BFI Film Academy for ages 16 - 19

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

Due to COVID-19, our upcoming Film Academies will be delivered mostly online via zoom conference calls. However, as nothing can replace the filmmaking experience, we have put industry standard safety measures in place to ensure students get hands on experience with industry standard equipment. We're looking for passionate and committed young people who have a love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply.

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

Click here for dates, more information and to submit your application!

The courses cost £25 but don't worry if you're not able to pay the full course fee as costs may be waived. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available.

We will also 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!

Watch the films created by previous Film Academy attendees here.

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Being able to experience different roles within the crew was extremely helpful,  it allowed me to develop knowledge and learn new skills, whilst also gaining vital experience in film making” Chloe | Wiltshire

BFI Film Academy courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

Courses and Live Online Training

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We regularly programme courses for all ages and abilities, whether you are a beginner looking to gain IT skills or an emerging filmmaker seeking craft-based subjects such as scriptwriting. These take place online or at a venue. See the diary for upcoming courses or get in touch and suggest a subject.

As well as offering one to one tuition you can now book a bespoke live online training session for your group or staff or use our facilities to deliver your own.

Get live, interactive training from the convenience of your office or home. With companies prioritising home working this is a great way to ensure everyone can participate in training.

Our live online training brings our experienced tutors to you. Using multiple camera angles and live editing, the training session is immersive and allows for direct interaction with the tutor. Virtual whiteboards and desktop sharing means we can explore a range of subjects and programmes. Here are just a few of our suggestions for training we can help you with:

Software or Platform based - Editing e.g. Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, photo editing e.g. Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, etc

Craft-based - e.g. Podcasting, How to make training videos or How to photograph your products

For more information call us on 01278 433187 or contact us.

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In light of COVID-19 Somerset Film is offering online work experience opportunities with its professional team at The Engine Room, Bridgwater. What we’re looking for is bright, highly motivated people who have a clear interest in media, and and are driven to succeed.

There are a maximum of 4 one-week placements twice a year for school pupils studying GCSE (subject to our capacity).

We are currently liaising with schools to determine the best possible date for our next work experience week and can confirm the week will be in November. Please check back regularly as this page will be update, alternative send us an email

We are currently in the process of putting together the online programme. At this stage we can confirm that we will be working closely with selected students to determine learning outcomes and maximise their experience during these unprecedented times. We will work with accessible software where possible and safely provide equipment if/when needed.

We give priority to students currently studying at HE (Higher Education) level for placements of up to three weeks.

We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, from the BAME community, and from disadvantaged groups.

If you meet our criteria, and there are places available, we’ll contact you. Not everyone will get a place, and we may not be able to offer your preferred dates.

We try our best to respond to every email, however during busy periods please be patient with us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Do think carefully about your answers to the questions on the application form (submission details are on the form) – they are what we’ll use to decide who gets a placement!

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InspirED is a Primary School Arts Network delivered in partnership with Somerset Art Works and Take Art, providing a yearly membership scheme which gives schools:

  • A place at our annual conference
  • Three ebulletins a year
  • Discounts on quality-assured partner including CPD workshops and artist-led residencies
  • Access to case studies and resources on a dedicated website
  • Priority access to other opportunities InspirED has fundraised for

InspirED is an Arts Education partnership between three award-winning arts producers and promoters in Somerset.

InspirED's vision is to inspire every child in the county with access to arts and cultural opportunities to develop their creativity, imagination, confidence and skills to take their place in the world.

We achieve this vision by collaborating with children, young people, families, schools and communities across Somerset.

Our Partners

Somerset Art Works – Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts. They initiate a wide range of projects in a variety of settings, working to increase public engagement, weaving together communities and raising the profile of the vibrant contemporary visual, digital and applied arts scene in Somerset.

Take Art – pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. They provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts. Their areas of work are rural touring, dance, music, theatre and early years.

For more information, please head to our Website