BFI_FILM ACADEMY_SPECIALIST_LOGO_POS V1BFI Film Academy – Specialist Programme


This is a high-level national talent development project for 16-19 year olds. It’s organised by the BFI and is for Animation & Video Effects.

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Back for the 7th year now and building on the impressive success of past graduates. We are delighted to be offering this unique opportunity to help talented young people make a real difference to their skills and industry experience. We are especially pleased to be partnering with; Blinkink, 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 residential week over the spring half term.
New for this year is Early Bird application – apply early and increase your chances of acceptance. Also please note students currently at University can NOT apply. The cost ranges from £0 to £210 and the students will be responsible for their travel – a generous bursary scheme ensures that costs will not prevent any filmmaker from taking part. Visit the Bursary scheme to find out more.

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• Make an animated film or VFX sequence
• Be offered bespoke careers and training sessions
• 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
• Industry visit
• 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. 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.

Recent Blink’s work

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– Branchet lodge, Gilwell Park is a lovely place in Cheshunt. You will be staying in a purpose built dormitory where we have sole use. You will be sharing rooms in groups of eight 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 are:

Applications open now
Deadline for returned applications:  2/12/19 – 5pm
Applicants informed of decision by:  13/12/19
Applicants to confirm place by: 17/12/19 – 5pm

Introduction day:  Saturday  25th January 2020
Residential: Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd February 2020

Course promo

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

Animation – Calling the shots – Bristol (1 week)
Documentary – CTVC – London (1 week)
Screenwriting – Tyneside Cinema (1 week)
Craft Skills – NFTS – Beaconsfield (2 weeks)
See main BFI page

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