Sunday June 24, 2018

bfi film academy 2017-2018

developing the next generation of film industry talent

Eastside is delighted to announce that we are currently running our sixth annual BFI Film Academy with 25 aspiring filmmakers.


If you are interested in applying for the next BFI Film Academy, more information will be available soon - but in the mean time, if you have any questions, or are a teacher and would like some publicity materials to promote the course to your students, then please email or call the office on 020 7033 2380 or click here to download our promotional poster.


About the BFI Film Academy


25 aspiring filmmakers aged between 16 - 19 will get the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of filmmaking through a series of workshops and masterclasses, in which they will get the chance to learn from, and work with, leading industry professionals through our BFI Film Academy programme.


Over the course of the programme, students can expect to gain invaluable insights into the skills and qualities needed to succeed in the British film industry, whilst honing their practical filmmaking skills, students will also professionally collaborate with a young screenwriter and work in small crews to produce their own 5-min short films.

As a student on the course expect to:

  • receive practical training in cinematography, directing, producing, distribution as well as the lesser known roles within film production including sound design and art department
  • meet a range of professionals in the industry and to hear invaluable advice based on their experience
  • work towards achieving your Silver Arts Award, a level 2 qualification
  • get your short films premiered at a professional arts venue
  • meet like-minded individuals with a passion for film and start building your filmmaking network


A number of our BFI Film Academy alumni who successfully completed the course with Eastside have since gone on to launch their own careers in film; participants have been commissioned to make films; some are working within the industry and our alumni pool boasts the youngest ever student at the prestigious National Film and Television School.  


Read more about some of our alumni here.


To find out about last year's academy and watch the films please click here.


For more information about the BFI and their work please see their website.