BFI Film Academy – UK Network Programme

This exciting programme offers hands-on filmmaking courses, aimed at developing your knowledge and skills and encouraging your special interests.

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Then the BFI Film Academy — UK Network Programme is for you. Applications now open!

BFI Film Academy 2017 graduates showreel

There will be over 40 different courses running between September 2017 and March 2018 across the UK so wherever you live — be it Birmingham or Belfast, Dundee or Durham — you will have the opportunity to gain the essential skills to enter the film industry.

Courses provide at least 40 hours of training through regular evening and/or weekend classes. Each course takes a hands-on approach to filmmaking through a combination of workshops and practical skills development using industry standard equipment. You will enjoy masterclasses by key industry figures, receive bespoke careers advice and will be guided through the production of a film as part of a crew. As a graduate of the BFI Film Academy you will become part of the growing alumni network and have access to year round events such as BAFTA career surgeries.

Arts Award or NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ accreditation for participants will be offered by course providers as part of the UK Network Programme courses.

Course cost: £25

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. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs.

Please note that if you have previously been on a BFI Film Academy residential course or are enrolled in university during the 2017/18 academic year, you are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

  • Please refer to table below for course providers in your area, how and when to apply and when each course is running.
Location Partner Organisation Enquiries Applications Course
Aberdeen Station House Media Unit bfi@shmu.org.uk 28 June — 1 September 2017 13 September 2017 — 10 February 2018
Armagh AmmA Centre roberta.morton@eani.org.uk 4 — 22 September 2017 28 September 2017 — 15 February 2018
Belfast Cinemagic shauna@cinemagic.org.uk 7 July — 6 September 2017 19 September 2017 — 27 January 2018
Belfast Nerve Centre (Belfast) j.mcalorum@nervecentre.org 28 June — 30 August 2017 9 September 2017 — 24 February 2018
Birmingham The Company Ltd janette@thecompanyltd.co.uk 3 July — 12pm, 25 September 2017 9 October — 19 November 2017
Bournemouth White Lantern info@getinsidemovies.co.uk 1 August — 5pm, 30 October 2017 19 November 2017 — 4 February 2018
Bradford Reel Solutions info@reelsolutions.co.uk 08 July 2017 — 13 January 2018 27 Jan 2018 — 16 February 2018
Brighton Brighton Film School info@brightonfilmschool.co.uk 1 August — 30 September 2017 1 October 2017 — 7 February 2018
Bristol Bristol Old Vic Theatre School bex.rose@oldvic.ac.uk 4 September — 20 October 2017 25 November 2017 — 22 March 2018
Bristol Watershed bex.rose@oldvic.ac.uk 11 September — 20 October 2017 25 November 2017 — 28 March 2018
Cambridge Long Road Sixth Form College bfiacademy@longroad.ac.uk 10 July — 25 September 2017 21 October — 29 October 2017
Cardiff Ffresh info@ffresh.com 1 August — 1 November 2017 8 January — 2 February 2018
Chester storyhouse.com learning@storyhouse.com 08 July 2017 — 14 October 2017 28 October 2017 — 04 November 2017
Colchester Signals Essex info@signals.org.uk 3 July — 5 October 2017 14 October — 16 December 2017
Conwy TAPE info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk 4 September — 30 October 2017 30 October 2017 — 20 January 2018
Cumbria Signal Film and Media kezz@signalfilmandmedia.co.uk 21 August — 9 October 2017 (Screenwriters deadline 15 September 2017) 17 October — 12 December 2017 (Screenwriters weekend 23-24 September 2017)
Derry Nerve Centre (Derry) e.king@nervecentre.org 4 — 22 September 2017 28 September 2017 — 24 February 2018
Dundee Dundee Contemporary Arts learning@dca.org.uk 28 June — 4 August 2017 12 August — 14 December 2017
