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Broadway is looking for 20 committed and passionate 16-19 year olds from all backgrounds to be part of our future film industry.

You don’t need any experience to apply, just lots of enthusiasm!

Our BFI Film Academy offers an inclusive and supportive experience through a twelve-week process of practical and theoretical masterclasses delivered by respected film industry professionals. Students will receive first-hand accounts of, not only of what their jobs involve, but the journeys they took to get there.

As a student of the Film Academy, you will:

· Make a short film as part of a team

· Get hands-on filmmaking practice to develop your practical knowledge and skills

· Delve into your own creative passions and interests in a supportive and dynamic environment

· Gain priceless one-to-one experience of working alongside respected industry professionals

· Watch a range of British and World cinema, from independent to specialised feature and short films

· Work towards an industry recognised NCFE 'Preparing to Work in the Film Industry' qualification.

All participants will receive over 100 hours of taught activity through the main course.

Writers will have additional hours with our industry guest tutor - writer and director Steven Sheil - to complete their scripts for the final three short films made as part of the course. In addition, the editors of the three films will self-direct post-production activity.

Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous students on Broadway's BFI Film Academy course here.

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“Taking part in the BFI Film Academy was genuinely one of the best choices I could have made as a young aspiring filmmaker. I made many friends that were also aspiring filmmakers, I was tutored by industry professionals with experience and learned loads of valuable lessons about filmmaking. Since completing the course, it’s been non-stop for me. I have taken part in the NFTS Specialist Craft Skills Residential as a Director. I’m also waiting to be paired with an industry professional as part of the BFI’s BAFTA Mentorship scheme. As well as that, I’ll be working as a Camera Trainee at Pinewood Studios on a huge feature film production which I am overjoyed about and cannot wait to start! Broadway’s BFI Film Academy has given me a massive boost in my career as a filmmaker, and has provided me with astonishing opportunities. Doing these courses has actually made me believe I could have a career in the film industry.”
- Ravi, 19, BFI Film Academy 6 participant at Broadway

Where and when will the Film Academy take place? How much will it cost?

The course will take place at Broadway in Nottingham between Thursday 1 November 2018 and Tuesday 29 January 2019. It will run for two full days in the last week of October half-term, and continue on one to two evenings per week plus weekends from then.

The course delivers over 100 hours of activity over a 12-week period, and you will need to be able to attend all sessions.

It will cost £25 to be a student on our course - if you think you will struggle to pay this, we urge you to please still apply as bursaries are available. If you have the talent, we’ll make sure you can attend!

If you require assistance with travel or childcare expenses or any other costs, more information about who can apply for bursaries will be available soon.

Once you have completed the course, you will become part of the ever-growing BFI Film Academy Alumni network, with access to events such as BAFTA career talks, training masterclasses, paid opportunities and exclusive residential programmes.

This opportunity is open to all young people aged 16-19 from across the region, Broadway welcomes applications from everyone, our building offers full accessibility to all and we aim to ensure ease of participation, if you have any questions please do contact us.

How do I apply?

Please fill in the application form below and send it by email to, or alternatively, you can return it by post or in person to the address below:

BFI Film Academy Applications

Broadway Cinema

14-18 Broad Street



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Closing Date: Your application must be with us by midnight on Sunday 7 October 2018.

BFI Film Academy FAQs

Interested applicants will have the opportunity to meet some course alumni and staff, ask questions and hear a little more about what’s involved at one of our three information sessions.

These will take place at Broadway from 12PM-1PM on:

  • Saturday 15 September
  • Saturday 29 September

You will also have the chance to see the short films made by previous BFI Film Academy participants.

There’s no need to book, just come along and say hello!

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