Making an application for Film Academy specialist courses funding

These guidelines are for organisations across the UK that wish to make an application to deliver a Film Academy Specialist Course Programme.

BFI Film Academy, Sound recording with boom mic

1. Overview

Since 2012, BFI Film Academy short and specialist residential courses have provided opportunities for talented and committed young people between the ages of 16-19 to develop new skills and build careers in the screen industry, regardless of their background or where they live. BFI Film Academy courses are led by industry experts and cover every area of the industry, enabling young people to develop crucial commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to make those first steps. Our aim is to find talent with a passion for the screen industry all across the UK to ensure that the opportunity is available to all.



The Film Academy has provided “hands-on” technical film experience centred around a collaborative experience of filmmaking. It therefore has strong outcomes on soft skill development which reflects the needs of the sector. The experience of working in a team to develop a creative output differs from much educational activity (such as preparing coursework or for exams) and engages and inspires participants. The Film Academy’s impact on participants extends beyond the course, with nearly 90% of participants citing the influence of Film Academy on their future careers, with the vast majority aiming to pursue a career in film.



The BFI Film Academy funding comprises Department for Education in England, National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen funding, with up to £940,000 allocated for 2023-24 to deliver the BFI Film Academy Short Courses.

We are looking to fund five residential courses that will focus on the complete craft and workflow of one of the different specialisms below with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and practical skills training. 

  • Animation: Participants should be taught the techniques and styles used in the traditional and digital animation and work in teams on short film exercises including creating a narrative film. 
  • Art Department: Participants will take part in technical workshops and masterclasses, working with production designers, art directors, set designers, storyboard artists and prop designers to learn about working in an art department. 
  • Documentary Filmmaking:  The documentary residential will lead participants through digital documentary filmmaking techniques, from their idea through to production and editing. 
  • Programme and Audience Development: This course will develop participants’ skills and knowledge of programming and exhibition strategies, with leading industry professionals delivering masterclasses and training. 
  • VFX: Participants should be taught the techniques and styles used to create a VFX sequence working towards creating their own by the end of the residential. 

We are also looking to fund two residential courses that will focus on Craft Skills. Please note that due to specific requirement of the funding sources we intend to fund one Craft Skills course in England and one in Scotland. 

  • Craft Skills: Through the variety of sessions, participants on the Craft Skills residential will obtain access to a range of film related learning activities with options to focus on particular areas, such as directing, producing, production design, sound, editing and cinematography. 

2. Delivering against our National Lottery Strategy

All activity funded through BFI Film Academy Courses should deliver against the following outcomes of the BFI National Lottery strategy:

  • children and young people are empowered to develop their own relationships with a wider range of screen culture, including through education
  • more people understand how to express their creativity through stories on screen, including children and young people
  • creative talent is supported and nurtured, as they emerge and throughout their careers
  • equitable and more visible routes into the sector for people of all ages
  • people from under-represented groups across the UK can access the support they need to develop their careers and skills

In addition, all National Lottery awards must deliver against our three principles for National Lottery funding:

  • equity, diversity and inclusion
  • UK-wide
  • environmental sustainability

Key Performance Indicators

The BFI will measure the success of the Fund using the following Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). 

UK-wide

  • Funded activity outside of London and the South East of England: 75%
  • Total in-person engagements for:
    • short courses: 940 people across 47 courses 
    • specialist courses: 251 people across 7 courses

Accessibility 

  • Accessible screening of film academy films (eg. subtitled, audio described): Each film has at least 1 accessibility feature as part of the screening
  • Film Academy films available online: 100%  

Environment

  • Awardees have calculated a carbon footprint using designated tool within a 12 month period:100%
  • Year 1 - baseline carbon footprint data is established for 100% of awards 

Equity, diversity and inclusion

We champion everyday inclusion at the BFI. A clearly defined and communicated set of Inclusion Targets gives us, our partners and the wider industry ambitious goals for a more diverse screen sector and representative audiences. The activity of this Fund as a whole will contribute towards achieving the BFI’s Inclusion Targets, and all applicants to this open call should draft their own proposed KPIs to align with these, which are:

  • Disability (including those identifying as D/deaf or neurodiverse and those with a longstanding physical or mental diagnosis): 18%
  • Ethnically diverse (London): 40%
  • Ethnically diverse (outside London): 30%
  • Gender (50-50 balance of male and female identifying within the gender binary): 50%
  • Working class background: 39%
  • Low income backgrounds measured by entitlement to Free School Meals: 15% (Department of Education target for 2023/24)

At least 50% of participants on the residential course should be recruited from the existing Film Academy short courses and managers should make special efforts to each of these groups and recruit a national cohort (rather than local to the venue). 

