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This project is now closed and will reopen in September 2024

BFI Film Academy 

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 BFI Film Academy offers high quality training to the next generation of UK talent. If you are 16-19, interested in learning or improving your skills in animation or VFX, this is the place for you. (Please note – 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.

Application deadline –
Thursday 28th
September 2023 17:00
Applicants informed –
Tuesday 3rd Oct 2023

Saturday 7/10/23
Saturday 14/10/23
Saturday 21/10/23
10:00am to 17:00

BFI Film Academy
Monday to Saturday during the autumn half term (Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th of October 2023).
10:00am to 17:00pm.
Friends and family screening on the final Saturday 11.00 – all welcome.

Cinema Museum, near the Elephant & Castle, Lambeth, London (23rd – 27th October)
Chobham Academy, near Stratford, London (7th, 14th, 21st & 28th October)

You will need to be able to commit to all the workshop dates. The fee for the week is £25, which includes all costs. 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. 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 and VFX world
• Receive industry training in specialist apps such as; Premiere, After Effects, Motion & Dragon frame.
• Learn from high profile visiting speakers who will be sharing tips, trade secrets and how they got their jobs.

Examples of student’s work from last year 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 2024. Visit BFI for more details

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