South London Gallery Film School

The SLG is seeking enthusiastic young filmmakers to join the SLG Film School 2020 (formerly known as REcreative Film School) led by Saeed Taji Farouky (Director) and Paul Crook (Young People’s Programme Manager, South London Gallery).

The film school will now take place online across five sessions and is aimed at young filmmakers aged 18 – 30 who want to direct creative films. We will also consider applications from those above this age range who are still early in their film career. Applications are open to young filmmakers from across the world.

The film school will take place on Saturdays 7, 14, 21 & 28 November & Saturday 5 December, 11am–4pm (GMT).  


The SLG Film School is a free, radical film course that takes place annually at the South London Gallery. Since 2015, the school has worked nearly 100 young people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the film industry.  

It focuses on non-conventional forms of filmmaking and storytelling, and aims to develop young people’s individual creative practices through workshops, screenings and talks by invited guests. The school is committed to influencing long-term change in the film and art world by supporting marginalised voices. 


We are looking for students who are lovers of film and are interested in making a career in moving images. We are particularly keen to support applicants who have not yet had access to similar programmes, and those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the film industry; including those: with Black, Asian or minority ethnic heritage; from low-income backgroundswho identify as LGBTQ+; who are disabled. 

Please return a completed application to by 6pm on Monday 5 October with the subject line: SLG Film School Application 2020. Please fill out the equal opportunities monitoring form here upon submitting your application.

If you will require any special arrangements at any stage of this process, including making an application by video or audio instead, please contact Paul Crook at or telephone 020 7703 6120. 


In light of the recent changes to government coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance, the SLG Film School 2020 will now take place online.

We apologise for any disappointment caused. We will be working on ways to adapt the lessons and offering creative solutions to moving the experience online. As part of these changes, we will be reducing the length of the days to 11am–4pm (GMT) with a one-hour lunch break at 1pm, but the dates will remain the same.

SLG Film School is supported by the SLG Council.