BFI Film Academy


Youth & Education



We'll Start letting successful applicants know on Monday, 2nd October. 

Email the Course Leader, Dan Haworth-Salter, on

What is it?

Our BFI Film Academy is a FREE short film course that runs from October 2023 through to December. Participants work as a crew to develop an idea into a high-quality short film about an issue or topic they feel is important.

It's highly supportive, and we provide a series of workshops and masterclasses from industry professionals around film production, including storytelling, scriptwriting, producing, directing and editing.

You'll gain all the skills you need to develop as a filmmaker and by the end of the course, you'll have made your short film and be part of a wider filmmaking community. 



  • Fun opportunity to make a cinematic film with cool people your age.

  • Explore your creativity in a supportive + dynamic environment

  • Have your say, use your ideas and make a film about what's important to you. 

  • Work on your own professional film set

  • Use Pro Film Equipment: inc Cine Cameras, Lenses, Lighting, Clapper Board

  • Loads of film roles available: inc Directing, Camera, Production, Sound, Set Design, 

  • Develop practical film knowledge and skills

  • Work with industry professionals

  • Earn a filmmaking qualification

  • No previous experience is necessary: 

  • Get access to events like BAFTA Career Talks

  • Become Film Academy Alumni and access BFI courses and funding

  • Travel bursaries available


  • Rural Media BFI Film Academy 2023- 2024 Key Course Dates: 


  • Wed, Oct 11, 2023, from 6:30pm to 8pm: Film Academy Intro (Online)

  • Sat, Oct 21, 2023, from 10:00am to 4pm: Day 01: All: Intro to Story

    October Half Term Week: Everyone

  • Mon, Oct 30, 2023, from 10:00am to 4pm: Day 02: All: Intro to Script

  • Tue, Oct 31, 2023, from 10:00am to 4pm: Day 03: All: Intro to Visual Story

  • Wed, Nov 1, 2023, from 10:00am to 4pm: Day 04: All: Intro to Production

          --Online NCFE

  • Wed, Nov 8, 2023, From 18:00-20:00: NCFE Support (Online)

          --Group 1 Only:

  • Sat, Nov 11, 2023, from 9:00am to 5pm: Day 05: Group 1: Film Production Day

  • Tue, Nov 22, 2023, from 6:30pm to 8pm: Day 06: Group 1: Edit Review (Online)

    --Group 2 Only:

  • Sat, Nov 18, 2023, from 9:00am to 5pm: Day 07: Group 2: Film Production Day

  • Wed, Nov 29, 2023, from 6:30pm to 8pm: Day 08: Group 2: Edit Review (Online)

          -- Online NCFE:


  • Wed, Dec 13, 2023, from 1:30pm to 4pm. Day 09: All: Film Screening & NCFE


The Academy is split into two film crews, so you'll only need to do Group 1 or Group 2 days where groups are listed. 

You will be expected to complete work between sessions for your NCFE portfolio; this may include 1:1 or small group online conversations to allow us to support you effectively. 

We're Rural Media

We're a Film Production Company & Media Education Charity.

We believe the film industry should be open to young people from all sorts of backgrounds, it's something we feel is super important for young people living outside big cities.

We've got lots of experience in training and talent development. We make high-quality films for the BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Sky Arts and much more.

You DON'T need to be an expert to apply for our Film Academy! We're looking for young people with ideas, who care about being creative and want the chance to make their own film.


It takes diversity of thought and perspective to create innovative work. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to build balanced teams from all walks of life, so we encourage applications from people that come from backgrounds under-represented in our industry.

To view our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy in full, visit

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