BFI Film Academy

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry?
If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you. This course offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry.

LFA is delighted to partner with the BFI to deliver a course that is designed to offer the perfect way to introduce young people to practical filmmaking. Offering a variety of training and workshops in the main areas of filmmaking, this course will culminate in the production of live action shorts, which can serve as the starting point for a career in film.

Course Features

As a student of the Film Academy:

  • You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills.
  • You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment
  • You will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • You will watch a range of cinema from British Independent to specialised films
  • You will learn how to write and direct - how to generate stories and how to communicate with actors.
  • Gain an understanding of each of the different roles involved in making films. Go from story, to script to screen, with workshops in cinematography, sound, editing and producing. 
  • You will work in teams towards a  practical film-based project

Duration: 12 days between 15 October 2016 - 22 January 2017

Duration: Up to 12 days, various dates 15 October 2016 - 22 January 2017

Guided by experienced filmmaking professionals and teachers, this practical, multi-disciplinary course provides innovative, enjoyable and relevant training in the various roles behind the camera including: screenwriting, directing, camera operating, cinematography, boom operating and sound mixing, and recording. Shooting a number of films in a studio environment using a high-end HD camera, all participants will experience the latest in digital acquisition by shooting films in HD with sync sound dialogue recording.

Participants on the BFI Film Academy will learn about the collaborative nature of filmmaking, working as a team with their peers. They will learn to combine technical skills with visual communication and narrative storytelling, developing stories into scripts and then shooting their films with professional actors. An experienced editor will guide them through editing films using Final Cut Pro. All films made on the course will then be shown to family and friends at a celebratory screening. 

BFI Film Academy - Dates & Venue

  • Dates: 15, 16, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 October, 19, 20 November 2016, 21, 22 January 2017
  • Location: London Film Academy, Fulham, SW6 1QR
  • Times: Usually 10am – 5pm (access to the academy will be available from 9am – 6pm)
  • Price: £25 with some bursary options available

FURTHER ENQUIRIES & BOOKING please email: or call us on +44(0)20 7386 7711.

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Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy on YouTube:

What’s more, you could also apply for one of BFI’s six 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.

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Places on this course are extremely limited. To qualify, you need to be aged between 16-19 and ideally be based in South or West London, although we will consider applications from participants who live elsewhere. NB. To be eligible, applicants must not currently be in University education or have previously attended a BFI Film Academy course.

To register, you will need need to complete the online application form, which you can find here.  You also need to send us a a statement* outlining what films you like and why you are considering becoming a filmmaker (approx. 200 words) – please see details below. The information needs to be uploaded by 5pm on Wednesday 5 October. Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 7 October.  

The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy is £25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived.

Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries can be found in the application form. 

* Please submit an additional document outlining your interest in film (up to 200 words) – please consider/include:

  • Any previous film training or classes?
  • What films or filmmakers inspire you?
  • Where do your interests lie at present (Directing/ Producing/ Writing /Sound/ Camera/ Editing)?
  • How often do you go to the cinema?
  • Why do you think you could be a filmmaker?


To apply online please click on the course date below.

There are no set dates for this course at the moment.

Please register your interest with us and we will contact you as soon as a date has been set for this course

Alternatively please call us on +44 (0) 20 7386 7711 or email us for more information.

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