BFI Future Film Academy at BFI Southbank

The BFI Future Film Academy is offering 20 aspiring young filmmakers a fun and practical talent development programme as part of the national BFI Film Academy scheme.

Each year between September and December, a cohort of selected participants between the age of 16 to 19 are trained by industry and education professionals to produce short films. This intensive programme includes hands-on filmmaking workshops, masterclasses with filmmakers, plus free access to screenings at the BFI London Film Festival and monthly BFI Future Film events. Participants are also actively involved in the exhibition and distribution of their work and have the opportunity to gain the newly launched NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ accreditation.

Our participants work in small teams to produce short films on the theme of the major BFI autumn season, which will be announced soon. In previous years we have produced films in the genres of gothic horror, sci-fi, love, experimental, thriller and Black Star.

Most sessions will run on Wednesday evenings between 6-8pm, some Saturdays and throughout half term in October 2018 at BFI Southbank.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please see our timetable and download the application form below.

Applications will be accepted via email from 2 July until the deadline at 5pm on Friday 7 September. Please complete the form in its original file type and return to the contact email below. A photo of the signed page or a digital signature will be accepted.

We invite applications from any young person who lives in London, is aged 16 to 19 and who has a passion for cinema. Unfortunately, we do not accept applications from anyone who has previously attended a BFI Film Academy course or is currently at university.

There are over 40 other BFI Network Film Academies happening all over the UK and residential courses that you can apply for if you have already completed a Network Academy Course.

If you want to know more about the Future Film Academy, applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to an open evening on Wednesday 22 August in the Blue Room of BFI Southbank or email us

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