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Applications For BFI Film Academy Bristol Are Open


Apply for BFI Film Academy Bristol if you are 16-19 and wanna make films.

No matter your background, qualifiactions or experience, this is your chance to get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work in film from writing scripts to getting films to the cinema screen.

Hear from Aisha who has been on the Academy, about how it can open doors for you:

Through the BFI Film Academy you will…

• Learn about all aspects of film – production, distribution and exhibition

• Meet professionals who will mentor you and share their tips for a successful career in film

• Attend practical sessions on filmmaking

• Get creative and develop your ideas

• Work with like-minded people to make a short film and see your work on the big screen

• Organise a film festival

• Create a portfolio and showreel

• Watch plenty of films for free at the cinema

• Learn what opportunities there are for your future

• Gain an accredited NCFE qualification

• Apply to the National BFI Residential Talent Campus

• Make new friends and contacts

Finlay who attended the BFI Film Academy says:

“The Academy has given me a chance to connect with new people, who are creative and have the same passion as me. The fact that we get to work with professionals picking up new skills along the way has really helped, and I have made so many lovely friends through the process! It’s assured me that I want to be taking filmmaking and media into a career.”

The course runs from November 2017 to March 2018 (one evening a week during term time plus four weekends).

Fee: £25.00 (bursary + travel costs available)

At BFI Film Academy Bristol you have a choice between two different organisations, where you will work with professionals on industry standard kit to follow the whole production process from ideas to screening. Choose between:

Watershed: you will make documentaries for Rife Magazine and put on a film festival.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: you will make a short drama that features animation.

Apply here

Watch last year’s docs linked below.