Rural Media's Film Academy


Youth & Education

Applications for the 2021 Film Academy are now closed.


16-19yrs? Got something to say?

  • Black Lives Matter?

  • Climate Crisis?

  • Exam Results?

  • COVID-19?

Use video to say it loud and get your voice heard with Hereford's Film Academy supported by BFI Film Academy

You must be 16-19yrs to apply. Please note we only accept applicants living or studying in the following regions:

  • Herefordshire

  • Worcestershire

  • Gloucestershire

  • South Shropshire

  • The Welsh Borders and Mid Wales including Rhayader, Builth Wells, Abergavenny, Hay-on-Wye and Brecon.

The BFI film academy team here at Rural Media have a wealth of experience in training and talent development and also in making high-quality films for the BBC, Channel 4, BFI and much more. They also believe that the film industry should be open to young people from all sorts of backgrounds and so we aren’t looking for bags of experience, just people who are creative, passionate, dedicated, hard-working and have potential.

So, what is BFI Film Academy? The BFI Film Academy offers a series of workshops and masterclasses from industry professionals. From scriptwriting to producing, directing to 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 own short film!

  • Get hands-on filmmaking and video experience

  • Learn how to amplify your voice with video

  • Develop practical useful knowledge and skills

  • Work with industry professionals

  • Earn a filmmaking qualification

  • No previous experience is necessary

  • Earn a minimum of 6 UCAS points

  • Get access to events like BAFTA Career Talks

  • Explore your creativity in a supportive + dynamic environment

  • Travel bursaries available

Take a look at the BFI schedule HERE

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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