Budding film makers

The BFI Film Academy is back in Bradford for a third consecutive year from 27 January 2018.

Applications Close Monday 14 January!

Please encourage all young people interested in this opportunity to apply online before 11:59 on 14 January 2018.

Thank you!

Over the last two years we have supported 40 young filmmakers from all over the country between the ages of 16-19 years in Bradford to develop their filmmaking skills, knowledge of the film industry and have connected them with film professionals and like-minded young people. Many of our participants continue to work together on their own film projects with several already working professionally in a range of film roles.

The BFI Film Academy Bradford includes filmmaking workshops, practical sessions and talks with highly regarded, award winning industry professionals such as Connal Orton, Executive Producer at the BBC who produced shows such as All At Sea and the 4 O’Clock Club. All participants get to make a short film collaboratively in small crews from conception of an idea through to project managing the screening the films in a premiere at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

Open to all young people aged 16-19 years (however you can’t already be studying at university unfortunately), the Film Academy network is devised by the British Film Institute and delivered in Bradford by West Yorkshire based film agency Reel Solutions with the support of the University of Bradford and Bradford College (where we’ll hold Academy sessions). Additional support from some of the UK’s leading film organisations including BAFTA and the world renowned National Film and Television School and amazing apprenticeship opportunities from leading film studios, the Academies are highly regarded by the film industry and quickly becoming the gold standard for short film courses for this age group in the UK.

We know from previous courses that talent is everywhere but often opportunity is not – for any young person interested in film, the Academy is that opportunity and we have tried to make the Academy accessible to as wide a range of young people that we can. The joining fee is £25 however there are bursaries available to cover this cost and other costs such travel and childcare – we don’t want cost to be a barrier to young filmmakers pursuing their dreams and we believe that the Academy programme can help promote a more diverse future for the UK film industry

Over 95% of our alumni recommend the BFI Film Academy highly to other young people. A participant from our 2015 course echoes this, The BFI was genuinely one of the best experiences for me as a young filmmaker – I came out a different and stronger person.” Another who attended the BFI Film Academy last year also felt it was “…one of the most brilliant things I have done…”

Please urge all interested young people to apply for this great opportunity.

Participants can work towards gaining an NCFE in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, a new qualification which has been design specifically for the Academy by the BFI and is aimed at equipping young people with the skills and knowledge that will support them in developing careers in the film industry.

The BFI Film Academy Bradford starts on Saturday 27 January 2018 and will continue with day long sessions on Sat 3 February and 10 – 16  February, excluding Sunday 11 during the half term holidays. The films made during the Academy will premiere at the National Media Museum on Saturday 10 March 2018.

Applications can be made online now here and will close on Monday 14 January.

More details about the course and application process can be found on our website.