Brighton Film School’s Five Year Guarantee to Alumni Community
At BFS on graduation 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 BFS 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 film makers, membership of the alumni community brings with it opportunity, as well access to fellow graduate professional’s and new emerging talent. A continuous cycle of industry professionals, communicating, collaborating and evolving.
Benefits & Discounts:
- Industry networking events, supported by our 50+ industry companies and professionals
- Invitations to screenings, Q&A’s, guest lecturers
- BFS Alumni Community LinkedIn membership
- Dedicated Industry Liaison Manager and team
- Job opportunities through our extensive network of industry partners
- Discounts on professional short courses, to ensure your skills remain up-to-date & relevant
Facilities and Equipment
Brighton 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. Below is a PDF with a list of some of the equipment that our students use during their course.
At the heart of the film school are two fully working 18 x 12ft 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. We have a large range of film and digital equipment, including dollies, jibs, tracks and a slider. The film school’s editing software includes Final Cut Pro X and Adobe.
Central location in a filmmaker’s city
Brighton is a wonderful cosmopolitan city for a filmmaker. With breath-taking locations on your door step 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, Brighton Film School is surrounded by captivating culture.
Careers and Employment
BFS students have unique access to a wide range of film and TV professionals through masterclasses and Q&As. These events give our students an invaluable insight into the mechanics of the film & TV industry, how it works and how they can succeed within it.
We also enhance employability through our bespoke tailored work experience programme. Brighton Film School has unique access to film, TV and digital marketing companies throughout Brighton, the South Coast and London. This network of partners offer BFS students a 2/4 week summer work placement in their 2nd year – this enables them to gain that vital professional experience, and make valuable industry contacts, needed to help launch their career pathway.
BFS students are supported to navigate the international film festival circuit and online outlets in order to maximise opportunities for their films.
Taught by industry professionals
At Brighton 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 tutors 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. Brighton Film School tutors include:
- Head of First Year Andrea Slater
- Head of Second Year Cath Pick
- Industry Liaison Coordinator Fiona Adams
- Alkin Emirali
- Julian Kerridge
- Paul Dutnall
- Will Jewell
- Alex Hobden
- Gina Kawecka
- Eva Riley
- Anna Deamer
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 Andrew Hulme (The Devil Outside, Snow in Paradise, Victor Frankenstein)
- Producer Andrew Macdonald (Trainspotting, Ex Machina, 28 Days Later, Sunshine)
- 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).