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.

There are 44 different courses running between September 2016 and March 2017 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 1 August – 26 October 2016 — 18 January 2017
Armagh AmmA Centre graeme.mcneill@selb.org 5 – 23 September 2016 11 October 2016 – 4 March 2017
Belfast Cinemagic shauna@cinemagic.org.uk 8 July – 22 August 2016 20 September 2016 – 28 January 2017
Belfast Nerve Centre (Belfast) n.clarke@nervecentre.org 5 – 23 September 2016 11 October 2016 – 4 March 2017
Birmingham The Company Ltd janette@thecompanyltd.co.uk 2 July – 26 September 2016 9 October – 19 November 2016
Bournemouth White Lantern info@getinsidemovies.co.uk 1 July — 31 October 2016 20 November 2016 — 29 January 2017
Bradford Reel Solutions zoe@reelsolutions.co.uk 1 August — 19 September 8 October — December 2016
Brighton Brighton Film School info@brightonfilmschool.co.uk Now – 22 July 2016 1 October 2016 – 13 February 2017
Bristol Bristol Old Vic Theatre School bex.rose@oldvic.ac.uk Sept 2016 3rd December 2016 — 3rd March 2017
Bristol Watershed roseanna.dias@watershed.co.uk Sept 2016 – 1 November 2016 3 December 2016 — 31 March 2017
Cambridge TBC TBC TBC TBC
Colchester Signals Essex info@signals.org.uk 26 August – 13 October 2016 22 October 2016 – 21 January 2017
Cumbria Signal Film and Media Info@signalfilmandmedia.co.uk Screenwriting 20 July — 15 September 2016; Main course 20 July — 6 October 2016 20 October – 12 December 2016
Derry Nerve Centre (Derry) e.king@nervecentre.org 5 – 23 September 2016 11 October 2016 – 4 March 2017
Dundee Dundee Contemporary Arts andrew.low@dca.org.uk Now – 8 August 2016 13 August – 15 December 2016
Durham Jack Drum Arts helen@jackdrum.co.uk 21 July – 26 September 2016 8th October — 10th December 2016
Edinburgh Screen Education Edinburgh neil@screen-ed.org TBC 29 October 2016 – 22 January 2017
Falmouth Cornwall Film Festival info@cornwallfilmfestival.com 1 August – 19 September 2016 September – December 2016
Glasgow GMAC Film filmacademy@gmacfilm.com 1 September – 2 October 2016 5 November 2016 – 18 February 2017
Great Yarmouth Culture Works (Great Yarmouth) lewis@cultureworkseast.co.uk 25 July — TBC 22 — 30 October 2016
Hereford Rural Media Company juliec@ruralmedia.co.uk Now — 10 October 2016 22 October 2016 – 26 February 2017
Hull CTVC bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk 16 August – 16 September 2016 1 October – 28 November 2016
Inverness Screen Education Edinburgh / Eden Court BFIFilmAcademy@screen-ed.org TBC 10 October –4 November 2016
Kent Screen South apply@screensouth.org 11 July – 20 September 2016 15 October – 28 January 2017
Leeds Leeds Young Film martin@betafilmworks.org 4 July – 30 September 2016 15 October – 14 December 2016
Lincoln Paradigm Arts robjpitman@gmail.com 15 October 2016 – 25 February 2017 Now – 23 October 2016
Liverpool FACT laura.haddick@fact.co.uk 29 June – 23 August 2016 17 September — 7th December 2016
London BFI futurefilm.academy@bfi.org.uk 1 August – 5 September 2016 14 September 2016- 10 December 2017
London CTVC / Vividecho bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk 16 August – 23 September 2016 8 October – 10 December 2016
London Eastside gemma@eastside.org.uk Now – 26 September 2016 15 October 2016 – 28 January 2017
London Film and Video Workshop simon@filmworkshop.com Now – 16 September 2016 1–29 October 2016
London Mouth That Roars mouththatroars@btconnect.com 3 October – 12 November 2016 5 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
London Young Film Academy courses@youngfilmacademy.co.uk 10 September — 14 October 2016 29 October 2016 — 21st January 2017
Manchester HOME youngcreatives@homemcr.org

1 September – 26 September 2016

5 October – 6 December 2016
Newcastle upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema filmschool@tynesidecinema.co.uk 5 September – 10 October 2016 29 October 2016 – 27 February 2017
Newcastle upon Tyne Beacon Hill academy@beaconhillarts.org.uk 29 – 30 October 2016 4 December 2016 – 23 February 2017
Norwich Culture Works (Norwich) lewis@cultureworkseast.co.uk 25 July — TBC 4 February – 24 February 2017
Nottingham Broadway Nottingham filmacademy@broadway.org.uk 1 July –12 September 2016 9 October 2016 — 9 February 2017
Oxford Film Oxford production@filmoxford.org TBC 15 October – 13 November 2016
Pinewood Resource Productions (Pinewood) info@resource-productions.co.uk 3 October – 12 December 2016 14 January – 18 February 2017
Sheffield Sheffield Media & Exhibition Centre meabh.odonovan@showroomworkstation.org.uk 1 September – 13 October 2016 5 November 2016 – 21 January 2017
Shepperton Resource Productions (Shepperton) info@resource-productions.co.uk 3 October – 12 December 2016 13 – 17 February 2017
Shropshire MediaActive / Wem Town Hall emma@mediaactive.org 11 July – 19 September 2016 8 October – 22 November 2016
Somerset Somerset Film and Video natalie@somersetfilm.com 1 August – 3 October 2016 15 October – 28 October 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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