Terms of Use

The fine print.

Last Updated July 30, 2021

First and foremost, know that Lights Film School (owned and operated by “Lights Media Collective”) aims to provide a safe, secure, and inspiring educational environment for our students across the board.

Certificate and Accreditation

Lights Film School is a non-accredited private educational experience. Due to the high costs of accreditation (which would subsequently increase the price of student enrollment), we prefer to keep our online film school affordable and have designed Lights Film School without accreditation, so as to make the learning as accessible as possible.

However, all students who complete the program (including all 5 assignments, demonstrating that they’ve put the learning into practice) will receive a personalized completion certificate, celebrating and commemorating their accomplishment! A digital version with its own serial number is issued by default.

Duration of Your Studies and Lights Film School Access

If you enrolled after April 13, 2019, then you have access to all Lights Film School features available at the time of your enrollment - this includes unlimited* access to all 6 modules of Lights Film School’s core curriculum and associated features for as long as they’re available, including progress tracking, hands-on exercises, bonus media libraries, downloadable workbooks, and completion certificate eligibility. If you enrolled between July 27, 2018, and April 13, 2019, then you have unlimited* access to your program(s) and Premium Membership features for as long as they’re available.

Premium Membership adds access to the Workshop and various community areas, including the Cantina, Networking area, and Alumni Lounge area. In the past, Premium Membership was purchased separately and renewed automatically each year unless canceled. On May 28, 2021 - as a part of systems-wide changes made possible through new workflows, and as a way of thanking our community for their longterm participation and support - all students with active Premium Memberships were grandfathered into free memberships moving forward. Huzzah!

Still, because Premium Membership powers the Workshop, an active Premium Membership is required to redeem the 5-assignment teacher feedback bundle, included and valid for 1 year from the date of a student's enrollment in Lights Film School (or in the case of students who enrolled before July 27, 2018, the date of their account reactivation - see below). The feedback bundle cannot be renewed. If you wish to commission assignment feedback after the bundle expires – or if you wish to commission extra feedback beyond the 5 reviews, at any time – then you may purchase an additional feedback add-on.

If you enrolled before July 27, 2018, and you wish to resume your studies, then there will be a small reactivation fee, granting you the same access as students who enrolled after April 13, 2019. This includes the 5-assignment teacher feedback bundle as described above, enabling you to get feedback on any assignments you did not submit before your account expired. We’ll be glad to have you with us again!

*In the past, "unlimited access... for as long as [the materials] are available" was described as "lifetime access... for as long as [the materials] are available". The adjective "lifetime" since has been updated to the adjective "unlimited" for the sake of clarity, since it represents Lights Film School's longtime Terms of Use even better; ie., (with the sole exception of situations where a reactivation fee applies), a student will never be asked to re-pay for access to their base enrollment since enrollment doesn't expire.

Community Guidelines

Students must abide by a code of conduct. Lights Film School is our community. By participating in Lights Film School, a student is agreeing to treat our community and everyone in it – regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age – with respect at all times.

Failure to honor these guidelines will result in account suspension or deactivation, at our team’s sole discretion. We work hard to make the Lights Film School educational environment a safe and productive one for everyone around the world.

Third Party Websites and Services

Enrollment in Lights Film School grants access to a curated selection of filmmaking-related third party websites and services. Your use of these websites and services is subject to their individual terms of use and privacy policies.

Liability

As a student, you are required to obtain and pay for your own production insurance. Lights Media Collective is not responsible in any way for personal injury, property damage, or other damages directly or indirectly caused by Lights Film School students’ projects or interactions.

Number of Registered Users per Enrollment

One enrollment grants access to the Lights Film School educational experience for one user. If multiple people wish to use an account, then the corresponding number of enrollments must be purchased. In other words, we only allow one user per enrollment/account. The same applies to Premium Membership and all associated features.

Age Minimum

We require our students to be 18 years of age or older at the time of enrollment. 

If a parent or guardian decides to enroll an individual younger than 18 years of age in our program, then they are agreeing to them being presented with some adult themes, since some of our teaching materials reference films that are unrated and/or rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Money-Back Guarantee

We offer a 15 day money-back guarantee. However, in order to receive a 100% refund, we ask that our customers do not upload for review any of their completed assignments before asking for their money back. €47 will be deducted for each assignment uploaded if the customer does request a refund.

Acceptance of Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your use of Lights Film School’s websites, services, and features constitutes your acceptance of these terms of use as well as our Privacy Policy and any changes.

Questions?

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