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Get a Foothold in the Film Industry

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The BFI are launching their BFI Film Academy for young people aged 16-19 now all over the UK, as a part of their BFI Film Forever Plan. There are 900 places available for talented young people at 38 locations across the UK, offering part-time and residential courses across the UK.


BFI CEO Amanda Nevill, director Tom Hooper and actors Andy Serkis and Reece Shearsmith with BFI Film Academy alumni at the House of Commons

The BFI Film Academy launches its second year! BFI are giving young people the opportunity to develop a career in film by teaching the tools-of-the-trade and the ins-and-outs of the industry. The young people a part of the scheme will have the opportunity to be mentored by established professionals in the field, while at the same time gaining first-hand practical experience.

Strand One is the UK-Network programme aims to offer hands-on filmmaking courses, aimed at developing students’ knowledge and skills and encouraging their special interests:

  • A minimum of 40 hours of training at a location in your region.
  • A chance to gain an Arts Award accreditation.
  • Experience of working on state-of-the-art industry equipment.
  • Valuable teamworking experience with like-minded peers.
  • The chance to create your own film, guided by highly skilled and experienced practitioners.
  • A personal development plan, to help you with your next career steps.
  • The chance to show your work at a final showcase.

Find out more about the BFI Film Academy – UK Network Programme, and how to apply.


BFI Film Academy – Residential participants

Strand Two is the Residential Programme which offers masterclasses in animation, documentary, screenwriting or visual effects by key industry figures for specialist career paths in film.

Find out more about the BFI Film Academy residential programme – animation, documentary, screenwriting or visual effects, and how to apply.


3 minute filmmaking challenge, Screen South, Maidstone

Strand Three is the Residential Programme – Craft Skills, gives young people to the chance work in groups on every aspect of a short film production; including storytelling, visual language, film history and project funding to exhibition, marketing and distribution. This programme will be run over a two week period during Easter 2014, where the participants will work on:

  • Screenwriting
  • Production design
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Sound
  • Production

Craft Skills is being run at NFTS and interested participants can find out more on their website.

The course regularly costs £99, but this cost may be waived and bursaries for travel and child care are available to those who need it. The programme aims to involve participants in activities that directly lead onto further study or work. It’s a great opportunity that offer training in many vital skills needed for young people get a foothold into the film industry.


Final showcase, FACT, Liverpool

The programme is being supported by the Department for Education in England who have committed £1m per annum funding from April 2012 and 31 March 2015. It is also funded through the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.
The BFI Film Academy speaks to strategic priority one as set out in the BFI’s Film Forever plan.

You can email [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the scheme.

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