Kent BFI Film Academy 2022 – 2023 – Applications Now Open

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) and Screen South 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

The Academy programme will take place between October 2022 – January 2023 and will be split between online sessions and in-person sessions in Folkestone. Young people only have a small admin fee of £25, and bursaries for this fee and any travel costs/childcare are available.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be aged 16-19 years old on the first day of the course (15th October 2022).
  • Applicants must live in Kent and be a UK resident.
  • Applicants must not currently be enrolled at university, or at university when the course starts.
  • Applicants must not have previously taken part in a BFI Academy course.

Course Dates

Dates of the Course

Session 1: 15th October 2022
Session 2: 29th October 2022
Session 3: 05th November 2022
Session 4: 12th November 2022
Session 5: 19th November 2022
Session 6: 26th November 2022
Session 7: 03rd December 2022
Session 8: 10th December 2022
Session 9: 07th January 2023
Session 10: 28th January 2023
Session 11: 26th February 2023

Apply Now

Click here to Apply Now.

If you need help, or cannot access the form (click on the pen above) then please email


Deadline for applications

10am, Monday 3rd October 2022

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 professionals as well as completing a silver or bronze Arts Award.

“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