Independent Filmmaking

Fully funded and partially funded places available

Following the completion of the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking course, students can choose to progress onto this Certificate in Independent Filmmaking. This 6 week programme is designed to further develop and enhance your technical skills, and prepare you for the Advanced Certificate in Independent Filmmaking.

Students will work towards their own short film while gaining experience in multiple production roles.

Programme Overview

Students will have the opportunity to write and direct their own short film with 2 actors. Over the course of 6 weeks, students will build skills in directing through workshops as well as enhance their technical skills in camera operating, cinematography, lighting and sound. Students will work on each other’s shoots and when not directing their own film, they will rotate through the various production roles to get a realistic experience of working in industry within key roles.

Programme Facts

6 weeks

1st November 2021





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 Practical Filmmaking. 


During the second week of the course students receive a more intensive series of practical workshops on several aspects of film production, including producing, cinematography, sound, lighting and casting. Students are giving intensive training and tutorials with equipment in the studio to prepare them for their film shoot. 


In the third week students undertake pre-production for the shoots. This includes continuity prep and set building. 


Lights, Camera and Action - during week 4 students go into their shoot periods, directing their own short film and crewing for their classmates.  


In week 5 students review their rushes and begin editing.


In the final week students will continue editing as they have entered the post-production phase of their course. 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 Practical Filmmaking

The Certificate in Independent Filmmaking course is for students aged 18+ who have successfully completed the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking Programme. This intensive six-week course requires passion and dedication. It is a chance to experience real filmmaking with industry leading tutors and facilities as you work towards writing and directing your own short film.


Tuition Fee


Funded Places Available

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,