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About the BFI Film Academy

At BFI Film Academy Bristol you have a choice between two different organisations, where you will work with professionals on industry standard kit to follow the whole production process from ideas to screening. Choose between:

Watershed – you will make documentaries for Rife Magazine and put on a film festival

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School – you will make a drama short that features animation

Hear from people who have all been on the BFI Film Academy – and how it can have a huge impact on you:

Realise your potential

Aisha, 2014/15 Academy

Build your confidence

Henry, 2012/13 Academy

Open new doors

Kerisha, 2014/15 Academy

Learn from professionals

Miky, 2013/14 Academy

Can I apply for BFI Film Academy Bristol?

You can, if:

  • You are aged between 16-19
  • You are not at University
  • You are able to attend all the course dates
  • You are able to travel weekly to central Bristol (travel bursaries are available)

You must apply by Monday 23 October at 5pm.

Are there any fees or bursaries?

If you are accepted on the Academy there is a fee of £25. Don’t worry if you can’t cover this, just indicate when asked on the application form if you need this waived. We also have bursaries for help with travel, childcare or other costs.

Is there a qualification?

Yes. You will be supported to get the NCFE Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification through your work on the Academy.

Are there further opportunities after the Academy has finished?

Yes! You will be supported to apply for the BFI Residential Specialist and Craft Skills Programme. After the Academy you will become part of the growing alumni network that connects you with young filmmakers across the whole of the UK. You will hear about great opportunities in the film industry and continue your learning through online masterclasses and ace events such as the BAFTA career talks.

I have some more questions. Who can I get in touch with?

If you have any questions about the BFI Film Academy drop Bex at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School a line on

More about the UK-wide BFI Film Academy Programme

Open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers a real chance for talented 16-19-year-olds to be part of our future film industry. Take a look at the UK Network page for more information and films.

Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.