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.

Applications for the BFI Film Academy – UK Network Programme are closed for 2015. Applications will re-open in autumn 2016.

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.

There are 40 different courses running between September 2015 and February 2016 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 industry standard training through regular evenings and/or weekend classes. Each one offers combination of workshops, practical skills lessons and lectures. You will also get masterclasses by key industry figures, receive bespoke careers advice and work towards making a final film on a team. 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.

How to apply

  1. Find the course nearest to you in the map below.
  2. Search for the course by its location in the table below.
  3. Click on the organisation name next to the location (e.g. Cinemagic) to get application details from their website.

Deadlines for applications may vary by course provider so please make sure you read the dates indicated on their websites.

Arts Award or NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ accreditation for participants will be offered by course providers as part 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 course, you are not eligible to apply again.

Course providers – UK Network Programme

Location Partner Enquiries Recruitment dates Course dates
Aberdeen Station House Media Unit bfi@shmu.org.uk Applications closed 5 September – 12 December 2015
Armagh AmmA Centre graeme.mcneill@selb.org Applications closed 1 October – 30 March 2016
Belfast Cinemagic shauna@cinemagic.org.uk Applications closed 1 October 2015 – 6 February 2016
Belfast Nerve Centre (Belfast) n.clarke@nervecentre.org Applications closed 1 October 2015 – 14 March 2016
Birmingham The Company Ltd janette@thecompanyltd.co.uk Applications closed 11 October – 22 November 2015
Bournemouth White Lantern adam.merrifield@whitelanternfilm.co.uk Applications closed 22 November 2015 – 14 February 2016
Bradford Reel Solutions zoe@reelsolutions.co.uk Applications closed 7 October – December 2015
Brighton Brighton Film School info@brightonfilmschool.co.uk Applications closed 23 September 2015 – 10 February 2016
Bristol Bristol Old Vic Theatre School bex.rose@oldvic.ac.uk Applications closed 21 November 2015 – 3 March 2016
Bristol Watershed clare.leczycki@watershed.co.uk Applications closed 21 November 2015 – 22 February 2016
Cambridge Picturehouse Cinemas cfcoffice@picturehouses.co.uk Applications closed 24 October – 30 November 2015
Cardiff Zoom Cymru filmacademy@zoomcymru.com Applications closed 26 October – 6 December 2015
Colchester Signals Essex info@signals.org.uk Applications closed 17 October 2015 – 6 February 2016
Cumbria Signal Film and Media Info@signalfilmandmedia.co.uk Applications closed 20 October – 12 December 2015
Derry Nerve Centre (Derry) e.king@nervecentre.org Applications closed 1 October 2015 – 14 March 2016
Dundee Dundee Contemporary Arts mike.tait@dca.org.uk Applications closed 10 August – 16 December 2015
Durham Jack Drum Arts helen@jackdrum.co.uk Applications closed 26 October – 28 November 2015
Edinburgh Screen Education Edinburgh neil@screen-ed.org Applications closed 24 October 2015 – 24 January 2016
Falmouth Cornwall Film Festival info@cornwallfilmfestival.com Applications closed 24 October 2015 – 20 February 2016
Glasgow GMAC Film filmacademy@gmacfilm.com Applications closed 17 October 2015 – 13 February 2016
Great Yarmouth Culture Works (Great Yarmouth) lewis@cultureworkseast.co.uk Applications closed 16 January 2015 – 19 February 2016
Hereford Rural Media Company juliec@ruralmedia.co.uk Applications closed 26 October 2015 – 16 March 2016
Hull CTVC bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk Applications closed 17 October – 30 November 2015
Inverness Screen Education Edinburgh / Eden Court BFIFilmAcademy@screen-ed.org Applications closed 13 February – 12 March 2016
Kent Screen South apply@screensouth.org Applications closed 28 November 2015 – 20 February 2016
Leeds Leeds Young Film martin@betafilmworks.org Applications closed 10 October 2015 – 13 February 2016
Lincoln Paradigm Arts robjpitman@gmail.com Applications closed 10 October 2015 – 6 February 2016
Liverpool FACT operations@fact.co.uk Applications closed 26 October 2015 – 17 February 2016
London Barbican creative.learning@barbican.org.uk Applications closed 17 October 2015 – 30 January 2016
London BFI FutureFilm.Academy@bfi.org.uk Applications closed 9 September – 12 December 2015
London CTVC / Vividecho bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk Applications closed 10 October – 28 November 2015
London Eastside Rakhee@eastside.org.uk Applications closed 17 October 2015 – 30 January 2016
London Film and Video Workshop simon@filmworkshop.com Applications closed 3–31 October 2015
London Mouth That Roars mouththatroars@btconnect.com Applications closed 7 December 2015 – 14 February 2016
London Young Film Academy courses@youngfilmacademy.co.uk Applications closed 31 October 2015 – 16 January 2016
Manchester HOME youngcreatives@homemcr.org

Applications closed

7 October – 12 December 2015
Newcastle upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema holli.keeble@tynesidecinema.co.uk Applications closed 31 October 2015 – 20 February 2016
Newcastle upon Tyne Beacon Hill academy@beaconhillarts.org.uk Applications closed 13 December 2015 – 19 February 2016
Norwich Culture Works (Norwich) lewis@cultureworkseast.co.uk Applications closed 14–30 October 2015
Nottingham Broadway Nottingham e.townsend@broadway.org.uk Applications closed 19 October 2015 – 11 February 2016
Oxford Film Oxford production@filmoxford.org Applications closed 17 October – 15 November 2015
Pinewood Resource Productions (Pinewood) info@resource-productions.co.uk Applications closed 13 January – 20 February 2016
Sheffield Sheffield Media & Exhibition Centre meabh.odonovan@showroomworkstation.org.uk Applications closed 22 October 2015 – 9 January 2016
Shepperton Resource Productions (Shepperton) info@resource-productions.co.uk Applications closed 15–20 February 2016
Shropshire MediaActive / Wem Town Hall info@mediaactive.org Applications closed 10 October – 24 November 2015
Somerset Somerset Film and Video natalie@somersetfilm.com Applications closed 10 October – 28 November 2015
Swansea NextGen Skills Academy info@nextgenskillsacademy.com Applications closed 23 January – 7 February 2016

 

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 2016. It is also funded through the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

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