BFI Documentary Academy

If you're aged 15-19, based in the North East and interested in a career making documentaries, this FREE academy is for you.

Learn the basics of making a documentary film; from coming up with the initial idea to screening the finished work at Tyneside Cinema.

Throughout the Documentary Academy, you will:

  • Meet other young people interested in film 
  • Plan, shoot, edit and screen your own short documentary film 
  • Work with industry professionals to develop your filmmaking skills 
  • Receive free training in the use of professional camera, sound and editing equipment 
  • See your films screened at a special premiere event at Tyneside Cinema 
  • Have your work entered into festivals and awards at home and abroad 
  • Previous participants have used their experience from the programme to gain a place at university or as part of a portfolio to get work in the film industry

You don’t need any previous filmmaking experience, just the desire to say something about the world you live in and a commitment to turn up at each session and get involved. 

There are only 16 places available to this course, and we open up applications around March/April on our website; we’ll also announce it on our social media. 


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