For young aspiring filmmakers. This is a national talent development project for 16-19 year olds organised by the BFI. Our training is for
Animation & Video effects – 

The applications process is closed, we hope to reopen in July 2017

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The BFI Film Academy offers high quality training to the next generation of UK talent. If you are a young person interested in learning or improving your skills in animation or video effects, this is the place for you. (Please note – new for this year – university students cannot apply and there is an earlybird application process.)

Our course will take place over a month, with three preparatory workshops followed by an intensive 6 day academy.

Applications are now open
App deadline –  Friday 5.00 16th September 2016
Applicants informed – Wednesday 21st September

Workshops – Saturday 1st, Saturday 8th, and Saturday 15th of October 2016. 10:00am to 16:00pm at our studio on Islington.

BFI Film Academy – Monday to Saturday during the autumn half term (Monday 24th to Saturday 29th of October 2015). 10:00am to 17:00pm at our studio on Islington.

You will need to be able to commit to all the workshop dates. The cost for the week is £25 which includes transport and entry to Harry Potter studios. No one should feel that the lack of funds will prevent them attending, see details about our bursary scheme and accessibility.

The academy is an intense creative experience where 20 applicants develop their talent and make films. The selection will be based on ability, talent and willingness to work hard. This year we are using an EARLY BIRD system, simply put you will increase your chances if you apply early. Good applications will still beat mediocre ones, applying early gives you a few more additional points and will make the difference between similar applicants. If you get a place, you will also have the opportunity to work towards the completion of the NFCE Level 2: Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, an accredited qualification that will enhance your CV and University applications. Read more about the NCFE and its benefits.

During the BFI Film Academy you will:

• Build your professional online portfolio.
• Make your own animated film or VFX sequence.
• Understand film-making language and the hidden meanings and structures in films.
• Widen your understanding of the animated world
• Receive industry training in specialist apps such as: Avid; Final Cut Pro; After Effects; Motion; Dragon frame.
• Learn from high profile visiting speakers who will be sharing tips, trade secrets and how they got their jobs.
• Visit the Warner Bros London studios for their Harry Potter Exhibition

Examples of students work can be found here and you can view one below.

This scheme is part of a national talent program. There are 35 courses running this autumn and spring over the UK and 7 of them in London. There are also a series of residential courses that will run in the spring of 2017. Visit BFI for more details

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