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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

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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
I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice