BFI Film Academy Bradford

ARE YOU 16-19?



Delivered at over 50 locations across the UK and supported by the Department for Education, National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen our introductory hands-on filmmaking courses build knowledge and skills and show the different pathways into the industry. For talented and committed young people aged 16-19, our short courses have an excellent track record of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers.

As a participant of the BFI Film Academy Bradford:

  • You will be involved in making a short film and get to see the process from start to finish either working individually or with other young people

  • You can develop your practical knowledge and filmmaking skills

  • We will support you to explore your own ideas to film

  • Learn from industry professionals and start to make some great contacts and pick up some top tips

  • Pick a short film and review it with a filmmaker’s eye – it’s one of the best ways to learn more about making great films

  • Work towards gaining an NCFE in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification unique to BFI Film Academy participants

You’ll be required to plan your work, create and maintain your own online portfolio and attend the course sessions online on the following dates:

  • Saturdays 30 January, 6, 13 & 27 February 2021

  • Monday 15 – Saturday 20 February 2021 (half term)

  • One Saturday TBC in February or March 2021 for your film premiere

Once you have completed this short course, the fun and opportunity doesn’t stop there… you will become part the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks, apprenticeships and you can also apply for one of the BFI Film Academy’s intensive residential programmes.

Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. 

Talented young people from all backgrounds regardless of your filmmaking experience are welcome on the Academy – if moving image rocks your boat, give it a shot and apply! 

The course cost is £25 and bursaries are available to help cover this cost along with travel, childcare or other costs. More information about who can, and how to apply here



Successful applicants will be informed by 25 January 2021 so please get your applications in before the 18th January!  

Further Information:

Tel: 07977 458 213

The application form is also available as a PDF if you’d prefer this format.

Please get in touch if you’d like to have a chat about any barriers you’re facing that may be preventing you from participating in the Academy, as well as any additional needs so we can work with you to best support and work around those – breaking barriers and solving problems is our thing.

Every person’s story and voice is really important to us – our world is a much richer place with them. 

Want a unique qualification in film to boost your chances? Find out here about the NCFE in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification all participants work towards achieving whilst attending the BFI Film Academy in Bradford. 

Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous participants at the BFI Film Academy on YouTube.

We are monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 very closely and have created robust risk assessments to ensure that everyone is kept safe.

What previous BFI Film Academy participants think about the course:

‘One of the most brilliant things I have done… it’s set me on the path for university’

‘…a very valuable, interesting and exciting experience that provided me with more knowledge about the practical side of filmmaking but also about the wider creative sector.’

‘The Film Academy just let me as a young British Muslim woman come and take part and welcomed me.’

‘The best experience for a young person who wants to lead diversity changes in the film industry. The BFI has given us the opportunity to show that people of colour can make a difference.’

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