BFI Film Academy Scotland 2019 Residential – Applications Now Open!

Posted by screenedinburgh on May 2, 2019 in BFI, blog


Applications are now open for young people aged 16-19 from across the UK to attend the BFI Film Academy Scotland Residential, running from Sunday the 4th of August to Sunday the 11th of August in Edinburgh.

As a student of the Film Academy:

  • You will get hands-on filmmaking experience which will enable you to develop practical knowledge and skills
  • You can explore your own creativity and passions in a supportive and dynamic environment with like minded people.
  • You will hear from industry professionals, gaining valuable insight into the industry
  • Your team will shoot and edit a film as part of the Academy

Over the course of 8 intensive days between the 4th of August to the 11th of August, passionate young filmmakers will be given hands on training in screenwriting, camera, directing, production, sound and editing, with participants collaborating to produce a short film with their team.  Participants will learn from some of the best talent in the UK film Industry through masterclasses, they will learn about the wider world of film, from education to development to finance and festivals with industry professionals, given advice and support towards a future career. To top this all off successful applicants will be hosted in the picturesque Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

Previous course participants have learnt from talent working on a diverse range of films and high end television including Slumdog Millionaire, Eden Lake, Hetty Feather, Call the Midwife, The Angel’s Share, Children of Men, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Descent, 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, Anna and the Apocalypse, Downton Abbey and Outlander. As well 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 at University is not eligible to apply.

Course Fee

We welcome applications from talented young filmmakers from all backgrounds. The Course Fee ranges from £0 to £420, which includes your accommodation and food for the duration of the residential.

Due to generous support from the Department for Education in England, Creative Scotland, National Lottery funding and Northern Ireland Screen we are able to heavily subsidise the cost of fees. The maximum you will be asked to pay is £420 for the Craft skills residential if you fall into the highest income bracket. Depending on your financial circumstances we will subsidise some of the Course Fee or all of it.

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 FAQs 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 pack hereDOWNLOAD

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 7th June 2019 at 5pm.

You can view the behind the scenes film from last year below.
Behind the Scenes:

We look forward to hearing from you.


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