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Our History

A few key moments in the history of MetFilm School

  • 2003 – Following one and two day courses in Picturehouse Cinemas, we launch our first Story to Screen in Eight Weeks course in Clapham, London.
  • 2005 –The School moves into Ealing Studios. Our first unaccredited one-year course begins. MetFilm also launches MetFilm Post – a cutting-edge facility offering full post production services for feature films and more.
  • 2006 – MetFilm launches MetFilm Production, now an award-winning production company creating high-quality fiction and documentary films for theatrical audiences worldwide.
  • 2007 – 25 students enrol on the School’s first BA course, validated by the University of West London (then known as TVU).
  • 2009 – Our new BA Practical Filmmaking course launches with 119 enrolments. MetFilm Production’s Little Ashes and French Film are released in the UK and other territories.
  • 2010 – A student graduation film, Sterke Verhalen (Tall Stories), is released in 34 cities across Holland and Belgium. MetFilm Production’s The Infidel opens in over 40 territories.
  • 2012 – MetFilm School’s Berlin campus opens! MetFilm Production’s Town of Runners, conceived and co-produced by graduate Dan Demissie, opens in Tribeca and is released in UK cinemas by Dogwoof. Another MetFilm School student, Perry Bhandal, sees his film, Interview with a Hitman, released by Kaleidoscope – one year after he pitched the idea to the school.
  • 2013 – A number of student graduation films secure commercial releases in the UK and other territories, including Project Wild Thing (David Bond), Papadopoulos & Sons (Marcus Markou), and White Lie (Nyima Cartier). The High Price of Gold (Ross Domoney) wins top prize at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. MetFilm Production releases Village at the End of the World and The Great Hip Hop Hoax.
  • 2014 – Further award success for MetFilm School graduates including B for Boy (Chika Anadu), winning best feature film at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, and Auschwitz On My Mind (Assaf Machnes), winning Best Short Film Awards at multiple different film festivals.
  • 2015 – MetFilm School students make over 800 short films, 3 feature films, and 3 TV series, winning 10 prizes in the international film festivals of the year. MetFilm School Berlin moves into Atelier Gardens (formerly BUFA Studios), with facilities including 1,500sq ft studio two standing sets, a 5:1 surround sound screening room, and postproduction suites, and launches a partnership with YouTube Spaces
  • 2016 – 82% of MetFilm School undergraduate alumni now work in creative industries, according to the School’s annual survey. We launch the Smart Screen Creative Awards in partnership with Twitter and The Imaginarium, celebrating the finest work of our students. MetFilm Production’s documentary How to Change the World wins a special jury award at Sundance Film Festival and is awarded the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International.
  • 2018 – MetFilm School launches ScreenSpace in partnership with the University of West London, delivering industry-led, practical undergraduate degree courses immersed in creative industry practice, delivered by tutors who are working as media professionals across a range of creative industries.
  • 2019 – Graduate Lauren Dark wins the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut in recognition of producing the film, Beast. Knives Out, co-produced by graduate, Leo Hughes, is released globally, garners critical acclaim and goes on to gross over $300 million.
  • 2020 – MetFilm Production’s The Reason I Jump premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award, the first of many awards and commendations for a film that will end up on Netflix in the US and Disney Plus in the rest of the world. There are 19 students and graduates credited in the film.
  • 2021 – MetFilm School second London campus opens in Garden Studios.
  • 2022 – MetFilm School’s new Leeds campus is launched. Opening in Autumn 2022 and based at Prime Studios, MetFilm School’s new campus will deliver undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Among the many commendations for our graduates: Adjani Salmon wins the BAFTA Television Craft Award for Emerging Talent, Tabish Habib associate produces Joyland which wins the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, and Rina Yang is accredited as a member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC).