BFI Film Academy – Residential  – VFX & Animation
This project is now closed. It will reopen in Nov 2024

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 11th 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 and the London International Animation Festival: both leaders in their field.

Forty young people from around the UK will be invited to join the residential academy. This consists of two online days, followed by a residential week over the spring half term.
We run an Early Bird application scheme – 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 dependent on family income 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 and award winners 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 visits and talks
• Receive 6 months follow up careers and training support
• . . . . . . . . . . have a fantastic time

Venue – You will be staying and training at a beautiful location deep in the countryside near Cirencester. The venue boasts comfortable rooms, places to relax and unwind as well as amazing rooms for the course. We will have our own caterers to provide the food you will enjoy. There will be modern broadcast quality kit for you to develop your technical skills. Plus industry based and award winning tutors to guide and support your development.

Recent Blink’s work

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FAQ – go here for more information.

Dates for the project are:

Applications open now
Deadline for returned applications:  Monday 4/12/23 – 5pm
Applicants informed of decision by:  Wednesday 13/12/23

Online session 1: Saturday 20th January 2024
Online session 2: Saturday 27th January 2024
Residential: Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th February 2024

Course promo

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Other Residentials
This scheme is part of a national talent program. There are five other one week residential courses and one two week residential.

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

Overview of the BFI Film Academy

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