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.

This year (2016) will focus on the theme of ‘Experiment’ which aims to encourage innovation and reinvention of the short film format, from script writing to production techniques, combining traditional and digital media.

Most sessions will run on Wednesday evenings between 6-8pm, some Saturdays and throughout half term in October 2016 at BFI Southbank.

How to Apply

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

Email your completed form anytime from now until the deadline at noon on Friday 9 September.

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.

If you would like to know more, applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to an open evening at 6pm on 24 August in the Blue Room at BFI Southbank, where you can meet the team and find out more about the academy course.

There are 40 other BFI Film Academies happening all over the UK and five 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 please come to our open evening on 24 August or email us.

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