International Filmmaking Summer School

International Filmmaking Summer School

The Lincoln School of Film and Media has strong links with influential media, film and animation organisations including the BBC, Panasonic, Microsoft, BAFTA, Royal Television Society and the British Film Institute

Returning for 2020, the Filmmaking Summer School. Ready to learn from experienced professional filmmakers and academics to make a short fictional film? The University of Lincoln offers an exciting two week Film production Summer School where you will have access to industry equipment and professional tuition. You will be introduced first-hand to the techniques required in the filmmaking process; this will include production development, producing, directing, cinematography, sound and post-production.

“I learnt a lot of media knowledge and skills, how to use a camera, lights, Premier Pro and even how to act. I have loved this experience.”

“At the BBC studio tour, it was very interesting to see the reality of where and how many of the shows and stations we like come to life.”

What's included

There’s plenty to learn on this course; you will be busy, but it is also great fun! Along with your student colleagues, you can look forward to exploring the following areas:

  • Practical workshops on screenwriting, development, directing, producing, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing.
  • Interpret a fiction script and develop your own creative vision.
  • Dedicated filming days where you will work with a professional actor.
  • Field trip to a major UK film studio.
  • A chance to visit Lincoln's galleries, museums, Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.
  • A copy of your Summer School film for you to take away and a certificate of attendance.
  • Free weekends to explore Lincoln or catch a train down to London!

Why choose Lincoln

Our immersive professionally focused course, is located in one of the most beautiful Cathedral Cities in the UK, as used as a film location in several Blockbusters. Lincoln Cathedral dominates the city at the top of Steep Hill and is celebrated as one of the finest medieval landmarks in Europe. The Bailgate forms part of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, where independent boutiques, tea rooms and restaurants line the cobbled streets. Lincoln Castle offers a rich history, dating back to 1068 and home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carter.

The City of Lincoln has a long-standing involvement with the film industry and has featured in a number of films including The Da Vinci Code, The Young Victoria and Possession.

Helping you every step of the way, will be our creative community of experienced staff, including many current media practitioners, engaged with professional bodies, such as the Royal Television Society, the British Society of Cinematographers and the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. Together, they ensure that the course content is informed by the latest industry developments.

The University of Lincoln was awarded Gold - the highest standard - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, along with being ranked 17th in UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020.

Learning Outcomes

  • Begin to structure the development of ideas within a practical context
  • Develop an understanding of professional screenplay format
  • Develop an understanding of the creative and logistical processes of preproduction
  • Develop an understanding of the roles within a professional film
  • Employ creative strategies to produce original work
  • Understand how to work with and direct actors
  • Demonstrate skills in knowledge of technical processes and procedures in the fictional form
  • Work well as a member of a team and apply group management skills

Who should attend

The summer school will suit students who are about to take undergraduate or postgraduate courses in film or media production. The course will also benefit other young creative students and professionals that want to use film to help tell a story or communicate new ideas, concepts or thinking.

Course details

Dates: July 2020
Duration: 2 weeks
Fees: With accommodation £1,495, without accommodation £995

Extra information

The Summer School fee is £1,495 with accommodation and £995 without accommodation. For group discounts of 8 or more please contact

Fees for all students include course materials, use of specialist filming equipment and facilities, field trips, a welcome event, end of school gala buffet and lunch from Monday to Friday. We do not normally provide evening meals, as this is an opportunity for students to explore the many places to eat in Lincoln that will suit a variety of budgets and dietary requirements.

With accommodation option includes breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday and you must be over 18 years of age on the day the summer school commences.

Without accommodation option includes lunch from Monday to Friday and you must be over 16 years of age on the day the summer school commences.

Fees do not include flights, airport transfers or visa costs. Please allow plenty of time to apply for your visa.

All courses are taught in English, we expect you will have a minimum level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.