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.

Taking place in Edinburgh and via virtual learning every Saturday and Monday evening from Sat 19th September to Sat 19th December 2020. Following Scottish Govt Covid 19 guidelines, an increased blended learning, or fully virtual approach, may be required to meet any further restrictions put in place. 

The course fee is £25, with bursaries available for those who require financial assistance to participate, including fees and/or travel costs. Learners are eligible if they, or their parents or carers, are in receipt of universal credit, council tax benefit, child tax credit, free school meals in the past 3 years, or those supported under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Screen Education Edinburgh is dedicated to making film accessible to all, and we welcome applications no matter your background or previous experience, and particularly encourage young people who are female, living with a disability, LGBTI, living rurally, those that are/or have been looked after, or from BAME or low income and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact us 

To watch our BFI Film Academy films, click here