BFI Film Academy

Birmingham BFI Film Academy 2019!

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


We are seeking committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part of the BFI Film Academy Network Programme delivered by The Company in partnership with mac-birmingham. 

When : Focus week Autumn Half-Term October 

There will also be some additional Sunday afternoon sessions & bootcamps before and after the half term (13 & 20 Oct) with a screening 16 November.

Where : based with our lovely partners at mac birmingham and Yamination Studios Birmingham

Cost : £25 Fee (but don’t be put off as bursaries available for fees and travel)

Who can apply ?  any young person in the West Midlands 16-19 years passionate about film or film-making and looking for a career in the industry. There are no qualification requirements just a simple application form.
You can be in education or not in education, in work or not in work  (but not at university). We can offer support if you have specific educational needs and bursaries are available if you need help.


If you have questions, need support to apply or would like to apply on a Word Document … Just get in touch and we can help.



What happened during our previous BFI Academies ?
The students were all extremely committed to developing their film-making skills through the BFI Academy.  It was a demanding programme requiring dedication, enthusiasm and a love of everything ‘film’.

Last year participants took part in a series of masterclasses involving script writing, producing, directing, cinematography and editing. The groups split into production teams (live action, animation and documentary) to undertake a short film production premiered at mac cinema and at Flatpack Festival.  The Academy also included networking events, mentoring, film screenings and visits to BBC studios.  As part of their Arts Award portfolios students produced a family day at mac and led workshops for children in animation, digital comics and green screen films.

See what happens on our Academy : Behind The Scenes 2017 : by Luke Furmage


See the 2018 film “Hellpline” (live/animation)
See the 2017 film “Champagne Dancing” (live/animation)
See the 2016 films ”CupCake”  (live / animation)  “Finding The Industry”  (documentary)

See the 2015 film “Boxumentary”   and 2014  film short  “FOCUS”  premiered at mac cinema

BFI Birmingham Academy BTS from The Company Ltd  for a glimpse of the project in action!

“Congratulations to such outstanding students on producing this film short and taking every opportunity the BFI Academy presented
… and gaining Arts Award Silver ! ”  
Janette Bushell – BFI Academy Director

“What a week ! I’ve met some amazing people and we’re already planning our next film.”
“There is no way I could have got to work with these amazing film professionals from trying out some great kit, working in a real studio and producing our own film .”

“From being on the Academy I got selected to attend a BFI residential and its changed everything for me.”

“ For me being able to network through the events and mentoring meant to got to find opportunities for work and valuable experience beyond the course … thank you for making this happen for me.”

Students work with a wide range of professionals including :

Nerina Villa : experienced Director and editor who brings a wealth of experience and energy to the team

Drew Roper : a multi-award winning Stop-motion/frame animator and Director of Yamination Studios in Birmingham.  Drew has work on some top animation films,see

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

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

Pip Piper : co founder of international award winning and Birmingham based  film company Blue Hippo Media. Pip recently produced “Bicycle” a feature documentary currently in UK cinema


Janette Bushell : Director of The Company and Birmingham BFI Academy manager

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