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BFI Film Academy

Key Information
  • Dates

    Dec 2019 – March 2020

  • Times

    Evenings and some weekends

  • Location

    Christchurch Studios

  • Ages

    16 – 19

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Join the BFI Film Academy

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.

The Academy offers the chance to make your own films, learn from filmmaking professionals and grow your creative network.

Applications for 2019/20 are open on the BFI Film Academy website until 4 November. 

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A Prestigious Location

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

You’ll work on industry-standard kit to create your films, from initial idea to seeing them on the big screen.

Watch the 2018 BFI Film, “Low”, on YouTube.


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
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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design