At BFI Southbank we deliver one of 45 nationwide BFI Film Academy Short Courses.

Our intensive programme includes hands-on filmmaking workshops, masterclasses with filmmakers, plus access to screenings at the BFI London Film Festival and regular BFI Future Film talks and events.

Our participants will produce short films inspired by a current BFI season. In the past themes have included gothic horror, sci-Fi, experimental film, comedy and redefining rebellion.

Watch some of the films we have produced

Participants are actively involved in the exhibition and distribution of their work and have the opportunity to gain NCFE Preparing to Work in the Film Industry accreditation.

Most sessions will run on Wednesday evenings between 6-8pm, occasional weekends and throughout half term, 25-29 October 2021.

Who can apply

We invite applications from anybody who:

  • lives in Greater London
  • is aged 16 to 19 
  • has a passion for cinema and filmmaking

We do not accept applications from anyone who has previously attended a BFI Network Film Academy course or is currently at university. 

How to apply

Please read our timetable then submit the online application form linked below.

If it’s difficult for you to complete the form in writing, we are happy for you to provide a link to a video or voice recording, with the required information and statements.

Applications will be accepted from 4 August until the deadline at 5pm Monday 6 September 2020.

Applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to join a Zoom information talk with a Q&A at 6pm on Wednesday 25 August. Simply email us your interest and we’ll send you the link to join us.

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