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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 for 2019/20 will be open in due course.




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. 


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
Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student