Opportunity: Barbican BFI Film Academy

The Barbican is one of the largest and most prolific arts centres in Europe so not suprisingly it has a great Creative Learning team and a myriad of opportunities for folks of all ages to have a go or develop serious skills in Music, Theatre, Film, Visual Arts, Dance and Literature. The Film work has always been our favourite and now they’ve teamed up with the giants of UK film, the British Film Institute, to deliver one of the BFI Film Academy 2013/14 Network Programmes for 16-19 year olds.


Project Name: Barbican BFI Film Academy

Company/Organisation Name: Barbican and BFI

For Age Group: 16-19

Art Form: Film

Level of Experience Required: This is one for folks who are really keen! They are looking for “enthusiasm, determination, a genuine interest in film and a willingness to learn.”  Given the level of instruction and potential to develop beyond this project, it might be useful to have a small insight into one or more areas of filmmaking but nowhere does it say you have to have loads of experience and skills.

Project Description/Aims: 

As a BFI Film Academy participant you will:

– Get to work with filmmakers to make your own short film.
– Learn skills from professionals in workshops.
-Take part in a series of masterclasses with industry experts giving insights into how to get in to and succeed in the film industry.
– Get practice in developing and pitching your own ideas
– Receive a free pass to the Framed Film Festival: see films and attend BAFTA events with filmmaking professionals.
– Apply for a mentor scheme run in collaboration with the London Film School.
– Have the opportunity to progress further and apply for regional intensive workshops and the National Film and Television School Residential Talent Campus

– You will work towards gaining a Silver Arts Award

Project Dates and Times: You will need to make sure that you can attend all these dates before signing up:

Sat 23, Sun 24, Wed 27, Sat 30 November
Sun 1, Sat 7, Sun 8, Wed 11 December
Wed 8, Sat 11, Sun 12, Wed 15, Sat 18, Sun 19 January
Sat 1, Sat 8, Sat 9, Wed 12 Sat 15, Wed 19 February

Venue: Barbcian Centre, Silk St, London, EC1 8DS

Cost to Participants: The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered by the Barbican Centre is £25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived. Bursaries will also be made available for participants if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.

How to sign up/apply:  Fill in the form downloadable on their website (we’ve got it for you here: Application form ) and return to  naomi.kerriganasress@barbican.org.uk  – you can also email with any questions you have when filling it in, or give them a call on 020 7382 7049.

Deadline: Sunday 10th November

Website:  Barbican website here. Find out more about the BFI Film Academy nationwide project here

Twitter: @BarbicanCentre and @BFI

Facebook: Barbican Centre  and  BFI