BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy will return in autumn 2022.

BFI Film Academy: opportunities for young creatives

If you’re 16 to 19 and want to learn about or work in film, BFI Film Academy is for you!

BFI Film Academy is a short film course aimed at those either wanting to take the first step in filmmaking or improve on existing skills.

These courses help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary.

On our BFI Film Academy Short Course, you will:

– work alongside industry professionals

– Work collaboratively in a creative team

– be offered hands-on filmmaking experience

– explore 360° filmmaking

– develop practical knowledge and skills

– work towards a silver arts award

– host a premiere event

BFI Film Academy Chester costs £25 to attend. If you think you will struggle to find this amount or might need assistance covering other associated course costs such as travel and childcare, please still apply – if your application is successful, we’ll make sure you can attend – there is a bursary fund to cover these costs where eligible. More information about who can, and how to apply for bursaries, can be found here.

About BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy short courses are delivered at over 50 locations across the UK and supported by the Department for Education, National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen introductory hands-on filmmaking courses build knowledge and skills and show the different pathways into the industry. For talented and committed young people aged 16-19, short courses have an excellent track record of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and crew.

Head here to watch and find out more about the two short films created by BFI Film Academy 2020 at Storyhouse.


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Here’s a short film about the BFI Film Academy Chester at Storyhouse in 2017:


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