BFI Film Academy 2021-2022 – Now Open for Applications

Applications are now closed for the 2021-2022
Kent BFI Film Academy

Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? If so, the Kent BFI Film Academy is for you.

The British Film Institute (BFI), Screen South and Maidstone Studios have come together once again to create a life changing opportunity and are looking for 20 young people with a passion for filmmaking and great ideas for short films to take part in the Kent BFI Film Academy.

  • Meet high end film professionals, such as Directors, Writers & Producers.
  • Link in with organisations such as BAFTA and the BFI.
  • Develop your filmmaking skills by making a short film with the support of industry professionals.
  • Opportunity to apply for National Residential Academies in Documentary, Animation, Visual Effects & BAFTA mentoring, which are only available to BFI Alumni, at the National Film School

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

“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.”

All the details

Who can apply to the BFI Academy?

The Kent BFI Film Academy is open to young people who:

Will be aged 16-19 years old on 23rd October 2021

Live in Kent and are a UK resident Not currently enrolled at university or at university when the course starts

Have not previously taken part on a BFI Academy course

How much does it 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 it take place?

The course will run across 13 days
between October 2021 - January 2022

Sat 23rd October 2021
Mon 25th October 2021
Wed 27th October 2021
Fri 29th October 2021
Sat 6th November 2021
Sat 13th November 2021
Sat 20th November 2021
Sat 27th November 2021
Sat 11th December 2021
Sat 8th January 2022
Sat 15th or Sun 16th January 2022 (TBC)
Saturday 22nd January 2022.

There will be an additional date for a production call – date TBC 1st November-12th November.

Where does it take place?

The Kent BFI Film Academy is a split between in person and online, with most sessions happening in Folkestone, and 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 the course dates, locations and format are all subject to change and will also be in line with the COVID-19 Government guidelines in place in October 2021.

Call us to find out more

01303 259 777

Email us to find out more

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.

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

“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