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Entry requirements

Selection is on the basis of the quality and originality of the idea for the film you submit, and the practicality of making the film within the time available.

Months of entry


Course content

Have you always wanted to make your own documentary but never had the confidence, the circumstance, or the know-how to make it happen?

Summerdocs is an intensive 8-week course in July and August, 2019 designed to change that for all those potential filmmakers who need a boost to their confidence, expert help on how to realise their ideas, and the opportunity to try them out in practice by making a short film of 15-20 minutes with the guidance of experienced mentors under the leadership of the filmmaker who has guided the NFTS Documentary Dept. for the last 20 years.

Potential participants have to apply with an idea they already believe can be filmed in two weeks and then post-produced and finished in the following three weeks at the NFTS. In order to assess and begin to develop their idea and make a plan for further research, students will need to come to the NFTS for a 2-day introduction at the end of June.

All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here, We Need to Talk About Kevin), Louis Theroux, and M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Glass).

This course is run in partnership with Channel 4.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Cert
    part time
    2 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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