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BFI Film Academy

The BFI Film Academy is expanding. If you’re 16-25 and interested in film, or wanting to explore a career in film, we have a range of opportunities, workshops, courses and more.

BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for young people, anywhere in the UK to get to know more about film and how you could you make a career in the film industry – no experience necessary.

*BFI Film Academy courses are available to young people from anywhere across the UK, this range of accessible courses offer everything from testing the water through to those wanted to hone their skills.

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  • BFI Film Academy UK Short courses

    BFI Film Academy UK Short courses

    Introductory hands-on filmmaking courses to build your knowledge and skills and show you the different pathways into the industry.

  • BFI Film Academy Specialist courses

    BFI Film Academy Specialist courses

    Focused courses run during school holidays for between one to two weeks, allowing you to learn different specialisms and crafts including animation, film programming and exhibition, documentary, screenwriting and visual effects.

Events (16-25)

  • BFI Film Academy Labs

    BFI Film Academy Labs

    The BFI Film Academy Labs 2020 Series is going virtual! Our free monthly online events led by industry professionals are designed to support young, aspiring filmmakers and help you develop your skills and projects from home.

  • BFI Film Academy SCENE

    BFI Film Academy SCENE

    The BFI Film Academy SCENE 2020 events are going virtual! Our weekly filmmaker interviews on our BFI Film Academy Instagram channel are designed to give young filmmakers an opportunity to promote their films and you a chance to learn from your filmmaking peers.


  • BFI Future Film Festival 2020

    BFI Future Film Festival 2020

    The UK’s most important industry festival for filmmakers aged 16-25 takes place every February at the BFI Southbank. Join us for four days of incredible masterclasses, panel discussions, workshops, networking events and screenings of the best short films from young, emerging filmmakers.

  • BFI Film Academy at #LFF

    BFI Film Academy at #LFF

    Take part in the Festival buzz with one of our BFI Film Academy passes.

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About BFI Film Academy courses

As a student of a BFI Film Academy course, you will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. You will be offered hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills. You’ll be able to explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our two intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

Contacting us

Please email if you have any questions regarding the scheme.

The BFI Film Academy contributes to a core aim of the BFI’s 2022 strategy which aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to build a lifelong relationship with film, to create clear progression paths for talented young people and to ensure that film is celebrated and explored in formal education.

BFI Film Academy courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland. To be eligible applicants must not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts and be able to commit to the duration of the course.

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