Screen and Film School Brighton host official launch event for Brighton Film Studios

1 June, 2022

Screen and Film School Brighton recently marked the official launch of its newest filmmaking facility, Brighton Film Studios, with a celebratory event attended by students, staff and film industry specialists.

The exclusive event showcased the studios’ industry standard filmmaking facilities and gave current third-year filmmaking students the opportunity to expand their professional network and introduce themselves to the Film School’s official industry partners, many of whom were seeing the newest facility for the very first time.


Attendees were welcomed by student ambassadors and treated to a selection of complimentary refreshments before College Principal, Itziar Leighton, officially opened the studios with an upbeat speech and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, before attendees were invited for guided tours around the 11,000 square foot space.

Speaking to reporters from Brighton and Sussex news outlet, The Argus, Itziar said of the launch:

“We have searched long and hard for the appropriate film studio space that is worthy of our students and their aspirations. I am delighted to say we have now achieved this and look forward to the many productions which will be shot here. Brighton Film Studios will become an asset to the city, and hopefully encourage even more creative media productions in Brighton.

This launch event was also a fantastic opportunity to officially unveil our facilities to our many film and TV industry partners and we are so glad to see so many of our final year filmmaking students taking advantage of this chance to network with them.

This city played such an important part in the early development of filmmaking and cinematography in the 1890s, along with The Duke of York picture house operating since 1910. It’s only right we now have a film lot located in the heart of the city.”

Inside film studio of with camera and set

To add to the celebrations, the Principal also took the opportunity to officially announce plans for an additional space which will house technical facilities for two new courses – BA (Hons) Production Design for Screen and Film and BA (Hons) Hair & Make-up for Screen and Film.

This news means there has never been a better time to be a student at Screen and Film School Brighton and we look forward to seeing the effect these new courses have on the production value of our student film projects.

Alex Kalymnios

The launch was also attended by one of the Film School’s official patrons, episodic Director, Alex Kalymnios, whose previous TV credits include ‘The 100’, ‘Titans’, ‘Timeless’ and ‘Becoming Human’. Alex advised students to use the new facilities to experiment, play and hone their filmmaking skills in a safe space before entering the film industry as graduates.

Another college patron, Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, was unable to attend in person due to being on a location scouting session in Rome with actor/director Angelina Jolie. However, he sent his best wishes to all at the event via an inspiring pre-recorded video, in which he introduced some fellow filmmakers from Ukraine.

The launch of Brighton Film Studios was a great success and Screen and Film School Brighton are incredibly excited to see what fantastic productions our students will create using this wonderful new facility.



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