BFI Film Academy: resources for graduates

So you’ve completed your BFI Film Academy course and want to work in the film industry. What next?

You’ve finished one of the BFI Film Academy courses, so what now?

Do you want to make your first film? Have you made a film and want to get it seen by a wider audience? Do you want advice on how to specialise in a certain area of filmmaking?

If so, these resources will help you get started.

Staying in touch

Our Film Academy Facebook group is the best place to find out about upcoming events, hear about opportunities and share your work with the UK-wide network of participants – sign up now!

If you opted in, every month you will receive an e-newsletter with information on festivals, funding schemes and workshops around the UK hosted by the BFI and other organisations. You can also find out about new placements and experiences. If you would like to opt into the newsletter please email

Follow us on Twitter for discussion, news and other shared opportunities.

Future Skills traineeships

The Future Skills placement programme is an exciting initiative funded by the National Lottery and supported by the film industry. The programme places Film Academy alumni on feature film sets, working across the different departments. We place trainees in roles such as assistant directing, editorial and production, right through to costume, props and action vehicles.

Placements are paid at London Living Wage or above. The programme runs once or twice a year, so keep an eye out for the next call out.

Further opportunities

BAFTA Guru Live
BAFTA’s UK-wide annual festival of talks, workshops and masterclasses specifically aimed at new entrants to the industry.

Learn about different roles in the industry, how to get into them and hear from those who already work in them. Apply for bursaries to help you take your next steps or support your development – ScreenSkills even help support driving lessons or wet weather filming gear. Take a training course to improve your skills and progress your career.

BFI Future Film Festival
The BFI Future Film Festival takes place over four days in February 2020 at BFI Southbank. It’s the UK’s most important film industry festival for young, emerging filmmakers. The programme will be announced early in 2020.

Film Fund Runner Placement Programme
The Film Fund Runner Placement Programme is an entry level opportunity for Film Academy Alumni to join the Film Fund team for three to four months.

The runner pool opens at the beginning of the academic year and participants are placed with the team throughout the year in order to gain valuable contacts and experience within the BFI. Film Fund looks for those who are not only interested in production but want to experience other parts of the film industry, such as development, distribution and exhibition.


Screen Skills trainee finder
ScreenSkills trainee finder has placed hundreds of young, talented, creative individuals on film, high-end TV and children’s television across the UK.

Sarah Putt
Sarah Putt Associates is the leading independent UK agency for film and television heads of department. They also have a trainee assistants scheme to provide opportunities to those at the start of their careers.

BBC apprentice and trainee schemes – for candidates who are passionate about a career in the creative industries.

Channel 4
The Channel 4 Production Training Scheme is for entry-level talent who want to break into the media industry and are passionate about making television programmes.

My First Job in Film
Search the site for professional training with a range of providers. Also provides information on entry-level job opportunities.

Just Runners
Apply to receive work and training as a runner for independent films.

Careers in the industry

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