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London Film School Ranking

Last Updated on September 9, 2022 by

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London Film School Ranking

Top 8 Best Film Schools in London

1. MET FILM SCHOOL

  • Website: http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk
  • Location: Bldg E Ealing Studios, Ealing Green, London W5 5EP (Google Maps)
  • Fees: These start at £300 ($460) for two-day introductory courses, then £15,750 ($23,950) for a typical three-year BA, and £17,500 ($26,700) for one-year postgraduate degrees.
Met film school London

The first one the list of best film schools in London is MET whose ads you’ve probably seen all over the internet. Founded in 2003, the Met moved in 2005 to the west London district of Ealing, where its premises are within the confines of Ealing Studios, one of the world’s oldest film-production facilities.

The school is modern in outlook, well-regarded, and offers a wide range of curricula and convenient choices of study times.

Courses are available in acting, cinematography, post-production, screenwriting, producing, special effects, editing, and more, including documentary. In addition to introductory two-day courses, one can study over as little as three months for some diplomas, up to full-time over three years for an Honours BA in practical film-making; postgraduate (MA) courses are also available.

However, this variety raises one nagging concern: Can the school offer so many courses and still maintain teaching quality across all of them?

The school has extensive access to the facilities and equipment of Ealing Studios, including use of one of its sound stages, affording a real-world environment for pupils. The school also has a film production company, making films for theatrical release.

Their website is professional-looking and comprehensively informative, the site is straightforward to navigate, with a search facility. Detailed guidance and downloadable forms are provided for applicants. You can also follow the school on more-or-less all of the leading on-line social media. There’s a brash flavour of commercial ambition throughout, however.

2. LONDON FILM SCHOOL

  • Website: http://lfs.org.uk
  • Location: 24 Shelton St, London WC2H 9UB (Google Maps)
  • Fees: Quality is expensive: for example, the two-year film-making MA currently costs £9,047 ($13,5750) per term, or £54,282 ($82, 510) in all. There is a detailed breakdown of all fees on the website.
London film school

The granddaddy of British film schools, founded in 1956. It’s not as modern or as comfortable as the Met, with a narrower selection of courses. However, LFS is better-known and is highly-regarded in international film circles.

The school is conveniently located adjacent to Soho, the heart of London’s entertainment district: great for networking or inviting producers and agents in to see your coursework. Its tag-line (“a tradition of innovation”) encapsulates its culture and outlook well.

Reflecting its serious tone, the school focuses on experienced film students, offering MA and even PhD courses, plus workshops, rather than undergraduate, part-time, or introductory studies. The courses don’t include anything for actors, but are immersive for would-be directors, producers, and writers. They generally run over one or two years.

There also workshops and summer courses, for which students can browse and book short-term accommodation at reasonable prices through the school’s website.

LFS has an extensive film library and also provides students with access to the London Metropolitan University Library. As part of its active support for sales of its students’ output to national and international broadcasters and distributors, the school shows its productions at a claimed 150+ film festivals across the world.

Well-known former alumni include Mike Leigh, director of Mr. Turner, Vera Drake, and Secrets and Lies, among others (he’s also the school’s chairman), and four-time Oscar nominee Michael Mann, who directed and produced Miami ViceHeatAli, and The Last of the Mohicans.

Their website is highly professional in tone, the site is comprehensive and full of interesting stuff, such as examples of student films. A bit like browsing in a good bookshop, you could get distracted for hours.

3. LONDON FILM ACADEMY

  • Website: http://www.londonfilmacademy.com
  • Location: 52a Walham Grove, Fulham, London SW6 1QR (Google Maps)
  • Fees: Fairly reasonable, certainly by comparison with LFS. A two-day (full-time) introductory course, Casting for Screen, kicks off the table at just £250 ($380); a one-year diploma is usually £19,500 ($29,650); and a two-year MA in film-making costs the same amount for the first year and only £12,000 ($18,250) for the second year. There are full details on fees for each course on the website.
London film academy

Like the London Film School, LFA concentrates on training behind-the-camera professionals. The only offering for actors is a five-day workshop. Founded in 2001, the school is situated in Fulham in west London. In the course of my research on it, I developed a liking for its aura of enjoyment and empathy.