Course providers will need to notify the BFI of any participants who drop-out of the course and where possible replace the individual with another suitable applicant. 

BFI Diversity Standards

All of the activity supported by our funding is informed by the BFI Diversity Standards. You will need to demonstrate how your proposal meaningfully tackles under-representation in relation to disability, gender, race, age, sexual orientation and socio-economic status, while also considering the interactions of these identities and any other barriers to opportunity. If successful, you will need to report following the conclusion of your activity, evaluating how you have delivered against the aims of the Diversity Standards in practice.

UK-wide

The BFI funds activity throughout the UK. This includes national, regional, and local provision to ensure that communities throughout the UK feel the benefit of the screen industries and culture. You’ll need to tell us where your proposed activity will be delivered and how this will support the BFI’s UK-wide principle. 

Environmental sustainability

You’ll need to tell us how you will embed the principle of environmental sustainability throughout your funded activity. This includes describing what you’re doing to reduce your negative impact (such as reducing carbon emissions or minimising single-use plastic) as well as what you’re doing to increase your positive impact. You should consider the following elements of their work in answering this section:

  • Venue - do you take environmental criteria into venue choice e.g. do they have an organisational environmental policy or any environmental awards or certifications? Are they conveniently located for public transport? What environmental measures do they have in place  e.g. green energy, waste prevention and recycling measures, water refill stations?
  • Staff and course participants’ travel – how do you plan to encourage the use of low or zero carbon travel?
  • Catering – does your catering offer a significant proportion of plant-based options, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, with minimal use of single use disposable serveware?
  • Procurement and suppliers – Tell us about how you avoid waste and source recycled, recyclable or reusable materials

You will be required to deliver your project in a way that meets the stated objectives for the programme and the three cross-cutting principles for the BFI National Lottery Funding Plan 2023-2026. With regard to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Environmental Sustainability you will be required to work with the BFI or its appointed partners to finalise your planned  activity, draw on specialist resources or expertise where the BFI can provide this or signpost you to it, and monitor the impact of your project in these areas.  

3. Check if you’re eligible

You should be able to deliver stimulating and exciting filmmaking courses with structured outcomes as part of the Specialist Course Programme, which will allow young people aged 16-19 to develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to both the commercial and cultural film sectors. 

Your organisation

Your organisation must be a legally constituted organisation centrally managed in the UK. This includes:

  • Limited Liability Company or Partnership registered at Companies House
  • Community Interest Company registered at Companies House
  • Combined or local authority or statutory body
  • Charity or trust registered with the Charity Commission (including UK universities and colleges).

In addition, your organisation must:

  • be an existing film and/or education organisation
  • have direct links to film industry experts
  • have experience and expertise in film education and/or training with 16-19 year olds
  • have experience and expertise in recruiting and working with participants from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • have the infrastructure and human resource capacity to host the proposed course
  • have DBS checked staff and be able to provide documentary evidence for DBS disclosure (DBS checks must have been carried out or renewed within the last two years)
  • have a current safeguarding policy

Experience and management

Please detail your experience in managing similar programmes, this includes:

  • proof of having delivered high quality residential courses or activities for 16-19 year olds with strong learning, cultural or vocational outcomes, including running a Film Academy previously
  • a plan to manage the scheme from launch to conclusion, including an evaluation
  • evidence of skilled and experience management in place
  • experience of delivering to a large number of young people in the residential setting
  • having qualified and relevantly skilled DBS checked staff to deliver the programme and evidence that appropriate compliance procedures are in place e.g. a child protection policy

You cannot apply as an individual or unincorporated organisation.

4. What you can use the funding for

You will be required to deliver a specialist course for young people aged 16-19, which is designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills, and be centred around collaboration.

The specialism must be one of the subject listed on our pre-approved list.

The course must be led by industry experts over an intensive week or over a set number of weekends as a residential. The course must provide participants with the opportunity to plan, deliver and review a practical film-based project, either individually or as part of a team, which must be showcased at the end of the course.

