BFI Film Academy: How do I become a documentary filmmaker?

Some of the UK’s leading documentary directors offer their advice.

So you want to make documentaries – but what should your next steps be? Do you need a filmmaking qualification? How do you get funding? Where should you seek inspiration?

Watch the video to see Britain’s leading documentary makers, including Ken Loach, John Akomfrah and two time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker offer their advice, and research the resources to find out what you need to do to enter a career in making documentary.

The BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme focuses on the complete craft and workflow of different specialisms – including documentary – with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants will also receive bespoke careers advice. Applications will re-open in 2016.

Useful resources

bfi.org.uk/filmacademyspecialist

network.bfi.org.uk

britdoc.org

creativeskillset.org

shootingpeople.org

futurelearn.com/courses/explore-filmmaking

nfts.co.uk

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