Why Screen and Film School
Our five-year guarantee
When you graduate from Screen and Film School, you remain a part of our community, with all the benefits this brings for a period of up to 5 years. Our extensive network of industry contacts will support and inform your successful progression into your chosen career path, and we continue to work to support you after you have left.
We have created an alumni community which will provide you with access to industry, opportunities to attend a wide range of events and forums and enjoy life long membership of our Linkedin Screen and Film School Alumni Community. As well as career support, you will be able to benefit from discounts on our short professional courses, to ensure you remain up-to-date with the latest developments, or should you wish to expand your skills set.
Our alumni play an active part of film school, in supporting, engaging and recruiting from the next generation of filmmakers, membership of the alumni community brings with it opportunity, as well access to fellow graduate professionals and new emerging talent. A continuous cycle of industry professionals, communicating, collaborating and evolving.
Industry networking events, supported by our 50+ industry companies and professionals
Screen and Film School Alumni Community LinkedIn membership
Dedicated Industry Liaison Manager and team
Screen and Film School has fantastic links with professional companies and our industry partners Panavision and Panalux support us in the loan and donation of high-end kit.
We have the very best industry standard kit such as modern LED-light fixtures, high-end equipment from leading brands such as the Arri Alexa, Red Gemini, Sony PSW-FX9 & Canon C500 MKII, as well as a selection of modern mirrorless DSLRs.
At the heart of every film school site are fully working sets with lighting rigs and flats. The sets are flexible spaces that can be dressed and adapted to the requirements of each shoot, working alongside our Art Department to create your perfect scene.
We pride ourselves on being one of the very few education providers to teach you on both digital and film cameras. Ranging from the Super 16mm to 35mm (the Arriflex SR3 Super 16mm) and the Panavision Panaflex Gold II (35mm), students will have the option to choose which film format will best serve their film. All our film stock is processed at Pinewood Studios by Kodak- the same processors who have worked on world-famous features.
Throughout your course, you’ll learn in our spacious teaching rooms and cutting-edge Mac Labs. Our industry lecturers are also experts in every single element of industry tech (from software to equipment) and will always be on hand to help you upskill, improve and ultimately reach your filmmaking aspirations. The film school’s editing software includes Final Cut Pro X and Adobe.
Brighton is a wonderful cosmopolitan city for a filmmaker. With breath-taking locations on your doorstep such as the beach, the South Downs countryside and a range of vibrant nightlife hot spots, Brighton is one of the most colourful and creative cities to live in the UK. Our two sites are in a central location in Brighton. Less than a 10-minute walk from the train station and around the corner from the popular Lanes, which are filled with bustling restaurants and bars, Screen and Film School is surrounded by captivating culture.
Manchester is a city which constantly feels on the verge of something exciting, revolutionary. Generally known for the proud swagger and sense of humour of its locals, it’s most famous exports include Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle, countless game-changing bands such as The Smiths, Oasis and Elbow, as well as of course those world-famous football teams who play in the red and blue shirts… Whatever your taste, whoever you are, Manchester prides itself as a city anyone can call home.
Birmingham, the city of reinvention, transforming itself from an industrial heritage into a vibrant, young and creative hub for future talent. Statistics show the city is fast becoming the destination of choice for those wishing to escape the expense of London in terms of production and living, but still lead an affordable cosmopolitan lifestyle.
At Screen and Film School, all our degree courses have been developed on a foundation of industry engagement and employability opportunities. We’re dedicated to providing the skills, experience, contacts and confidence needed to thrive in the film industry.
Employability is our key focus, and we are committed to providing directional support into the world of work, thereby supplying the industry with a diverse and consistent talent pipeline. During your time with us you will build a portfolio of work, a network of contacts and evidence of industry placements, allowing for a smooth transition into your future career.
You will visit film festivals, studios and industry events to discover and encounter the very latest in production technology and get hands-on experience testing out the best equipment possible.
