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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

Above the Skin

What does fashion mean to you? Take a look at a group of young adults exploring their personal links between fashion and identity.

Above the skin is the space where clothes rest, and the space where our inner selves interact with the wider world. In this film, Thom, Mik, Harielle, Jade and Silas share their experiences with fashion and self-expression during lockdown.

Four Walls

Four Walls is a short film about staying indoors during lockdown. A group of young people reflect on what it’s been like to spend most of the past year stuck at home, with all their work, play and relaxation all confined to one space.