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Kent BFI Film Academy 2017/18 – Open for ApplicationsKent BFI Film Academy 2017/18 – Open for Applications

News release 11/07/2017

Screen South are looking for young, talented filmmakers in the Kent area to take part in the Kent BFI Film Academy, delivered by Screen South, in Partnership with The Maidstone Studios


Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you. This course offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry.


The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.


The course will include:

·         Practical filmmaking - screenwriting, production and post production skills.

·         Meet industry professionals - workshops and master classes from leading industry players.

·         Gain a Silver Arts Award - a nationally recognised accreditation.




The course will run over 9 Saturdays between 14 October 2017 and 03 February 2018. A list of all dates can be found on the application form and you will need to make sure that you can attend all these dates before signing up. The timings for the course are usually 10am - 5pm.


The course dates are as follows:

·         Saturday 14 October 2017

·         Saturday 04 November 2017

·         Saturday 11 November 2017

·         Saturday 25 November 2017

·         Saturday 02 December 2017

·         Saturday 09 December 2017

·         Saturday 06 January 2018

·         Sunday 28 January 2018 – Screening Event

·         Saturday 03 February 2018




This is a split centre academy - most sessions will be held in Folkestone with a few of the sessions in Maidstone. The location of each week will be confirmed before the start of the course.



You will work towards gaining a Silver Arts Award. The Arts Award is a recognised qualification amongst employers, universities and colleges. To achieve the Award during the Film Academy, you’ll be required to plan your work and create and maintain your own portfolio and this may require some work outside of course hours. You can find out more about Arts Award here:



There is a nominal admin fee of £25 for successful applicants, the main course is free. If you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Bursaries will also be made available for participants if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.



·         You need to be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the Academy programme – 14 October 2017.

·         You must be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration.

·         You must be based in Kent.

·         You must not be a university student.


Any Questions?

Call us on 01303 259 777 or email



Fill in the application form and send it back to us by 12pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.


We are looking for enthusiasm, determination, a genuine interest in film and a willingness to learn.


Submit a Script or Script idea: We are also seeking two 2 scripts for the programme written by young people from Kent. For consideration please send a copy of your idea or script with your application form.

Application form (Word doc)

Application for (PDF)


The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film. Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.


Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy on YouTube:


BFI CEO Amanda Nevill comments:

“The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.”


About the BFI

The BFI is the UK’s lead film organisation, with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:


·         Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema.

·         Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations.

·         Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work.

·         Promoting British film and talent to the world.

·         Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences.

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