BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for ambitious 16 to 19-year olds aiming to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries. This hands-on filmmaking course builds knowledge and skills and shows the pathways into the industry for talented and committed young people, with an excellent track record of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers and crew.

If you have a passion for film, this high quality course develops your understanding of screenwriting, cinematography, sound, directing, production and editing, make short films, learn from top talent working on feature films and high end tv through industry masterclasses, supports you towards studying on Scotland's best university film courses, or make your first steps into the film, tv and creative industries workplace, and gain the BFI/Screen Skills NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ qualification.

Applications are now open for our 2022 course for young people aged 16 to 19 living in the Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Stirling and West Lothian areas.

The course will take place online for the first session then in Central Edinburgh on the following dates -

Online session - Thursday 13th October, 6pm to 8pm.

Learning & Development Sessions – 11am to 6pm - Oct 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 29th, Nov 5th 2022

Shoot period (each learner in a group shooting one full weekend each) – 10am to 6pm on Sat 12th & Sun 13th Nov 2022 or Sat 19th & 20th Nov 2022

Edit period – 11am to 6pm on Nov Sat 26th, Sun 27th, Sat 3rd Dec 2022 

Final Edit and Progression –11am to 3pm on Saturday's - Dec 10th, 17th 2022

Screen Education Edinburgh is dedicated to making film accessible to all, and we welcome applications no matter your background or previous experience.

The course fee is £25, with bursaries available for those who require financial assistance to participate, including fees and/or travel costs.


Deadline for applications: 30th of September 2022 at 5pm

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact our Administrator Jo Johnstone on [email protected] 

To watch our BFI Film Academy films, click here