Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? Applications are now open for our 2017 BFI Film Academy.

Signals are proud to announce we’ve been chosen as a BFI Film Academy partner for the fifth year in succession. Heres what last years cohort had to say about their experience and taster of what you can expect on the BFI Film Academy course.

This autumn we’ll be running a programme of screenings, masterclasses and workshops on Saturdays between October and December. You’ll get the chance to meet industry professional through a series of masterclass’, visit professional studios and glimpse life behind the scenes, before finally working in crews to produce your very own short films with pro cameras, lighting, sound equipment and editing software. Explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.

Last year we invite our BFI group to write blog posts reflecting on some of the workshops, trips and masterclasses throughout the programme which you can read here.

You can also watch the films that last years group made here.

Signals BFI Graduate Jordan Freemster on the set of the Young Han Solo movie

Where are they now?

Once you have completed the course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks.  Some of our BFI graduates have gone on to study at university, or find jobs within the film industry – whilst others are already working on blockbuster films! After graduating our BFI Film Academy in 2016, Jordan Freemster applied for the BFI Lucasfilm Opportunity Programme and is now working on the Star-Wars spinoff Young Hans Solo movie. Watch him speak about this amazing experience here.

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our seven intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

How to apply?

 

Click here to download the information pack

Click here to download the application form

Once completed, email your application to info@signals.org.uk or post it to Signals, Victoria Chambers, St Runwald Street, Colchester CO1 1HF. If you have any questions you can get in touch at the email above or call 01206 560255.

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. If you think you will struggle to pay the £25 course fee, please still apply – if you have the talent we’ll make sure you can attend.

Bursaries are available if you require assistance with travel, childcare or other costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries can be found here.