Empowering Future Filmmakers: Insights from LFA's Alumni Graduate Panel & Networking Session

26 February 2024

Our event, welcoming the multi-talented actor, writer and director Alice Lowe didn't end there, as we invited students back for a Graduate Panel and networking session to continue the conversation and encourage the cross-collaboration of our wider LFA community. 

A diverse graduate panel took the stage as the forum extended its impact and allowed students in attendance to delve even deeper into filmmaking and life after graduation. The panellists featured accomplished alumni from across the courses at LFA and included: 

The graduate panel used this platform to share their journeys to LFA and life since graduating, with each successfully navigating their way into the competitive film industry. They openly discussed the challenges they faced and the strategies they employed to overcome them, providing invaluable insights for attendees. From short films screened at the Cannes Film Festival to OSCAR attendances, and continuing their LFA studies, all have become accomplished and knowledgeable LFA ambassadors. 

Their stories painted a vivid picture of perseverance, creativity, and determination, inspiring current students to pursue their dreams with unwavering passion. Our attendees had the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from individuals who have walked the same halls and faced similar hurdles.  

Practical advice and discussions were centred around the realities of launching a career in filmmaking, as well as unique insights into the industry's inner workings and the diverse career paths available after completing studies at LFA.  

The diverse experiences showcased the versatility of skills gained through their education at LFA, emphasising our commitment to nurturing well-rounded filmmakers, capable of thriving in various aspects of the industry.  

As the panellists concluded, their final anecdotes left an indelible mark on the audience, and as LFA Alumni Chelsea Kania aptly put it; 

A lot of filmmaking is networking, and a lot of networking is just friendship-making

Chelsea Kania

The graduate panel's discussion underscored one of LFA's key values, fostering the importance of collaboration and how this can form genuine connections in the film industry. 

They shared how the invaluable relationships they formed at LFA proved to be crucial at various stages in their filmmaking careers, from securing internships to collaborating on projects and even accessing opportunities like film festivals and awards ceremonies. 

These personal connections not only open doors but also provide a support network of like-minded individuals who understand the challenges and triumphs of the industry. Our LFA Filmmaker's Club is a fantastic place to start to gain access to a network of peers, mentors, and industry professionals who can offer guidance, and collaborative opportunities long after graduation. 

The post-panel networking session provided our audience with a valuable opportunity to connect directly with graduates, gaining invaluable insights, tips, and experiences in the process.  

For even more knowledge from our inspiring graduates watch our video below: 

This event underscored the profound impact of a filmmaking education and the unwavering commitment required to achieve excellence in the cinematic arts. We can't wait for the next one...