BFI Film Academy October 2020

Film Academy – for young aspiring filmmakers Developing the next generation of filmmaking talent....

APPLICATIONS for January 2021 OPEN NOW!0001 2

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

Mick Audsley (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Everest and 12 Monkeys) Editor will be leading the Editing masterclass and more exciting guests will be announced in January.

.Zoom sessions will take place between 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm online.

"I was nervous that I wouldn't fit in given I only really knew about script writing, but all the activities we went through really helped broaden my knowledge". - Will, October 2020 BFI Alumni

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.

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!

  • Dates

    January dates:

    Friday 15th - 7pm-9pm (Evening) – ALL

    Saturday 16th - 10am-1pm group 1 and 2pm-5pm group 2

    Sunday 17th – 10am-12.30pm - ALL

    Saturday 23th – 10am-1pm – ALL

    Sunday 24th – 10am-12.30pm – ALL

    Saturday 30th – 10am-1pm – ALL

    Sunday 31st – 10am-1pm – ALL

    February Dates:

    Saturday 6th – 10am-5pm group 1 – (Full day) and 10am-1pm group 2

    Sunday 7th – 10am-5pm group 2 – (Full day) and 10am-1pm group 1

    Saturday 13th – 10am-1pm – ALL

    Sunday 14th – 10am-1pm – ALL

    Saturday 20th – 10am-1pm group 1 and 2pm-5pm group 2

    Sunday 21th – 10am-1pm group 1 and 2pm-5pm group 2

    Saturday 27nd – 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.

  • Course expectations

    - 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 15th January 2021 and continues on weekends.

Location: ONLINE

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. All materials/equipment will be provided by Somerset Film.

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 Friday 8th January 2021. 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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