry.
British Universities Film And Video Council (BUFVC)
The BUFVC Promotes the production, study and use of moving images and related media for higher and further education and research in the UK.
Film Education is the link between the UK film industry and the school education system. Its aim is to encourage and promote the use of Film and Cinema within the UK's National Curriculum. In addition to providing a wide range of free educational materials, Film Education organises workshops, seminars and an annual National Schools Film Week. Central to its work is the belief that studying film in the classroom can develop visual literacy and analytical skills.
First Light Movies
First Light is a UK wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people aged up to 25. It identifies talented young people from a wide range of backgrounds and enable them to achieve their potential through targeted training activities, led by film and media industry professionals that develop creative and technical production skills, as well as a range of ‘life skills’. First Light is unique in offering realistic progression routes for talented young people to find employment in the creative sector by working closely with industry partners.
Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring scheme. The programme supports upcoming filmmakers through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities. The scheme is open to writers, directors and producers who are already active in the industry and developing a career in features.
John Brabourne Awards
The John Braebourne awards are named after one of the UK’s most prolific producers. The awards aim to support emerging talent to develop their careers in the film and TV industries. There are awards supported by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and awards sponsored by various industry companies and organisations.
The London Film School (LFS)
The London Film School is an international graduate school established in 1956. LFS offers MA programmes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting and Film Curating, as well as an expanding range of short professional development courses. It is one of three UK centres of excellence, accredited as Skillset Film Academies.
As part of its aim to strengthen Europe’s audiovisual industry the MEDIA Programme supports over 60 different training activities. In addition MEDIA Mundus, the European Commission's new international co-operation programme, supports initiatives including training courses, which strengthen cultural and commercial relations in the audiovisual industry between Europe and professionals of non-European countries.
Met Film School
Met Film School is part of the Met Film group consisting of the school, Met Film Production and Met Film Post. Unlike any other film school they are completely integrated within the film industry. Met Film Production develops and produces a number of feature films each year and Met Film Post is a leading post-production business, specialising in end-to-end sound and picture post.
National Film & Television School (NFTS)
The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is one of the world's leading film and TV schools and a recognised centre of excellence. Established in 1971, the School offers post-graduate degrees in 14 specialist disciplines from an MA in Animation Direction, Cinematography, Fiction Direction and Documentary to Digital Effects, Games Design and TV Entertainment. NFTS degrees are validated by the Royal College of Art (RCA) and accredited by Creative Skillset.
Founded in 1992, Raindance combines innovative film training, a major film festival and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards in its role covering all aspects of independent filmmaking in the UK. In 2007 Raindance.tv was launched to showcase quality independent cinema. Currently Raindance.tv can be seen on 10 platforms in over 100 countries.
The Script Factory
Established in 1996, The Script Factory is one of Europe’s leading script development companies providing bespoke training and script development services in the UK and to agrowing number of international clients.