BFI Film Academy


British Film Institute Film Academy is a film-making course at Storyhouse.

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Interested in a career in the film industry?
If so, the BFI Film Academy Chester is for you.

What is BFI Film Academy?

BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16-19 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. A range of accessible courses offers opportunities for those wanting to test the water through to young people keen to hone their skills.

The BFI Film Academy Chester is an intensive short course and particularly explores 360° filmmaking and commercial and cultural knowledge of film.

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.

Previous filmmaking experience is not necessary.

Why should I apply?

Gaining work experience in competitive, growing industries such as the film sector through schemes like the BFI Film Academy can give young people the edge when applying for roles.

As well as the Academy in Chester, the BFI Academy scheme offers an additional supportive programme of career development opportunities to all Academy participants, including residential courses around the UK, BAFTA mentoring and apprenticeship schemes with some of the most Internationally recognised film companies such as Lucas Film who produce the Star Wars films.

What does it cost?

The one-off course fee is £25, however bursaries are available for participants who need financial help with the costs of travel, childcare or other costs.

If you think you will struggle to pay the £25 course fee, please still apply – if you have the passion and are the right fit we’ll make sure you can attend. More information about who can apply for bursaries can be found here.

When will it happen?

The course will run in October half-term and a series of weekends leading up to this. During this time the course will be a blended programme with virtual sessions on Zoom and sessions at Storyhouse.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds, aged 16-19, who are UK residents and have not previously attended a BFI Film Academy course.  If you are currently at university, or will be enrolled at university when the course starts, we regret to inform you that you are not able to apply.

How do I apply?

Email to get an application form.

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


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