BFI Film Academy – Highlands and Islands – Apply Now

Highlands BFI Partners

Screen Education Edinburgh, in partnership with Eden Court is delighted to launch the BFI Film Academy for the Highlands and Islands, which will take place in Inverness over July and August 2014.

Jointly funded in Scotland by Creative Scotland and the British Film Institute, the BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.


After successfully delivering the BFI Film Academy in the East of Scotland, Screen Education Edinburgh will be bringing 30 years of film education practice and expertise to the Highlands, working with key organisations and individuals within the film industry, as well as using state of the art equipment and training, to provide a comprehensive programme for participants aiming for a career in film.

The  Film Academy will offer young people specific training in; storytelling, directing, acting, production, sound recording, editing and camera with the final aim of devising, shooting and producing a plot driven narrative short film.


The academy is open to applications from any young person aged 16-19 living within the Highlands and Islands and Moray regions.

The BFI Film Academy, based at Eden Court cinema will take place over a two month period (8th July-30th August) and will involve 3 weeks of training in all aspects of filmmaking (Tuesdays and Thursdays in July) and following this the participants will be making a short film involving two days of filming and two days of editing over weekends in August.

What is involved? 

  1. Three weeks (two days a week) of training covering everything from storytelling/storyboarding, camera workshops, sound and sound design, editing to directing, composition, acting and production. In these three weeks you will also develop a short film script that will be made into a film by the group – Dates: Tues 8th, Thurs 10th, Tues 15th, Thurs 17th, Tues 22nd, Thurs 24th July 2014. 
  2. Two days filming of the short film developed by the group – Dates: Sat 16th and Sun 17th August 2014.
  3. Two days editing of the short film developed by the group – Dates: Sat 23rd and Sun 24th August 2014
  4. A special screening of the finished film at Eden Court in Inverness on Saturday 30th August 2014.



This opportunity is targeted at young people with a keen interest in filmmaking, whether through school, college or at home. It is not a beginner’s course; however, no young person should be put off by their lack of knowledge. If you are passionate about film and determined to forge a career in the industry then you are encouraged to apply.

You must be available to attend all the sessions above and please note there is a £25 participation fee for successful applicants. For those who require financial assistance this £25 fee may be waived and there is the opportunity of travel bursaries and assistance – please indicate this on your application form.

Our selection will be based on passion, ability, talent and willingness to work hard. If you get a place, you will work towards the completion of a Arts Award, an accredited qualification that will enhance your CV and University applications.

Application for this Academy have now closed.

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