BFI Film Academy 4: 2015-2016 

The Kent BFI Film Academy 2015/16 course has now finished.

Screen South is currently in discussions to determine if and when the next BFI Film Academy will run later this year.

The fourth BFI Film Academy ran from 2015 until 2016. The participants produced two short films, which can be viewed below.



To read about previous BFI Film Academies delivered by Screen South, and what our participants achieved, click here.

Kent BFI Film Academy 2015/16

Delivered by Screen South, in Partnership with The Maidstone Studios

The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry 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 film culture in the round.

The Screen South BFI Film Academy course includes:

  • Practical filmmaking – screenwriting, production and post production skills.   
  • Meet industry professionals – workshops and master classes from leading industry players.
  • Gain a Silver Arts Award/NCFE – a nationally recognised accreditation.

Location of course: Folkestone, Canterbury and Maidstone, Kent

Accreditation: You will work towards gaining a Silver Arts Award. The Arts Award is a recognised qualification amongst employers, universities and colleges. To achieve the Award during the Film Academy, you’ll be required to plan your work and create and maintain your own portfolio and this may require some work outside of course hours. You can find out more about Arts Award here:

Costs: There is a nominal admin fee of £25 for successful applicants, the main course is free. If you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Bursaries will also be made available for participants if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.

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. Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill comments:

“The BFI is committed to developing tomorrow’s film audiences and talent and the BFI Film Academy is at the heart of our comprehensive strategy to give young people across the UK opportunities to engage with film. We’re proud that through the BFI Film Academy young people of all backgrounds are given a springboard to a career in film. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2012, the Academy is now establishing itself as a gold standard training and development programme with a vision for future growth. This wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Department for Education and we thank them and all our partners for their continuing support as we this year take the Film Academy to more people than ever across the UK.”

About the BFI

The BFI is the UK’s lead film organisation, with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences.