BFI Film Academy


BFI Film Academy

We are BFI partners and are delivering the BFI Residential Documentary Film Academy for the UK. This is a prestigious course for 16-19 year olds who are passionate about documentary film.

BFI Documentary Residential Course for 16-19 year olds:

  1. An introductory residential weekend with practical training in sound, editing, lighting and editing plus master classes from high level experts at BBC, CTVC and The Grierson Trust.
  2. A week-long course of practical documentary film-making, master classes and trips.
  3. Workshops, Q&A’s and master classes with Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary film-makers, producers, researchers, production managers and financing experts.
  4. 6 months’ follow up support after the course to help you find further opportunities, work experience or jobs.
  5. Support in producing your own documentary.
  6. Screening of your documentary at a cinema in London.


Venue:    Palmers Lodge: Hillspring, Willesden Green, London.

Dates:      Introductory residential weekend: 23rd – 25th January

Residential week: 15th – 21stFebruary


1. You must be aged 16-19 years on 23rd January .

2. You must be able to attend all of the dates in the schedule.

3. You must have a proven passion for documentary film.

Course Information:

Please download the schedule and application form here


Closing date for applications:

December 8th 9am

Course fee and bursaries:

The course fee is £50. If you or your family are on a low income we can waive this fee. The BFI also offers other bursaries for travel and childcare. Please download more information here. You will only be asked to fill in this form if you are accepted on the course.

There are lots of fantastic courses taking place across the UK please visit the BFI website for more information.

Call us on 0333 012 4265 or email if you have any questions.

It was my first office experience, and over the course of the week I was able to see the inner workings of what it takes to make a documentary in the ‘real world’. The thing that I’m most grateful for was the chance I was given to help out on a number of different documentaries, all at different stages of production, which meant that I got to build up my experience and skills across the board rather than exclusively being, lets say, a runner. Rather, I got to work as a researcher, I worked in casting and music clearance with a production manager, all whilst meeting and gaining the trust of fantastic contacts. 

Thank you so much for helping me get this opportunity! 

Karolina, 2014 Documentary Academy Participant, responding to the work experience opportunity we had sourced for her at a prestigious documentary production company.