The UK's London Film School has launched Fast Forward, a programme to enable film professionals to develop their craft or to move to a new one.

The London Film School (LFF) has launched Fast Forward, upgrade programmes for working professionals.

The programmes will allow working professionals to train during intensive weeks throughout the year, in order to move up a level in their area or sidestep to a new one.

Ben Gibson, LFS director said: ' Fast Forward is the next step, a graduate school helping working professionals to upgrade in a strategic way.'

That sentiment was echoed by Mike Leigh, LFS chairman and alumnus. 'Fast Forward is a big step for LFS because we're taking on working filmmakers. This brings together people with different paths to the same goal - excelling in film craft. We want to teach people with some experience but no formal training in a joined-up studio like LFS because both groups will gain a lot of insight, and because that desire to create great work is really shared, ' Leigh said.

In January 2009 the Fast Forward programmes, which are funded by the UK's industry body Skillset, will be available in four areas - editing, feature producing, production design and sound. There will be three to four places available in each.

As well as undertaking intensive workshops, participants are assigned an industry mentor and work on an individual career 'prescription'. They will also work on at least one film directed by students on the MA filmmaking programme.