BFI Film Academy

BFI Film Academy – for young aspiring filmmakers



Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Do you want a career in the film industry? 

If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you. This course offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry.

 As a student of the Film Academy:

  • You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills.
  • You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.
  • You will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.
  • You will watch a range of cinema from British Independent to specialised films.
  • You will work in a team to make a documentary.
  • Once you have completed the course, you will become part the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks.

The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy is £50. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Bursaries will also be made available if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries can be found here.

Behind the Scenes footage of our past Documentary Residential can be seen here.

A film produced at our previous documentary course can be viewed here.


Our residential includes a pre-residential weekend from 22nd-24th January 2016 and a production week from 14th-20th February 2016. Over the course of the residential participants will:

  • Create short documentaries in teams that will be screened in a London Cinema.
  • Attend masterclasses with industry experts including double OSCAR winning Producer Simon Chinn, Editor of The Imposter Andrew Hulme, Producer Roger Bolton and BBC’s Stacey Dooley.
  • Attend craft skill workshops to learn the technical skills of camera, sound and editing from industry professionals.
  • Attend workshops in Research and Development and Production Management.
  • Attend a range of trips including the BFI’s Future Film Festival.
  • Watch a range of award-winning documentaries and meet the makers.
  • Gain practical experience in an idea development session with award-winning documentary company CTVC.
  • And much, much more!

At the residential you will stay at Debden House, located near Epping Forest and will travel into central London for trips and film production. All meals will be provided.

Please download the application form here:

Documentary Residential Application Form 2016


Please complete an application form and include a documentary idea. Please save your form as Documentary Application_YOURNAME and email it to us before December 2nd 2015.


Closing date for all applications: December 2nd 2015 1pm

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

Please note, due to the busy schedules of some of our industry speakers dates or names may change. Participants will be notified in advance about any changes in the course that may take place.