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BFI Film Academy Residential 2021

16 to 19-year-olds from across the UK get to learn about film programming, marketing and distribution and eventually put on their own film festival at the Showroom Cinema.

The BFI Film Academy Residential course is a month-long programme taking place both online and in person at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. Whether you’re a filmmaker, blogger, regular cinema goer, or someone who simply enjoys watching and talking about films, this exciting and intensive residential programme will give you a real insight into the world of cinema.

There is a bursary scheme to cover any costs that will enable you to take part depending on which income bracket you fall into. You will be mentored throughout your time at the residential and will get the chance to meet various industry professionals on a daily basis who can give you tips on how to kick-start your career in film. The course will be delivered online with a final residential weekend. Speakers include Danny Leigh, BIFA, We Are Parable and filmmakers from across the UK.

What's involved?

By taking part in the BFI Film Academy Residential, you will:

  • Explore all aspects of film exhibition whilst working alongside well-known industry professionals.
  • Gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema, providing you with skills and experience that are essential to becoming part of our future film industry.
  • Watch a range of cinema and work with well known film critics, festivals, film makers and those working within the industry such as BIFA, We Are Parable, Sheffield Doc/Fest and more
  • Work in teams to build your dream film festival over the four week programme. The winning team will get to put on their festival later in the year at the Showroom Cinema
  • Become part of the BFI Film Academy Alumni and access exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development after the course has finished.

Who can apply?

To apply for the BFI Film Club you must:

  • Be 16-19 year old on the first day of the course.
  • Have an interest in the film industry.
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course.

When is it?

The course takes place between 31st July and 22nd August 2021 on the following dates:

  • 31st July - 1st August (Online)
  • 7th - 8th August (Online)
  • 14th -15th August (Online)
  • 21st - 22nd August (In Person)

How do I apply?

You can apply for the BFI Film Academy Residential through an online form, which you can find here.