MA International Film Business - Course Overview

The world class graduate degree that puts you right inside the international film business

The MA International Film Business unites the London Film School, the world’s key postgraduate filmmaking school, with the University of Exeter’s Film department and Business School. The marriage brings together unique film production and market expertise and exceptional research and teaching on film culture and history. This MA combines high level teaching skills with a unique practitioner-driven industry access program, providing students with the key business tools and contacts needed to build a career in film.

Unlike existing film-related degrees, this new MA explores the entire film business, embracing world and national cinema(s), non-Hollywood independent film production, financing, sales, distribution and marketing, alongside programming, exhibition and digital strategies for the future.

The ambitious team behind the MAIFB is dedicated to training a new generation of both producers and executives that will bring both excellence and innovation into the film industry beyond Hollywood. By analyzing the horizontal and vertical structures that shape the film industry, in tandem with changing patterns of users and digital technology, this course explores both the existing international film industry while also embracing the current high levels of disruption and restructuring.

Taught in London and the South-West, the MAIFB includes a networking placement program; industry mentoring supported by an advisory committee of leading UK and European film industry professionals; a research trip to the Berlin Film Festival; and an opportunity to work on an LFS graduation film as a producer.

Programme Directors:
The MAIFB programme is co-directed by Angus Finney of The London Film School and Professor Will Higbee at the University of Exeter. Angus is author of The International Film Business and a key authority on the sector. Together they will personally guide each student on how to maximize this intensive year that will take each candidate beyond the course and into the reality of working in the international film industry.

Members of the Advisory Group include Camilla Bray, David Garrett, Hilary Davis, Keith Northrop, Lee Magiday, Louisa Dent, Mike Goodridge, Peter Watson, Stephen Woolley, Steve Jenkins, Sue Bruce-Smith and Terry Illot.

Full course information and application details on the University of Exeter website here.