BFI Film Academy
Offering a real chance for talented 16-19 year olds to be part of our future film industry
The Kent 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. This really is a first step into the industry for those young people who win a place.
The Kent BFI Academy programme includes making at least 2 short films with the support of industry professionals while developing practical filmmaking skills. These films are then shown to friends, families and supporters of the scheme at an event at Folkestone Quarterhouse. The young people themselves organise this event as part of their Silver Arts Award project which accompanies the BFI Film Academy.
In the past, Screen South has received support from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and continues to recieve support from Maidstone Studios to run the BFI Film Academy Kent.
More about Screen South and the Kent BFI Film Academy
Lockdown has not stopped our BFI Film Academy. This year's the students took part online and made 4 films which have been entered into the KENT FILM FOUNDATION COVID 19 SHORT FILM CHALLENGE.
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More Opportunites for Young People aged 16-19
BFI Future Film Festival 17-20th Feb 22
Past BFI Film Academies
Watch a Behind the Scenes film about the BFI Film Academy to find out how it all comes together. From Week 1 – pitching ideas, all the way through to the shoot and onto the premiere screening at the Folkestone Quarterhouse.
Along the way the students learn and take part in workshops from high end industry proffesionals as well as completing a silver or bronze arts award.