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

Our intensive programme includes hands-on filmmaking workshops, technical training, 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, Experimental film, 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 Saturdays, occasional weekday evenings from 6 to 8pm, and throughout half term, 24 to 28 October 2022.

Who can apply

We invite applications from anyone 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.

Applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to join a Zoom information talk with a Q&A at 6pm on Thursday 1 September. Simply email us at about your interest and we’ll send you the link to join us.

How to apply

Please read our timetable and then submit the online application form linked below.

Applications will be accepted from 4 August until the deadline at 5pm on Monday 7 September 2022.

If for any reason it’s not possible or is difficult for you to complete the form in writing, we are happy for you to email a link to a video or voice recording, with the required information and statements. Alternatively, assistance from a parent, guardian or teacher in completing the form should be considered.

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