Into Film and London Film School Filmmaking Academy

This summer holidays, be one of sixty 13-17 year-olds  to be introduced to the entire process of filmmaking, from script to screen.

Guided by film industry professionals, your story ideas will be developed into a script and films will be shot on a set in our film school studio. After working on the films in the edit suites the final results will be projected on the cinema screen. 

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Over seven action-packed days you will be introduced to the different craft areas – directing, producing, cinematography, sound recording, editing and more! You will receive hands-on practical training in each of these disciplines and fulfil at least one of these roles on the studio shoot.  

The 4th edition of Filmmaking Academy will be held at Spotlight -


All the films will be screened at a celebratory screening in Tower Hamlets at the end of the summer holidays. This is a chance for participants to invite their family and friends to see their work on the big screen. 

The skills learnt during the Academy will enable participants to make their own films and provide an excellent starting point for further film education or a career in the industry. 

Your relationship with The London Film School will continue long after the summer ends. Each participant will have the option of being assigned a mentor – either a recent alumni or current student from our MA Filmmaking programme – who they can meet one-on-one three times over the next six months to discuss any filmmaking topics; this could be to chat about the script for your next film, or to review the edit of your latest film, or even some career advice. 

All participants will also be invited to a special Next Steps workshop during the Autumn half-term where industry professionals will deliver masterclasses offering practical advice on how to get started, career progression etc. 

Applications are now open. Apply online here

If you would prefer to be interviewed over the phone, please contact David Anderson to arrange this:

The Filmmaking Academy is supported by Into Film who help teachers and educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. The wider Into Film programme includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs, resources for use in clubs and in the classroom, training opportunities, a cinema-based film festival and annual Awards. Their extensive offer has been designed to meet the needs of all four nations in the UK, find out more at

“We are excited to be announcing the launch of the Into Film Summer School, which will enable young people who might not otherwise receive such opportunities to experience the excitement of filmmaking, working alongside expert professionals.  Through this process they will develop a range of creative, technical and life skills, and will also be supported to continue their engagement through a range of progression opportunities. 

We are delighted to be working with partners across the UK who have the expertise and local links to connect with and support young people through an intensive project, and ensure a very high quality experience.”

 Paul Reeve, CEO, Into Film

Into Film is the UK’s leading organisation for film education. Into Film is supported by the BFI through the National Lottery.

How much is it? 

The Into Film & LFS Filmmaking Academy is FREE to anyone aged 13-17 years. Priority will be given to anyone living or studying in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

When is it?

The Academy is held over seven days; a Thursday and Friday, followed by Monday to Friday.

 It is compulsory for participants to attend every day.

There are three separate intakes (choose ONE):

Filmmaking Academy 1:  28th July - 5th August  (excluding weekend)

Filmmaking Academy 2:  4th August - 12th August (excluding weekend)

Filmmaking Academy 3:  11th August - 19th August (excluding weekend)

Teaching will be between 10.30am – 16.30 every day.


Filmmaking Academy 4: 18th - 26th August (excluding weekend)

Held at SpotlightTeaching will be between 12.00 am – 17.00 every day.


There will be up to twenty participants per intake.

Where is it?

The Academy will take place at The London Film School, in Covent Garden.

Our address is 24 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9UB. (Map)

Nearest stations: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn.

Filmmaking Academy 4 will be held at Spotlight, 30 Hay Currie Street, London E14 6GN

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What about food and travel?

Lunch is provided on Academy 1, 2 and 3. Snacks will be available during the breaks.  

Chaperoned travel via tube/DLR will be available between The London Film School and a designated meeting place in Tower Hamlets on Academy 1, 2 and 3.

Travel bursaries are available to help towards travel costs. Please apply for this separately once you have been offered a place.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements

The Academy is only open to anyone aged between 13-17 years. Priority will be given to anyone living/studying in the borough of Tower Hamlets.

No previous filmmaking experience is necessary. All we ask is that you’re enthusiastic! Our online application process will give you the opportunity to demonstrate this enthusiasm.

If you have any further questions please get in touch with our Outreach Manager, David Anderson: