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Applications open for BFI Film Academy for 16 - 19 Year Olds

BFI Film Academy

Are you 16-19 and passionate about film and perhaps looking for a career in the Film or Creative industry?

If so, a BFI Film Academy short course is for you. No experience necessary. BFI Academy short course will be taking place from 27th March - 8th May 2021. The BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for young people, anywhere in the UK to get to know more about film and how you could make a career in the film industry.

Due to QUAD being closed following the government’s lockdown rules the course will now be conducted virtually on Zoom. Your course leader Kelly and guest speakers/tutors will be leading workshops over zoom to assist you with the process of making your short film. 

As a student of a BFI Film Academy course, you will gain invaluable experience by working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field. You will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and have the chance to get hands-on filmmaking experience by working in groups to create your own short film. Your finished short films will be showcased on the big screen at QUAD with the chance to invite family and friends.  

As well as a film for your portfolio, you will also gain an Arts Award Silver and become part of the BFI Film Academy Alumni giving you access to exclusive opportunities, advice, and professional development.

All participants will get online support to help them achieve an Arts Award.

There are no qualification requirements just a simple application form and we can offer support if you have educational or disability needs.

Fill out an online application here

Applications close on 20th March at 5pm
Course fee: £25 

If you are unable to pay the full course fee, do not let this discourage you from applying. Contact us at, as costs may be waived. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available. 

If you are studying at University, unfortunately you are not able to apply. Students on Further Education courses or Sixth Form are eligible.

For further information about the BFI Film Academy please contact

Meet your course leader 

Kelly Holmes 

Kelly is a writer/director and film educator from the Midlands who has had her films purchased and broadcast on national French television, has screened award-winning shorts internationally at BAFTA and OSCAR qualifying festivals, and has completed two international French/UK co-productions. She is currently in script development on her debut feature film with Sharp House/Gallus Films with assistance from BFI Network, and her first TV drama with Blazing Griffin in Scotland. She has attended schemes such as the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab and BFI Network x BAFTA Crew, has been mentored by directors Peter Strickland and James Kent, and has shadowed Douglas MacKinnon on BBC’s Sherlock. Kelly has also taught film production and film theory as a university lecturer for 14 years, and has worked with Screen Education Edinburgh on the BFI Film Academy Residential and the Our Edinburgh schools film project.

Course Overview

  • Saturday 27th March - Introduction to the course/ Idea generations for the short film 
  • Saturday 3rd April - Explanation of the Film Industry Page to Screen/ Storyboarding (Guest Speaker)
  • (Easter Holidays)  
  • Tuesday 6th April - Looking at British cinema followed by a screening. 
  • Wednesday 7th April - Breakdown of The Roles required in Film Production. (Guest speaker) Camera training 
  • Thursday 8th April - Looking at Specific roles in production (Guest Speaker) plus workshop on filming. 
  • Friday 9th April -Workshop on Filming 
  • Monday 12th April - Filming (drop in sessions for any queries) 
  • Tuesday 13th April - Filming (drop in sessions for any queries) 
  • Wednesday 14th April - Filming (drop in sessions for any queries) 
  • Thursday 15th April - Filming (drop in sessions for any queries) 
  • Friday 16th April - Filming (drop in sessions for any queries) 
  • Saturday 17th April - Workshop on editing (post production) 
  • Saturday 24th April - Post Production 
  • Saturday 1st May - Post Production
  • Saturday 8th May- Screening of your short films at QUAD (TBC subject to the current lockdown rules)