BFI Film Academy: How do I become a screenwriter?

Some of the UK’s most successful screenwriters offer their advice to young people wanting to work in the film industry.

So you want to write screenplays – but what should your next steps be? Do you need a screenwriting qualification? How do you find screenwriting work? What do you need to do if you want to adapt a book into a screenplay?

Watch the video to see some of Britain’s best screenwriters, including Abi Morgan, Hossein Amini and Olivia Hetreed offer their advice, and research the resources to find out what you need to do to enter a career in screenwriting.

The BFI Film Academy – specialist residential programme focuses on the complete craft and workflow of different specialisms – including screenwriting – with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. Participants will also receive bespoke careers advice. Applications will re-open in 2019.

Useful resources

bfi.org.uk/filmacademyspecialist

network.bfi.org.uk

creativeskillset.org

guru.bafta.org/skills/screenwriting

futurelearn.com/courses/explore-filmmaking

shootingpeople.org

bbc.co.uk/writersroom

hiive.co.uk

scriptfactory.co.uk

nfts.co.uk

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