For Under 19s

If you want to make film and are aged 15-19, then we have four different filmmaking or screenwriting academies each year. You don't need any experience, we will teach you everything you need to know.

Our Filmmaking Academies give young people aged 15-19 the chance to try filmmaking for the first-time. The academies help to develop skills by working in small groups to plan, shoot and edit short films.

When the films are made, we premier them on our big screen, you can invite your friends, family and the next-door neighbour to see the film you have made in the cinema!

After your film is made, we can help you enter your films into awards and film festivals.

You do not need to have any previous experience of filmmaking to be part of our academies. And it might be the first step of a career in the film or TV industry.

BFI Fiction Film Academy

Ages 15-19

The British Film Institute (BFI) Fiction Academy is for 16-19-year-olds from the North East who have ambitions to work in film and want to learn more about how the industry works. If you want to work in production, film journalism or distribution, then this academy is perfect for you.

Applications are currently closed but will reopen in 2020.

Documentary Academy sponsored by intu

Ages 15-19

Say something about the world around you, as you learn new skills and work in small groups to plan, shoot and edit a short factual film. The next edition of the Documentary Academy will run from May 2020 to July 2020. Watch this space for further details!

The Factory: Film as Art

Ages 15-19

Explore and experiment with artists’ moving image, working closely in small groups to make short film work supported by professional artists and filmmakers.

The next edition of The Factory will run from January to March 2020.

Applications are now open! Deadline: Sun 5 Jan 2020.

Click here to apply >>

BFI Screenwriting Residential

Ages 16-19

This five-day intensive course supports you to develop your skills in writing for the big screen and build a career in the film industry. You will meet and be mentored by industry professionals who have all written for film and TV.

Dates for the 2020 Programme

Introductory residential weekend: Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 January 2020

Residential week: Sunday 16 – Friday 21 February 2020.

Applications now open until 2 Dec.

Click here to apply


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