Birmingham BFI Film Academy

Are you passionate about film and looking for a career in the industry

BFI Film Academy is a hands on course for young people 16-19 passionate about film, sound, writing or production. It is designed so that you can do it whilst at college or work, running Autumn half term and some weekend sessions.

The BFI Academy is the British Film Industry’s gold standard talent development programme: to help develop the next generation of British film industry talent.

In partnership with BAFTA, BFI, Pinewood Studios and the Department for Education are now offering young people industry based training and work experience through the national Film Academy network. 

2022/23 Birmingham BFI Film Academy

The Company is not delivering during 2022 in Birmingham but check out on the BFI national website via the link below to see what is available in the region and when.

Find out more about the  UK BFI Film Academy .

Meet The Team

Drew Roper


A multi-award winning stop-motion/frame animator and the director of Yamination Studios in Birmingham. Drew has worked on some top animation films.

Nerina Villa

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Independent Filmaker (SpeakofTheDevilTV) with commissions from Channel 4 and ITV. Nerina is an experienced director and editor who brings a wealth of experience and energy to the team! 

Daniel Alexander

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Daniel is an award winning director/film maker and BAFTA Crew Member. He has worked to provide high end commercials, music videos and film projects for clients including BFI, Creative England and BBC Academy.

Michael B Clifford


Double BAFTA award winning director Michael has directed documentaries, drama and gallery installations for Channel 4, BBC, Channel 5, UK Film Council, The Arts Council and Screen WM.

Harmeet Chagger- Khan

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Harmeet is a filmmaker and editor. She has worked as a Digital Strategist with M&C Saatchi and is a fellow at Birmingham Open Media. Harmeet’s work is currently focused on using immersive technology to create new modes of storytelling.

Chris Keenan

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Chris Keenan is an award winning filmmaker, lighting, camera and Movi operator, who works with leading production companies, arts and cultural organisations in the UK and internationally.

Check out our behind the scenes video from the 2019 academy!

Our 2019 BFI Academy Film produced by 20 students