BFI Film Academy

Birmingham BFI Film Academy 2018!

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 with a screening in November

Where : based 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.

Want to find out more and apply ?

Applications now closed as our BFI 2018 Academy is now underway!

Deadline : 24 Sept 2018

As a BFI Film Academy participant you will get to :
– work with filmmakers and directors
– produce a short film involving animation and live action using professional kit and studio
– take part in a series of masterclasses with award winning industry professionals
– hear their top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry
– get practice in developing and pitching your ideas and produce your own work
– learn more about distribution, film-festivals and programming
– gain accreditation (level 2 Silver Arts Award )

What’s more, you could also apply for one of our six intensive residential programmes. Courses last between one and two weeks and are designed to develop more specialist filmmaking skills. You will work closely with leading industry professionals who will give you a unique insight into the filmmaking business and guide you along the way.

Our Academy can open doors to the industry … mentoring, courses, jobs and opportunities . See an example here … one story from our students.

For more information about past courses and to see some of the films made please visit


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 happened last year : Behind The Scenes 2017 : by Luke Furmage


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 :

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

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

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.

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

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

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