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BFI Film Academy

Key Information
  • Dates

    Dec 2018 – April 2019

  • Times

    Evenings and some Weekends

  • Location

    Christchurch Studios

  • Ages

    16 – 19

Apply Now

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

Then the BFI Film Academy— UK Network Programme is for you.

Applications re-open from late October 2018 here:



A Prestigious Location

The BFI film Academy runs Thursday evenings and over several weekends at Christchurch Studios – The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s own professional film and audio production studio from December to March. 

Applications open in October and interviews take place in November.

Press here to view this years film “Low”.


A short Drama

The course culminates in the production of a short drama with animated elements and participants have the chance to gain the NCFE qualification ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’, an industry recognised qualification.



  • “I gained a lot from this course because not only will the skills that I gained help me when I enter the film Industry, but it will also help me in life”

    BFI Film Academy BOVTS participant, 2016-17
I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art