Northern Film School

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Coordinates: 53°48′04″N 1°32′53″W / 53.801°N 1.548°W / 53.801; -1.548

Northern Film School
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The Northern Film School is part of the Leeds Beckett University school of Film, Music and Performing Arts. It is one of the largest full-time film schools in the UK, with both bachelors and masters degrees, and is situated in the city centre of Leeds.


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 Mark Herman,[1] Alison Hume, Julie Gearey, Nazrin Choudhury and Faisal A. Qureshi.

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.

Regional influence[edit]

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

The school has close working relationships with the UK Film Council, Screen Yorkshire, ITV Yorkshire, Channel 4 and Working Title Films and participates in local, regional, national and international film festivals.[2]

The school also sponsors the Local Young Film-maker award, an event included in the local Young People's Film Festival.[3]

The school has recently had student work screened during the 2007 Leeds International Film Festival. A short animation called The Bench had its first festival premiere during the showcase.[4]


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.

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.

Screen Yorkshire is also based in Leeds. A short distance away from the school.

The school has recently begun offering fully funded PhD scholarships. The first recipient of this scholarship is Natasha Parcei.[5]


  1. ^ "BA(Hons) & MA Film and Moving Image Production". Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  2. ^ "Channel 4 and Yorkshire Television support the Northern Film School". Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  3. ^ "Film Festival treat for children". Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  4. ^ "2007 Leeds International Film Festival School Showcase". Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Doctoral Students - Natasha Parcei". Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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