Are you 16-19 years old? Do you have something to say?

Are you affected by, or have an opinion about:

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Climate Change
  • University Fees
  • Gender Equality
  • COVID-19
  • Disability Rights
  • Other issues

The BFI Film Academy is an exciting way to get your voice heard while learning about filmmaking. We're looking for diverse young people to train and inspire to be the next generation of UK filmmakers.

You don't need to have previous experience, just a story to tell and a voice to be heard.

Apply NOW!

BFI Film Academy Leeds is now open for submissions to anyone aged 16-19 who isn't currently studying at university. Use the link below to access the online application form:

BFI Film Academy Leeds Application Form

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.

Physical sessions will take place at Leeds Town Hall, which is fully accessible and online sessions will utilise Google G-suite and Google Classroom.

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Apply NOW!

BFI Film Academy Leeds is now open for submissions. Use the link below to access the online application form

BFI Film Academy Leeds Application Form

Applications are open until Monday 5 January 2021 but if you are ready to apply please do so NOW.

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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