BFI Film Academy UK Network Programme – applications now open!

This exciting programme offers hands-on filmmaking courses to help develop and nurture your film knowledge and skills.

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry?

If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you. This course offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry.

BFI Film Academy 2018 graduates showreel

There will be over 40 different courses running between September 2018 and March 2019 across the UK so wherever you live — be it Birmingham or Belfast, Dagenham or Durham — you will have the opportunity to gain the essential skills to enter the film industry.

As a student of the Film Academy:

  • You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills
  • You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment
  • You will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field
  • You will watch a range of cinema from British independent to specialised films
  • You will work in teams towards a practical film-based project

Once you have completed the Network course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to opportunities such as BAFTA mentorships. You will also have the opportunity to complete a qualification on the course.

Courses cost £25. If you are unable to pay the full course fee, don’t let this discourage you from applying as costs may be waived. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries contact the course provider in your area via the table below.

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.
  • Be a UK resident.
  • 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.
  • Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts.

Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy on YouTube.

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our seven intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

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 Recruitment dates (application open / close) Course dates (course start / finish)
Aberdeen Station House Media Unit bfi@shmu.org.uk 25/06/2018 — 21/09/2018 22/10/2018 — 14/02/2019
Armagh AmmA Centre roberta.morton@eani.org.uk 28/06/2018 — 07/09/2018 25/09/2018 — 14/02/2019
Belfast Cinemagic shauna@cinemagic.org.uk 25/06/2018 — 07/09/2018 25/09/2018 — 14/02/2019
Belfast Nerve Centre (Belfast) j.mcalorum@nervecentre.org 28/06/2018 — 07/09/2018 22/09/2018 — 09/02/2019
Birmingham The Company Ltd janette@thecompanyltd.co.uk 25/06/2018 — 24/09/2018 21/10/2018 — 24/11/2018
Bournemouth White Lantern info@getinsidemovies.co.uk 02/07/2018 — 22/10/18 24/11/2018 — 10/02/2019
Bradford Reel Solutions info@reelsolutions.co.uk 02/07/2018 — 01/10/2018 13/10/2018 — 24/11/2018
Brighton Brighton Film School cath@brightonfilmschool.co.uk 27/08/2018 — 04/10/218 TBC
Bristol Bristol Old Vic Theatre School bex.rose@oldvic.ac.uk 10/09/2018 — 30/10/2018 01/12/2018 — 21/03/2019
Bristol Watershed bex.rose@oldvic.ac.uk 10/09/2018 — 30/10/2018 01/12/2018 — 21/03/2019
Cambridge Long Road Sixth Form College phobbins@longroad.ac.uk TBC 20/10/2018 — 14/12/2018
Cardiff Ffresh info@ffresh.com 01/07/2018 — 30/09/2018 22/10/2018 — 31/10/2018
Chester Reel Solutions learning@storyhouse.com 02/07/2018 — 08/10/2018 27/10/2018 — 2/11/2018
Colchester Signals Essex info@signals.org.uk 01/07/2018 — 10/10/2018 13/10/2018 — 15/12/2018
Conwy TAPE info@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk 20/08/2018 – 19/10/2018 29/10/2018 — 24/11/2018
Cumbria Signal Film and Media sophie@signalfilmandmedia.co.uk 29/06/2018 — 14/09/2018 25/09/2018 — 18/01/2019
Derry Nerve Centre (Derry) e.king@nervecentre.org 28/6/2018 — 27/9/2018 25/09/2018 — 14/02/2019
