How to Apply

Applications for BFI Film Academy open in late summer, with academies beginning in October. Applicants can choose locations in Derry~Londonderry or Belfast through Nerve Centre, or in Antrim through the AmmA Centre.

The course runs for 12 weeks full-time from October to December each year.

Applicants must be aged 16–19 years old, be a UK resident, not be enrolled at university when the course starts or not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course.

We welcome all applicants who have a passion or talent for filmmaking, an ambition to work in the film industry and who are able to commit to the duration of the course.

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Student crews on production sets
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Masterclasses in directing, lighting and sound
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Camera workshops & demonstrations
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Technical on set experiences
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BFI Film Academy is supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.