    

Organisations can apply for funding between £1,800 to £3,500 per participant as seen in tables 1a and 1b (below). 

Table 1a: Specialist courses — Specialist residential
Course specialismIn-person residential delivery datesNumber of daysParticipant numbers (maximum)Funding available per participant (maximum)
Animation
February half-term 2024
7 to 9 days

25

£1,800
Documentary
February half-term 2024
7 to 9 days
40
£1,800
Art department
February half-term 2024
7 to 9 days
25
£1,800
Visual effects (VFX)
February half-term 2024
7 to 9 days
40
£1,800
Programming and audience development
Summer holidays 2024
7 to 9 days
30
£1,800

Table 1b: Specialist courses — Craft skills

Course specialismIn-person residential delivery datesNumber of daysParticipant numbers (maximum)Funding available per participant (maximum)
Craft skills (England)
Easter break 2024
14 days minimum
66
£3,500
Craft skills (Scotland)
Summer holidays 2024
7-9 days
25
£1,800

Applicants may choose to deliver the programme to fewer than the maximum number of participants because of location, reach, or capacity. As such, budgets should be scaled to reflect the number participants. 

Your course

Your course should include the following elements:

  • a minimum of 7 days of activity that begins after February 2024 and finishes before September 2024; 
  • specific sessions that: 
    • address the BFI Film Academy Core Educational Outcomes 
    • give participants the opportunity to watch British Independent and specialised cinema to integrate critical understanding and enable access to a range of film cultures
    • enable participants to construct a personal development plan, including their aspirations for progression
    • cover signposting and next steps, including referral to the Film Academy residential courses and the Film Academy’s alumni activities
    • give participants the opportunity to plan, deliver and review a practical film-based project, either individually or as part of a team, which must be showcased at the end of the course
    • are led by high profile industry mentors who are respected practitioners in their field or include input and involvement from established industry professionals
    • give participants experience on current industry equipment (where applicable)

Course participants

You should aim to enrol up to 66 young people on the course from a wide range of backgrounds that are at least representative of population demographics. 

The Department for Education (DfE) have agreed to flexibility on the age range of applicants who are in receipt of an education, health and care (EHC) plan and older than 19 years old. This means in line with the current maximum age delivery of other Film Academy programmes, applicants with an EHC plan may be recruited from 16-25 yrs old.

Please note that due to restrictions on funding, participants who are at University at the time of application are not permitted to take part in Film Academy courses as participants, although they may become involved in other ways  (for example as peer mentors). 

Inclusion targets and recruitment

In line with Screen Culture 2033, this set of inclusion targets helps the wider industry move towards a more diverse screen sector and representative of audiences. These are targets for the BFI to achieve, and the activity of partners contributes towards this. Applicants should propose their own KPIs that reflect identified need in relevant communities or localities that contribute towards the BFI’s broader inclusion targets. As with previous courses, this data will be reported back to the relevant funding bodies each year for monitoring purposes.

Safeguarding 

Safeguarding the participants is absolutely central to the BFI Film Academy.

Appointed course providers will be responsible for safety and welfare of the participants on the courses and will have a duty of care for all taking part irrespective of age. When filming the projects, the duty of care would start by ensuring the activity is properly risk assessed and that the activity is managed in a safe manner throughout.

Partnership funding

In addition to the BFI funding, you should indicate if you have any other income sources for the activity and/or in-kind funding (please note it is not a necessary requirement of funding to have additional income).

In addition to the BFI award of funding, participants accepted onto the course will be required to pay a course fee based on a the means-tested charging scale. Please see section 7 of the guidelines for the charging scale. Participants may also have to pay their own travel costs to and from the course.

Ineligible costs

Please note that due to restrictions on funding, no part of this grant can be allocated to marketing or communication costs. However, recruitment and outreach costs are acceptable, particularly where it enables you to reach a more diverse group of young people. 

Delivery timeline

The deadline for delivering your course is 31st August 2024, with End of Activity Reporting due no later than 30 days after the course has finished delivery. When writing your application, please consider the most appropriate delivery dates and schedule for your organisation in the current climate.

Delivery format 

We encourage organisations applying to deliver their course in person, with additional online support. As you design and structure your course, please consider how you will ensure that participants are supported to gain key soft and technical skills which are outlined in the Core Educational Outcomes 1 and 2.

