First Film Summer School - Why Choose LFS?

Choosing where to train is a big decision, especially at the start of your career. Here are five reasons why people pick LFS.

1. Global

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LFS is a world-renowned institution, and studying here is guaranteed to be an international experience.

Our first Summer School took place with Udayan Prasad in 2012. Since then 91 filmmakers have taken part in our summer programmes, representing 38 countries in total (view full-size map). Add to this list the tutors, cast and crew and the global mix is even broader. Many stay in touch once the summer school has finished, with some even going on to create projects together.

2. Inclusive

50% of summer school participants between 2012 and 2016 were female filmmakers. This statistic is well above the global industry average for film.

Adults of any age can attend a Summer School at LFS. Students on Udayan Prasad's Directing Summer School have ranged from early twenties to 64 years old (average, 31 years). Meanwhile, our First Film Summer School with Jonas Grimås is geared specifically towards those aged 18-22 years.

From those with no experience who are just starting out, to those who have found their way into the industry and decided to pursue it seriously - we will always endeavour to make your next step a reality.

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3. Immersive

Your two weeks at LFS are very precious. We believe in making every moment, and every penny of your investment, count. You will eat, sleep and breathe the Summer School for the entire 13 days. It’s our job to send you away exhausted – in the very best way possible! Click here for a detailed breakdown of what you'll be doing each day.

4. Location

By choosing LFS, you're choosing to study in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Pick any week of the year and there are probably more films showing for London’s 8.6 million inhabitants than in any other capital city. Our school is situated in the centre, in Covent Garden, within walking distance of West End cinemas and theatres, the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the British Film Institute Library, the BFI Southbank, the Tate Modern and, even closer, Wardour Street in Soho, nerve centre of the British Film Industry.

Our summer programmes are intense, and you'll need your days off for relaxation. With London on your doorstep you'll never be short of options.

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5. Supportive

Will the LFS Summer School be your first time in London? Perhaps it will be your first experience of living in any big city, or even your first trip abroad. If so you're no doubt feeling a mixture of excitement, and trepidation! Fear not - we have lots of people on hand to advise, guide and look after you.

Your first enquiry - whether it's by phone or by email - is likely to be dealt with by Carolyn, who runs the workshops department. Once here you'll also get to meet our Summer School Production Manager, and of course, Jonas. Together we are a team whose job it is to make your time at LFS a big success. Go on, ask us a question!    

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