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 at Scotland's best film schools, 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 2020-21 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 on the following dates, initially via online learning, aiming to move in person learning in Edinburgh for production and editing stages, following Scottish Govt Covid 19 guidelines throughout -


Learning & Development Sessions – 11am to 3pm on Saturday's - Sep 26th, Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th 24th, 31st, Nov 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Dec 5th 2020

One to one progression meeting (30 min slot per learner) on either Sunday Oct 25th Oct or Nov 1st 2020. 

Shoot period (each learner in a group shooting one full weekend each) - 10am to 6pm Sat 12th & Sun 13th Dec or Sat 19th & Sun 20th Dec 2020 

Edit period – Sat 9th and Sun 10th Jan 2021 

Final Edit and Progression –11am to 3pm on Saturday's - Jan 16th, 23rd, 30th 2021


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.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact course Tutor Sean Young [email protected] 

To watch our BFI Film Academy films, click here