BFI Film Academy October 2020

Film Academy – for young aspiring filmmakers

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We are looking for passionate and committed young people who have a love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply.

BFI Film Academy is a 7 day programme*, where participants aged 16 - 19 years will get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of filmmaking through a series of workshops and masterclasses, in which they will get the chance to learn from, and work with, leading industry professionals through our BFI Film Academy programme.

*Two full days, all others 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm

We encourage BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled persons as well as those from lower socio-economic backgrounds to apply.

Although many aspects on this Academy will be delivered online by experienced tutors and filmmakers, industry-standard measures have been put in place to ensure participants receive hands-on experience with equipment, as well as a full day of on-set filmmaking.

We will do everything we can to help you out with digital access, so if you don't have access to the internet or a suitable device please still apply!

To ensure social distancing measures are adhered to we will be accepting ten participants onto this course and for practical activity dividing you into two groups of five.

Dates are:

Friday 16th - 7pm-9pm (Evening) – ALL

Saturday 17th - 10am-1pm group 1 and 2pm-5pm group 2

Sunday 18th – 10am-12.30pm - ALL

Saturday 24th – 10am-1pm – ALL

Sunday 25th – 10am-12.30pm – ALL

Monday 26th – 10am-1pm – ALL

Tuesday 27th – 10am-1pm – ALL

Wednesday 28th – 10am-5pm group 1 – (Full day) and 10am-1pm group 2

Thursday 29th – 10am-5pm group 2 – (Full day) and 10am-1pm group 1

Friday 30th – 10am-1pm – ALL

November Dates:

Saturday 8th – 10am-1pm – ALL

Saturday 15th – 10am-1pm group 1 and 2pm-5pm group 2

Sunday 16th – 10am-1pm group 1 and 2pm-5pm group 2

Saturday 22nd – 10am-4.30pm - (Full day) - ALL

As groups will be set once all participants have been confirmed, you must be available for all dates of the academy. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns/questions.

- create a short film to help you gain skills and challenge your creativity

- gain practical skills within a range of filmmaking areas

- meet like-minded individuals with a passion for film and start building your filmmaking network

- receive further access to exciting opportunities from the BFI, Somerset Film, Pinewood and BAFTA

- achieve an Arts Award qualification

"I found the BFI film Academy to be a great experience to meet new, like- minded people and further grow my technical knowledge of filmmaking. Throughout the week we managed to create, script, plan, shoot and edit a short film in small groups. We received excellent advice and masterclasses from several different experts from various fields within production."

Jack | Yeovil

"I feel it has benefited me greatly as universities that I am applying to for filmmaking courses want to see a portfolio of work and this is a great thing to show them. As well as that, it's a great activity to talk about in my personal statement."

Finley | Yeovil

Starts 16th October 2020 and continues on weekends and half term.


The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by Somerset Film 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. Lunch and refreshments will be provided as will all materials/equipment. The Academy is open to all abilities and support can be arranged for those who may need a helping hand to take part.  Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. Please note that unfortunately the Academy is not available for students who are attending university at the time of the course.

To apply complete an online application form by midday on Thursday 8th October 2020. We have limited places so please answer the questions on the form as fully as possible as this will help us to decide who will get a place. Make sure you keep the dates in your diary until you hear from us. If you require or would prefer a printed application form then do let us know.

A number of our BFI Film Academy alumni who successfully completed the course with Somerset Film have since gone on to launch their own careers in film; some are working within the industry, others are carrying out further studies and we have also had students attend the prestigious National Film and Television schools (NFTS) residential Academy.

You can view some of the previous masterclasses, which have included speakers such as editors Niven Howie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Emmy award-winning Jason Porthouse here along with work created by previous participants.

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