Funding Your Studies

LFA Funding for the Filmmaking Diploma

Our financial assistance, in the form of Scholarships and Bursaries, has been set up to promote cultural and social diversity within LFA and is available for our Filmmaking Diploma course only. These Scholarships and Bursaries are available to students whom the LFA consider to have demonstrated a high standard of work and work ethic through their supporting materials and interview, and whose financial circumstances would otherwise not permit attendance on the course. If you are applying for a Scholarship or a Bursary you must show a credible need for financial assistance through documentation and include a Personal Statement explaining reasons why you would like our financial assistance.

LFA Financially Assisted Places
There is one partial scholarship available and a number of Bursary placements available per Filmmaking Diploma intake. These positions are given on merit and at LFA's discretion. For further information please contact our Admissions Leader on +44 (0) 207 3867711 or email

LFA Pioneers Award
The LFA Pioneers Award is aimed at emerging filmmakers from the UK/EU. We are offering one full scholarship (worth £23,000) on the LFA’s 12-month practical Filmmaking Diploma commencing on 7 May 2018. Applicants will be required to provide supporting materials to demonstrate their potential by 1 February 2018. A chosen applicant will be decided at the LFA’s discretion. For further information please contact our Admissions Leader on +44 (0) 207 3867711 or email


NB. Please check the below websites for up-to-date details as funding terms and conditions may have changed since publishing.

Career Development Loans (CDL) -
Available for £300 to £10,000 through national banks including Barclays, who, our students tell us, is the most cooperative/efficient bank.

EdAid -
EdAid is a peer-to-peer lending platform that connects students looking to borrow the funds needed for their Higher Education with the community (Lenders) who are motivated to support the students. EdAid itself does not itself lend money to borrowers. EdAid is a social enterprise whose mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable education funding system, which aims to reduce the cost for students, broaden access to education and enable the community to get behind the students they believe in.

Skillset's Craft and Technical Film Funding for Training -
Creative Skillset manages a range of training funds contributed to by industry and public sources. Craft and technical film funds for training enable you to access up to a maximum of £800 if you are a freelancer and up to £500 if you are an employee.

Creative England -
These funds are open to individuals based in the English regions only.

Hotcourses -
This comprehensive guide from Hotcourses and UCAS outlines how to plan and organise your finances, including a searchable database to find out if you are eligible for funding.

British Council -
An excellent and comprehensive guide to sources of funding for EU and International students. Also includes a useful guide outlining information about living and studying in the UK.

UK Council for International Student Affairs -
An informative site for UK and International students, with guidance on living in the UK, visas, funding your studies. This site does not provide funding directly.

Chevening Scholarships -
This is a scheme set up to help International students studying in the UK with a view to using the skills they have learnt to benefit their country on return. This is available in over 100 countries. You can find out more about the application process here.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund -
This is a unique charity of the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, including all aspects of production, distribution and exhibition. The John Brabourne Awards help professionals to establish and improve their careers if they have been disadvantaged in some way.

Swedish Loan and Grant programme -
Grants available for Swedish students to cover course fees and living costs for studies in the UK.

Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Spain -
This is a useful government website for Spanish students, covering such information as studying, employment and emigration, with details of grants available to Spanish students.

Charles Wallace Trust, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma -
Funding available to students from the countries listed above to help with living costs and educational development in the UK.