VFS named a Top Film School by Variety for the eighth consecutive year

VFS has been featured on Variety’s prestigious list every year since 2017.

Announcement Highlights:

  • Vancouver Film School is the only Canadian film school to be featured in Variety's 2024 list and has appeared on this list annually since 2017.
  • Other schools named alongside VFS include New York Film Academy, Columbia University's School of the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Los Angeles Film School.
  • Variety's 2024 list boasts an "impressive array of educators, facilities and lessons to be learned."

(VANCOUVER, B.C.) May 16, 2024 – Vancouver Film School is pleased to announce that it has once again been featured on Variety’s annual list of Top Film Schools in North America, making this the eighth consecutive year that VFS has appeared. Additionally, VFS is the only Canadian institution to be featured in the 2024 curation.

Each year, Variety releases a shortlist of top film school programs across North America that “offer an impressive array of educators, facilities and lessons to be learned.” The publication pays special mention to the alumni at large from these programs that have become legendary names in the industry, creating award-winning content and enacting change on-screen and behind-the-scenes.

Top institutions listed alongside VFS include New York Film Academy, Boston University, Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Ithaca College, and Los Angeles Film School.

“Vancouver Film School is honoured to once again be recognized by Variety as a leading film school. This recognition is not only humbling but inspiring; it drives all of us at VFS, faculty and staff alike, to maintain and exceed this standard of excellence in post-secondary training for the creative industries. As the industry continues to change, adapt, and grow, VFS does so in tandem and we look forward to continuing our own growth as we train future generations of creative talent.”-Jon Bell – Managing Director, VFS

To read the full Variety report, click here.



About Vancouver Film School

VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, design, and beyond. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated time frames and offers 15 industry-led programs in which students graduate in 12 months as in-demand creative professionals. In 2023, alumni were credited on 8 of the top 10 domestic grossing films, 7 of the 10 best-selling games, and 8 of the 10 most streamed shows.


About Variety

Variety is the most authoritative and trusted source of entertainment business news, recognized and respected throughout the world. Since 1905, influential producers, executives and talent in entertainment and beyond have turned to Variety for award-winning daily breaking news reports, insightful award-season coverage, must-read feature spotlights and intelligent analysis of the industry’s most prominent players. As the leading publication covering film, television, theater and tech with a global perspective, Variety is the vital read in every entertainment capital in over 84 countries.


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