BFI Film Academy

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Applications for our BFI Film Academy short courses in Cardiff, Swansea and Aberystwyth are now open.

BFI Film Academy short courses are for 16-19 year olds who want to break into the film industry. These courses help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film. No experience is necessary.

As a student of a Film Academy Short course, you’ll gain experience working alongside industry professionals and will be offered hands-on filmmaking experience to help develop practical knowledge and skills.

Graduates of a BFI Film Academy short course gain a Level 2 NCFE in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry.

Previous attendees of our courses have gone on to work with the BBC, Disney, Pinewood Studios and more, and many find the qualification gained invaluable when applying for university or further study.

Cardiff – General Filmmaking

Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th November

Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th November

Saturday 3rd December

The course in Cardiff focuses on general filmmaking. Students can take on a variety of roles in the film crew and make their own short film over the course, which runs over 3 weekends in the autumn.

Swansea – VFX

31st October – 4th November

The course in Swansea focuses on VFX/special effects and takes place at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David campus. Students make their own short film and learn a range of post-production skills with the expertise of staff at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Aberystwyth – General Filmmaking

31st October – 4th November

The course in Aberystwyth focuses on general filmmaking and takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Students can take on a variety of roles in the film crew and make their own short film over the course.

How much does it cost to apply?

Course fees are £25, though we’re able to provide bursaries and financial assistance to applicants who need it.

When is the deadline?

You need to apply by Monday 10th October.

How do I find out more?

You can visit the main BFI Film Academy page, or email us with any questions.

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