The BFI Film Academy Leeds delivered by Leeds Young Film, Beta Filmworks and Access Moving Image is a fantastic opportunity for young people aged 16-19 from West Yorkshire to develop the knowledge and skills to make a career in film a reality. The programme is open to anyone not studying at university.

The course aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting committed young people to develop the commercial, cultural knowledge and skills for a career in the film industry. The BFI Film Academy offers training for every role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of all aspects of film culture.

The NCFE-accredited course runs from October to December 2017 including a week-long filmmaking project in October half-term and includes a premiere screening at Hyde Park Picture House. Participants will get to work alongside professional directors, writers, producers and actors from films such Wedding Belles, Four Lions and We Are Poets and hear from others involved in TV shows such as Humans, Outlander, Game of Thrones and Emmerdale. The most committed participants will be recommended to attend the residential BFI Talent Campus at the National Film & Television School at Easter 2018, offering an opportunity to work with top filmmakers such as Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, etc) to further develop their skills and progress their career.

Course fees range from £0 – £25 depending on circumstances and bursaries are available.

Gage Oxley, previous BFI Film Academy participant said:

“The BFI Film Academy was a life-changing experience; I learned so much about filmmaking, from scriptwriting to exhibition as well as making a film that I am incredibly proud of. I made so many useful contacts, and met an entire team of like-minded people, some of whom I am already working with on my first feature film. Anyone who is serious about working in the film industry should sign up to the BFI Film Academy immediately!”

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Applications open Monday 3 July 2017. Deadline is 5pm, Thursday 21 September 2017