Applications are now open for young people aged 16-19 from across the UK to attend the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential 2017, running from Monday 24th July until Thursday 3rd August in Edinburgh.

On this intensive eleven-day course, you will be given the low down on the world of film, with hands on training, learning key skills in screenwriting, camera, directing, production, sound and editing, with participants collaborating to produce three short films.

You will also learn from some of the best producers, directors, screenwriters and craft talent in the UK film Industry through masterclasses, learn about the wider world of film, from education to development to finance and festivals with key industry professionals, given advice and support towards a future career, and spend time in picturesque Edinburgh.

Previous course participants have learnt from talent working on a diverse range of films including 45 Years, The 5th Wave, Adult Life Skills, The Angel’s Share, Children of Men, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Descent 2, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Girl with All the Gifts, I Daniel Blake, Macbeth, Not Another Happy Ending, Red Road, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Sunshine on Leith, Under the Skin and award winning short filmmakers that have screened at major International Film Festivals.

This opportunity is targeted at young people who are keen to develop a career in film and have some experience in filmmaking; you may have attended a BFI Film Academy over the past few years across the UK Network, be about to start a college course, or be making films independently.

Any young person who has previously attended a BFI Film Academy Residential or is currently studying a film related course at university is not eligible to apply.

The cost to attend will range from £0 to £210 depending on your household income. Due to generous support from the DfE, Creative Scotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we can heavily subsidise the cost of fees. The true cost of providing these courses is £1,500, but the maximum you will be asked to pay is £210 if you fall into the highest income bracket.

Please don’t let the cost of the residential courses deter you from applying; participants may be able to apply for a bursary to cover the cost towards travel or child care. We encourage all young people keen on this opportunity to apply, no matter your means. Being a residential course, all food, travel and accommodation will be provided whilst in Edinburgh over the eleven days.

Screen Education Edinburgh are committed to supporting and reaching out to young people from diverse backgrounds and providing opportunities for all.

To apply please download the application form in Word or PDF

Please return completed applications by email to or by post to:

BFI FILM ACADEMY SCOTLAND RESIDENTIAL, Screen Education Edinburgh, 30 Ferry Road Avenue, Edinburgh, EH4 4BA.

Further information can be found in the application material so please refer to this for any queries in the first instance. For any other queries please email Gaelle on the address above.

The closing date for applications is Monday 26th June 2017 at 9am.

Bursaries are available to participants who require financial assistance in order to participate in a Film Academy course. You can use this towards travel to the course, childcare or any other expenses that may prevent you from participating otherwise.

If you are accepted onto the course, you (or parents or carers on your behalf) may apply for a bursary if you, or your parents or carers, are in receipt of any of the following –

Income – Based Employment and Support Allowance

• Income – Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income support
• Council Tax Benefit
• Child Tax Credit
• Free School Meals
(anytime in the past two years)
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

To see what 2016’s participants got up to watch the behind the scenes video below.

These are the final films that the participants made in 2016.



Destination Mum


  1. PAT LAWLOR says:

    I have a daughter who would be extremely interested in this but she is just a bit too young at 14. Are there any other events / programs aimed at younger people.

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