ISP Film Festival

ISP Film Festival

The ISP Film Festival provides an amazing opportunity for our students aged 13 – 18 years old to take part in a free four-month filmmaking programme. Groups of students from ISP Schools learn about many different aspects of the film industry from planning to post-production and together produce and submit a short film which will be voted on and assessed by other students and a panel of experts. There are many benefits for students in creating a short film and participating in this type of programme, including contributing to their ability to work creatively and collaboratively over a longer period of time and enabling them to apply 21st Century technological skills, whilst drawing on their creative and organisational strengths.


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The programme aims to offer students a lifelong-memorable experience and provide a platform into possible future career pathways in filmmaking and media. Throughout the film creation process, students become stronger team-players, and develop collaborative communication skills through this multi-disciplinary group project. At the end of the programme, students from ISP schools share their talent on a global stage and be better informed about the industry and the realities of working in this vast and exciting field.

The ISP Film Festival includes a modular course hosted on The Learning Hub – ISP’s interactive and collaborative online learning space. The course is divided into four modules and guides students through the entire creative journey in a structured and methodical way from brainstorming to the film launch. There is a Welcome Week prior to Module 1 where students will have a “meet and greet” with the Film Festival Course Coordinators (FFC) and meet groups of students from other ISP schools around the world.

Each group’s FFC guide and support their students through the modules:

  • Welcome Week: An Introduction to the Film World
  • Module 1: From Brainstorming to Selection
  • Module 2: From Scripts to Storyboards
  • Module 3: Lights, Camera, Action!
  • Module 4: Final Touches & Launch


The Film Festival offers students the exceptional added benefit of being able to interact with film industry professionals through ‘Inspiration Sessions’. These sessions support students to extend their learning and are not only be with film industry professionals from all over the world but also with course leaders and highly skilled technicians from the Arts University of Bournemouth in the UK. During these Inspiration Sessions, the industry professionals share their expertise in a variety of forms, including recorded interviews, interactive forums with Q&A sessions and tutorials.

No film festival would be complete without an Awards Ceremony and the ISP Film Festival is no different! At the end of the programme, the ISP Film Festival Awards Ceremony takes place and the final six winning films, and their film crew films are announced. Films are awarded in six categories: Best Picture, Best Acting Performance, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Script, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. Every Film Crew and the entire ISP community will be welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony. We look forward to seeing you there!

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