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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 2018/19 Academy at Watershed and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have now closed. The courses will be running from December 2018 to April 2019.

Films will be released on Rife Magazine

Follow us @bfi_FAB for updates on opportunities in film and when to apply for next time

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.

See a selection of the work produced in previous BFI Film Academies in Bristol…


Wren doesn’t remember anything about being above. She is sleep walking through life until Mac arrives and makes her question everything.
Made by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Participants.

Margaret – 100-Year-Old Bristol City Superfan

Season ticket-holder Margaret talks about her unusual life, her love for the game and how sport unites people of all ages in this short documentary.
Made by Watershed participants.