Paid Work Opportunities
Companies and clients often reach out to Screen and Film School students offering paid work opportunities. This means you will benefit from professional engagement, build your CV, and get a feel for the industry before you even graduate.
Live Project Briefs
Students can also work for real clients during their time at Screen and Film School, which will provide them with the chance to work to deadlines, understand professional requirements, overcome problems, and deliver the final product – with an emphasis placed on engagement and motivation.
Learn to navigate the international film festival circuit and online outlets in order to maximise opportunities and generate awareness for your films. Graduating students can apply for our Film Festival Fund and independent filmmakers host Masterclasses on the application process. Students’ films are submitted for a number of festivals and awards, including GSA BAFTA Student Awards, CINECITY Open Category, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and David Thomas Student Awards.
Each year, our students benefit from various in-house networking events with our industry partners, as well as exclusive access to expert panels and alumni mentors. These provide great opportunities to build upon current and future projects and to discuss career progression.
Benefits for Students
Companies participating in our industry placement programme will consider successful students for internships and jobs post-graduation, providing unique access to the industry and enabling a successful transition into work.
At Screen and Film School, we believe it’s important for you to be taught by film and television working professionals who each specialise in their own craft such as directing, cinematography, editing, camera operation and screenwriting.
Our friendly and experienced lecturers will help you develop all the practical filmmaking skills you need to succeed in your chosen career path in the film industry.
They will also provide you with exclusive opportunities to work on projects such as documentaries, feature films, short films and editing work – most of which is paid and creates a wonderful opportunity to start to build your filmmaking CV.
We are extremely lucky to have an extensive range of guest speakers attend the film school each year to share with our students their insight and experiences in the film industry. We are committed to our students developing in their chosen specialism, and we will work with you to arrange guest speakers either in a group or 1-1 scenario, who are working in the industry in that profession.
Previous guest speakers include:
- Director Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones, Succession)
- Writer/Director Stella Corradi (Killing Eve, Trigonometry)
- Director Andrew Hulme (The Devil Outside, Snow in Paradise, Victor Frankenstein)
- Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, It’s a Sin, Queer as Folk)
- Producer/Writer Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror, Screenwipe, Dead Set)
- Director Lucy Forbes (This is Going to Hurt, The End of the F***ing World, In My Skin)
- Cinematographer Fabian Wagner (Game of Thrones, The Crown, Sherlock, Justice League)
- Writer/Producer Laurie Nunn (Sex Education)
- Producer Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Sunshine)
- Actor/writer/comedian Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, Inside No. 9.)
- Cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting, Billy Elliot, Adulthood)
- Cinematographer Nick Gordon-Smith (Gallivant, This Filthy Earth and Seamonsters)
- 1st Assistant Director Lydia Currie (24, Rev, Ashes to Ashes, Jekyll & Hyde)
- Gaffer Ewan Cassidy (Paddington, 20,000 Days on Earth and Moon)
- BAFTA award-winning Animator Nina Gantz
- Producer Michele D’Acosta (Kurt & Courtney, Biggie and Tupac, Moonbug)
- Music video Director Wiz (Alexander McQueen, David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, Oasis, Chemical Brothers, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, Disclosure)
- Director Jamie Patterson screening his independent feature ‘Fractured’ plus Q&A along with the stars of the film; April Pearson (Skins) and Karl Davies (Game of Thrones)
- Simon Stolland (cinematographer/editor Shiro’s Story) delivering a personal masterclass on his career development and the phenomenal success he has achieved with his collaborative work with Rapman
- James Leighton-Burns (cinematographer/director)
- Gavin Shepherd (dubbing mixer Pixar)
- Writer Graham Duff (Ideal, Hebburn and Nebulous)
- CEO Big Talk Productions Kenton Allen
For questions on how Screen and Film School can prepare you for a career in film, or if you’d like more information on how to apply, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 602070 or email [email protected].