Birmingham BFI Film Academy 2021!

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. 

Our Academy looked a little different due to COVID-19, but for 2021 we’re back with live sessions!  The Academy is a hot-house experience opening doors to the industry. Get the chance to work with industry professionals to produce a short film alongside online masterclasses, small group sessions and mentoring.  By taking part, you are able to accredit your film making through an Arts Award qualification. We will be offering a range of filming techniques including phone, SLR, pro camera and working with archive film.  You’ll meet and network with film professionals who will support you throughout.

Apply for our Autumn 2021 BFI Film Academies now!

Cost : £25 Fee (Bursaries are available to help with fees and travel)

Age : 16-19 years (students at university not eligible)
Dates 2021 : Oct Half Term with some pre/post weekends
16/17 Oct
Oct Half Term w/c 25th Oct (3-4 days depending on film crew)
Sunday 7 / 14th Oct (depending on film crew)
Screening date tbc
Times usually 10-5pm
Participants : 20 young people who want to be the next generation of film makers (camera/script/production/post production/animation)
How to Apply : through an online form asking more about why you’d like to join and your interests. If you need support completing or a hard copy we can help.
Deadline : We look at applications as they come in and the deadline is Sept 20th.

If you’d like to find out more see films and information below or for any queries contact:

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

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