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.)

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, Filmmaking Certificate Student

The staff are all lovely and helpful, the tutors are knowledgeable, patient and approachable and the equipment we used was just amazing. A special thanks to Lincoln, who helped us throughout this whole experience: I never thought it would be possible to learn so much in such little time. Will definitely be back for more courses in the future!


Ness, Filmmaking Certificate Student

The working environment was absolutely wonderful, I worked with kind, supportive and caring people from all over the world who accepted me fully both as a person and as an artist.


Michael Baram, Filmmaking Certificate Student


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At London Film Academy, students are at the heart of everything we do and our priority is first and foremost the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and tutors.

Find out how the LFA is continuing to deliver practical courses safely



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


For in depth Visa information please visit our Visa page.



To apply online please click on the course date below.

  • 06 September 2021 - 01 October 2021
    Course Fee: £ 2,200

    FORMAT: 16MM



  • 11 October 2021 - 05 November 2021
    Course Fee: £ 2,200 ( Early Bird Discount: £1,950 instead of £2,200 if booked by 06 Sep 2021 )



  • 15 November 2021 - 10 December 2021
    Course Fee: £ 2,200 ( Early Bird Discount: £1,950 instead of £2,200 if booked by 04 Oct 2021 )


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