Deliverables

The BFI will set out a cash flow schedule for the award. This is likely to be in three instalments. There are a set number of deliverables, also known as requirements, which need to be delivered before the instalment is released. Please refer to Offer of funding for more details.   

If you’re VAT registered

If you’re registered for VAT, your figures should not include VAT that you can claim back.

If you’re not registered for VAT, or you’re registered for VAT but cannot fully recover the VAT you incur on costs, your figures should include irrecoverable VAT.

Grants we make are ‘outside the scope’ of VAT and should be listed in your accounts as a grant and not, for example, as a fee for any services supplied to the BFI. You should get financial advice from your own accountant or the relevant tax office.

BFI Film Academy course providers are not permitted to make a profit from the course.

5. How to apply

Applications must be submitted by 12pm on Friday 26th May 2023. 

Submitting an application

Applications have now closed.

Information you need to provide 

In your main application you’ll need to provide:

Scope

You’ll be asked to provide an outline of your activity, detailing your aims and objectives. Please refer to the deliverables and KPI’s in section 2.

Course schedule

Download the Specialist Course Schedule template below and upload alongside your application form. 

Recruitment

You’ll be asked to outline your recruitment strategy and explain specifically how your programme will contribute towards the target numbers for participant recruitment. You should identify in your application and evidence any underserved communities that you will focus on in your proposed KPI targets. This should be done in this section 4b of the application form and should include the rationale. 

Please refer to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion section.

You’ll need to notify the BFI of any participants who drop-out of the course. Providers should have a reserve list of participants, and where possible, replace the individual with another suitable applicant. 

Safeguarding 

You’ll be required to give details of your arrangements for child protection, risk assessment and care, including your approach to digital and online safeguarding.

Budget

Download the Short Course Budget template and append it to your application. 

Ensure you read the guidance on the first tab before completing the budget. 

Finance

You should upload your organisation’s most recent Annual Statement of Accounts.  

How your application is assessed

The sections below gives examples of some of the questions we consider about your application.

Scope

Does the:

  • outline proposal demonstrate a good understanding of the aims and objectives of the BFI Film Academy?
  • application demonstrate clear links to the film industry?
  • application demonstrate strong relationships within the educational and wider cultural sector? 
  • applicant explain how they will develop young people’s interest, passion and inform them about potential careers across the film industry?

Course schedule

  • Does the schedule offer a minimum 7 days of delivery between February of next year and the September of next year?
  • Does the planned programme of activity contribute to delivering the Core Educational Outcomes 1 and 2? 
  • Is accreditation built into the course schedule? 
  • Are there sessions where participants are given the opportunity to watch films enabling critical understanding and access from a range of film cultures?
  • Is there time for each participant to plan, deliver and review a practical film-based project either individually or as part of a team?
  • Does the course include sessions which signpost participants on to next stages of development?
  • Does the course schedule include established industry professionals?
  • Does the application propose a viable contingency plan in the event that the proposed schedule could not be delivered? 

Recruitment 

  • Does the applicant demonstrate a clear recruitment strategy for participants?
  • Does the applicant include a proactive approach to ensuring diversity of young people from a range of cultural and social backgrounds?
  • Does the applicant describe ways it will reach those with disabilities, with proof of strategies to achieve this through previous projects? 
  • Does the applicant demonstrate how equality, diversity and accessibility will be addressed when assessing participants’ applications?
  • Where applicable, has the applicant met its diversity commitments for a Film Academy course (or similar) previously? 
  • Does the applicant consider how recruitment will take place if the schools do not open before the course is due to take place? 

Safeguarding 

Does the applicant have:

  • a safe and reliable premises where they are proposing to run the programme?
  • an up-to-date safeguarding policy, which includes digital safeguarding?
  • qualified and relevantly skilled Disclosure and Barring checked staff to deliver the programme and evidence that appropriate compliance procedures are in place e.g. health and safety policies? 

Budget

  • Is the applicant in an adequate financial position to deliver the Film Academy? 
  • Is the budget realistic, and appropriate to the scale and nature of the programme? 
  • Does the budget include consideration of access issues? (E.g. improved physical access to the venue(s), interpreter costs etc.)

