BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Residential

BFI Film Academy craft skills residential course, delivered by the National Film and Television School, is a two-week residential course for 66 young people running over the Easter holidays in 2017.

BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Graduation 2016

How to apply

Apply directly at the NFTS website

Key dates

Application deadlines:

  • Screenwriting 6 November 2016
  • All other crafts 22 January 2017 (applications open 7 November 2016)

Course fee

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers of all backgrounds. The fee ranges from £0 to £420 for the Craft Skills course including accommodation and food (excluding transportation to and from the residential) but a generous bursary scheme ensures that any costs will not prevent any filmmaker from taking part — if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.

Please don’t let the cost of the residential courses deter you from applying. Due to generous support from the DfE, Creative Scotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we are able to heavily subsidise the cost of fees. The true cost of providing the course is £3,000 but the maximum you will be asked to pay is £420 if you fall into the highest income bracket.

If a young person is offered a place on the Film Academy and can’t afford the fee, our bursary scheme will help them. Depending on your financial circumstances we will fund some of the cost or all of it and also have a separate fund that can help with travel, childcare or other prohibitive costs.

If you would like more information on course fees or have any questions, please download the FAQ below or email

Course and venue details

  • Introductory weekend (screenwriters only): Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 December 2016
  • Introductory weekend (all specialisms): Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 March 2017
  • Residential: Sunday 9 April – Thursday 20 April 2017

In groups of 11 students – with each student specialising in a particular craft, such as editing, cinematography or sound – you will make a short film on industry standard equipment under the tuition of top industry professionals.


In order to apply for any BFI Film Academy course, you must:

  • be aged 16-19 years old on the first day of the course.
  • not be attending university at the time of the course.
  • have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry.
  • be able to commit to the duration of the course.
  • If you have already attended a BFI Film Academy Network course, you are still eligible to apply. Unfortunately if you have previously attended a BFI Film Academy residential course, you are not able to apply.

Accommodation single rooms at Lane End conference venue, with transport to and from the film school each day
Number of places 66

Watch clips from last year’s graduate films:

Fighting Irish – clip

Arcadia – clip

The Fall – clip

Silver – clip

Paralysis – clip

AA503 – clip

Alex Garland with BFI Film Academy students at the craft skills residential course 2016

Alex Garland with BFI Film Academy students at the craft skills residential course 2016

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