Durham Jack Drum Arts info@jackdrum.co.uk 31 July — 29 September 2017 7 October — 9 December 2017
Edinburgh Screen Education Edinburgh admin@screen-ed.org 28 August — 20 October 2017 4 November 2017 — 21 January 2018
Glasgow GMAC Film filmacademy@gmacfilm.com 11 September — 2 October 2017 21 October 2017 — 3 February 2018
Hereford Rural Media info@ruralmedia.co.uk 4 September — 6 October 2017 14 October — 15 December 2017
Hull CTVC bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk 12pm, 3 July — 1 October 2017 15 October — 4 December 2017
Inverness Screen Education Edinburgh / Eden Court admin@screen-ed.org 28 August — 29 September 2017 9 — 28 October 2017
Ipswich Culture Works (Ipswich) info@cultureworkseast.co.uk 31 July — 8 October 2017 21 — 27 October 2017
Kent Screen South apply@screensouth.org 10 July — 27 September 2017 14 October 2017 — 3 February 2018
Leeds Leeds Young Film martin@betafilmworks.org 3 July — 21 September 2017 7 October 2017 — 17 January 2018
Lincoln Paradigm Arts rob@paradigmarts.co.uk 28 June — 25 September 2017 14 October 2017 — 10 February 2018
Liverpool FACT TBC TBC TBC
London BFI FutureFilm.Academy@bfi.org.uk 1 July — 8 September 2017 20 September — 9 December 2017
London CTVC / VividEcho bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk 12pm, 3 July — 24 September 2017 7 October — 9 December 2017
London Eastside gemma@eastside.org.uk 4 September — 27 September 2017 14 October 2017 — 10 February 2018
London Film and Video Workshop simon@filmworkshop.com 28 June — 5pm 22 September 2017 30 September — 28 October 2017
London London Film Academy shortcourses@londonfilmacademy.com 17 July — 15 September 2017 7 October 2017 — 21 January 2018
London Mouth That Roars mouththatroars@btconnect.com 2 October — 17 November 2017 4 December 2017 — 17 February 2018
London Young Film Academy courses@youngfilmacademy.co.uk 13 September — 4 October 2017 24 October 2017 — 6 January 2018
Manchester HOME youngcreatives@homemcr.org 1 — 25 September 2017 4 October — 4 December 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema filmschool@tynesidecinema.co.uk 4 August — 2 October 2017 28 October 2017 — 17 February 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne Beacon Hill filmacademy@beaconhillarts.org.uk 10 July — 12 November 2017 10 December 2017 — 16 February 2018
Norwich Culture Works (Norwich) info@cultureworkseast.co.uk 11 September 2017 — 14 January 2018 10 — 17 February 2017
Nottingham Broadway Nottingham filmacademy@broadway.org.uk 10 July — 17 September 2017 18 October — 8 February 2018
Oxford Film Oxford production@filmoxford.org 14 August — 9 October 2017 23 October — 3 December 2017
Pinewood Resource Productions (Pinewood) info@resource-productions.co.uk 2 October — 11 December 2017 6 January — 17 February 2018
Plymouth Plymouth College of Art babbott@pca.ac.uk 12 July — 1 October 2017 21 October — 12 December 2017
Sheffield Sheffield Media & Exhibition Centre meabh.odonovan@showroomworkstation.org.uk 4 September — 25 October 2017 11 November 2017 — 27 January 2018
Shepperton Resource Productions (Shepperton) info@resource-productions.co.uk 2 October — 11 December 2017 12 February — 17 February 2018
Shropshire MediaActive richard@mediaactive.org 28 June — 20 September 2017 7 October — 28 November 2017
Somerset Somerset Film and Video info@somersetfilm.com 5 July — 18 September 2017 7 October — 27 October 2017
Swansea Ffresh info@ffresh.com 1 August — 1 November 2017 8 January — 2 February 2018

Hear from two of our Film Academy alumni:

The BFI Film Academy forms part of the BFI’s overall 5-19 Education Scheme. The programme is being supported by the Department for Education in England who have committed £1m per annum funding from April 2012 until 31 March 2018. It is also funded through the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

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