We are proud to be launching MetFilm School Leeds. Opening in autumn 2022, and based at Prime Studios. Yorkshire’s Film and TV sector is thriving, and we want to ensure it has a dynamic, talented, and diverse workforce to meet all its needs.
It has long been an ambition of the School to open a campus in a second UK city. Our strategic decision making since the School’s inception some eighteen years ago has been driven by a desire to make the unique education we offer available to more people. That’s why we started running undergraduate programmes and later postgraduate programmes, and it’s why we opened in Berlin. And it is also why we are opening now in Leeds.
Digital technologies in production and distribution, the subsequent emergence of the streamers, and the continued growth and support of the creative sector, have all made the film and tv sector across the UK ever hungrier for talented people in front and behind the camera.
We are proud to do our bit in educating and supporting that talent and in turn in supporting the industry, which is why we love boasting about what our graduates are doing in industry.
We are already proud of our association with Yorkshire. In 2017 we helped produce the multiple award-winning and BAFTA nominated film God’s Own Country. It is indeed no accident that Yorkshire has long been described as God’s Own Country, and its picturesque locations have made it a favourite haunt for artists and filmmakers.
This is something that the industry is waking up to. Channel 4 moved its headquarters into Leeds a few weeks ago, joining ITV and BBC in having a permanent presence in the region, and a host of production companies have also made similar moves. When the industry grows, it needs space as well as talent, and the county is proud to boast several new studio developments.
One production which recognised the value of shooting in Leeds was MetFilm School tutor’s Prano Bailey-Bond’s brilliant and acclaimed film Censor, also exec-produced by another MetFilm School tutor, Naomi Wright, which was released in UK cinemas in August. This commercial interest in the production sector in Leeds is well supported by Screen Yorkshire and Leeds City Council, who are putting significant resource into supporting the sector.
Like our London and Berlin campuses, MetFilm School’s new campus is situated in a working film studio complex – Prime Studios, which plays host to professional film and television productions on an ongoing basis, and is next door to ITV Studios, the home of its flagship soap Emmerdale Farm, one of whose current directors is MetFilm School tutor, Emma Lindley.
Leeds is already a brilliant place to be a student, being one of the biggest student centres in the UK, and the campus is surrounded by student accommodation and also happens to be just a 10 minute walk from the vibrant city centre.