At BFI Southbank we deliver one of 45 nationwide BFI Film Academy Short Courses.

Our intensive programme includes hands-on filmmaking workshops, masterclasses with filmmakers, plus access to screenings at the BFI London Film Festival and regular BFI Film Academy talks and events.

Our participants will produce short films inspired by a current BFI season. Past seasons have included Gothic, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, Experimenta, Comedy Genius and Redefining Rebellion.

Watch some of the films we have produced

Participants are actively involved in the exhibition and distribution of their work and have the opportunity to gain NCFE Preparing to Work in the Film Industry accreditation.

Most sessions will run on Wednesday evenings between 6 and 8pm, occasional weekends and throughout half term, 24 to 28 October 2022.

Who can apply

We invite applications from anybody who:

  • lives in Greater London
  • is aged 16 to 19 
  • has a passion for cinema and filmmaking

We do not accept applications from anyone who has previously attended a BFI Film Academy course or is currently at university. 

Our 2021-22 course has now closed for applications. Details about the next course will be available here from 1 August 2022.

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