BFI Film Academy Residential

bfi film academy residential:
exhibition and distribution

We are searching the UK for 30 talented, enthusiastic and hard-working 16-19 year olds to take part in the BFI Film Academy Residential: Exhibition and Distribution at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. The course runs from Sunday 23 July 2017 until Saturday 29 July 2017, so please make sure that you are available for all of these dates before application.

This intensive week-long residential will give young filmmakers a real insight into the exciting world of cinema, and equip you with skills and experience that are essential to becoming part of our future film industry.

The course will give you the opportunity to enjoy a diverse programme of films and take part in masterclasses and workshops with industry experts. You will explore areas such as festivals, programming, film writing, film marketing for commercial and independent cinema.

Throughout the duration of the course, you will gain invaluable hands-on experience in exhibition and distribution and have the exciting opportunity to work in groups to design and plan your own ‘film season’ focusing on a genre of your choice, with the winning season/s being programmed at Showroom Cinema.

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 Film Academy Alumni, entitling you to exclusive opportunities after the course has ended, such as attending the ‘This Way Up’ conference in Glasgow. 

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.

audience academy


Sound like the opportunity of a lifetime?

BFI Audience Academy is open to young people from anywhere in the UK, from any background.

The fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the course, depending on which income bracket you fall into, including accommodation and food. However, a generous bursary scheme ensures that the cost will not prevent anyone from taking part — if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.

In order to apply for any BFI Film Academy course, you must:

  • be aged 16-19 years old on the first day of the course
  • not be attending university at the time of the course (if you're starting in September then that's O.K.)
  • have a passion or talent for film and an ambition to work in the film industry
  • be able to commit to the duration of the course

Depending on your financial circumstances we will fund some or all of the cost, and also have a separate fund that can help with any travel, childcare or other prohibitive costs.

Please note: If you have previously been on a BFI residential course, you are unfortunately ineligible to apply for the BFI Residential, but any participation in non-residential BFI network academies is fine.

What did some of last year's students think?

Katya "It exceeded all of my expectations! I also met loads of lovely people who I will stay in contact with for a long time."

Ben "I was impressed by the broad range of speakers and films shown. I learned a lot by the end of the week."

Tilly "The amount of amazing people that came to talk to us and shared their knowledge was so great. The other people doing the course are so nice too."


So you want to apply?

For more information, please download the application pack here:
Application Pack

To apply, submit your application via email to:

Alternatively, you can submit your application by post or in person to
BFI Film Academy, The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 BX

Deadline for application: Sunday 25 June (midnight)

Course Fee FAQs

What is the cost and what financial assistance is available?

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The fee ranges from £0 to £210 for the course, including accommodation and food, but a generous bursary scheme ensures that costs will not prevent any filmmaker from taking part - if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend.

Who is the financial assistance available to?

Financial assistance is available to any young person who requires support to ensure no one will be deterred from applying for or taking up their place on the course. It is subject to you accepting your place on the course and committing to attending all the dates.

How will my application be assessed?

Once you are offered a place on the course you will be asked to declare your total household income using the framework below. You will not be required to submit any additional information at this stage but you may be asked to show proof at a later date.

How much will the bursary be?

The full fee per course is £210. The maximum assistance available would cover the whole of this cost, meaning you would pay nothing.There are also bursaries available for those who may need help with travel, child care, access (such as a signer) or other costs related to their participation.

Please note: Film Academy course fees are already highly subsidised and do not coveractual costs.

The bursaries offered will be determined based on household income. You will not have to make any contribution if your total taxable family income before tax is £29,927or less (after deducting 1,865 for each dependent child in the family, including the Film Academy participant) in the tax year ending 6 April 2017.

If your family income is more than £29,927 you will have to make a contribution, as shown below. Please contact us for further information on any of the above or if you would like to discuss your individual circumstances.

Total household income - Under £29,927
£ of bursary you qualify for - £210, £ of parent/guardian contribution - £0

Total household income - £29,928 - £47,883
£ of bursary you qualify for - £160, £ of parent/guardian contribution - £50

Total household income - £47,884 -£65,839
£ of bursary you qualify for - £70, £ of parent/guardian contribution - £140

Total household income - £65,840 or more
£ of bursary you qualify for - £0, £ of parent contribution - £210

Why is there a charge and how is it set?

In order to support more participants with bursaries who would otherwise be unable to attend, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked that we introduce a modest charge for those who are able to contribute. Due to generous support from the DfE, CreativeScotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screenwe are able to heavily subsidise the cost of fees. The true cost of providing these courses is £3,000 for the Craft Skills residential and £1,500 for the Specialist Residential course, but the maximum you will be asked to payis £420 for the craft skills residential or £210 for the specialist residential


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