BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy

10 weeks (Saturdays only)
Sydney Russell School, RM9 5QT
"The BFI Film Academy is one of the most worthwhile experiences I have ever had; not only did I learn an unbelievable amount about film-making, and produce something that I am incredibly proud of, but also have made many useful contacts, and met an entire team of like-minded people to make films with in the future. All this, paired with gaining an arts leadership award, has left me with an unforgettable experience."
Previous BFI Film Academy Student Luisa Charles

Applications are now closed, and will re-open in September 2015

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Young Film Academy is proud to be a partner in the BFI Film Academy Network. Young Film Academy will be running a 10-week course of Saturday filmmaking sessions for a maximum of 16 passionate young filmmakers (ages 16-19, Nov 2015 - Jan 2016.) For more information about the course see below.

Course Outline

The BFI Film Academy is a new UK initiative providing opportunities and training for talented and committed young people from all backgrounds (aged 16-19) to develop new skills and build a career within the film industry. Led by industry experts, BFI Film Academy courses will cover every area of the film industry, enabling young people to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. Young Film Academy are offering a practical course in short fiction filmmaking, in which participants work in teams to create films for a showcase cinema screening for the public. 

Run by film industry professionals, participants will benefit from their tutor's guidance and inside knowledge of how to break into the industry. The course contains workshops and masterclasses from some of the UK’s top film production companies (including screenwriting, producing and film marketing). The course concludes with a showcase screening, organised and marketed by the participants, who will create their own distribution strategy for their film. Participants will have the chance to gain Arts Award Silver. The most committed participants may be recommended by Young Film Academy to attend the BFI Residential Talent Campus, which will further develop their skills and signpost further education and training opportunities, and future employment within the film industry.

Young Film Academy is one of the delivery partners within the London area. The other partners are:

Eastside Educational Trust 
Our BFI Film Academy runs 19 October – 7 December and gives participants the opportunity to create short narrative films & documentaries under the guidance of industry professionals including sound, lighting and editing masterclasses.  Deadline 12 October.  Further details & application form

Mouth That Roars
Our Film Academy runs over six weeks from 11th January 2014. Participants will get hands on training in drama and documentary film making and specialist guidance from film industry mentors. Deadline: Saturday 23rd November 2013. Contact: 020 7729 2323 or email:

Barbican Centre Trust

CTVC and VividEcho 
The course offers training and facilitation in 3D film-making and master classes with high level industry experts including the executive producers of The King’s Speech and Gosford Park. Deadline September 30th Apply here

Between October 2013 and February 2014 the BFI Future Film Academy is offering aspiring young filmmakers the chance to produce a short film on the theme of Gothic Horror to coincide with the forthcoming BFI Gothic Season. Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday the 23rd of September. Apply here


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