Compared with the Met, it has a relatively narrow selection of courses, but does offer a variety of formats: one-day introductory sessions, workshops, certificates (4-6 weeks), diplomas (6-12 months), and a full slate of undergraduate (BA) and postgraduate (MA) options (two years, mostly). Documentary-making is taught at introductory, certificate, and diploma levels.

As a relatively new institution, like the Met, LFA hasn’t had time to build an impressive roster of successful former alumni, but several have found favour in production support roles, such as script developers and first assistant directors. The school is undoubtedly well-regarded in the film and TV industries.

Their website is also clear, easy to navigate, and helpful. The tone is engagingly light and friendly, in keeping with the school’s description of itself as “a family”, yet it has all the information anyone might reasonably need, including several examples of student films.

Incidentally, I think these shorts, where made available, are a good guide to a school’s effectiveness, and recommend taking the time to study them with a keen critical eye.

4. CITY ACADEMY FILM SCHOOL

  • Website: http://www.city-academy.com/film-school-london
  • Location: 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN (Google Maps)
  • Fees: The foundation course is probably the most interesting. It involves weekly three-hour sessions for 10 weeks and costs £1,199 ($1,825), payable in full or in four instalments of £312.50 ($475) each.
City academy film school London

Fourth on the list of best film schools in London is City Academy, whose courses have been previously mentioned on our site. Founded in 2006, City Academy has over 40 locations across London, but its base is in Islington, just north of the city centre. It’s privately funded, so not to be confused with publicly-funded City of London Academy.

In its dedicated film school, City offers a narrow range of mainly technical subjects, such as editing with Final Cut Pro X software, DSLR filmmaking, and Photoshop (the last for stills photography). However, there is also a course on making short films and an intensive foundation filmmaking course for beginners. Foundation classes are small, held in a professional film/TV studio near Piccadilly, and mostly in the evening or at weekends; there’s no full-time curriculum.

They have an excellent site that’s one of my favorites among all others mentioned on the best film schools in London list. It has clear information, helpful course descriptions, and straightforward navigation. Videos are available on YouTube and the academy is also on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, and Google+.

5. GOLDSMITHS, THE SCREEN SCHOOL

  • Website: http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/programmes/screen-school
  • Location: 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW (Google Maps)
  • Fees: For an MA-only school, especially one with such fine provenance, fees are reasonable, but hardly cheap. The ticket for the generalist Film & Screen Studies course is £13,340 ($20,280), and £20,000 ($30,400) for an MA.
Goldsmith film school London

Goldsmiths, a public research university situated in arty New Cross, east London, was originally founded in 1891 and is part of the University of London. It’s noted for its arts and social sciences faculties, so the recently-founded Screen School seems a complementary extension of its resources.

The school operates within the college’s Department of Media and Communications, which boasts a purpose-built media facility. The focus is on film production, not acting. The range of courses is narrow, being limited to, mainly, one-year full-time MA studies in film-making. These are also available as two-year part-time studies. There are no short courses, diplomas, or BA degrees.

There are no fewer than nine distinct MA courses: Directing Fiction, Producing, Screen Documentary, Cinematography, Sound Recording & Design, Editing, Script Writing, Film & Screen Studies, and Television Journalism. There’s also a one-year MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment, as well as an MA in Radio.

The school’s association with Goldsmiths has given it instant credibility with the arts and media worlds, enabling it to offer one-year mentoring with key individuals and companies in those areas. It also attracts high-profile guests to its events and debates, such as Danny Boyle, Stephen Frears, Tim Bevan, Alan Parker, and Paul Greengrass.

A crucial point on fees: being part of a university, The Screen School offers accommodation for students. Rooms start at about £115 ($175)/ week, ranging up to £180 ($275), including all bills and wi-fi access. That’s cheap by London standards, especially so near the city centre.

