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BFI Film Academy

Broadway trains and inspires the next generation of filmmakers.

As a course provider for the BFI Film Academy UK Network Programme for the past eight years, Broadway has helped talented young people from every background take their first step into a career in the film industry.

After developing their practical knowledge and skills through hands-on training led by experienced professionals working across all roles in the film industry, course participants team up to make short films which are premiered at a special gala screening with a public Q&A at Broadway.


Successful alumni stories include paid traineeships on major feature film productions, including: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Mummy, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Want to be part of the next generation of filmmakers?

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 what their jobs involve, but the journeys they took to get there.

The course will take place at Broadway in Nottingham between Thursday 24 October 2019 and Saturday 1 February 2020. The course delivers over 140 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 traineeships and jobs and exclusive residential programmes.


BFI Film Academy FAQs

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

These will take place in the Studio, one of our Broadway's lower ground creative spaces at 12-1pm, on:

Saturday 20 July

Saturday 3 August

*CANCELLED* Saturday 17 August

Saturday 7 September

Saturday 21 September

Saturday 28 September (10-11am)


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!

How do I apply?

Apply online here

Or download and complete the application form below and send via email to

Alternatively, you can return it via post or in person to the address below:

BFI Film Academy Applications

Broadway Cinema

14-18 Broad Street



Applications close on Sunday 6 October 2019 at midnight.

SIGNED: Short film produced during Broadway’s 2017 BFI Film Academy course

Find out more about the BFI Film Academy scheme

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