The BFI have developed a range of filmmaking craft courses for international organisations in the areas listed below.

Our recent partners include Sunac Studios in China and IMDA on behalf of the Singapore government.

Courses

Scriptwriting and Script Lab

With exclusive one-to-one mentoring from established senior development producers, participants produce a new draft of their feature-length script, learning to identify, troubleshoot and improve their work.

Featuring masterclasses from award-winning filmmakers, attendees learn new models for story development, including how AI can support their writing process.

Film Craft Skills Master’s degree

In association with London South Bank University, the BFI Master’s degree in Film Craft Skills offers 12 modules including Screenwriting, Editing and Cinematography. Students have the option to complete 3 modules (Certificate), 6 modules (Diploma) or 9 modules (Masters).

The Business of Film

This essential 5-day course illustrates the screen industry’s key business practices from creative development, financing and production through to international distribution. Taught in person or online, it can be tailored for established producers or for those beginning their career.

Producer Development

Developed for creative producers who have made at least 2 short films and are looking to expand their skills, experience and network, this 2-week programme aims to help students progress to feature-length films or documentaries.

Script to Screen

This 2-week programme takes participants through the entire process of creating a film. Students work with industry-leading tutors and, if taught in the UK, are given the opportunity to premiere their work at the BFI or Pinewood Studios.

Introduction to Film Skills

This 2-week programme gives students a flavour of the different roles and craft skills behind a film or TV production. It is taught at Pinewood Studios with our partner Creative Media Skills.

Contact

For more information please contact ventures@bfi.org.uk

For training and resources on careers in the film industry (UK residents only) visit the BFI’s Learning and training page.

Case Study

BFI develop filmmaking skills programme for Sunac-owned studio ‘Oriental Movie Metropolis’ and Qingdao Regional Government

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Script to Screen student

The Chinese port city of Qingdao is looking to become a major player in the international film and media landscape. At the heart of their ambition lies the Sunac Film Studios and surrounding area.

The BFI delivered a 2-week Script to Screen programme in London taught by BAFTA and Academy Award-winning tutors.

Students returned to Qingdao and finished their short film at the Sunac Film Studios while continuing to receive BFI mentorship.

The BFI also developed a training programme aiming to nurture and grow a group of film technicians and craftspeople who will become the regular workforce for the studio.