Craft Skills residential delivered by NFTS

The BFI Film Academy Craft Skills residential delivered by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) is a two-week residential course for 66 young people running over the Easter holidays in 2018.

BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Graduation 2017

Each participant will specialise in a particular craft, such as editing, cinematography or sound and, in groups of 11, make a short film on industry standard equipment, under the tuition of top industry professionals. The films will be premiered at the BFI Southbank during a special graduation showcase on the final day.

Key dates

Application deadlines:

  • Screenwriting 12 November 2017
  • All other crafts Monday 22 January 2018

Screenwriting applicants will hear the outcome by Monday 20 November 2018.
All other applicants will hear by Friday 9 February 2018.

Introductory weekend
Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 December 2017

Introductory weekend
(all other crafts)
Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 March 2018

Main residential
Monday 2 – Friday 13 April 2018

How to apply

Apply directly at the NFTS website

Number of places 66

Course fee

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The Course Fee ranges from £0 to £410 for Craft Skills residential delivered by NFTS, which includes your accommodation and food for the duration of the residential.

Due to generous support from the Department for Education in England, Creative Scotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we are able to heavily subsidise the cost of fees. The true cost of providing these courses is £3,000 for the Craft Skills residential delivered by NFTS, but the maximum you will be asked to pay is £410 if you fall into the highest income bracket. Depending on your financial circumstances we will subsidise some of the Course Fee or all of it.

Please don’t let the cost of the residential courses deter you from applying. If a young person is offered a place on the Film Academy and can’t afford the Course Fee or other associated costs, our bursary scheme can help them — if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.

For more information please download the FAQs below or email


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.

Watch clips from last year’s graduate films:

Look What the Cat Dragged In – clip

Hurt – clip

Have Some – clip

Nothing in the Middle – clip

The Chime of Youth – clip

Red Miss – clip

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