Their website is just a text-only page on the Goldsmiths site and contains little more than an overview of what the Screen School offers. However, a bit of clicking around, spliced with occasional search-engine queries, will find all you need to know about courses, fees, applications, and so on.

6. RAINDANCE

  • Website: http://www.raindance.org
  • Location: 10 Craven St, London WC2N 5HE (Google Maps)
  • Fees: Flexibility, choice, and value characterise the Raindance offering. A one-evening course can cost as little as £48 ($73), while the Saturday Film School lists at £198 ($300). An MA/ MSc (one-year full-time or two-year part-time courses) goes for a modest £9,450 ($14,365) and is payable in full or by installment over the tuition period. One can attend a free introductory session before committing.
Raindance film school London

Not to be confused with Robert Redford’s Sundance, Raindance was founded in 1992 as a film school, with its now-famous festival of independent films being launched the following year. Aimed at showcasing British film-making talent, it operates in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Berlin, Brussels, and Budapest. If indie film is your thing, it’s the place to go, whether as aficionado or student.

There’s a distinctly punk element to the school’s approach, reminiscent of a London fanzine of the late-‘70s, which published three hand-drawn chord diagrams, captioned: “This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band”. Raindance is undoubtedly more professional than that, but its ethos is similar.

The London school is in Charing Cross, about 10 minutes’ walk from theatreland. It offers a wide variety of seminars, workshops, events, and short courses (one, two, or three days, evenings, part-time, full-time, etc) on every imaginable subject, all under the general heading of film-making. Some are held over a single evening.

The list of topics varies and is much too long to cover in this blog, but a few recent examples include pitching skills, marketing, character creation, and music licensing. No acting courses are offered, however.

Raindance’s most celebrated course is its Saturday Film School, a one-day affair held at King’s College London and designed to be an intensive but enjoyable introduction to directing, producing, writing, and film-making. Attendees have described it as “inspirational”, “engaging”, “a gift from the gods”, and, most of all, “fun”.

At a more committed level, the school offers a variety of evening certificate studies, generally over five weekday evenings. Complete several and you get a diploma.

At the top of the learning tree, there are full-time and part-time studies, or even an on-line MA or MSc (via Skype). For these postgraduate degrees, students themselves design the bulk of their curriculum in consultation with mentors who are working industry pros.

Their site is attractive, enthusiastic, and informative, but there’s such a wide variety of stuff on offer (courses, events, seminars, videos, a newsletter, testimonials, etc) that it’s easy to get sidelined. I recommend signing up for the free weekly newsletter; it will keep you in touch with courses, events, offers, and much else. You can also become a premium member for £50 ($76) annually, entitling you to discounts on courses and event tickets.

7. UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

  • Website: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/subjects/television-film-and-moving-image
  • Location: 309 Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 2UW (Google Maps)
  • Fees: Pretty reasonable. A three-year BA course costs £12,250 ($18,620)/ year, while a one-year MA is £14,000 ($21,300). One also needs to take into account that it’s a university, so accommodation in Harrow is available for film school students, with single rooms costing from £163 ($248) to £179 ($272)/ week, including all bills and wi-fi access.
University of Westminister film school London

Westminster is one of two cities that comprise London, the other being the City of London, but this university’s campus for film, moving image, and TV studies is in neither. It’s in Harrow, which is borderline Greater London and well north of the main attraction.

The university is spread over four campuses, with 22,000 students and a leaning towards arts and technology. It was founded as a ‘poly’ (polytechnic college), the UK’s first, in 1838 and gained university status in 1992.

The film school is backed by a distinguished history of ‘firsts’ for the university: Europe’s first public photography studio (1841); the venue for the first public movie show, by the Lumière brothers (1896); and the first degree courses in Photographic Science, Photography, and Media Studies (1960s, 1970s).

As with all the schools in this list, apart from the Met, Westminster concentrates on most aspects of film and TV production, but not acting. The courses seem well-designed, if more academic than practical in scope. Undergraduate (BA, full-time only), postgraduate (MA, part-time only), and research (PhD, MPhil, DProf, MRes) studies are offered under such course titles as Contemporary Media Practice, Film, Imaging Art & Science, and Film & Television: Theory, Culture, and Industry. Serious stuff, indeed.

