Frequently Asked Questions

What’s TheFilmSchool all about?
TheFilmSchool (often abbreviated to TFS) is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit school dedicated innovative, creative education in filmmaking, with an emphasis on story.  Located in the creative hub of Seattle, Washington, we guide, instruct and empower our students to conceive and develop their story ideas, bringing them to life. We believe powerful stories, given a platform, can lift the human condition.

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Is TheFilmSchool accredited?
TheFilmSchool is not accredited as a college or university; we offer a nonprofit, independent, conservatory-style approach. TFS has an arrangement with Cornish College to transfer credits to their acclaimed arts degree programs in some cases. Email to learn more.

How much does TheFilmSchool cost?
Programs vary in cost depending on duration, subject matter and other factors. See for more information. Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.

What forms of payment do you accept?
Thanks for your interest in making a gift or taking a class at TheFilmSchool! It’s easy to pay online using Paypal. You are also welcome to mail a check to: TheFilmSchool, SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

Please call us at 206-709-2555 with any payment issues or email us at and we’ll be happy to assist.

I’m already in a 4-year program for filmmaking / screenwriting. Why should I go to TheFilmSchool?
A four year program is a great way to increase your knowledge and skill, and so is TheFilmSchool. TheFilmSchool’s bootcamp is the only program of its kind that focuses solely on the craft of storytelling. To that end, every class is geared towards helping you become a better storyteller. See more about TheFilmSchool’s upcoming courses and applications here.

Shouldn’t I just pursue a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting?
Only you can decide what path is best for you. If you have the time and the inclination, a Master’s Degree could very well be the right choice for you. That should not prevent you from considering our three-week intensive, however. TheFilmSchool offers affordable and flexible options for those who work to pursue their writing and filmmaking craft as well. If you are committed enough to your craft, then attending a bootcamp, series or weekend course with our amazing faculty can only benefit you.

I’m an actor/filmmaker/writer. Is TheFilmSchool right for me?
Regardless of your chosen discipline, TheFilmSchool’s Three Week Intensive is a valuable experience, centered around the craft of storytelling. The narrative you will learn to craft won’t be just any story, it will be yours.

I just submitted my application. When will you notify me of acceptance?
Once we have reviewed your application and a decision has been made, we will notify you immediately.

I’ve been accepted. Now What?
Congratulations! Accepted students will receive emails with information about preparing to class, travel and parking, course details and contact information. Reach out to us at with any other questions.

Do I need to read / watch all of the recommended items from the faculty? That list is gigantic.
While the list may be daunting, they have been recommended because they will further your understanding of the craft, and are relevant to the courses. Try to read/watch as many as you can.