Northern Film School

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The Northern Film School is part of the Leeds Beckett University Leeds School of Arts. It is one of the largest full-time film schools in the UK, with both bachelor's and master's degrees, and is situated in the city centre of Leeds. School was established in 1970 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England


As far back as the late sixties, the nationally recognised Leeds Polytechnic Film Unit played a part in launching the careers of several luminaries of the British Film Industry. In 1991 it became The Northern School of Film and Television before changing its name to The Northern Film School, offering courses in screenwriting and film production.

Notable alumni of the film school include Tunji Akinsehinwa,[1] Peter Cattaneo, Nazrin Choudhury,[2] Kim Crowther,[3] Simon Crowther,[4] Jeremy Dyson, Mark Herman,[5] Alison Hume,[6] Katarzyna Klimkiewicz,[7] Bharat Nalluri, Faisal A. Qureshi,[8] Chi Thai,[9] Natasha Sayce-Zelem,[10] Mohamed Al-Daradji and Fabian Wagner.[11]

The school later merged with Leeds Metropolitan University, but still retained its status as a film school. Unlike the larger film schools like the National Film School and the London Film School, the merge offered students a film school experience at an affordable university fee.


The Northern Film School is the largest of its kind in the north of England.

The school has close working relationships with Screen Yorkshire and ITV participates in local, regional, national and international film festivals.

The Hollywood Reporter named the school as one of the 5 film schools to watch in 2014.[12]

The school also sponsors the Local Young Film-maker award, an event included in the local Young People's Film Festival.[13]

The school regularly has student work screened during the Leeds International Film Festival.[14]


In 2005, the school moved into a new facility in the Electric Press building on Millennium Square in Leeds. The building holds two studios fitted for shooting on student built sets. It also has film-making equipment ranging from 16mm film, Digital Video and High Definition Digital Video.

The School plans to move into a brand new £75m creative arts building, as part of Leeds Beckett University in 2020. The flagship building will be home to 1,850 students and staff, who are currently spread across various separate locations in the city.[15]

Being situated in Leeds, it is also close to ProVision Equipment Hire and the Leeds Studios. Past student productions have made use of these companies, as well as the surrounding landscape of the Yorkshire countryside.

The school has recently begun offering fully funded PhD scholarships. The first recipient of this scholarship is Natasha Parcei.[16]

In 2018, the former Head of Screenwriting at the Northern Film School (2000–2006), Alby James, was awarded an OBE for services to film, theatre and broadcasting.[17]


  1. ^ "No Film School". Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  2. ^ Choudhury, Nazrin (July 2008). "Granting Precious Time". Arts Council England grant-in-aid and lottery annual report and accounts 2007/08 (House of Commons Papers). Norwich: Arts Council England. p. 10. ISBN 9780102955477.
  3. ^ "Kim Crowther's Mandy CV". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Coronation Street Blog". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Leeds Met University". Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Script Consultant Blog". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ "East European Film Bulletin". Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  8. ^ "Escula Internacional Cine y TV lecturer page". Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Sky Arts biography". Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Natasha Sayce-Zelem". IMDb. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Northern Film School Official Twitter account". Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  12. ^ "Up-and-Comers: 5 Film Schools to Watch". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Film Festival treat for children". Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  14. ^ "2007 Leeds International Film Festival School Showcase". Archived from the original on 5 January 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  15. ^ Morby, Aaron (16 May 2017). "Leeds Beckett Uni submits £75m arts building plan". Construction Enquirer. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Doctoral Students – Natasha Parcei". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  17. ^ Parfitt, Orlando (31 December 2018). "UK actors, film industry execs recognised in 2019 New Year's Honours list". Screen. Retrieved 31 May 2019.

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