BFI Film Academy Residential 2018 – Apply Now



Applications are now open for young people aged 16-19 from across the UK to attend the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential, running from Tuesday 24th July until Friday 3rd August 2018 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 and high end television 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, Anna and the Apocalypse, Under the Skin, Downtown Abbey and Outlander as well as 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 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 Department for Education, Creative Scotland, Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we can heavily subsidise the cost of fees.

If you are accepted onto the course, you (or parents or carers on your behalf) may also 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.
You can use this towards travel to the course, childcare or any other expenses that may prevent you from participating otherwise.

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. Please don’t let the cost of the residential courses deter you from applying. If a young person is offered a place on the Film Academy and can’t afford the Course Fee or other associated costs, our bursary scheme can help them – if you have the talent we will make sure you can attend. For more information please download the FAQ’s here or email

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.

For any other queries please email Steven on the address above.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 19th June 2018 at 5pm.

You can view the films from last year below, as well as the behind the scenes film.

Man Super

Sweet Revenge


Behind the Scenes


We look forward to hearing from you.


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