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Next BFI Film Academy course for young people open for applications!

Our friends at the regional BFI Academy are inviting young people to apply for a film making course.


As an independent production company based in the East of England, BFI Film Academy delivers courses out of love for our industry and to support talented young people from our region.


We want as many young people as possible to have the opportunity to take part and therefore really appreciate help from people like you who work with young people regularly, so thankyou in advance!

There is still time for our team to either Zoom in or come and meet groups of young people to introduce the course and what we do. We can also extend this to offer wider industry/careers info if that would be of use.I also have a presentation I can share with you, alongside other materials, if that would be easier and more convenient for you. Please don’t hesitate to let me know.

As a reminder, the film academy is open to all young people aged 16-19 years from across Suffolk and Norfolk. The academy costs just £25 but we have generous bursaries and can therefore waive course fees and/or support with transport, food and other costs- we organise all of this admin in advance!

Our Suffolk course is taking place during the Spring half term. Applications close: Midnight 20th January 2023.

We are really pleased to announce we will be making ourselves at home in at University of Suffolk once more. We are going to have sole use of their fantastic facilities in this central Ipswich location.

Dates: Spring half term - 11th to the 17th February 2023. Course hours: 10am to 5pm. Location: University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ.

I attach flyers, including one formatted for Instagram. Links to more information below, including the Film Academy reel; examples of previous films we have made, interviews with alumni and our short application form.


Who is it for and what does it cost?

Aimed at ALL young people aged 16- 19 years, Film Academy is especially designed for young people with some, demonstrable film making interest and/or experience. Supported by the Department for Education, National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen, it provides a fast-paced, fun and practical film making experience.


Cost: £25 for the week. Generous bursaries and financial assistance are available therefore cost ought not to be a barrier. Please contact us for information.


Our team are very experienced in working with a wide range of young people from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss any specific needs.


What do we do?

The course consists of a combination of workshops, practical skills development, watching film and meeting industry professionals. Finally, after an action-packed week, the cast and crew, friends and family are invited to enjoy a premiere of the films we make together. Participants also have the opportunity to gain their Bronze Arts Award.

Participants can expect to;

  • Watch and learn to appreciate a broad range of films.

  • Gain insight into the exciting world of film making both behind and in front of the camera.

  • Explore the variety of roles and career opportunities within the screen industries.

  • Gain hands on experience of what goes into making a film on a practical film-based project.

  • Work alongside and get the opportunity to meet film industry professionals.

  • Meet other young film fans from across the county.

  • Become part of the BFI Film Academy alumni and access other exclusive opportunities.

  • Have lots of fun exploring and making film!

Where can we learn more and how do people apply?

Take a look at some of the short films made by previous participants in the region on our dedicated channel on YouTube

Hear some of our alumni talk about their Film Academy experience on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Belongings Show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5_E8Ouiu8A

For more information, including the BFI Film Academy showreel and our simple application form please visit: www.creative-nation.co.uk/filmacademy/

More information about BFI Film Academy here: www.bfi.org.uk/filmacademy

More information about Arts Award here: www.artsaward.org.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact Alice Whitney should you have any further queries or need any assistance.

Alice Whitney, Course Lead

BFI Film Academy | Creative Nation

Flying the flag for creative independence

M:+44 (0) 07879 448870

T: +44 (0) 203 070 2526

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