BFI Film Academy


BFI Film Academy

We are BFI partners and are delivering the UK Regional Network Programme for central London and the BFI Residential Documentary Academy for the UK. We will be advertising the documentary course later on, if you would like to register your interest in this course please email

As a BFI Film Academy participant you will get to work with filmmakers and take part in a series of masterclasses and workshops with industry professionals, hear their top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry, get practice in developing and pitching your ideas and produce your own work.  You’ll discuss films from around the world and learn more about distribution, marketing and financing films

BFI Regional Network course for 16-19 year olds:

The course in October 2014 will include:

  1. 12 workshops over evenings and weekends from October to December 2014.
  2. Master classes with high level industry experts including executive producers, locations managers, high level marketing and sales experts, script writers, film critics and 3D experts from films such as The King’s Speech, The Guard, Gosford Park and Fast and Furious 7.
  3. Training and support in producing a short 3D film
  4. A screening of your film at a cinema in London.
  5. Help in finding new opportunities after the course.
  6. Silver Arts Award

Course Start Date: 11th October
Course End Date:  6th December
Closing date for applications: 5pm 21st September (this is an extended deadline)


1. You must be aged 16-19 years on October 11th.

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

3. If you have not already completed a Silver Arts Award you must be willing to complete one with us.

4. You must have a proven passion for film and 3D.

Course fee and bursaries:

The course fee is £25. If you are 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.

Please download a copy of the BFI Film Academy schedule here

Please download a BFI Film Academy application form here.


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.

My time with the BFI Film Academy with VividEcho was one of the best courses, if not the best course I have been on! It was fantastic to be surrounded with so many like-minded and talented people who want to have a career in film. I made such great friends on this course and plan to continue to work with them in the future or just go and see great films with them! It was such a well organised course that informed us about all the different sides in film from pre-production, marketing, film criticism, right down to production. We had such exciting masterclasses with such a different range people who work in the industry who not only inspired us but gave us practical advice on how to get our foot into the film industry. I think one of the greatest things about our course were our mentors who were continually supportive, gave us so many opportunities and renewed the faith that working in the film industry is something that can be achieved with hard work and a lot of passion! This course emphasised the fact that we should try things that may not work and take risks. The film industry has always seemed like this exciting industry that only a few people can get to work in. This course helped showed that talented film makers can come from anywhere as long as there are courses like this continuing to invest in young people!
Louise, participant in Feb 2013