BFI Film Academy at Tyneside Cinema

(Applications for this opportunity are closed at present.)

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

We are looking for twenty of the region’s most promising young filmmakers and film fans aged 16-19 to take part in our BFI Film Academy. The course is part of a UK-wide network led by the British Film Institute to help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers. Graduates of the course will become part of a national network of aspiring filmmakers and have exclusive access to further training opportunities.

The BFI Film Academy at Tyneside Cinema gives students an opportunity to:

• Work as part of a crew to make a short film with the support of industry professionals
• Host a premiere screening of their film for family and friends at Tyneside Cinema
• Explore the history of film in the UK and around the world
• Learn how to get a job in the film industry
• Become part of a UK-wide network of filmmakers
• Have the opportunity to study for an industry-recognised qualification

Who Can Apply?


To take part you must:

• Have a passion for film and filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
• Be aged between 16 and 19 when the course starts (21 February)
• Be able to commit to all of the sessions for the duration of the course
• Live in the North East of England
• Be a resident of the United Kingdom

No previous filmmaking experience is required.

We particularly welcome applications from those who are currently underrepresented in the UK screen industries, including those that are differently abled or from an ethnic minority background.

Please note, this course is not open to those studying at university or those who have already taken part in a previous BFI Film Academy course anywhere in the UK.

What Does It Cost?


There is a one-off fee of £25 for all participants but if you are unable to pay this then you can apply for a bursary to assist with travel, childcare, or other costs.

If anyone is unable to take part in the online sessions because they don’t have access to equipment or broadband we will provide a suitable device for the duration of the course.

Open Evening (On Zoom, Wed 9 February 6pm)


We will be holding an online Open Evening for applicants and their parents or carers to meet the course leaders and hear more about what the programme has to offer. This will be followed by an opportunity for questions about all aspects of the course and the application process.

If you want to attend, then please get in touch and we will send the link to you.

Course Dates


The course is delivered through a series of weekend sessions supported by a short evening session most weeks. It’s important that applicants can make all of the sessions below. If an applicant can’t attend a specific session, they can let us know on the application form and depending on other applications and the circumstances they may still be offered a place on the course.

• Mon 21 Feb 10am-4pm Introduction to Filmmaking
• Tue 22 Feb 10am-4pm Filmmaking Workshop
• Wed 23 Feb 10am-4pm Filmmaking Workshop
• Thu 24 Feb 10am-4pm Filmmaking Workshop
• Fri 25 Feb 10am-4pm Filmmaking Workshop
• Wed 2 Mar 6-7.30pm Meet the Industry: Guest Speakers (Online)
• Sat 5 Mar 10am-4pm Production Day 1
• Wed 9 Mar 6-7.30pm Meet the Industry: Guest Speakers (Online)
• Sat 12 Mar 10am-4pm Production Day 2
• Wed 16 Mar 6-7.30pm Meet the Industry: Guest Speakers (Online)
• Sat 19 Mar 10am-4pm Edit Workshop 1
• Wed 23 Mar 6-7.30pm Masterclass: Distribution & Exhibition (Online)
• Sat 26 Mar 10am-4pm Edit Workshop 1
• Wed 30 Mar 6-7.30pm Progression Routes 1 (Online)
• Mon 4 April 6-8pm Screening Event at Tyneside Cinema for Films
• Wed 6 April 6-8pm Progression Routes 2 (Online)
• Sat 9 April 10am-4pm Final Session

Delivery During the Pandemic


We understand that the wider public health situation around Covid-19 is a serious concern and will be implementing a number of measures to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus for participants and staff throughout the course.

The majority of activity for the BFI Film Academy will be delivered in-person at Tyneside Cinema with some sessions delivered online via Zoom (see schedule above). If the wider public-health situation changes we will deliver more of the course online.

If a participant needs to isolate because of a positive test result we will share learning materials with them and follow up with an online catch up with delivery staff.

How to Apply


Apply online by using this link by 5pm on Monday 14 February 2022.

If you are unable to fill out an online form for any reason, get in touch and we’ll help with an alternative that works for you.

Please note you can’t save the application form and return to it once you start to fill it in, so we suggest you take a look at the questions you’ll be asked (see below) and draft your answers offline and then copy and paste them into the form.

And remember: We use the answers you provide here to make the decisions about who to offer a place on the course, so do put some thought into your answers.

What we ask in the form:


You’ll be asked to provide some contact details and confirmation that you are able to attend the sessions on the course as well as providing a supporting statement that asks the following questions:

1. Why do you want to take part in the BFI Film Academy?
2. Please tell us about your experience in film or filmmaking. If you have no experience, then tell us about any other creative individual or group activity that you’ve been involved in.
3. Tell us about a filmmaker or film you like. What do you like about them or it?
4. Please tell us about yourself and what difference you hope the BFI Film Academy will make for you.
5. Please share an example of your own creative work, if you have some. This could be a piece of art such as a film, photographs, music, graphics, piece of writing etc and could have been made as part of your work in class at school or college, or in your own time. You can share a link in the box below to this work if its online, or email a copy to, and make it clear who it’s from by putting the following in the subject line of the email: Supporting Work for BFIFA Your Name e.g., Supporting Work for BFIFA Jane Cooper.

You can write up to 200 words for each answer.

If you are under 18 you will need to get a parent or guardian to give their consent for you to take part.



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