BFI Announces Film Academies

BFI Announces Film Academies

16-19 year olds to benefit from BFI Film Academies

The British Film Institute has announced the 24 regional partners in its BFI Film Academy Network, designed to help 16-to-19 year olds develop new skills and build a career in the film industry.

The program, part of the BFI’s Film Forever: Supporting U.K. Film 2012-2017 unveiled in October, has received £3 million from the Deptartment for Education.

The Film Academy Network will offer courses on development, production, post, marketing and PR, sales, distribution and exhibition to help young people develop commercial and cultural knowledge and skills they need to launch a career within the industry.

Participants who complete courses will be offered a range of opportunities including
apprenticeships and employment.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education said:

“The new academy is open to young people from all backgrounds and will play its part in helping ensure the British film industry remains competitive,”

Over the next four months the partners, which come from a diverse range of film and media training bodies, universities and delivery experts in the cultural and education sector, will work alongside the BFI and its strategic partners, BAFTA, Creative Skillset and Pinewood Studios, to offer learning experiences to nearly 500 young people.

In March up to 50 of the most talented and committed young people will attend a Talent Campus to help develop their skills further and determine next steps in training opportunities and future employment in the film industry.

BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said:

“Film and the creative industries as a whole are at the heart of the U.K.‘s economic recovery. Film makes a multi-billion contribution to U.K. GDP. To ensure further growth we must find, encourage and nurture the talent of tomorrow. This project is designed to do just that.”

The 24 BFI Film Academy partners in 2012/13 are:


Cambridgeshire Film Consortium (Cambridge)
Culture Works Foundation (Norwich)
University of Hertfordshire School of Creative Arts (Hatfield, Herts)
East Midlands
Broadway Media Centre (Nottingham)
CfBT Education Trust (Lincoln)


CTVC (Central London)
Eastside Educational Trust (East London)
Met Film School (West London)
Revolver Entertainment (West London)
The Film and Video Workshop (North London)
Young Film Academy (Central London)

North East

Beacon Hill Arts and Arpeggio Films (Tyne & Wear and County Durham)
Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle)

North West

Cornerhouse (Greater Manchester)
FACT/ Signal Film and Media (Liverpool and Cumbria)

South East

Film Oxford (Oxford)
Resource Productions (Slough)
Screen South (Maidstone)

South West

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (Bristol)
Somerset Film and Video Ltd (Bridgwater, Somerset)
The Watershed Arts Trust (Bristol)

West Midlands

Thomas Adams School in association with Wem Town Hall and University of Wolverhampton (Wolverhampton and Shropshire)

Yorkshire and Humber

Reel Solutions (Leeds)
The Sheffield Media & Exhibition Centre (Sheffield)