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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 BFI Film Academy Bristol for 2021/22 will open in September 2021. Follow us on @bfi_FAB or @rifemag or @wshed for updates.

Films will be released on Rife Magazine

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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

This Hair is Beautiful

This short documentary invites a group of young people of colour to talk about the ways in which hair is intertwined with identity and how they have come to love and celebrate their hair texture. To understand that “this hair is beautiful”. Made by participants at the BFI Film Academy at Watershed.


Three uni students from different backgrounds are dissatisfied with life, until an unexpected visitor confronts them. This leads to each one opening up about their experiences. A short film by the BFI Film Academy Bristol at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.