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The London Film School is the first established international School of film technique in the world, at 60 in October 2016. The School has contributed significantly to the development of film education in Britain and across the world. Rather than creating a national cinema, as so many government-funded schools have done, LFS from the outset fostered a broad, craft-based culture of excellence with students from more than 80 countries. At present, over 60% of the School's students are from outside the UK.
In October 1956, the Principal of the Heatherley School of Fine Art, Gilmore Roberts, set up a short course in filmmaking, but before the applicants could enroll, he found that his School had been sold from under him. He decided to continue the course independently, but could hardly have imagined that over sixty years later a thriving, international school, descended from this embryonic idea, would be working in a converted warehouse in Covent Garden, London.
After precarious early days, the School settled in Brixton as the 'London School of Film Technique.' It was set up around the belief that the future health of filmmaking in Britain could be promoted by properly designed formal training for people entering the industry, then run on a traditional apprenticeship basis. Since there was little sign of any official action to carry out these plans, a group of enthusiasts decided to take the traditional British way and constitute such a school.
The approach to the old School, through a gaunt passage and up winding brick stairs to a handful of rooms over shops in Electric Avenue, Brixton, was likened by an intrepid visitor to a set from "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari".
In the early 1960s, the School moved to Charlotte Street's premises in the West End and was renamed The London Film School. The 18th-century warehouse in Covent Garden, where the School has been since the mid-1960s, maintains a similarly dramatic and individual character. In 1974 the School was renamed as LIFS, the London International Film School., but reverted to The London Film School in 2001 and London Film School in 2017.
The original constitution, which remains in force, is very unusual. The School is a registered charity, a non-profit making company, limited by guarantee. All students become members of the Association, and, together with the other members, elect a board of governors on which they have representation. The board of governors has the overall responsibility for the management of the School. The previous Chairman was the internationally renowned director and LFS graduate Mike Leigh. The School has always been entirely independent and remains so following the validation of its courses by the University of Warwick and the University of Exeter. London Film School's current Chairman is Greg Dyke.
To celebrate the School's 50th anniversary in 2006, a microsite was created. The site contains a wealth of interviews with staff, ex-staff, and alumni.describing their experiences at the LFS, feelings, and hopes for the future of the School. There are also stills libraries and documents' archives: Visit the LFS Time-Tunnel. In 2016 The London Film School remained one of only a few remaining independent creative specialist conservatoires. We continue working hard to remain a leading center for film education.
LFS is built around a conservatoire model, providing a hothouse environment for intense creative work. Our MA programs in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, and International Film Business are recognized by Creative Skillset as the industry standard and at a level of professionalism that has delivered us the status of a Film Academy. We are one of only three such academies in the UK.
With our MA Filmmaking, there is no pre-specialization. Instead, we believe that to find your filmmaking voice; you need to understand filmmaking as a whole. You will experience and be provided with a full education in all the craft areas. The experience we offer here is built around the notion that filmmaking is a collaborative process, not a product. Our students engage across all disciplines, with their fellow students and staff. Our MA Screenwriting provides a unique opportunity to develop a full-length feature film script, with individual mentoring and guidance from industry mentors. Our screenwriting students have opportunities to work with our filmmaking students to make several short films across the year. In a fast-changing media landscape, the need to understand digital strategies and new funding models is addressed in our MA International Film Business; a course runs in conjunction with the University of Exeter. With modules in international finance, world cinema, and a field trip to the Berlin Film Festival, it prepares students for careers in programming, exhibition, and distribution.
At LFS, we nurture and respect the imagination of our students. We believe it is important to experiment, challenge conventions, explore new modes of storytelling, and find new ways to connect with audiences. Through this, we can set up a dynamic dialogue with the screen industries and shape and influence the future. Our staff and visiting lecturers are connected to the UK and global industries, bringing their experiences into the everyday practice of teaching here at LFS. We balance the mastering of technical skills with the creative development of ideas. Alongside that, you will also engage with the new challenges facing screen storytellers in an ever-changing landscape. We apply that same imagination and experimentation to thinking about new business models and how to develop your career as an independent filmmaker.
We also look to the future. Our graduates have gone on to make substantial contributions to world cinema and global storytelling. Going forward, we expect no less, but now the playing field is more significant. Outside of cinema, we see our storytellers and our filmmakers working on television and across new platforms. As film and television converge, as new platforms emerge, our graduates will confidently explore how to adapt their skills and expertise in filmmaking to tell compelling stories in any medium, on any platform, in any place.

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