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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.
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.