Credit: Craig Lewis

We are proud to be delivering the 2021 edition of the BFI Film Academies in South Wales. If you are aged 16-19 years old and are interested in film or you want to explore a career in film, then we have the perfect courses for you.

As a student of a BFI Film Academy course, you will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. You will be offered hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills. You’ll be able to explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our two intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

Visual Effects

Our VFX course takes place in Swansea and runs during October half term, providing students with a week long intensive course giving students the opportunity to learn skills in VFX which they will apply to their own projects.


Our Filmmaking course takes place in Cardiff and runs during October half term, giving students the chance to take part in a week long intensive film course. During the course students will have the chance to learn from film industry experts, while working on their own short film, which they will have to plan, direct and edit.

Course details

Anyone can apply to be on this course, regardless of your level of experience. The course fee is £25 once you are accepted, however please do not hesitate to apply if you can not afford this fee, as we can arrange for this to be covered for you, as well as travel expenses (subject to qualifying for a bursary).

We have welcomed incredible guests to talk to our academies in the past few years, including Kevin Allen (Twin Town), Bait Studios, Milk, Framestore and Keri Collins (Tourist Trap).

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