Apply to the BFI Film Academy – closing 10 Sept

The BFI Film Academy helps to train and inspire the next generation of filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film.

BFI Film Academy offers young people passionate about film a chance to learn together, working in production teams to create short films in an industry led environment. BFI Film Academy courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

Masterclasses with industry professionals during the course offer insight into careers and the working life of the Screen Industries.

Previous masterclass speakers include cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Atonement) directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Andrew Eaton (Rush, 24 Hour Party People), Ivanna MacKinnion (Slumdog Millionaire), Chris Martin (Good Vibrations) and Writers Glen Leyburn, Lisa Barros D’Sa (Good Vibrations).

BFI Film Academy Alumni go on to work and train in the screen industries with previous participants working in the fields of directing and producing, VFX, animation and sound design. Alumni join the growing BFI Film Academy network supporting young people up to the age of 25 with access to talent labs, Industry masterclasses and networking events.

The course is an accredited NCFE level 2 Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification. This qualification has been driven by the needs of industry and education partners.

In 2021 to 2022 the BFI Film Academy will deliver in line with government guidelines on social distancing and will involve face to face and online delivery.

In order to apply you must:

  • be aged 16 to 19-years-old on the first day of the course
  • be a UK resident
  • have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
  • be able to commit to the duration of the course
  • not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts
  • not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course

Any evidence you have of your passion or talent will help your application. The course is open to young people from anywhere in Northern Ireland with BFI Film Academies based in Derry-Londonderry, Belfast and Armagh. No academic education or degree is necessary and the Nerve Centre welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and intersectionality across ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstances. Candidates must be available for all dates of the programme

The deadline to apply for 2021/22 BFI Film Academy is Friday 10th September at 5pm. 

Click here to apply at your chosen location

The course will commence on 23rd September 2021.


  • Nerve Centre Derry-Londonderry
  • Nerve Belfast
  • Amma Centre Armagh

Dates: 23/9/21 – 2/12/21
Times: Thursdays 5pm – 8pm, Occasional Saturdays
Recommended Age: 16-19 years

The deadline to apply for 2021/22 BFI Film Academy is Friday 10th September at 5pm.

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