The MA International Film Business is co-directed by Angus Finney and Professor Will Higbee.

About the MA

The world class graduate degree that puts you right inside the international film business

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 in the College of Humanities and the Business School. The partnership 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 program, providing students with the key business tools and contacts needed to build a career in film.

Unlike existing film-related degrees, this new MA explores the entire film business, embracing 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 international film industry. 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 opportunities for inductry networking via events and contacts at the London Film School; 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.

Programme Directors:

The MAIFB programme is co-directed by Angus Finney, of The London Film School and Dr James Lyons at the University of Exeter. Angus is author of The International Film Business and a key authority on the sector. Together they 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.

Advisory panel

The LFS Production and Film Business Advisory Panel, chaired by eminent figures in the industry, brings together professional leaders from the fields of Finance, Legal and Business Affairs, Production, Distribution and Sales.

Find out more about the individual members of the Advisory panel.

These days it’s no longer relevant to train in production alone. You need to be – or at any rate to understand being – a distributor and a sales agent as well. Otherwise, you’re not an independent producer: you’re a dependent one.
Ben Gibson, Director, Degree Programmes, Australian Film Television & Radio School