Durham Jack Drum Arts info@jackdrum.co.uk 08/08/2018 — 24/09/2018 06/10/2018 — 26/01/2019
Edinburgh Screen Education Edinburgh admin@screen-ed.org 17/08/2018 — 05/10/2018 27/10/2018 — 21/01/2019
Glasgow GMAC Film filmacademy@gmacfilm.com 20/08/2018 — 14/09/2018 06/10/18 — 08/12/2018
Hereford Rural Media info@ruralmedia.co.uk 25/6/2018 — 03/10/2018 14/10/2018 — 08/02/2019
Hull CTVC bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk 28/6/2018 — 3/10/2018 21/10/2018 — tbc
Ipswich Creative Nation hello@creative-nation.co.uk 04/09/2018 — 5/10/2018 22/10/2018 — 27/10/2018
Kent Screen South apply@screensouth.org 29/06/2018 — 27/09/2018 13/10/2018 — 02/02/2019
Leeds Leeds Young Film & Beta Filmworks martin.grund@leeds.gov.uk 02/07/18 — 27/09/2018 06/10/2018 — 17/01/2019
Lincoln Paradigm Arts rob@paradigmarts.co.uk 02/07/2018 — 28/9/2018 13/10/2018 — 09/02/2019
Liverpool Clapperboard UK james@clapperboarduk.com 22/08/2018 — 13/10/2018 21/10/2018 — 26/01/2019
London, Southwark BFI Future Film FutureFilm.Academy@bfi.org.uk 01/07/2018 — 08/09/2018 19/09/2018 — 08/12/2018
London, City CTVC / VividEcho bfifilmacademy@vividecho.co.uk 28/06/2018 — 30/09/2018 14/10/2018 — 08/12/2018
London, Shoreditch Eastside Educational Trust gemma@eastside.org.uk 03/09/2018 – 26/09/2018 20/10/2018 – 09/02/2019
London, Islington The Film and Video Workshop simon@filmworkshop.com 01/07/18 — 21/09/18 29/09/2018 — 26/10/2018
London, Barking Young Film Academy courses@youngfilmacademy.co.uk 19/09/2018 — 17/10/2018 23/10/2018 – 24/11/2018
London, Hackney Mouth That Roars mouththatroars@btconnect.com 01/09/2018 — 05/11/2018 03/12/2018 — 10/02/2019
London, Fulham London Film Academy shortcourses@londonfilmacademy.com 16/07/2018 — 21/09/2018 06/10/2018 — 20/01/2019
Manchester HOME youngcreatives@homemcr.org 03/09/2018 — 24/09/2018 03/10/2018 — 03/12/2018
Newcastle upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema filmschool@tynesidecinema.co.uk 01/08/18 — 04/11/18 29/11/18 — 25/02/19
Newcastle upon Tyne Beacon Films filmacademy@beaconfilms.org.uk 01/07/2018 – 01/11/2018 08/12/2018 – 21/02/2019
Norwich Creative Nation hello@creative-nation.co.uk 04/09/2018 — 4/01/2019 17/02/2019 — 23/02/2019
Nottingham Broadway filmacademy@broadway.org.uk 02/07/2018 – 07/10/2018 30/10/2018 — 29/01/2019
Oxford Film Oxford nicola@filmoxford.org 15/07/2018 – 05/10/2018 20/10/2018 — 18/11/2018
Pinewood Resource Productions (Pinewood) info@resource-productions.co.uk 24/06/2018 — 08/10/18 05/01/2019 – 09/02/2019 (Saturdays only)
Plymouth Plymouth College of Art babbott@pca.ac.uk 25/06/2018 — 20/9/2018 06/10/2018 — 22/01/2019
Sheffield Sheffield Media & Exhibition Centre meabh.odonovan@showroomworkstation.org.uk TBC 08/11/2018 — 26/01/2019
Shepperton Resource Productions (Shepperton) info@resource-productions.co.uk 24/06/2018 — 08/10/2018 22/10/2018 — 26/10/2018
Shropshire MediaActive richard@mediaactive.org 09/07/2018 – 30/09/2018 20/10/2018 – 27/11/2018
Somerset Somerset Film and Video info@somersetfilm.com 02/07/2018 — 08/10/2018 20/10/2018 — 27/11/2018
Swansea Ffresh info@ffresh.com 01/07/2018 — 30/09/2018 22/10/2018 — 31/10/2018

Hear from our Film Academy alumni:

See what it’s like on the VR Film Academy at Storyhouse in Chester:

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.

The BFI Film Academy contributes to a core aim of the BFI’s 2022 strategy which aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to build a lifelong relationship with film; to create a clear progression paths for talented young people and to ensure that film is celebrated and explored in formal education.

The BFI Film Academy is supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

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