We are delighted to announce that we will begin our seventh BFI Film Academy on Saturday the 12th of October 2019 and applications are open now!

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16 – 19, to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to make a career in film a reality.

The Signals BFI Film Academy is a series of workshops and masterclasses including: writing for screen, acting and directing, lighting/camera, sound and post production, plus an industry visit. The full Academy course costs £25 however bursary places and help with transport/childcare costs are available so please don’t let this discourage you. 

This course is perfect for anyone who is serious about a career in the film industry. Participants have a number of opportunities to further their learning through being a member of the BFI alumni, such at NFTS courses and being mentored by BAFTA nominated directors. You will also work towards a Silver Level Arts Award

Where and When?

There are 10 workshops in total, every Saturday from 12th October to 14th December. All the workshops take place at our fully accessible studio in the centre of Colchester, from 10am – 3.30pm.

There will also be an industry visit in the October half term, (date TBC) past visits have included Elstree Studios, Pinewood Studios and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

Who can apply?

In order to apply for the BFI Film Academy

• Be aged 16–19 years old on the first day of the course.

• Be a UK resident.

• Have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry.

• Be able to commit to the duration of the course.

• Not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts.

How do I apply? 

Applications are open now and completed online via an online application form (link below) the deadline for your applications is the 1st of October at 5pm. If you need help with your application or you just want some more information then we’ll be running a drop in session at Signals on 24th September 4pm – 6pm.

Want to apply to the Signals BFI Film Academy?