Every year thousands of students across the nation enroll in film programs. While many begin their careers in traditional four year universities others make the decision to either continue their education or focus it solely at a  short term film school. These schools leave out electives in favor of a film centric curriculum that will prepare future filmmakers for their careers. These one to two year film schools have been chosen as Screen Junkies best of the year.


AFI Conservatory

Easily on the most well respected films schools in the country, the AFI Conservatory is a small private institution in Los Angeles. The prestigious school has alumni that include David Lynch and Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”). The institution offers the chance to learn the basics of film making in all facets over the course of two years.  And based on it’s alumni it’s one of the best schools any young filmmaker can attend.


New York Film Academy

With classes taught all over the world and campuses in New York City and on the Universal Studios back lot in Los Angeles, The New York Film Academy (NYFA) offers various program lengths for a number of film disciplines. Ranging from six weeks to two years, the programs NYFA offers give real world experience for those looking to work in the film industry.  


Los Angeles Film School

Located in the heart of Hollywood, The Los Angeles film school offers excellent courses in the essential steps to making your own film. Focused on giving a well rounded film making experience to its students participants in the year long program take classes in editing, producing, directing, screenwriting and cinematography. The notable alumni include director Brian Taylor who’s vision can be seen in the films “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “Crank.”