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The Somerset Film Bursary is a 12-week scheme enabling you to gain a small insight into the world of film-making and digital media. It is a voluntary role aimed at those aged over 18 years. During this time you’ll be asked to work with us for three days a week. This is an un-paid position but we have a budget of £250 for the duration of the bursary towards your expenses. Please note that from September 2020 our plan is offer one bursary placement a year and three T-level placements.

At The Engine Room as the bursary you will be able to observe and get involved in a wide range of activities that will contribute towards you becoming an all round freelancer filmmaker, from logging data, learning to use cameras and editing software, and sound recording, making DVD covers, to delivering films and invoicing. There’s a wide range of skills you need in order to be successful as a freelancer. Here's what Ronan, our most recent bursary said about the role:

"I was first notified about the bursary at Somerset Film by Deb Richardson, whilst I was attending the BFI Film academy back in October 2019. Since starting in November 2019 I have learnt a lot about the Film industry, from editing to filmmaking and every little detail in-between. Through the bursary I was able to get some freelance jobs, which helped grow my confidence in filming and doing film work in general as they were solo shoots, the first being a pantomime which I then went on to edit and the second an interview hosted by Sedge-moor Council for a client. Everyone who works here at the engine are all down to earth and just generally great people, willing to lend a hand when ever needs be. Being a bursary student has and will open a lot of doors for me, from freelance work, to all the contacts I’ve made. Every day is different, so the learning curve is exponential.  If you want to get into the film industry I’d 100% recommend applying for the role as the bursary student at Somerset Film, it’s something you won’t regret."

At The Engine Room we encourage creativity with all of the equipment available. We like people to gain new skills and have the opportunity to explore their own ideas and creativity, so you will also be encouraged to work on a personal project during your time here, utilising the skills you pick up along the way.

Whilst film-making is fun, there are essential day to day tasks you will undertake such as helping to keep equipment cupboards tidy and assist staff where needed. We try to give everyone as much hands on experience as possible.

We feel it’s fair to say that there is no clear route into the world of film-making, but what you put into the bursary scheme is what you will get out of it.

We currently offer four bursary placements a year. To be considered for the next placement (July - September 2020) we ask that you complete an application form and send to [email protected] by May 30th 2020. In light of the current Covid-19 situation this may be an online bursary only.

Please note it is likely there will be more applications than bursary places. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a short interview based on the responses and material submitted through this application form so please use this space to tell us why you’re the right person to be accepted on this course.

We aim to ensure that all aspects of our work reflect diversity and support equality of opportunity. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to complete an equality monitoring form and send with your application. Any information you provide us is used for monitoring purposes only and will not be used as part of your application assessment. This monitoring information helps us to identify if we are achieving the aims and objectives set out in our business plan. 

We are unable to offer a place to everyone who applies or to provide feedback on applications. If you are unsuccessful we encourage you to subscribe to our ebulletin or social media to be informed about other projects and opportunities.

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

We hope to release the dates for the next BFI Film Academy in August 2020. We'll be looking for passionate and committed young people who have a love of film. You don't have to be currently studying media to apply.


Watch the films created by previous Film Academy attendees here.

Click here to stay updated.

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


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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. See the diary for upcoming courses or get in touch and suggest a subject. If you would like training for your staff or a group of colleagues/friends then do let us know. We can also offer one to one tuition.

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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