BFI Film Academy


Offering a real chance for talented 16-19 year olds to be part of our future film industry

The Kent 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. This really is a first step into the industry for those young people who win a place.

20 young people from Kent  with a passion for filmmaking are given a chance to meet with high end film industry professionals, such as directors, writers and producers, and link in with organisations like BAFTA for other great opportunities in Documentary, Animation, Visual Effects and BAFTA mentoring. Those who successfully complete the course become BFI Film Academy alumni and receive future signposting and opportunities.

The Kent BFI Academy programme includes making at least 2 short films with the support of industry professionals while developing practical filmmaking skills. These films are then shown to friends, families and supporters of the scheme at an event at Folkestone Quarterhouse. The young people themselves organise this event as part of their Silver Arts Award project which accompanies the BFI Film Academy. 

Screen South has received support from Maidstone Studios and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust to run the BFI Film Academy Kent for the last seven years.

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June 17, 2019 - June 17, 2019

Ryan Bloom – Maidstone to LA

Find out more about one of our first BFI Film Academy Alumni who has carved out an impressive career so far leading him all the way to LA

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Watch the Behind the Scenes film about this year’s BFI Film Academy to find out how it all comes together. From Week 1 – pitching ideas, all the way through to the shoot and onto the premiere screening at the Folkestone Quarterhouse.

Along the way the students learn and take part in workshops from high end industry proffesionals as well as completing a silver or bronze arts award.

To see this year’s flms, click the link below.

How to Apply

Currently the BFI Film Application is not open for applications. Keep an eye out for details on how to apply in the future

Past Years 2012-2019

Click here to watch the films from the past 7 years of the Kent BFI Film Academy

Current Opportunities

BFI Alumni can find out more about the current opportunities open from the BFI

BFI Alumni Stories

Click here to find out all about our Alumni Success stories

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