The MA International Film Business unites the London Film School, the world’s key postgraduate filmmaking school, with the University of Exeter’s Film department and Business School. The marriage brings together unique film production and market expertise and exceptional research and teaching on film culture and history. This MA combines high-level teaching skills with a unique practitioner-driven industry access programme, providing students with the key business tools and contacts needed to build a career in film.
Unlike existing film-related degrees, this MA Degree explores the entire film business, embracing the world and national cinema(s), non-Hollywood independent film production, financing, sales, distribution and marketing, alongside programming, exhibition and digital strategies for the future.
The ambitious team behind the MAIFB is dedicated to training a new generation of both producers and executives that will bring both excellence and innovation into the film industry beyond Hollywood. By analyzing the horizontal and vertical structures that shape the film industry, in tandem with changing patterns of users and digital technology, this course explores both the existing international film industry while also embracing the current high levels of disruption and restructuring.
Taught in London and the South-West, the MAIFB includes a networking placement programme; industry mentoring supported by an advisory committee of leading UK and European film industry professionals; a research trip to the Berlin Film Festival; and an opportunity to work on an LFS graduation film as a producer.
The MAIFB programme is co-directed by Professor Will Higbee at the University of Exeter. He will personally guide each student on how to maximize this intensive year that will take each candidate beyond the course and into the reality of working in the international film industry.
Course Leader is Victoria Thomas.
Members of the Advisory Group include Camilla Bray, David Garrett, Hilary Davis, Keith Northrop, Louisa Dent, Mike Goodridge, Peter Watson, Stephen Woolley, Steve Jenkins, Sue Bruce-Smith and Terry Illot.