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Storyhouse delivers a BFI Film Academy Short Course Inviting Aspiring Young Filmmakers to Apply

Are you aged 16-19 and passionate about film? Do you dream of pursuing a career in the film industry? If so, the BFI Film Academy Short Course, delivered by Reel Solutions in partnership Storyhouse invites you to embark on a thrilling journey into the screen industries.

The BFI Film Academy Short Course offers a unique opportunity for ambitious young individuals between the ages of 16-19 (or 20-25 if you have an EHC – Education, Health and Care plan) across the UK to explore the world of film and discover the pathways to a successful career in the screen industries. Funded by the Department for Education, National Lottery from the BFI, Screen Scotland, and Northern Ireland Screen, this introductory hands-on filmmaking course delivered by Reel Solutions in partnership with Storyhouse promises to equip participants from Chester and the surrounding area with valuable knowledge and skills.


Unlock Your Creative Potential 

Delivered by Reel Solutions in partnership with Storyhouse, both organisations with a strong legacy of nurturing emerging talents in the world of cinema, the BFI Film Academy Short Course is designed to help young talent get a start in the screen industries. The University of Chester will be a third delivery partner for the course with editing sessions taking place in the new town centre university buildings. Many Film Academy alumni having gone on to pursue exciting careers in various roles within the film, TV, and XR industries. 


Innovative Filmmaking for the Modern Era 

The BFI Film Academy Short Course delivered by Reel Solutions and Storyhouse has a special focus on Virtual Production (VP) and immersive filmmaking, harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology to ignite passion for storytelling. This course is your gateway to exploring the vibrant and rapidly evolving landscape of immersive filmmaking, an industry that has witnessed remarkable growth, particularly in the realm of games, during the pandemic.




Join Our Thriving Alumni Network 

Upon completing the Short Course, participants will join the ever-expanding BFI Film Academy alumni network. Granting access to exclusive events, including career and skills talks, and further opportunities to participate in advanced courses, both with the BFI and other esteemed organisations. Furthermore, BFI’s strong industry connections enable entry-level career opportunities for BFI Film Academy graduates through collaborations with key production companies.

Nicky Beaumont Film and Digital Programme Manager at Storyhouse, said  

As a charity, Storyhouse is deeply committed to nurturing and harnessing the full potential of young creative talent and this course embodies that mission 

Never has there been a more exciting time to dive into the world of filmmaking. No previous experience is necessary to take part – we’re looking for people with passion and interest in starting out in the industry, we can nurture your talent, so let’s and embark on a journey that could lead to a remarkable career in the film industry. 


The course is £25, and takes place in October half term at Storyhouse in Chester with a few Saturdays and weekday evenings.  Bursaries are available for some participants.


Find out more and apply now at



For more information, contact:

Nancy Davies

Head of Marketing


About Storyhouse  

Storyhouse is a charity. Our home in Chester incorporates a library, theatres, an independent cinema, a restaurant, and is a community and creative social space.

Each year we run over 2,000 sessions for marginalised communities, including our vibrant festivals co-curated with our communities including Storyhouse Queer, Storyhouse Childless, Storyhouse Women, Kaleidoscope for learning disabled and neurodiverse adults, the Chester Literature Festival and WayWord children’s literature festival.

Our theatres present a mix of Storyhouse Originals (produced by us, in house) and the best of the UK’s touring work, including comedy, musicals, music, workshops and talks. Beyond Storyhouse’s walls we produce Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in the city’s park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema.

The Storyhouse Cinema is the city’s only independent cinema, it screens 3 films a day, handpicked by us in partnership with many of our communities.

Our library has the longest opening hours of any UK public library in the UK. We welcome over eight thousand visits a week. Everything we do is designed with our audiences and creative communities, creating a vital social space in the heart of the Chester for everyone.


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About the BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for 16-25 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to forge a career in the screen industries.

A range of accessible activities, courses, workshops and events offer opportunities for those wanting to test the water, through to those keen to hone their skills:

  • Short Courses an introductory, hands-on filmmaking course designed to build knowledge and skills and show the different pathways into the industry. For talented and committed young people aged 16-19 years, short courses have an excellent track record of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and crew.


  • Specialist courses residential courses run during school holidays for between one and two weeks, the programme is designed to develop more specific filmmaking skills. Each course offers a combination of workshops, practical skills, lessons and lectures, and sees leading industry professionals share unique insight into the filmmaking business with the students.

Supported by the UK government’s Department for Education, National Lottery, Northern Ireland Screen and Screen Scotland.

BFI Film Academy also includes activity delivered by BFI Film Academy Plus partners, supported with National Lottery Funding, including: Labs, Scene, Recommends, the Future Film Festival and Young Programmers


The BFI is a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK‘s lead organisation for film and the moving image. BFI’s mission is:


To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers

To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive

To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals — delivered online and in venue

To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding of film and the moving image

To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

  • Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
  • The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.




About Reel Solutions

Based in Yorkshire, Reel Solutions is a cultural agency, predominantly working in the screen industries and providing guidance and support to a range of local, national and international cultural businesses, cinemas and festivals in the UK and Europe.


Reel Solutions offers a range of education services under its Reel Filmmaking branding including BFI Film Academy Short Courses, resource packs for teachers and cinemas and CPD training. Other services include bid writing, project management services, strategic consultancies and supporting the set- up of local independent cinemas, film festivals and pop-up cinema events.