BFI Film Academy 2018 at the National Film & Television School (NFTS) – Apply Now

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The following text was taken from the NFTS website for the purpose of promotion.

The NFTS is looking for talented filmmakers aged 16-19 years old to join our BFI Film Academy Craft Residential.

If you’re aged 16-19 and you are committed to working in the film industry, then this is the opportunity for you. We’re looking for 66 of the nation’s most promising young filmmakers to take part in a two week film academy project in which you will work with top industry professionals to make short films. You will also have masterclasses with top filmmakers and learn a craft specialism, such as directing or sound. The academy is open to those who enrol in one of the regional film academies and to others who have the necessary talent and enthusiasm.

The craft specialisms we cover are:

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Cinematography
  • Sound  Recording
  • Editing
  • Production Design

Screenwriting specialism is now closed to applications

For all specialisms: you will attend the main craft residential, between 2-13 April 2018 at the NFTS and at Lane End Conference centre nearby, with a pre-weekend residential of activities on 3rd and 4th March at the same venues.
For screenwriting: there are two residentials. The first is between 9-10 December, where you will be writing the scripts for the short films. Then, you will also take part in the main residential, as listed above.

If you want to take part you must be available for the relevant dates above.

To apply for this one-off opportunity you should:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 19 on the first day of the academy programme. You must be a UK resident and able to commit to the programme for its duration
  • Have a passion or talent for filmmaking
  • Have evidence of this talent in online material, such as videos which you have made or to which you have contributed
  • Be committed to a career in the film industry
  • Have someone who knows your work and is prepared to write a supporting reference (e.g. a teacher, industry professional or leader of one of the network film academies)
  • Complete your application form by the deadline of January 22nd at 6pm

Craft residential participants should come from a wide range of backgrounds and we actively encourage applicants on this basis, aiming for a good gender balance, a diverse range of ethnic groups and to include participants with disabilities. Facilities are accessible to all and all necessary support can be in place for the start of the Craft Residential.

PLEASE NOTE that this course is not available to students enrolled on Higher education courses (University students)