scholarships at london film academy, filmmaker bursaries, film student funds

Fees and Funding

In a continuing effort to provide cultural and social diversity within London Film Academy (LFA), we offer our own scholarships, half scholarships and work opportunities. We promote inclusion and these financial aids provide students who LFA consider have demonstrated a high standard of work and work ethic, but to whom do not have the financial means necessary, to gain entry into our prestigious academy.

If you are applying for our scholarships or team assistant roles, you will need to show a credible need for financial assistance through documentation, along with a personal statement that explains your reasons for seeking this assistance.

Outlined here are a selection of our scholarships, half scholarships and team assistant (freelance) opportunities available within LFA.



BAFTA UK Scholarship Programme

The BAFTA UK Scholarship programme is open to all UK applicants, offering financial support to study on either our MA Filmmaking or MA Screenwriting courses.

Those accepted on the BAFTA Scholarship Programme can receive between £5,000 to £12,000 towards the annual course fee.

BAFTA scholars also receive mentoring support and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. 


Student Finance

You should be aware that London Film Academy is an Independent education provider.
This means that the maximum Tuition Fee Loan amount will be approximately £7,200 per year, if you study on our 2-year BA Filmmaking course. Please note therefore that this loan does not cover the full tuition fee.

For UK Residents only

Student Finance will provide £7,200 per year of Student Loans to LFA students, and typical maintenance grants of at least £3,000 per year if not means tested for UK residents. 

Half Scholarships

LFA offer two scholarship positions with half price tuition places which amount to a reduction in costs of £9,500 per year. These places are open to UK residents (including those already enrolled) who can clearly evidence that they are from a low socio-economic background. You will have to demonstrate this by submitting a 500-word statement that supports this claim, along with specific references listed, your employment history and any benefits or state subsidies that you receive.

For more information about applying for our half scholarship places for BA (Hons) Filmmaking 2023 intake, please contact our admissions team by emailing

Work opportunities

The LFA Runner Programme

The LFA Runner Programme is a developmental opportunity for LFA students who need financial assistance, enabling them to earn while studying. Runners, report to the Operations & Facilities Manager and can earn up to £3,500, working flexibly over an academic year.

What does a Runner do?

Runners will work across LFA on an ad-hoc basis throughout the week. Activities may include duties such as:

  • Working with our Front of House Team to welcome students and visitors to LFA.
  • Providing tours of the building to prospective students.
  • Working with our Production and Post-Production teams.
  • Assisting during shoots, and setting up and maintaining the Edit Lab suites.
  • Assisting our Marketing Team with LFA events and promotional activities, including generating relevant marketing content and maintenance of all studios, including stock checking of all film kits and consumables.

You are eligible to apply for the programme if:

  • You have accepted an offer or are already enrolled on a BA, MA or Diploma course at LFA for the upcoming academic year.
  • You require financial assistance to attend the course. i.e., for the BA course this can be evidenced by being eligible or in receipt of the partial tuition fees loan of £7,200 per year accessed via Student Finance England.
  • You are a British or Irish citizen or have the right to work in the UK on a freelance basis and / or be registered as a sole trader.
  • Have a genuine interest in a variety of film disciplines.

How to apply?

Applications for these roles open during the summer term, prior to the next academic year and applications will not be accepted before this time. To apply you will need to send an email direct to Admissions (with ‘LFA Runner Application’ in the subject line) with an up-to-date CV and supporting statement. Your statement should demonstrate why you require financial assistance, why you feel you are the right student for this role and how you feel your skill set and experiences to date will benefit the LFA Runner Programme. Successful candidates will be invited to an interview.



Skills Passport courses

ScreenSkills offer Skills Passport, a simple online tool designed to help TV professionals navigate the spectrum of short courses available to them. Working with industry representatives, ScreenSkills identify great short courses which equip learners with industry-standard skills that could benefit you and your career in the long run. You can browse a full list of Skills Passport courses that LFA offer here: Skills passport recognised LFA courses. A range of these courses may also be eligible for the ScreenSkills bursaries.

ScreenSkills bursaries

ScreenSkills offer a range of training funds for freelancers who has been accepted or booked onto a Skills Passport course. You can apply for a bursary to support up to £1,000, or 80% of the training costs (whichever is smaller). Find out more here

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

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, this 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, UKCISA serves the interest of international students by offering guidance on living in the UK, visas, and 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

Film and TV Charity
Formally '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, which also includes The John Brabourne Awards. This is aimed at helping professionals to establish and improve their careers if they have been disadvantaged in some way.

Swedish Loan and Grant programme  
There are grants available for Swedish students to cover course fees and living costs for studies in the UK. 

Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Spain

The spanish government website for Spanish students covers such information as studying, employment and emigration, along with details of grants available to Spanish students. 

Charles Wallace Trust, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma  
The Wallace Trusts offers funding options to students from the countries listed above to help with living costs and educational development in the UK.


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