Facilities are said to be excellent, with two sound stages, a set construction workshop, TV studio, and mastering suite, among many other resources.

Their website looks decent, is well laid-out, and is comprehensive, with a search facility. No student films to watch, unfortunately, but there are several introductory videos and the film school is active on social media, including YouTube.

8. CENTRAL FILM SCHOOL

  • Website: http://www.centralfilmschool.com
  • Location: Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth St, London E1 7SA (Google Maps)
  • Fees: An intensive one-month diploma costs £2,095 ($3,185), while fees for the six-month courses are around £7,500 ($11,400), a typical two-year BA is £18,500 ($28,150) annually, and a one-year MA runs to £15,000 ($22,800).
Central film school London

The last on this list is a small, new (founded 2009) school with a focus on the practicalities, exemplified by its tag-line: “Practical Training in Filmmaking”. It’s located in Whitechapel, east London, a trendy and arty multi-cultural district within fairly easy reach of central London and theatreland.

The school offers short (City & Guilds diploma, one to six months), undergraduate (University of Gloucester Honours BA, two years), and postgraduate (no degree specified, one year) courses, as well as specialist courses for professionals (location managers, storyboarding artists, video operators, etc).

There’s a cutting-edge feel to some courses, e.g., Disruptive Media, a postgraduate choice that offers training in web-based marketing and the incorporation of new technology into existing work practices. Recently, the school also held a 3D workshop.

Their site is not my favourite when compared to others on this list of best film schools in London. It’s image-heavy, making it slow to browse, and an excess of empty space necessitates a lot of scrolling to get hard information. It’s also too promotional, although most of the information one might need is there. More student film clips would be useful, especially as the school doesn’t seem to want to shout about its social media presence: just three tiny links at the bottom of the Contact page.

That’s a wrap, then. The most surprising thing about the list is its variety. From the edgy cool of Raindance to the academic hauteur of Goldsmiths and the commercial brashness of the Met, there should be something here to please everyone.

london film school fees

All prospective students and applicants should read our Tuition Fees Policy which can be found on our ‘Policies and Regulations page.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of £50 is payable by all applicants upon submission of the application.

Tuition Fees, 2-year programme*

HOME (UK) STATUS Student FEESINTERNATIONAL STATUS Students (incl EU, EEA, swiss students) FEES
£59,883£60,083 (includes £200 Visa Administration Fee)

*see below for options to extend the programme by up to two terms and the cost of the extension

Termly Breakdown and Constitution of Tuition Fees

DESCRIPTIONTerm 1Term 4Terms 2, 3, 5 & 6
Termly Tuition Fees, Terms 1-6£9,843.00£9,843.00£9,843.00
LFS Company Membership£2.00£2.00£2.00
Student Union Membership £20.00£20.00£20.00
Annual Administration and Registration Fee£300.00£300.00 
Film Society Membership£15.00£15.00£15.00
LFS Visa Administration Fee (visa students only)£200.00  
Total Termly Cost, 2-yr programme, Home (UK) students£10,180.00£10,180.00£9,880.00
Total Termly Cost, 2-yr programme, International (incl EU, EEA, Swiss) students£10,380.00 £10,180.00£9,880.00

Security Deposit

In addition to the above fees, all new students enrolling for the first time at the London Film School are required to pay a one-off Security Deposit of £100.  The deposit will be returned to the student upon graduation unless offset against losses or breakages.

Continuation Fees

Students on the MA Filmmaking programme may be able to extend their studies beyond Term 6 by up to 2 terms. Students whose request to extend their studies is approved are liable to pay the following continuation fees.

