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Northern Film School Showreel

The Northern Film School offers filmmaking awards at BA (Hons), MA and PhD levels, attracting students from around the world.

Harrogate Film Festival 2021

The Northern Film School is the official Education Partner for Harrogate Film Festival, which has announced details of their 2021 programme of events.

Oliver Stone has top billing

The 2021 Harrogate Film Festival, sponsored by Leeds Beckett University’s Northern Film School, will see an exclusive Q&A with legendary Hollywood director Oliver Stone.

About the Northern Film School

We have been developing and supporting the next generation of filmmaking talent for over 40 years. You will be taught storytelling, technical expertise and creativity by industry professionals who are committed to nurturing talent and excellence in film and to developing you as a filmmaker of the future.


Student Work


American filmmaking student Ian talks about why he chose to study to study at the Northern Film School

Alex Ashcroft, Senior Lecturer

Alex Ashcroft is a sound engineer and educator with extensive experience across audio disciplines including; location recording and post-production sound for film & broadcast, live music sound engineering and theatre sound mixing. His research centres around immersive sound design.

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Julius Ayodeji, Course Director

Julius is really interested in storytelling.

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Dr Sarah Bowen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Sarah Louisa Bowen is Head of Animation at the Northern Film School, teaching Animation, Experimental Film, research-based filmmaking practices and Moving Image Theory.

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Dr Steven Gerrard, Reader

Steve is Reader in Film at Northern Film School. He loves science fiction, horror, Doctor Who, Status Quo, Tintin, Jason Statham, James Bond, Viz Magazine, Music Hall, and The Carry On Films.

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Steve Mardy, Senior Lecturer

Steve has worked full-time at the Northern Film School over the past 13 years. He has undertaken postgraduate research into the radio features and TV documentary, taught on the BA programme on trade and industry insight, experiential learning and research.

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Dr Lewis Paul, Senior Lecturer

Lewis Paul joined the Film School in 2000, having worked both as an artist film maker and commercially. Lewis led the development of the undergraduate BA within the school alongside the already established MA programme. Lewis has established practice research Filmmaking PhD’s in the NFS.

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Philip Robertson, Senior Lecturer

Philip Robertson is an Internationally renowned Cinematographer who also serves as the Senior Lecturer in Cinematography in the School of Arts. Robertson trained at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VIGIK) and is a graduate of the Northern Film School.

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Gabrielle Russell, Senior Lecturer

Screenwriter and director, Gabrielle Russell is a graduate of the National Film & Television School.

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Professor Robert Shail, Director of Research

Robert Shail is Professor of Film in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts where he heads research development for the School.

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Laura Taylor, Course Director

Laura is currently Head of Sound and Course Director at the Northern Film School in the Leeds School of Arts, Leeds Beckett University and has been a University Teacher Fellow since 2010.

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Dr Anna Zaluczkowska, Reader

Anna is an award-winning filmmaker and writer and has had works screened at film festivals throughout the world, on television, in museums and at live events. Her academic interests include screenwriting, transmedia narratives, Northern Irish cinema and film-making practice.

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