BFI Film Academy

Hands-on filmmaking for 16-19-year-olds across the UK.

The BFI Film Academy is an annual hands-on filmmaking programme for 16-19-year-olds across the UK aiming to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. These hands-on filmmaking courses build knowledge and skills and show the pathways into the industry for talented and committed young people. There are locally based Network courses and more intensive residential courses in craft and specialist skills. The Network and Craft Skills programmes in Scotland are supported jointly by Screen Scotland and BFI.

If you have a passion for film, this high-quality course can help you learn more about screenwriting, cinematography, sound, directing, production and editing.  You will make short films, learn from industry masterclasses, and gain the BFI/Screen Skills NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ qualification.  BFI Film Academy can help you whether you aim to study at Scotland's best film schools or make your first steps into the film, television and creative industries workplace. Find out more from the delivery organisations below.

Applications are now open to the 2021/2022 BFI Film Academy for young people aged 16 to 19 across Scotland.

The BFI Academy is delivered in partnership with GMAC Film, Screen Education Edinburgh, Station House Media Unit and Screen Argyll. 

Application deadlines differ depending on which organisation you apply through.

Follow the links below to apply for the BFI Academy course taking place near you.


BFI Film Academy

GMAC Film: Glasgow | BFI Film Academy

Screen Education Edinburgh: Edinburgh & South East Scotland | BFI Film Academy

Station House Media Unit: Aberdeen | BFI Film Academy 

Screen Argyll | BFI Film Academy