BFI Film Academy residential programme – ADSV

Residential courses focus on the complete craft of one specialism – animation, documentary, screenwriting or visual effects.

Tutor Hussain Currimbhoy on the BFI Film Academy 2012-3

Masterclasses by key industry figures are integral to this programme, as are hands-on skills training and bespoke careers advice.

There will be intensive courses to be run during half-term times for between five and nine days.

Each programme will offer a combination of workshops, practical skills lessons and lectures.

  • In the animation programme, you will be taught the techniques and styles used in traditional and digital 2D animation and will work in teams on short film exercises and a narrative film.
  • In the documentary programme you will be lead through digital documentary filmmaking techniques, from your original idea through to production and editing.
  • Screenwriting workshops will develop your ideas and writing skills, and tutors will guide you in writing a script for a short film.
  • The course in visual effects covers the range of techniques available and creative use of visual effects in film production.

Course cost: £50

How to apply

Residential programmes take place in various locations in the UK – see the table below for more detail. Although you must arrange your own travel to and from your chosen residential, accommodation and meals will be provided for the duration of the course. All of the programmes are scheduled to run during February half term and last from between five to nine days.

Please note, if you are unable to pay the full course fee, don’t let this discourage you from applying. Contact the course provider as costs may be waived.

Course providers – animation, documentary, screenwriting or visual effects

Partner Contact details Location Specialisation Course dates
CTVC Ltd Email or call 07973 817948 London Documentary filmmaking Introductory weekend: 24-26 January 2014
Residential week: 16-22 February 2014
Application deadline: 2 December 2013
This course will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary filmmakers, to learn practical skills of documentary filmmaking, and to gain an understanding of the diversity of roles within the industry.
The Film and Video Workshop Email or call 020 7607 8660 London Visual effects and Animation Taster day: 1 February 2014
Residential week: 16-22 February 2014
Application deadline: 22 November 2013
This course runs over eight days. You will work in small teams to produce visual effects, alongside studying key archive and contemporary films. All tutors are industry professionals (including two BAFTA winners) as well as experienced teachers.
Calling the Shots Films Ltd Email or call 0117 930 0140 Bristol Animation Course dates: 16-21 February 2014
Application deadline: 2 December 2013
Closely guided by some of the best educators and practitioners in British animation, The Bristol Animation Camp will enable you to encounter new techniques and explore your ideas on industry standard equipment.
Tyneside Cinema Email or call 0845 217 9909. Newcastle Screenwriting Introductory residential weekend: 11-12 January 2014
Residential week: 16-21 February 2014
Application deadline: 25 November 2013
Are you a young writer who’d like to gain a better understanding of the world of filmmaking? Then this course is for you. Learn about distribution, the role of the writer and the screenplay, key screenwriting skills, as well as about the ways you can gain access to a highly competitive industry. In addition, mentors will guide you to create your own short screenplay.
Amersham and Wycombe College Visit Buckinghamshire Visual effects Course dates: 15-25 February 2014
Application deadline: 2 December 2013
The Centroid Superhero Academy will provide an immersion into the world of visual effects. If you are thinking of entering the film industry and would like hands-on experience of using industry-standard equipment, this is the course for you. It will be run over February half-term plus weekends (nine days in total). Groups are limited to 20 students to ensure individual attention.


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