Skills and training: professional development

Career-enhancing skills for a variety of industries.

Shooting high-quality smartphone video

Film can be a powerful communication tool for a number of professions – our courses for organisations and individuals develop skills in creating, editing and using film in the areas below.

Like so many crafts there are skills you can learn that will really impact your chances of success, and who better to give you these insights than the British Film Institute?Keith Weed, President of the Advertising Association, former Unilever CMO and Independent Board Director for WPP and Sainsbury’s


Marketing and communication professionals

Recognising the breadth of skills required of modern marketers, we have created courses available through the Chartered Institute of Marketing and delivered by BFI:

  • Filmmaking Storytelling Fundamentals
  • Filmmaking and video production for marketers

For more information and to book, please visit the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s courses page.

Find out why filmmaking is a must have skill.

The aspects around framing a shot have been particularly helpful, and it was really good to have expert supervision with Premiere Pro; it’s boosted my confidence.Ellie Ferris, Digital Communications Officer, Gloucester Cathedral

Sports professionals and sporting bodies

Film can help raise the profile of professionals, sports, clubs and initiatives. Developing filmmaking skills offers opportunities to communicate with fans, attract new audiences and reach communities. It also provides transferable skills in personal branding, digital citizenship and smartphone shooting.

Read about our filmmaking training for England and Wales Cricket Board to promote grassroots clubs.

Read about our training initiative with the Professional Footballers’ Association to upskill youth players from FA teams.

It massively opened my eyes to video editing and how a video can be really impactful.Jess Ward, England and Wales Cricket Board, First Run training participant

Higher education

Enrich student experience with courses delivered at departmental, faculty or cross-institutional level. We believe everyone can benefit from an understanding of the moving image and offer training in a variety of areas:

  • digital filmmaking and editing
  • EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion) for the film/TV industries
  • film archivist skills
  • film curation and programming 

Find out about our higher education partnerships and BFI Player subscriptions.


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