Young Filmmakers Lab


Intensive Short Filmmaking Course for Young Filmmakers

London, Summer 2024


Young Filmmakers Lab

Ages 15-18

The Young Filmmakers Lab is an advanced short film course and creative space for young filmmakers.

Taking place over the summer, the Young Filmmakers Lab enables filmmakers ages 15-18 to master their craft and develop their practice.

In the Young Filmmakers Lab, students build their film portfolios, develop professional filmmaking skills and enhance their production experience.

By the end of their time with the Young Filmmakers Lab, young filmmakers taking part will have produced a complete, high quality short film production to include in their portfolios or showreels, as well as a host of advanced skills in filmmaking and plenty of new collaborators. 

The course is designed for aspiring filmmakers and those interested in pursuing film or media as a career option.


What’s Involved? 

The Young Filmmakers Lab is a 1 week programme across 5 days, Monday – Friday, with spaces for filmmakers aged 15-18 to take part.

Young filmmakers taking part will develop their skills in all-round film production, as well as exploring specialist areas.

They’ll have the chance to work collaboratively to produce their own ideas into a short film production, made to professional standards and using industry grade equipment. 

The programme includes skill-based workshops in film production as well as a guided film production project, resulting in a complete short film.

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Skills sessions including directing, cinematography, lighting, sound, screenwriting, editing and production design are all taught by experienced professionals with working knowledge of the industry. 

For their production project, young filmmakers are led by creative mentors to develop and produce a short film project. They go through each phase of film production, working to professional production models and working with industry grade equipment. 

Film projects are led by the young filmmakers, with guidance and support from our workshop team.

The course is perfect for aspiring filmmakers or those keen to explore a career in film or media.


Young filmmakers devise their stories and develop them into film scripts. They produce their films on broadcast-standard camera and sound equipment, with access to a range of grip, lenses, lighting and filters. They will also have access to professional editing software and post-production libraries. 

By the end of the programme, they will have produced their own professional-standard short film production, which can be included in their portfolios/showreels and will be entered into film festivals as part of the programme. 

Young Filmmakers Lab Courses: 

There are bursary places available for this programme, please see Scholarships and Bursaries for more details. 

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To apply, filmmakers should be aged 15-18. 

It is a higher level programme than our other courses, for general level filmmaking summer courses, or for courses for younger students, please see the Summer Shoots

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