DESCRIPTIONTerm 7Term 8Re-submission (If required)
Continuation Fee£302.00  
LFS Company Membership£2.00£2.00£2.00
Student Union Membership£20.00£20.00£20.00
Film Society Membership£15.00£15.00£15.00
Annual Administration and Registration Fee£300.00  
Total Termly Continuation Fee£639.00£37.00£37.00

Deposits to Secure Your Place

To secure your place on the course, you are required to return your registration form and pay a non-refundable deposit on your tuition fees. This will be deducted from the first term fees once you have formally enrolled on the first day of the course.

HOME (UK) STATUS APPLICANTSINTERNATIONAL STATUS (incl EU, EEA, Swiss) APPLICANTS
£1,000.00£10,380.00

Please note: students requiring a visa to enter the UK will not be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) until the registration form has been returned and the deposit paid.

best film schools in the world

Top film schools in the US & Canada
Top film schools in the US
American Film Institute (AFI)
American Film Institute

The school which David Lynch said he would give up everything “in a heartbeat” to attend, the American Film Institute (AFI) is perhaps the most famous of all film schools in Los Angeles, if not the whole of the US, thanks to the fact it hosts festivals and star-studded events throughout the year.

The institute enables students to produce as many as four personal films during their studies and to get advice from visiting industry experts including the likes of 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. Boasting 27 Emmy nominations among their alumni in 2017 alone, the American Film Institute also counts South Park producer Anne Garefino and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky among its past fellows.

Tuition fees including production materials: US$57,340 (The AFI Conservatory Program, 1st year students); $59,348 (2nd year students)

CalArts
CalArts
The CalArts School of Film and Video, dreamt up by Walt Disney shortly before he died in 1966, is another of the most prestigious film schools in Los Angeles (CalArts is located in the suburb of Valencia) and is a stomping ground for many of the best animators and filmmakers in Hollywood.

Tim Burton, one of CalArts’ earlier graduates, has since been followed by a series of notable Disney animators including Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Frozen). Film studies degrees offered at CalArts include the BA, MA, MFA and DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts).

2018/19 tuition fees: US$48,660 (all students excluding M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics students)

Los Angeles Film School
Los Angeles Film School
Located slap-bang in the middle of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard, it’s easy to see how the Los Angeles Film School got its name as one of the most notable schools for budding Hollywood filmmakers. Offering bachelor and associate degrees in all areas of the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles Film School also encompasses the Los Angeles Recording School, home of the famous RCA building where Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones once recorded their music. The Los Angeles Film School also offers online programs in digital filmmaking, graphic design and the entertainment business.

2017 tuition fees: US$40,270 (A.S film, domestic students program total); US$53,220 (international students)

Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, NYU
Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
Outside of Los Angeles, leading film schools in the US include New York’s Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, which is a part of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Located in the center of one of the world’s most culturally vibrant and renowned metropolises, Kanbar Institute of Film & Television boasts world-class alumni such as respected filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the much-praised creator of US TV series Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan.

In 2017, six members of the Tisch School of Arts’ alumni community were nominated for an Oscar. In addition to the film school’s main NYC campus, the school also has a campus in Singapore. As well as a number of undergraduate film studies degrees, the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television offers a postgraduate-level MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Filmmaking.

2017/18 tuition fees: US$26,451 (all students). Students should also expect to pay an additional US$1,261 for registration per term and US$1,655 per additional unit.

USC School of Cinematic Arts
USC School of Cinematic Arts
The University of Southern California’s USC School of Cinematic Arts is a place where many of Hollywood’s most famed filmmakers started out. Receiving millions of dollars of support every year from the likes of George Lucas, the USC School of Cinematic Arts offers world-class media facilities such as an IMAX theatre and research lab, making it one of the most state-of-the-art film schools in Los Angeles.

Alumni of the USC School of Cinematic Arts include comedy writer and producer Judd Apatow and Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios. Film degrees offered by the USC school of Cinematic Arts include the BA, BFA and the MFA.

2017/18 tuition fees: US$53,448 (undergraduate level); US$32,927-48,247 (graduate level). Additional fees for equipment may also apply.

