Independent Filmmaking

Fully funded and partially funded places available

Designed for those who have completed the Certificate in Independent Filmmaking, this intensive 9 week course will provide additional hands-on training in professional independent filmmaking, and will prepare you for a career in the screen industries, or further education.

During the programme you will write and direct your own final film with the support and guidance of your industry professional tutors.

Programme Overview

Students will complete a script and have various pre-production meetings with the course leader and the CFS Production Manager. In this approximately 3 month module, the first month will focus on key refresher technical workshops on camera, sound & lighting as well as directing. The second month will focus on intensive pre-production period where producing, scheduling, casting, locations, costume and production design elements will need to be prepared for the shoot period which will be 2 days filming for each student. There is small budget given for each film. The final month will focus on post production and completion of films.

Programme Facts

9 weeks

10th Jan 2022

11th June 2022





Student Story


If I am going to be a Director or Producer, I need to know what all the roles are, not just from a technical level, but from experience of having done the roles and this what I have gotten from my course here. Its great because you not only get a taste, but you get thrown right in and you keep paddling in order to create a good film.

Carlton Tufnell,

Six Month Independent Filmmaking

Course Outline


The first week of the course builds upon the skills learnt in the Certificate in Independent Filmmaking. 


During the second week of the course students receive a refresher and more intensive series of practical workshops on several aspects of camera, sound and lighting.


During this week students will go into pre-production for their own and their classmates films. This includes one-to-one meetings with the Course Leader and Production Manager.


Lights, Camera and Action - students go into their shoot periods, directing their own short film and crewing for their classmates.  


During this period, students will go into post production, including sound, colour grading and editing. On the final day students are invited to bring their family and friends to the première screening of their film.

Entry Requirements

Completion of the Certificate in Independent Filmmaking

The Advanced Certificate in Independent Filmmaking course is for students aged 18+. This intensive course requires passion and dedication. It is a chance to experience real filmmaking with industry leading tutors and facilities as you write and direct your own short film.


Tuition Fee


Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

Dennis Morrison

I’m probably the last generation to be taught traditional editing skills. Splicing bits of film together with a blade and sticky tape seems archaic now, but this was the perfect grounding for my adventure in storytelling.
My post-production and editing work has spanned music and dance videos, TV and independent short films. For over 10 years I’ve been teaching editing on workshops and courses.
I became a spokesperson for independent filmmakers due to my progressive views on video distribution. This led to being invited to international film festivals, including Cannes, and speaking about audience building and monetisation at various events.

Dennis Morrison,