Training the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help break into film. No experience is necessary.


BFI Film Academy

What are the BFI Film Academy Short Courses? 

If you're 16-19 years old, enthusiastic about film and want to learn the skills, knowledge and contacts to bring your stories to life then this is your chance to break into film. 

Now in its 13th year, our fully accessible course includes sessions delivered by expert industry mentors, hands-on filmmaking experience and the chance to meet and collaborate with like-minded aspiring filmmakers. 

BFI Film Academy short courses offer training for every role involved in filmmaking. You will be making a short film from start to finish, including writing, producing, editing and presenting your work on the big screen to gain the NCFE Level 2 qualification "Preparing to Work in the Film Industry".

Course accessibility
The BFI Film Academy encourages young people from all backgrounds and abilities to apply. Please email to discuss any learning support or access requirements that you may have.

Short courses cost £25, but if you are unable to pay the fee don’t let this discourage you from applying as we can waive the fee if this is a barrier to you attending the course. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs.

If you would like more information about the course please email

BFI Film Academy

The BFI Film Academy short courses Leeds and Bradford are delivered by Leeds Young Film in partnership with Access Moving Image and Beta FilmWorks with additional teaching from industry professionals and mentors, on behalf of Film Hub North with the support of BFI Film Academy short course #NationalLottery funding.

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About the BFI Film Academy short courses

The BFI Film Academy short course contributes to a core aim of the BFI’s 2023 strategy which aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to build a lifelong relationship with film; to create clear progression paths for talented young people and to ensure that film is celebrated and explored in formal education.

The BFI Film Academy short courses is supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Northern Ireland Screen and Screen Scotland.