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Applications Close: 17th September 2023, 12pm. 

Are you aged 16-19 with a passion for Film & TV? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the film or television industries and looking to learn from industry professionals? Look no further than Eastside’s BFI Film Academy.

As aspiring filmmakers, you will get the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of filmmaking and the industry through a series of workshops, masterclasses and careers seminars all leading to a final short film project. You will work with successful scripts from our Young Script Writer’s Open Call to produce your own original films in crews of peers.

Over the course of the programme, you can expect to gain invaluable insights into the qualities and techniques needed to succeed in the British film industry, whilst honing your practical filmmaking skills. After receiving training across the film departments, you will specialise within your crews to create your films on the theme of Coming of Age in the 2020s. On completing the course, you will receive a Silver Arts Award and have your films screened in a London Cinema to audiences of friends, family, industry professionals and a wide range of young aspiring filmmakers.

As a student you can expect to:

  • Receive practical training in cinematography, editing, 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

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible?

All students 16-19 years of age who are not in Higher Education are eligible.

When is the application deadline?

Applications close on Sunday the 17th September 2023.

How long does the course last?

The course runs from mid-October to mid-February (with one month break over Christmas).

How much does the course cost?

The course costs £25 per student, however we have a limited number of bursaries if needed. Please get in touch with us on to discuss.  

How many students can take part?

We usually host 20-22 students per year. 

Where do workshops take place?

Our workshops take place at Eastside’s studio in Shoreditch, usually on Saturdays between 10am-5pm.

Got a question?

Feel free to reach out to our team below with any other questions you might have, or give us a ring to speak to us in person, on 020 7033 2380.

Our mission is to empower young lives and youth voice through participation in arts programmes.