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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 2019/20 Academy at Watershed and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have now closed. The courses will be running from December 2019 to April 2020.

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…

A Fighting Chance

Meet Iestyn, a young boxer who found community and support at Empire Fighting Chance in Bristol’s St Pauls after the loss of his father. Find out how learning to fight has helped his mental wellbeing and personal growth in this short film.


To get into the party Rem and Sam have to share their dreams with the dreamland clique. Do they really want to leave reality behind? A short film by the BFI Film Academy Bristol at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.