BFI Film Academy 2020-2021 – Now Open for Applications

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021
Kent BFI Film Academy

Deadline 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020

Once you have completed the Network course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks. You will also have the opportunity to complete an Arts Award qualification on the course.

Find out how you can use film to achieve an Arts Award Qualification: Arts award

To apply please see below for the link to complete the online application form. If you require the application in a different format then please contact Screen South via the details below.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020

“It was brilliant and I would definitely recommend to other young filmmakers that haven’t done it. The breadth of my knowledge has expanded significantly and the experience has fuelled my passion to make films. Thank you everyone!”
BFI Alumni

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Interested in 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.

As a student of the Film Academy, This is your chance to meet high end film professionals, such as Directors, Writers & Producers. To link in with organisations such as BAFTA and the BFI. To develop practical filmmaking skills whilst making at least 2 short films with the support of industry professionals. You will also have the chance to apply for National Residential Academies in Documentary, Animation, Visual Effects and BAFTA mentoring, which are only available to BFI Alumni, at the National Film School.

Please note that the course may go ahead in a different format depending on the Covid-19 advice in place in December 2020, and we will continue to monitor the situation throughout the course and implement any guidance. 

How much does the Film Academy cost?

The course costs £25 however, if you are unable to pay the full course fee, don’t let this discourage you from applying. Contact us at, as costs may be waived.

Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs. We welcome applications from all.

When does the Film Academy take place?

The course runs over 10 Saturdays
between December 2020 and Feb 2021

Saturday 12th December 2020
Saturday 19th December 2020
Saturday 9th January 2021
Saturday 16th January 2021
Saturday 23rd January 2021
Saturday 30th January 2021
Saturday 6th February 2021
Saturday 13th February 2021
Saturday 20th February 2021
Saturday 27th February 2021

Where does the Film Academy take place?

The Kent BFI Film Academy is a split centre course with most sessions happening in Folkestone, with a couple of the sessions taking place in Maidstone.

The timings for the course days is normally 10am – 5pm, but this does not include travel time to/from the session.

Please note that changes to the course and venues may occur in line with the Covid-19 guidelines at the time.

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BFI Film Academy 2019 - 2020

Watch the Behind the Scenes film about this year’s 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.

To see this year’s flms, click the link below.

“Thank you so much for everything I really did enjoy this experience”

“Thank you for the opportunity; it’s something that will help my career in film in the future and I appreciate all the people that devoted their time.”

“I’d just like to thank all the team for the constant guidance and support when it came to completing our arts award.”

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