How we prioritise submissions

We prioritise proposals that:

  • are closest to the Fund objective and outcomes
  • offer value for money
  • take risks and try new approaches

We will undertake a detailed assessment of your proposal for the course activity including management, recruitment, delivery plan, alumni support plan, safeguarding and the budget. 

6. What happens after you apply 

After you apply you’ll get:

  • confirmation we received your application within 1-2 working days
  • a decision from the week commencing 10 July 2023

We’ll request any additional information we may need within 3 weeks.

We’ll review your application and if necessary, may write to you or request to meet with you to obtain more information about your application. If we need additional information from you, it may take us longer to reach a decision on your application. 

Each eligible application will be assessed by the BFI (which may involve a combination of internal and/or external assessors). If your application is ineligible, we will email to tell you we will not be able to consider it. We may allow you to fix a mistake if this is the only reason the application is ineligible.

Lottery Funding Committee Consideration

Following assessment of each application, funding recommendations will be made to the BFI Lottery Finance Committee. This is the final stage of the funding decision process. We undertake due diligence assessments of the applications we are recommending to our decision-making committee for funding. As part of this, before submitting an application to the committee, we will request the bank details of the lead applicant.

We will also request the personal address and date of birth of the CEO or Managing Director of the organisation applying. Please note that our request for this information is not an indication or confirmation of funding and you will be informed separately of the funding decision on your application. We will use this data to run an identity check. Please note that this is not a credit check and will not affect the ability of the CEO or Managing Director to receive credit from other organisations. We will be unable to submit your application to our decision-making committee until we have received your completed form. 

All applicants will be informed in writing of the decision on their application. If your application is declined, all supporting materials will be deleted from your submission in line with our record retention policy.

Feedback may be given on unsuccessful applications upon request. 

Contact BFI Film Academy Grants and Partnerships Coordinator, elle.haywood@bfi.org.uk if you have any queries.

7. Offer of funding

If you are successful in your application we will issue a conditional offer of funding (the Funding Agreement) the week commencing Monday 10 July 2023. You will be required to attend an induction day arranged by the BFI for all selected course providers.

If you are offered an award from us, in addition to the General Conditions of National Lottery Funding, the following conditions will apply to your award.

Conditions of funding

All appointed course providers will be required to submit the following paperwork prior to receipt of funding and commencement of the course:

  • list of all staff working on the course on headed paper 
  • evidence of Disclosure and Barring (DBS) for all key staff working on the course
  • an up-to-date health and safety policy (including how any social distancing measures might be actioned)
  • an up-to-date safeguarding policy 
  • completed risk assessment (we provide this template to successful applicants)

Use of the award

Any award must be used exclusively for the purpose for which it was requested as set out in your application. The award should not be used for marketing and advertising, or for any costs associated with the maintenance, technical development or updating of existing websites or for the development/creation of new websites. You will be required to undertake to fully comply with Disclosure and Barring, health and safety and child protection policies in delivering the course. 

Course providers will need to notify the BFI of any participants who drop-out of the course and where possible replace the individual with another suitable applicant. 

Term

Funding will be offered to run the course for one year. 

In addition to the BFI award of funding, participant accepted onto the course will be required to pay a course fee based on a the means-tested charging scale below: 

Total household incomeParticipant contribution (7 to 9 day course)Participant contribution (14 day course)
Up to £29,927
£0
£0
£29,928 — £47,883
£50
£99
£47,884 — £65,839
£140
£280
£65,840 or more
£210
£420

Participants may also have to pay their own travel costs to and from the course. 

However, the income generated from the course fees should be used to redistribute as travel bursaries to those participants who require financial assistance (for example, those participants with household income under £29,927 or who are entitled to Free School Meals). Any remaining income should be used to offset the total budgeted costs of the course (as required in the budget).  

Please note that no part of the award can be used towards marketing and communication costs. However, recruitment and outreach costs, particularly to reach more diverse groups are acceptable. 

Monitoring, performance review and evaluation 

As part of the award we expect course providers to collect monitoring data on the deliverables. An End of Activity (EOA) report template will be provided to you by the BFI, which will capture this information, and will be due on the 30 September 2024. 

    

In addition to the completed EOA report, you will also need to submit:

  • a budget and cost statement setting out actual expenditure against budget
  • media release forms for all participants 
  • list of project staff, freelancers and volunteers 
  • images, video and/or sound recordings of your activity in formats specified

An evaluation may be carried out by an independent third party, and you may be asked share data and other information with the appointed evaluators to demonstrate your contribution to these measures of success.    

