BFI Film Academy – For Aspiring Young Film makers

The BFI Film Academy Bristol courses, run at two centres: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS) or Watershed, will give you the chance to be part of our future film industry.

To apply all you need is to be aged 16 to 19 and passionate about film! It’s really easy to fill in our online application form.

You need to choose which BFI Film Academy Bristol course to apply to:

At Bristol Old Vic Theatre School you work together as a crew to make one short film.

You will follow the whole production process from idea to screening. This is a hands-on course with opportunities in animation, acting, camera, sound and post production, all on broadcast-standard kit.

At Watershed you create short documentary films and put on cinema events. 

You will follow the documentary making process from pitching ideas, location scouting and pre-production to shooting and editing. You get to market your film straight away when it goes live on Rife magazine, with over 100.000 users. You will also get to put on your own live cinema event at Watershed.

As a BFI film Academy Bristol student you get:

  • Hands on filmmaking experience to develop practical knowledge and skills as part of a team, supported by film professionals.
  • The chance to explore your own creative ideas in a friendly and dynamic environment.
  • Support to gain an NCFE level 2 qualification in ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ along with career advice and further opportunities.

See the about section for more details of the Bristol courses and the BFI Academy network.

The course runs from November 2015 to March 2016 on some weekends and Wednesday evenings at Watershed or Thursday evenings at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  Check the application page for course dates.

The course fee is £25.  If you need assistance to cover the course fee, travel, childcare or any other costs, bursaries are available and we are happy to support you with this process. Just ask!

We are here to help, if you have any questions or need support with the application email Bex Rose:

Take a look at the previous films made by Watershed and BOVTS participants, including the behind the scenes film.

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