London Film Academy

Filmmaking Certificate

Are you new to filmmaking? This intensive short course is the only one of its kind to provide the opportunity to shoot on either Arriflex Super 16mm film (‘First Man’, 'Bait', ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Black Swan’) or the professional standard digital camera, the Arri Alexa/Amira. In four weeks, you will take a film project from script to screen, gaining a comprehensive and invaluable grounding in the essential filmmaking principles and learn the cutting edge skills that equip you for an entry-level job in film or TV.

Work hands-on with current industry professionals offering high tutor to student ratios and over 30 hours of teaching each week. All our tutors are experts in their fields and include award-winning directors and producers. (NB. Preferential Early Bird rates for bookings made in advance, make this the best value 4-week filmmaking course currently available.)

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“The Certificate course is absolutely brilliant!  Experienced and knowledgeable teachers, very nice technical background and amazing support from the team. I got a month of real hands on experience and felt that everything I learnt will be useful in the industry...”  Kornélia Kiss



4 weeks, 20 consecutive weekdays
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (plus additional hours incl. evenings and weekends)

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 Digital: Arri Alexa/Amira. Collaborating with fellow students, actors and tutors builds 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:

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Casting and Auditioning
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Editing (Adobe Premiere)

Practical exercises will demonstrate:

  • Key lighting techniques
  • Directing professional actors
  • Handling Arriflex Super 16mm film equipment or Arri Alexa/Amira digital equipment
  • Understanding production organisation 

Your finished films are showcased in the LFA cinema and you will receive a certificate of completion and a YouTube showreel link after you have graduated.
Course Goals

  • Experience of a variety of on-set roles on student films under tutor supervision
  • Understand the entire filmmaking process by working collaboratively to make a film using Super 16mm film or digital equipment.

Want to devote more time to filmmaking? Students who successfully complete our Filmmaking Certificate receive fast-track entry onto our intensive Filmmaking Diploma and will save up to £2,200 on course fees.

  • All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate
  • Minimum age 18


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To apply online please click on the course date below.

  • 29 June 2020 - 24 July 2020
    Course Fee: £ 2,200

    FORMAT: Digital

  • 27 July 2020 - 21 August 2020
    Course Fee: £ 2,200 ( Early Bird Discount: £1,950 instead of £2,200 if booked by 15 Jun 2020 )

    FORMAT: Digital

  • 07 September 2020 - 02 October 2020
    Course Fee: £ 2,200 ( Early Bird Discount: £1,950 instead of £2,200 if booked by 27 Jul 2020 )

    FORMAT: 16mm Film

  • 12 October 2020 - 06 November 2020
    Course Fee: £ 2,200 ( Early Bird Discount: £1,950 instead of £2,200 if booked by 31 Aug 2020 )

    FORMAT: Digital

  • 16 November 2020 - 11 December 2020
    Course Fee: £ 2,200 ( Early Bird Discount: £1,950 instead of £2,200 if booked by 05 Oct 2020 )

    FORMAT: Digital

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