BFI Film Academy Scheme 2013-4

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry?

Student Eriww discusses the BFI Film Academy 2012-3

Open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers a real chance for talented 16-19-year-olds to be part of our future film industry.

As a student of the Film Academy, you will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. You will be offered hands-on filmmaking experience which will allow you to develop practical knowledge and skills, as well as explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our two intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

Extracts from films made at the BFI Film Academy 2012-3

Strand one: UK Network Programme

The UK-Network programme, running between October 2013 and February 2014, will offer you:

  • 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.

This exciting programme will offer hands-on filmmaking courses, aimed at developing students’ knowledge and skills and encouraging their special interests.

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

Strand two: Residential Programme – animation, documentary, screenwriting or visual effects (ADSV)

Residential courses focus on the complete craft of one specialism – animation, documentary, screenwriting or visual effects. Masterclasses by key industry figures are integral to this programme, as are hands-on skills training and bespoke careers advice.

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

Strand three: Residential Programme – Craft Skills

The BFI Film Academy residential programme delivered by the NFTS aims to be a transformational experience for 66 of the most talented young filmmakers in the UK. Those who are lucky enough to be chosen will have the opportunity to work with other gifted students of their own age, with recent NFTS graduates and with leading industry professionals.

It will be run over a two week period during Easter 2014.

Through the production of a short film, you will learn everything from storytelling, visual language, film history and project funding to exhibition, marketing and distribution.

During the production of your short films, groups will focus on the following craft specialisms:

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

However, this course is only the beginning. You will continue to be supported in taking those very important next steps into the industry, through a programme of alumni activities that directly lead onto further study or work.

Course cost: £99

Please note, if you are unable to pay the full course fee, don’t let this discourage you from applying. Contact the course provider as costs may be waived.

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

Contacting us

Please email if you have any questions regarding the scheme.

The BFI Film Academy forms part of the BFI’s overall 5-19 Education Scheme. 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 Foreverplan.

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