BFI Film Academy 1

Are you aged 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry?

If so, the BFI Film Academy is for you! This course offers you the chance to be part of our future film industry.

Applications are now open!

As a student of the Film Academy:

  • You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will help you to develop practical knowledge and skills.
  • You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment.
  • You will gain invaluable experience working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field
  • You will watch a range of cinema from British independent to specialised films.
  • You will work towards the NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ qualification
  • You will work towards a practical film-based project, as part of a team.

    Click here for more information on the NCFE qualification

Where and when will the Film Academy take place?

The programme will take place at Broadway in Nottingham. It will run one to two evenings per week and at weekends between 18 October 2017 and 8 February 2018. You will need to be able to attend all of the sessions, as the programme delivers over 100 hours of activity over a 13 week period.

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

BFI Film Academy

Ross, Alice and Ynez - Broadway BFI Film Academy 4

Previous academy participants have progressed into a variety of roles in the industry, work as independent film makers and progressed to film related courses at universities.

“My biggest achievement since leaving Broadway’s BFI Film Academy was pitching my idea to a panel of industry professionals and winning an £8,000 budget to direct my second short film. Without the Regional Academy, I wouldn't have realised my passion for filmmaking or begun my journey into the film industry.”

Ynez, Broadway BFI Film Academy participant, 2015/16.

Course Fees and Bursaries

As the programme is supported by public funding, the cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by Broadway is only £25.

As we welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds, if you think you will struggle to pay this, please still apply – if you have the talent we’ll make sure you can attend!

Bursaries are available if you require assistance with travel, childcare or other costs. More information about who can apply for bursaries will be available soon.

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.

Take a look at some of the great short films made by previous Broadway participants at the BFI Film Academy

How do you apply?

Please fill in and the following application form and return your completed form by email to or alternatively you can post it or deliver by hand to the address below.

BFI Film Academy Application Form 2017/2018 Word (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)

BFI Film Academy Application Form 2017/2018 PDF (PDF Document, 0.4 Mb)

BFI Academy Applications

Broadway Cinema

14-18 Broad Street



Closing Date: Your application must be with us by midnight on Sunday 17 September 2017.

BFI Film Academy FAQs

BFI Film Academy: Any Questions?

Potential applicants have the opportunity to meet Academy alumni and staff ask questions and hear a little more about what’s involved, at one of our two information sessions. These will take place at Broadway on the following dates:

Saturday 29th July, 12pm-1pm and Saturday 26th August, 12pm-1pm.

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

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

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