Other top film schools in the US:

Boston University’s College of Communication
Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Colorado Film School
Columbia University’s School of the Arts
Emerson College’s Department of Visual & Media Arts
Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television
New York Film Academy
Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts
UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television
University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts
University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication
Top film schools in Canada
Toronto Film School
Dundas Square Toronto
The Toronto Film School is well established as one of the best film schools in Canada. With a wide curriculum covering everything from film and TV production to interior decorating, the Toronto Film School is a career-focused school with a strong commitment to providing practical industry knowledge. Programs at the Toronto Film School take between one and two years to complete and all students graduate with a diploma.

2019 tuition fees:

For 18 month programs: CA$35,158 (~US$26,450). International students pay an additional fee of CA$18,458 (~US$13,900).
For 12 month programs: $22,980 (~US$17,300). International students pay an additional CA$12,064 (~US$9,080).
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Film School
Offering 13 programs covering all elements of the entertainment arts industry, Vancouver Film School is another of the leading film schools in Canada. From 3D animation to sound design, Vancouver Film School offers its students a condensed one-year program focused on gaining practical skills alongside industry knowledge. Students of Vancouver Film School graduate with a diploma.

2017/18 tuition fees, Film Production: CA$35,250 (domestic students); CA$53,250 for international students (approximately US$43,430)

Other top film schools in Canada:

Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture
Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts
University of British Columbia’s Department of Theatre and Film
York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts

Top film schools in continental Europe
Academy of Performing Arts’ Film and TV School (FAMU)
Academy of Performing Arts’ Film and TV School (FAMU)
Established in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, in 1946, the Academy of Performing Arts’ Film and TV School (FAMU) is one of the oldest and most prestigious film academies in the world. Responsible for nurturing filmmakers such as Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and offering programs in both Czech and English, FAMU attracts an exceptional international cohort every year.

Tuition fees: Free for Czech students and students studying in Czech; US$21,120 for an English-taught Directing degree (international students)

La Fémis
La Fémis
Located in Paris on the site of the old Pathé studios where the infamous Lumiere brothers are said to have invented filmmaking in 1894, La Fémis is now considered to be one of the best film schools in Paris. La Fémis offers programs taught only in French, but also provides exchange programs with US institutions such as CalArts and Columbia University. The school has around 200 students, of whom 8 percent are international.

Tuition fees: €433 (domestic students); US$13,280 (international students)

Lodz Film School
Lodz Film School
Another of the best film academies in Europe, Lodz Film School, otherwise known as the Polish National Film, Television and Theater School, is the institution that produced a large number of Poland’s top filmmakers, helping to shape the Polish cinema industry. With new departments and modern equipment being added continually, Lodz Film School is one of Europe’s leading film institutes. By way of programs, Lodz Film School offers a full spectrum of full-time, part-time, postgraduate and PhD courses, ranging from two to five years of study.

Tuition fees: US$9,940-14,920 per year (all students)

Other top film schools in Europe:

London Metropolitan University’s Sir John CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design
University of Television and Film Munich
National Film School, Italy
National Film School of Denmark
Norwegian Film School
Screen Academy Scotland
University of the Arts London’s College of Communication
Russian State University of Cinematography
Top film schools in Asia
Beijing Film Academy
Beijing Film Academy
With Avatar’s James Cameron as a visiting fellow and one of the world’s fastest-growing film industries as a setting, the Beijing Film Academy is well-placed as the only film academy in China and the largest in the whole of Asia. The Beijing Film Academy offers a BFA taught in English, as well as a large range of undergraduate and postgraduate Chinese-language programs. The school also offers an exchange program, a Chinese-language learning program and a short-term training program.

Tuiton fees: US$12,720 per year (English MFA, international students)

Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA)
South Korea’s flagship film school, established in 1984, the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) is at the heart of the nation’s film industry. While many alumni of the Korean Academy of Film Arts currently dominate their home market, some, such as Bong-Joon Ho (Snowpiercer), are busy creating a buzz in the US.

Other top film schools in Asia:

City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media
Film and Television Institute of India
Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film
Whistling Woods International Film school, India
Other top film schools around the rest of the world:
Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Sydney Film School, Australia
Tel Aviv University’s Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Israel

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