We are delighted to announce that we will begin our ninth BFI Film Academy on Saturday the 23rd of October 2021 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 just £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.

There will also be a half-day tour of the Harry Potter Leavesden Studios. The day includes a fantastic filmmaking workshop delivered by the Warner Bros Education team.


We do hope that we are able to welcome you to our studio in Colchester for a face to face course however we will follow government guidance and if the course needs to be taken online 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. We will continue to assess the best and safest way of providing this course.

Where and When?

The course is made up of 10 sessions in total and each session runs from 10am to 3.30pm on the following dates:

  1. Saturday 23rd October
  2. Wednesday 27th October
  3. Thursday 28th October (Warner Brothers Studio Tour, this session will start earlier to allow for travel)
  4. Saturday 30th October
  5. Saturday 6th November
  6. Saturday 13th November
  7. Saturday 20th November
  8. Saturday 27th November
  9. Saturday 4th December
  10. Saturday 11th December 

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?

Apply by clicking this link: BFI Film Academy 2021 Application Form

If you have any issues with the application process please do not hesiate to email info@signals.org.uk
Please make sure you complete all the sections required and check through your work before submitting.
Applications close at 5pm on the 14th of October 2021

Thinking about applying for the BFI Film Academy but have some questions or want help with you application why not book onto our application surgery either online eventbrite.com/e/171909224117 or in the studio on Tuesday 28th Sept eventbrite.com/e/171903667497

If you would prefer to download a word doc of the application please click here: BFI FILM ACADEMY PARTICIPANT APPLICATION FORM 2021 Word Doc

BFI Film Academy 2021