BFI Film Academy 

Screen South is proud to be a key delivery partner for the BFI Film Academy.

Click on the following links to view films produced by participants from the BFI Film Academy delivered by Screen South.

BFI Film Academy 1: 2012-2013
BFI Film Academy 2: 2013-2014
BFI Film Academy 3: 2014-2015
BFI Film Academy 4: 2015-2016
BFI Film Academy 5: 2016-2017

Kent BFI Film Academy 2017/18
Delivered by Screen South, in Partnership with The Maidstone Studios


Are you 16-19? Passionate about film? Want a career in the film industry? If so, the Kent BFI Film Academy is for you.

The British Film Institute (BFI), Screen South and The Maidstone Studios have come together once again to create a life changing opportunity to support young filmmakers in Kent. We are looking for 20 young people with a passion for filmmaking and great ideas for short films to take part in the Kent BFI Film Academy. We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds.

Once you have completed the course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks.

What’s more, you could also apply for one of the seven intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

For further information please download the application form:

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The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI's ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI's Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film.

Its funding partners include the Department for Education in England, which has provided £3m for the programme, with the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen working with the BFI to take the Academy to every nation of the UK.

Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios, and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.

BFI Film Academy participants filming a dinner scene BFI Film Academy participants presenting their film

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and also provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round. After completing their BFI Film Academy courses, young people progress to a range of opportunities, including apprenticeships and employment in the film sector and further learning through Higher Education.

Providing opportunities for talented and committed young people to develop news skills and build a career in the film industry, no matter where they live or what their background, is a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film and forms the central tenet of the BFI Film Academy programme.

Three participants from the BFI Film Academy delivered by Screen South went on to undertake the BFI Film Academy residential programme at the National Film and Television School, which saw the most promising young talent from across the UK work with top industry professionals to make six short films.