BFI_FILM-ACADEMY_ADSV_LOGO_POSBFI Film Academy – Residential Programme

This is a high level national talent development project for 16-19 year olds organised by the BFI. Our training is for: Animation & Special Effects.

The project is currently finished and we are hoping to re run this November 2015

We are delighted to be offering this unique opportunity for a small group of talented young people to make a real difference to their skills and industry experience. We are especially pleased to be partnering with; Passion Pictures, Munky, City & Islington College and The London International Animation Festival: all leaders in their field.


Forty young people from around the UK will be invited to join the residential academy. This consists of an introductory day followed by a week over the spring half term. The cost is £50 and the students will be responsible for their travel – although they can apply for a bursary.

BFI Bursary Scheme

During the course you will:
• Make an animated film or VFX sequence
• Be offered bespoke careers and training sessions leading to a work placement
• Build your professional on-line portfolio
• Work with industry specialists to hone your skills
• Understand how to find work and training in this sector
• Develop your understanding of film-making language
• Attend film screenings and networking events
• Visit BBC headquarters
• Receive 6 months follow up careers and training support
• . . . . . . . . . . have a fantastic time

Training Venue – You will be training at the hub at City and Islington College (CANDI). This is a modern, £15M, purpose built media training centre. We will have sole use over the half term of all it’s training rooms, filming studios, sound rooms, theatres and chill out areas. This is where you will do your work and the industry professionals will visit and talk to you. We will commute by bus from our accommodation in Chingford.

An example of Passion’s work

Accommodation details – Gillwell park is the scouts headquarters and is set in lovely woodland and fields in Chingford. They have an exiting range of activities that we will be making use of during some of the evenings. You will be staying in a purpose built dormitory where we have sole use. You will be sharing rooms in groups of two, three or four and each room has en-suite facilities with a shower. Our trainers and tutors will be staying there to ensure all round care and support. There is also a canteen and study room where we can work in the evenings if needed.

FAQ – go here for more information.


Dates for the project were:
Applications open: 24/09 /14
Deadline for returned applications:  18/12/14 – 5pm
Applicants informed of decision by:  19/12/14
Introduction day:  Saturday 24/1/15
Residential: Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st February 2015

BFI Film Academy 2013 from Filmworkshop on Vimeo.

Other Residentials
This scheme is part of a national talent program. There are four other 1 week residentials courses  and one two week residential. All the 1 week ones run in the spring half term and the 2 week one runs over Easter.

Animation – Calling the shots – Bristol (1 week)
VFX – Amersham & Wycombe College (1 week)
Documentary – CTVC – London (1 week)
Screenwriting – Tyneside Cinema (1 week)
Craft Skills – NFTS – Beconsfield (2 weeks)

See main BFI page

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