BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme

Applications for the BFI Film Academy Summer Residentials are open!

BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme

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, VFX and programming – 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 or summer for between five and nine days.

Residential courses

Course fee

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the Specialist Residential courses, including accommodation and food, but a generous bursary scheme ensures that 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 these courses is £1,500 but the maximum you will be asked to pay is £210 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


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.

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