BFI FILM ACADEMY

Filmmaking Course for 16-19's

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WANT TO WORK IN FILM + TV? HERE’S HOW!
  • Get hands-on filmmaking experience and learn from professional filmmakers and Signal staff to develop practical skills – no previous experience necessary!
  • Explore your creativity and passions in a fun, and supportive environment
  • Be part of a real film crew to create a short film, and specialise in a role (or more) of your choice! 
  • Get a cool qualification as part of the course which has come from the film and tv industry.
  • Once you have completed the course, you become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to opportunities such as BAFTA mentorships, placements, work experience & other training.
  • Bursary support available!

Applications have now closed for the 2019-20 BFI Film Academy in Cumbria & North Lancashire! We will be compiling data and letting everyone know by Mon 7th October!

Applications will re-open again for next year in Summer 2020!

The filmmaking course includes:

  1. Workshops with visiting industry professionals in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, sound recording, editing, art department, hair and makeup and producing

  2. A two-day film shoot where participants are mentored by professional film crew in the discipline of their choice.

  3. An accredited, industry-recognised Skillset qualification in ‘NCFE Level 2: Preparing to Work in the Film Industry.’

“I did not realise the amount of people from the industry we would get to talk to. This course has decided for me what I want to study at uni. It has given me a solid grounding.” 

– BFI 2016 Participant

Watch the video below to check out last years' course!

DID YOU KNOW:

  • A quarter of all films IN THE WORLD produced in 2018 were made in the UK! Combined with our social media habits, the UK’s booming film industry is rapidly growing and desperately needs new talent!
  • The BFI expects 30,000 new jobs to be created over the next 5-10 years and wants more diverse voices – especially outside of London!
  • There are SO MANY types of jobs available beyond the ones you might guess: from carpenters & electricians to lawyers & promoters!
  • We’ve been doing this for 7 YEARS! And most of the films created have gone on to win awards and be screened AROUND THE WORLD.

“Many participants use their BFI Academy experience and references to secure university places and to get jobs in the film industry. Film is one of the big success stories in the British economy at present, and we want to make sure young people from our neck of the woods have a chance to see how it can be a viable and exciting career opportunity.”

– Signal Film & Media 

Co-Director, Kerry Kolbe

Programme of 2019 Dates: (3 weekends and Oct half term)

Sat 12th + Sun 13th Oct: Screenwriting Weekend, Course Intro & Story Development Day

Mon 21st – Thur 24th Oct: Workshops & Masterclasses in Script Development / Crew Roles / Production Management / Film Education / Sound Design / Shoot Planning / Production Design / Cinematography / Set Design / Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup

Sat 26th + Sun 27th Oct: 2-day Mentored Shoot

Sat 2nd Nov: SkillSet Qualification Support / Progression Day / 1:1 Career Focus

Sun 3rd Nov: Editing Masterclass & qualification support

**There may also be opt-in dates for further support, additional trips all TBC**

 

CHECK OUT THE FILMS MADE BY PREVIOUS BFI FILM ACADEMY STUDENTS BELOW:

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