looking for 30 talented, enthusiastic and hard-working 16-19 year olds from across the UK to take part in the BFI Audience Academy 2016, which runs from Sunday 24 July 2016 until Saturday 30 July 2016.
you’re a filmmaker, film blogger, regular cinema goer, or someone who simply
enjoys watching and talking about films with friends, this exciting and
intensive week-long residential will give you a real insight into the world of
of the BFI Audience Academy means
that you will get to enjoy a diverse programme of films, and experience
masterclasses and workshops with industry experts in a range of areas such as
festivals, programming, distribution, and both commercial and independent cinema.
You will also gain invaluable hands-on experience in film marketing, exhibition
and distribution, having the exciting opportunity to work in groups to design
and plan your own ‘film season’ focussing on a genre of your choice.
You will be
mentored throughout your time at the academy, and will get the chance to meet
various industry professionals on a daily basis who can help guide you and give
you tips on how to kick-start your career in film.
You will also
meet lots of other interesting, creative and like-minded young people from
across the UK, and will together become part of the BFI Audience Academy alumni, entitling you to exclusive opportunities
after the course has ended, such as attending the ‘This Way Up’ conference in
Glasgow this December.
What some of last year's students thought...
Fatemeh - "Thank-you for organising this course, I don't think I could have learnt as much anywhere else. I met some amazing people too!"
Sophie - "The talks by all the industry professionals were really interesting! I've learnt a crazy amount about all the intricacies of film."
Lucy - "I didn't expect the course to be so packed with high quality industry speakers and the days to be so varied."
BFI Film Academy costs just £50, which will include all of your accommodation and food. Bursaries are available to cover this fee, as
well as for any travel costs (no matter where you are in the UK) or childcare.
If you have previously
been on a BFI residential course, you are unfortunately not eligible to apply
for the BFI Audience Academy, but participation in any non-residential BFI
network academy is fine.
Some of our confirmed speakers this year include:
Jaq Chell is the Operations and Development Manager at Cinema For All, the national support and development organisation for community cinemas and film societies in the UK. She has over 10 years’ experience in the exhibition sector and is dedicated to ensuring all communities have access to the films they want to see. She also writes for Sheffield cultural website Our Favourite Places, and is part of the Girls on Films collective of writers and programmers.
Rachel is the writer/director of award winning Adult Life
Skills. Adult Life Skills won the Nora Ephron prize at Tribeca, 2016 and her short film Emotional Fusebox was also nominated for a BAFTA and BIFA. Rachel will be with us to teach the students about the role
of a filmmaker, particularly in promoting their own film.
Industry professionals from Sheffield Doc/Fest will be with us to talk about what a festival is and how they support films; from an idea, to screening at the festival, to distribution in the UK.
Simran Hans is a freelance writer for publications including BuzzFeed, Dazed, The FADER, Little White Lies, Pitchfork, New Statesman and Sight & Sound magazine. She is also producer and programmer of feminist film festival The Bechdel Test Fest, an ongoing celebration of films that pass the Bechdel Test and represent women in a positive and progressive light. Find her on Twitter @heavier_things.
For more information, please download the application pack here:
To apply, submit your application via email to:
Alternatively, you can submit your application by post or in person to
The Audience Academy, The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 BX
Deadline for application: Friday 24th June (midday)
The Audience Academy forms part of the BFI Film Academy, a UK wide comprehensive training and education initiative. It ensures that gifted young people from anywhere in the UK have the opportunity to gain the essential skills needed to enter the film industry. An exemplary programme led by industry experts, BFI Film Academy courses cover every aspect of film and equips young people with the knowledge, practical skills and contacts to help them in their next steps in education or careers in the Industry.