Sparks Film School Balham

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At Sparks Film School Balham, we love to inspire the next generation of young filmmakers

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Welcome to Sparks Film School Balham

Sparks Film School Balham is a youth film school for ages 5-18, based in Balham, South West London.

Sparks Film School Balham is our original base, where the first spark of film magic started in 2010.

We welcome young filmmakers from Balham, Battersea, Clapham, Tooting, Wandsworth and all over South West London to supercharge their skills and realise their potential.

Our youth filmmaking courses are based at La Retraite School, Atkins Road, Clapham Park, SW12 0AB.

Youth Filmmaking Courses for Ages 5-18

Specialist film courses for young filmmakers based in Balham SW12

Holiday Camps & Short Courses

Make fun and vibrant youth film productions during school holidays

Expert Film instructors

Expert filmmaking instructors are all recruited from the industry. Everyone is thoroughly vetted, including DBS checks

Commitment to wellbeing

We promote positive wellbeing for all our filmmakers. We celebrate individuality and we nurture personal strengths

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About Sparks Film School Balham

Sparks Film School Balham is the original Sparks film school.

Sparks founders Dan and Donna began running filmmaking classes in Balham in 2010. We started with just 9 children but we were soon welcoming hundreds of young filmmakers to our film courses.

Our Balham branch is managed by Jess, part of the Sparks Head Office team, along with Dan and Donna, who are still closely involved.

Where to find us

Sparks Film School Balham
La Retraite School
Atkins Road
SW12 0AB

Nearest stations: Clapham South or Balham

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Film Courses

Explore youth film courses for ages 5-18 at Sparks Film School Balham.

Learn all about filmmaking from both sides of the camera.

Take part in fun-filled filmmaking classes throughout the year and join in with action-packed holiday camps during school half terms and the summer holidays.

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Student testimonials

Rachel Woolcott


Great camp to develop creativity and for children to learn about film making. In this short period of time the teachers were engaging; the group developed a story for a short film, acted, set the scenes and were behind the camera, my son loved the activities.


Young Filmmaker

I've learned so much here I don't know where to start.
I’ve learned how to shoot a film properly, how to compose a shot. I’ve learned how to edit, how to take an idea and turn it into something you can see on the screen. It’s been amazing.

Guilia Merlo


My 7 year old had the best time at Sparks summer camp, it really helped him grow his confidence too! He was initially reluctant to be in front of the camera, we were reassured by Sparks that he wouldn't need to but once he was there, he actually really enjoyed having a few lines in the final movie :) He still speaks highly of his time at Sparks several weeks later!

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