We are delighted to announce that we will begin our eighth BFI Film Academy on Saturday the 24th of October 2020 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.


This course will be provided in line with government guidelines, following social distancing recommendations and enforcing a strict mask policy. There will be an option to complete the course online should government guidelines change closer to the workshop dates. We will continue to assess the best and safest way of providing this course.

Where and When?

The course is made up of 9 workshops in total and depending on government guidance will hopefully take place at our fully accessible studio in the centre of Colchester on the following dates:

  1. Saturday 24th October
  2. Wednesday 28th October
  3. Saturday 31st October
  4. Saturday 7th November
  5. Saturday 14th November
  6. Saturday 21st November
  7. Saturday 28th November
  8. Saturday 5th December
  9. Saturday 12th December

If we are required to take the course online we will do all we can to help you out with digital access (internet, laptop etc). So please do not let any restrictions stop you from applying,  just let us know if you might need some assistance by mentioning this in your application form.

Who can apply?

In order to apply for the BFI Film Academy you must:

• 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.

The course is open to all who meet the criteria above regardless of disability, ethnicity or economic background, all you need is a passion for film!

How do I apply?

Applications are via on online form and open on the 14th of August. (See the link below)

The deadline for your applications is the 12 of October at midday. If you need help with your application or you just want some more information then we’ll be running an online drop in session on 30th September 4pm – 6pm. Details to follow shortly.

Want to apply for the BFI Film Academy?