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BFI Film Academy Bristol

The Academy courses  offer the chance to make your own films, learn from filmmaking professionals and grow your creative network.

Applications for the 2021/22 BFI Film Academy Bristol have now closed. The course will be running from January 2022 to April 2022.

Follow us on @FilmAcademySW or @rifemag or @wshed for updates.

Films will be released on Rife Magazine

If you have an enquiry, please email Bex 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.

Here is a selection of the work produced in previous BFI Film Academies in Bristol

Skate About: a skateboarding documentary

In Skate About we meet Ned and Oli, two skaters 7 years apart in age, who share their experiences being part of the skating community.

Exulansis: a short film about grief and resilience

Exulansis is a documentary about a young woman’s experiences with grief. Although it’s quite a hard subject we want people to feel calmed and moved after watching the film.