Documentary Filmmaker's Toolkit

Gain an overview of documentary filmmaking in the UK in our weekend course designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the industry, looking at: festivals, broadcasters, funding bodies, electronic bulletins, and resource reference points.

This two day course will equip you with skills for budget planning and management through to practical workshops on how to shoot and edit your documentary for greatest impact.


Duration: 2 days, weekend
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00

Join us for a weekend and leave with an essential toolkit to start developing your own documentary projects.

You gain an overview of documentary filmmaking in the UK to provide you with a thorough understanding of the industry, looking at: festivals, broadcasters, funding bodies, electronic bulletins, and resource reference points. Over the weekend you look at the paperwork associated with documentary filmmaking with particular focus on the treatment and video press kit as well as contracts, scheduling, release forms and insurance policies. London Film Academy gives you samples of essential filmmaking paperwork so that you can use them to write your own project documents during and following the course.

Sessions cover budget management skills, focusing on decisions about crew size, camera format, sound set up, length of shoot, post production.

Practical workshops explore how to film your documentary: including camera and sound set ups, other equipment requirements and how to shoot for the edit, before looking at the editing process including: the offline edit, getting to a locked picture, music, sound mix, track laying, grading and on lining for broadcast.

Our tutors provide industry-relevant advice on pitching your ideas to industry while ensuring you understand the distribution and exhibition process.

Course Goals

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the entire documentary filmmaking process
  • Have examples of industry-standard documents to use to develop your own project’s paperwork
  • Understand the budgeting process
  • Understand how to shoot and edit your documentary for the greatest impact.
  • Understand how to work with sales agents, festivals and press to promote and distribute your work

While on the course and for one month after you will receive complementary membership with LFA networking Filmmaker's Club.

For further information email or call LFA on +44 (0)207 386 7711 to book your place over the phone with a credit/debit card.

NB.  LFA Filmmaker's Club members fee: £190

Now you've got the toolkit why not put it into practice? Join our 5 day Documentary Foundation course to go deeper into factual filmmaking or join one month Documentary Certificate to get behind the camera and shoot a short documentary.


To book your place on this course please:
Apply online or Apply by post/fax, print out the application form and post to London Film Academy, 52A Walham Grove, London, SW6 1QR, email or fax to 0207 381 6116. As soon as we've received your application we’ll send you a confirmation email containing payment details. Please check your ‘Junk Mail’ folder if you appear to have not received this email.


  • All applicants must be fluent in English (English Language level: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)
  • Minimum age 18

All international students from outside the EEA (non-EU countries) must obtain a Short-Term Study Visa to enter the UK. The UK government has introduced a Points Based System for Immigration that has several ‘Tiers’ (the Student Tier, Tier 4came into force on 31 March 2009). 

You can check if you need a visa by visiting the UK BORDER AGENCY website. You can also check with the British Embassy or Consulate in your own country or, if there is not one where you live, in a neighbouring country.

Visa applications can be a lengthy process and therefore it is advisable to apply well in advance of your planned trip.

For students studying on a course of 6 months or less (i.e. LFA Certificates, Foundations and Specialised courses)

STEP 1 - Application

Submit your Application Form 

STEP 2 – Course Fees
Your letter of acceptance, which you need in order to apply for your student visitor visa, can only be issued once you have met all of the admissions criteria for the course you are applying for and we have received your full course fees.

STEP 3 – Acceptance

Once we’ve received your full course fees we can issue you with a letter of acceptance, which you can use to apply for your student visitor visa. In order to issue your letter of acceptance we will require:

  1.  A scanned copy or high quality photograph of your passport
  2. Your passport number
  3. Your name as it appears on your passport
  4. Your nationality
  5. Your home address
  6. The address you will be staying whilst studying in the UK

NB: Do not travel to the UK if you wish to study without first obtaining the correct student visa. If you enter the UK under a short-term study visa or the incorrect student visa, you will not be able to switch this to the relevant visa without first returning to your home country.

London Film Academy has been reviewed by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) for Educational Oversight.



To apply online please click on the course date below.

There are no set dates for this course at the moment.

Please register your interest with us and we will contact you as soon as a date has been set for this course

Alternatively please call us on +44 (0) 20 7386 7711 or email us for more information.

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