Payment of the award

The BFI will set out a cash flow schedule for the award. This is likely to be in three instalments as follows:

  • 40% on signature of funding agreement and receipt and approval by BFI of the following documents:
    • list of  all confirmed staff working on the course on headed paper 
    • evidence of Disclosure and Barring (DBS) for all key staff working on the course
    • an up-to-date safeguarding policy 
    • an up-to-date health and safety policy
    • completed risk assessment (the BFI will provide this template to successful applicants)
  • 40% upon receipt and approval from the BFI of:
    • a finalised course schedule and budget (confirming if you will be delivering to your original schedule or contingency plan)
    • completed BFI monitoring template (this will be provided to you if your application is successful) which should include the number of participants:
      • successfully recruited 
      • from ethnically diverse backgrounds
      • from female identifying backgrounds within the gender binary
      • from a working class background
      • with a disability
  • 20% upon receipt of:
    • End of Activity (EOA) report by BFI, films, images and all accompanying documentation (before this payment is made, the EOA report will be reviewed internally and this will take a minimum of two weeks from submission)

Branding

The BFI funding comprises Department for Education in England, National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen funding.

It is therefore an important condition of BFI funding that the sources of the funding are prominently acknowledged throughout all aspects of the programme including through display of the UK government/Department of Education, BFI/National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen lock-up logo (for example, marketing materials, website) and through agreed verbal and written acknowledgment (for example, press releases, social media) and that award recipients take frequent opportunities to highlight not just the fact of the funding, but why it is funded, and therefore the good work that‘s possible through these agencies.

You will be required to comply with all branding guidance issued by BFI (which may be updated from time to time).

8. Appendix 1 — Core Educational Outcomes (CEO)

The BFI Film Academy will deliver a wide range of Core Educational Outcomes (CEO). It is expected that the skills and knowledge acquired through such activities will aid participants’ progression into the film and media industries. 

Applicants should address these core educational outcomes when developing their course. Activity should include:

  • all core educational outcomes from CEO 1
  • one or more from CEO 2

Core Educational Outcomes 1 (CEO 1)

Your course should include all of the outcomes from CEO 1. 

Knowledge and understanding 

  • Understanding of film as a subject and art form and other subjects that are addressed through film 
    • Receive a rounded educational and cultural experience of film and filmmaking
    • Develop basic critiquing skills through watching and discussing a wide range of British and world cinema
    • Gain understanding of a story structure
    • Gain a clear understanding of the film value chain from development through to distribution
    • Have direct engagement with industry practitioners in relevant fields
    • Greater appreciation of and demand for British films
  • Understanding the film industry, options for career and Further Education progression
    • Gain a clear understanding of key roles and job market in the film industry and wider film sector
    • Develop knowledge around opportunities for advancement in this sector across employment, HE/FE and vocational training
    • Supported in devising a bespoke development plan

Soft skills 

  • Gain or improve soft skills, communication skills (including non-verbal)
    • Gain knowledge of negotiating, communication, teamwork through direct practical application of filmmaking for example, as part of production team, role of producer, director etc.

Attitudes and behaviours

  • Improve or enhance motivation and engagement, empathy, confidence, motivation at home and at school 
    • Strengthen identity and voice. Provide individuals with a sense of achievement

Enjoyment and aspiration

Participants are engaged, captivated and enjoy the experience of film. 

Core Educational Outcomes 2 (CEO 2)

Your course should include one or more of the outcomes from CEO 2. 

Skills

  • Gain and improve technical skills, critical faculties, and collaboration and team work
    • Gain understanding and practical experience of physical production of film
    • Learn basic camera, lighting or sound skills on current industry equipment
    • Gain overview of 3D and 2D animation techniques
    • Gain overview of VFX workflows with mainstream production
    • Post Production and mastering of films
    • Marketing, exhibition and distribution lessons
    • Gain practical experience of editing software, for example Final Cut Pro
    • Produce short films where relevant
    • Develop a script or treatment that meets film production specification
    • Learn about the documentary form: Produce Mini Docs
    • Understand the uses of animation in film and develop and use the techniques and processes in a short film production: stings (short 15 sec animates)

Where relevant, participants should have the opportunity to showcase work produced during programme activity.