Applications for the 2021 BFI Film Academy Leeds course are now closed.

If you have submitted an application we will let you know whether you have been successful as soon as possible.

BFI Film Academy Leeds

Now in its ninth year, our fully accessible course will help you develop the knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy Leeds offers training for every film industry role, from writing to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture. As part of the course you will get to make a short film and gain the NCFE Level 2 qualification 'Preparing to Work in the Film Industry'.

The course runs from 9 January - 27 February 2021 and is planned to be a hybrid programme of face-to-face and online learning, adhering to strict social distancing and COVID safety measures. Depending on the government guidelines and restrictions at the time, these dates may change slightly and, if unavoidable, the course may move to fully online delivery.

The course costs £25 however this shouldn't be a barrier to you applying. If you are unable to pay the course fee or require support with other costs (such as travel, child care, additional support due to disability) then bursaries are available.

The BFI Film Academy Leeds is delivered by Leeds Young Film in partnership with Access Moving Image and Beta FilmWorks with additional teaching from industry professionals and mentors.

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If you would like more information about the course please email with your name, age and contact details.

About the BFI Film Academy

The BFI Film Academy contributes to a core aim of the BFI’s 2022 strategy which aims to provide everyone with the opportunity to build a lifelong relationship with film; to create a clear progression paths for talented young people and to ensure that film is celebrated and explored in formal education.

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


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