BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme

Applications to take part in the specialist residential programme are open now.

The BFI Film Academy scheme is providing opportunities for talented and committed young people between the ages of 16–19 to develop new skills and build a career in the film industry, no matter where they live or what their background.

Each residential course will focus on the complete craft and workflow of one of the different specialisms – animation, documentary, screenwriting or VFX – with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants will also receive bespoke careers advice. This an intensive hot-housing course to be run during February half-term for between five and nine days.

Residential courses

Course costs

The cost to participate in the specialist residential course is £50. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Bursaries will also be made available for participants if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. Your accommodation and meals will be organised by the course provider and are included in the fee.

Please note that if you have previously taken part on a BFI Film Academy residential course (specialist or craft skills) you are not eligible to apply.


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.

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.

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